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A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world's second reported cure. More...
The number of people being infected with whooping cough is decreasing in England and Wales, according to the latest figures by the Health Protection Agency. However, it is too soon to tell if the largest outbreak of the disease in two decades has peaked. There were 1,080 new cases in November compared with 1,631 the month before. Thirteen newborn babies have died during the outbreak leading to a campaign to vaccinate pregnant women. More...
High vitamin D levels in expectant mothers appear to raise the risk of children developing a food allergy after birth, a new study has found. The survey carried out by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg in Germany has concluded that pregnant women should avoid taking vitamin D supplements. Dr. Kristin Weibe's team from Leipzig used samples from the LiNA cohort that the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) had established together with the St. Georg municipal clinic between 2006 and 2008 headed by Dr. Irina Lehmann. More...Tags:Pregnancy,Pregnancy Care
The rich in developing nations are riding their new gravy trains to increasing obesity, accounting for almost all of the average weight gains recorded in the world’s poorer countries. The impoverished, meanwhile, remain at dangerously low and malnourished weights, a new University of Toronto study indicates. “You get almost this pulling apart of the population, with heavy people becoming much heavier,” says Dr. Fahad Razak, a clinical fellow at the University of Toronto and lead study author. More...Tags:Obesity
Flu season is especially bad in the United States this year, and young children with the flu tend to suffer more than others because they can't take over-the-counter medications to help relieve their symptoms. Cough and cold medications can have serious side effects if taken by young children, including rapid heart rate and convulsions."These medications should never be used by children under the age of 4 and only under a physician's supervision if under the age of 6. More...Tags:Kids Health
Rice, oatmeal, or barley? What infant cereal or other food will be on the menu for your baby’s first solid meal? And have you set a date? At this point, you may have a plan or are confused because you have received too much advice from family and friends with different opinions. To help you prepare for your baby’s transition to solid food, read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). More...Tags:Kids Food
Twins can be identical (from one fertilised egg that splits) or non-identical (from two separate eggs). Identical twins are the same sex as they have the same genes. Non-identical twins can be the same sex or one of each. Fertility treatments make twins more likely. Non-identical twins tend to ‘run in families’ and some ethnic groups have a higher proportion of twins than others – this is because the tendency to release more than one egg at ovulation may be inherited. More...Tags:Pregnancy
More than 50,000 Bugaboo baby strollers are being recalled, 4,440 in Canada, due to fall and choking hazards. Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a major recall involving the carry handles on Bugaboo Cameleon and Donkey strollers/prams — more than 50,000 in North America, 4,440 in Canada. More...Tags:Safety
Fertility clinics across the U.S. are prescribing a medication with a seriously concerning safety profile and no proven benefits. When Susan Manning, a 39-year-old woman just a few weeks into her first pregnancy, wrote to tell me she had been put on the steroid dexamethasone to prevent a miscarriage--and to ask whether she should be worried about taking this drug--at first I could not even process what she was saying. More...Tags:Pregnancy,Medicine
Pregnancy is a huge, life-changing period in a woman's life and there is no shortage of advice about what is best for your unborn child. But in this week's Scrubbing Up, Linda Geddes, the author of Bumpology, argues this can sometimes be misleading and scaremongering. Expectant parents are bombarded with advice about what they should and shouldn't be doing. Pregnant women mustn't eat too much as it may raise the baby's risk of obesity or diabetes, but they mustn't diet as that could have a similar effect. More...Tags:Obesity,Pregnancy,Pregnancy Care
A simple spit test could identify thousands of children with severe asthma who are taking medication which will never help them, scientists say. One in seven people will not respond to salmeterol, found in purple or green inhalers, which is given to tens of thousands of children in the UK. A study of 62 children showed those patients could be identified and given effective treatment. The results were published in the journal Clinical Science. Salmeterol, which is found in Seretide and Servent inhalers, is used to relax the airways in the lungs. It is taken by children who cannot control their asthma just with a blue inhaler, which is given to all children when they are diagnosed with asthma. More...Tags:Kids Health,Medicine
Children eat more fruits and vegetables when families sit down to dine together, British researchers have found. Health authorities such as the World Health Organization recommend the eating of five 80-gram portions of fruits and vegetables a day to promote health and prevent disease. England's Health Department has a $128-million campaign to promote eating five portions a day, but the program does not directly address behaviour at family meal time. More...Tags:Kids Food