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Image: iStock From a brief episode of a stomachache to constipation or diarrhea, babies often encounter a range of gastrointestinal problems. Several remedies aim at easing these problems, but one that stands out from the rest is probiotics. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that rectify a malfunctioning digestive system. Probiotics are popular among adults, but
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A new study by UT Southwestern scientists indicates that an enzyme called protein phosphatase 2 (PP2A) appears to be a major driver of preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by the development of high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. The finding, published in Circulation Research, could lead to new treatments for preeclampsia
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE You may have come across the word ‘druid’ while watching a fantasy show or reading a novel. According to the book, The Druids, by Nora K. Chadwick, the Druids were Celtic religious leaders who delved into magic, mysticism, and meditation (1). Some people follow druidism as a spiritual way, while
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By the time my daughter was a few weeks old, anyone who picked her up knew to first grab a blanket and take cover. She spit up constantly, which I hadn’t experienced with my two older kids. I worried that she was taking in too much when she fed, and then I worried that she
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More than 70 percent of breastfeeding women take some form of medication, but 90 percent of those medications are not appropriately labeled for pregnant or lactating women. This means the drugs are taken “off-label” or without Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, largely because they have never been tested in this population. Even less is
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Amazon/HuffPost/EvolveTogetherCOVID cases in kids are the highest they’ve been this whole pandemic. Keep your kids safer by masking them. As schools around the country open — and the highly contagious delta variant continues to circulate — COVID cases among children are the highest they’ve been since the pandemic began. Mask wearing is an important part
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Image: Shutterstock IN THIS ARTICLE Brussels sprouts are small, round, cabbage-like cruciferous vegetables belonging to the cabbage family. One can add raw Brussels sprouts in salads or make tasty dishes by roasting, toasting, or baking them (1). The vegetable is rich in vital nutrients and phyto chemicals that confer long-term health benefits (2). But since
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Weaning my first baby was easy. I caught a stomach virus from his daycare when he was 16 months old, spent two miserable days hugging the toilet, and when I finally emerged pale, shaky, and questioning my life choices, my son had replaced me with a bottle.  I’ve had no such luck with my youngest,
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About a quarter of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis bacteria, according to the World Health Organization, but only about 5 to 10% of those infected will develop symptoms. These pathogens are mycobacteria, which are everywhere, including in chlorine-treated tap water. Most people who encounter mycobacteria will never even know, but, for a few
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COVID-19 vaccination results in minimal disruption of lactation. Vaccination also has no adverse impact on the breastfed child, according to two studies published in the peer-reviewed journal Breastfeeding Medicine. Skyler McLaurin-Jiang, MD, MPH, and coauthors from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, surveyed 4,455 breastfeeding mothers who underwent COVIC-19 vaccination. They reported
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In December 2020, two novel messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; however, the early trials excluded lactating women, leading to questions about their safety in this specific population. In a recent study, published in the online edition of Breastfeeding Medicine, researchers at University of
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