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2023

Breast Milk Brings Babies a Healthier Microbiome

Breast Milk Brings Babies a Healthier MicrobiomeTHURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk supplies many benefits for babies and their moms, and a new study highlights another one: Mother's milk provides proteins that are important for a newborn's gut health.“Here we show that the concentration of certain proteins in human breast milk predicts the abundance of specific gut microorganisms in infants, which are known to be important [and] necessary for health,” said co-author Dr. Ignatius Man-Yau Szeto from the Yili Maternal and Infant Nutrition Institute in Beijing, China. The results were published Sept. 13 in Frontiers in Microbiology.“These findings suggest that maternal proteins play a role in the early immune and metabolic development of immunity of babies,” Szeto said in a journal news release. The...

Web Searches for 'Self-Managed Abortion' Rose After...

13 September 2023
Web Searches for `Self-Managed Abortion` Rose After Dobbs DecisionWEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When some U.S. states made abortion illegal after the Supreme Court overturned the longstanding Roe v Wade in June 2022, women in those areas increased their searches for self-managed abortions.To come to that conclusion, researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) analyzed Google search results regarding self-abortion.“We found an increased number of searches in states where abortion had recently become illegal, suggesting that a lot of people in these states are trying to learn how to give themselves abortions instead of going to the doctor,” said lead investigator Sean Young. He is a professor in the departments of emergency medicine and informatics. “This has implications for increased emergency department visits...

Disney Princesses: Are They Good or Bad for Your Child's...

13 September 2023
Disney Princesses: Are They Good or Bad for Your Child`s Self-Image?WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For parents worried about how Disney princesses might impact their child's self-image, a new study is saying, “Let it go.”“In children's media, about 60% of the characters are men and boys, they're male. And Disney princesses are probably one of the more visible and more well-known examples of media, made for children specifically, that's focused on female characters and women's stories,” said study author Jane Shawcroft, a doctoral student researcher at the University of California, Davis. “And so even though Disney princesses get criticized a lot for being really thin or for being really heavily gender stereotyped, we wanted to think about … the nuance there and does this affect children, given the context of the broader media...

Dirty Air Could Raise Breast Cancer Risk

13 September 2023
Dirty Air Could Raise Breast Cancer RiskWEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution has long been known to harm the heart and lungs, but new research suggests it might also raise the risk of breast cancer.Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) discovered that the largest increases in breast cancer incidence were among women who, on average, had higher levels of particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) near their home in the years before enrolling in the study. Particulate matter is released through motor vehicle exhaust, burning oil or coal, wood smoke/vegetation burning and industrial emissions. The particles are small enough to be inhaled deep into the lungs. “We observed an 8% increase in breast cancer incidence for living...

Kids Have Already 'Normalized' Gender Roles by Preschool, Study Finds

12 September 2023
Kids Have Already `Normalized` Gender Roles by Preschool, Study FindsTUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- So much for the powerful feminist messaging in the new Barbie movie.Director Greta Gerwig’s feminist interpretation of Barbie depicted the fashion dolls as judges, surgeons, naval officers, astronauts and U.S. Presidents in Barbie World, and it resonated. The Barbie movie broke box office records this summer.But new research shows most people are not living in this re-imagined Barbie world. Parents in China and the United States are still modeling old-fashioned gender roles such as mom doing the cooking and cleaning and dad working outside of the home, and kids are picking up on this and normalizing it at very young ages, new research shows.“What we do in the home matters,” said study author Allegra Midgette, an assistant professor in...
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