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Switching To Solid Foods

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...

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Twins pregnancy

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...


Major stroller recall

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...


IVF on Steroids: The Dangerous Off-Label Use of 'Dex' During Pregnancy

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...


Pregnancy advice scaremongering

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...

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Spit test improves asthma 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...

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Family meals boost children's fruit and vegetable intake

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...

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Living near a busy road may double the risk of child autism:study

Expectant moms now have something else to worry about the traffic driving by their house. High levels of air pollution from traffic during pregnancy might raise autism risk, researchers claim in a new study. "Children exposed to higher levels of traffic-related pollutants during pregnancy or during the first year of life were at increased risk of autism compared to children exposed to the lowest level," says Heather E. Volk, study author and assistant  More...

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Childhood obesity 'can be predicted by check at birth'

Childhood obesity can lead to many health problems, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers from Imperial College London looked at 4,032 Finnish children born in 1986 and at data from two further studies of 1,503 Italian children and 1,032 US children. They found that looking at a few simple measurements, such as a child's birthweight and whether the mother smoked, was enough to predict obesity. More...

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5 Ways to Treat and Prevent Migraines

The symptoms of a migraine are bad enough on their own—but scientists say having serious headaches may leave a lasting mark on your gray matter, too. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who have migraines are twice as likely as non-sufferers to show structural brain changes, or lesions, due to insufficient blood flow to particular parts of the brain. More...

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How a doctor prevents colds and flu

I must start by confessing something: I’m a doctor who gets stressed about germs. If you’d ever had a patient with the flu cough in your face, felt their saliva land in your eye and then ended up in bed for a week, you’d be a little paranoid, too. (Not only that, most doctors don’t get sick pay.) More...

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Do we really need 8 hours sleep?

We’ve long been taught that humans need eight hours of sleep to feel well-rested. But the truth is that number doesn’t apply to everyone and certainly not for their whole lives. “Sleep needs are completely variable so it’s a bit of a magical number that causes a lot of problems, because people become a little obsessed with it,” sleep expert and Ryerson University psychology professor Dr. Colleen Carney, tells Dr. Marla & Friends.  More...

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