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First womb-transplant baby born

A woman in Sweden has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb, in a medical first, doctors report. The 36-year-old mother, who was born without a uterus, received a donated womb from a friend in her 60s. The British medical journal The Lancet says the baby was born prematurely in September weighing 1.8kg (3.9lb). The father said his son was "amazing". Cancer treatment and birth defects are the main reasons women can be left without a functioning womb. More...


Top 10 Pregnancy Fears

Between all the stress of planning, the crazy new body changes, and the laundry list of dos and don’ts that come along with pregnancy, it’s no wonder why having a baby can bring along a ton of new worries. But while some fears may be totally warranted, let’s be honest; we’re all probably guilty of letting at least a few irrational ones freak us out more than they should. Read on as real mamas (and some of our favorite bloggers) spill their biggest pregnancy fears -- and we weigh in on just how likely they really are, after all. More...

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Eat mangoes to lower your blood sugar

By consuming just 10 grams of mangoes daily you can help manage your high blood sugar, particularly in obese people, a new study has found.Researchers have found that regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels and does not negatively impact body weight. "We are excited about these promising findings for mangoes, which contain many bioactive compounds, including mangiferin, an antioxidant that may contribute to the beneficial effects of mango on blood glucose. More...

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Sex and back pain

And they've thrown out the long-held belief that spooning — where partners lie sideways curled back to front — is the only pose for back-saving sex. "Before now, spooning was often recommended by physicians as the one position that fit all. But as we've discovered, that is not the case," said Natalie Sidorkewicz, a PhD candidate and lead author of the paper published Thursday in the journal Spine."What that failed to do was recognize that there are all sorts of triggers for back pain," she said from Waterloo, Ont. "So someone may find relief in one position that may cause pain for someone else." More...

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Weight loss may be linked to depression

Ads for weight-loss programs usually show cheery dieters delighted to be shedding their burden of excess pounds. But a new study finds that in the real world, over time, weight loss may be linked with worsening mood. Researchers in Britain following about 2,000 overweight and obese adults over four years found that people who lost 5 per cent or more of their body weight had improved physical health but higher rates of depression. More...


Living and eating the Mediterranean way

Diet. When most people hear this word they think of restricting calories to lose weight. However, the real meaning of 'diet' comes from the Greek word dieta, which means 'a way of life.' If we follow this definition, then whatever 'diet' we choose needs to be one we can live with for the long term. This is a conversation I often have with my clients, who are troubled by the conflicting messages out there on food and nutrition. Contrary to what the diet industry would have us believe, most “diets” are not sustainable. More...


How the colour red warps the mind

There is no doubt that our perception of red coincides with one of the most important events in our evolutionary history. Many mammals, like dogs, fail to differentiate between red and green. But as our early primate ancestors were adapting to life in the jungle, they evolved a new kind of cell in their retina that allowed them to pick out the bright, red fruit from the foliage. That enhanced perception would then lend itself to new forms of social signalling. Red skin – caused by blood pumping near the surface of the skin – is an important sign of dominance for many primates. Mandrill  More...

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Sleeping in bed with parents riskier for younger infants, MDs find

Newborns were more likely to die while sharing a bed compared with older infants, say doctors who want parents to know about the risks. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death have known risk factors but researchers wanted to know if the factors differed by age group. In a total of 8,207 deaths analyzed, the majority of the infants, 69 per cent, were bed-sharing at the time of death, researchers said in Monday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics. More...

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New infertility treatment could grow sperm from skin cells

nfertile men who do not produce enough sperm to have children of their own could in the future be offered a new form of treatment based on converting their skin cells into the sperm-making tissue that is missing in their testicles, scientists said. A study has found that it is possible to convert skin cells into the male “germ cells”, which are responsible for sperm production in the testes, using an established technique for creating embryonic stem cells using a form of genetic engineering. The researchers showed that stem cells derived from human skin become active germ cells when transplanted into the testes of mice even when the man suffers from a genetic condition where he lacks functioning germ cells in his own testes. More...

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High-fibre diet 'benefits heart attack patients'

If you have had a heart attack, eat plenty of fibre because it may improve your long-term chances of recovery, say US researchers. Heart-attack survivors were more likely to be alive nine years later if they followed a high-fibre diet, a study in the British Medical Journal found. Every 10g-per-day increase in fibre intake was linked with a 15% drop in death risk during the study. Dietary fibre may improve blood pressure and cholesterol, experts say. On average, most people in the UK get about 14g of fibre a day, against a target of at least 18g. US experts recommend up to 38g a day. More...

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Myths of Motherhood: True or False?

I’m thinking about having a baby, but I have battled with depression in the past, which means I am doomed to getting PPD. FALSE! Although having a past history of depression or mental illness can increase your risk of developing a perinatal mental illness, it does not necessarily mean you WILL develop one. There are some proactive steps you can take to be prepared if a perinatal mental illness does hit. The first step is being honest with your partner, doctor and public health nurse. More...


Smartphone overuse may 'damage' eyes, say opticians

Opticians say people are so addicted to smartphones they may be increasing their risk of eye damage. They are warning overuse from phones and other devices like computers, tablets, and flat screen TVs can lead to long-term damage. It comes as a survey of 2,000 people suggests under 25s check their phones thirty-two times a day. Optician Andy Hepworth said: "Blue violet light is potentially hazardous and toxic to the back of your eyes. More...

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