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Tumors Have Their Own Bacterial Colonies That Could Guide Cancer Care

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The human body is teeming with bacteria, and a new study finds the same is true of many cancers -- raising questions about what role microbes might play in the diseases. Researchers have already known that tumors in certain areas of the body -- like the gut -- harbor bacteria of their own. But the new research reveals that a range of cancers, including those of the breast, lungs, bones and brain, have their own bacterial communities within tumor cells. And the makeup of those communities seems to be unique to each cancer type, the researchers report in the May 29 issue of Science. Exactly what it all means is unclear at this point. But the study also found that the same bacteria within tumor cells were present in patients' immune system...

Clotting Tied to COVID-19 May Harm the Placenta

27 May 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women who had COVID-19 while pregnant showed evidence of placental injury, suggesting a new complication of the illness, researchers say. The good news from the small study of 16 women is that "most of these babies were delivered full-term after otherwise normal pregnancies," said study senior author Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein. He's assistant professor of pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. However, signs of reduced blood flow in the placentas of women infected with the new coronavirus does have doctors concerned. Right now, COVID-19 injury to the placenta "doesn't appear to be inducing negative outcomes in live-born infants, based on our limited data, but it does validate the idea that women with COVID...

What Are Your Chances of Having a Second IVF Baby?

26 May 2020
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you've had one baby through fertility treatment, your chances for a second success are good, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 35,000 women in Australia and New Zealand who had a live baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF). The women were treated between 2009 and 2013 and followed to 2015. Live births up to October 2016 were included in the study. After one success, the chances of having a second IVF baby were between 51% and 88% after six cycles of treatment, the researchers said. The likelihood of a successful pregnancy declined with age and whether women used a fresh or frozen embryo. Compared to women under 30, those between 35 and 39 saw their odds of success drop by 22% if they used an embryo frozen...

6 Expert Tips for Defusing Kids' Quarantine Meltdowns

26 May 2020
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When kids and teens chafe under COVID-19 quarantine, how can parents stop the meltdowns and misbehavior? Start with understanding: Young people miss their friends and their freedom. Younger kids might respond by throwing tantrums. Teens might isolate themselves, ignore social distancing rules or sneak out to see friends. To curb negative behavior, experts from Penn State Children's Hospital offer their advice. It starts with this time-honed tip: If your child has a tantrum, ignore it if it's not endangering anyone. "It helps a child understand they won't get what they want from having a tantrum," pediatrician Dr. Katherine Shedlock said in a hospital news release. Ask the child to take quiet time, which is different from a timeout. Pick a...

For Many Kids, Picky Eating Isn't Just a Phase, Study Finds

26 May 2020
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For parents hoping their "picky" eater will grow out of it, a new study may be unwelcome news. Researchers found that choosy 4-year-olds were still turning their noses up at many foods at age 9 -- suggesting their finicky eating is more of a trait than a phase. The study, which followed over 300 children, found three patterns: The majority were consistently middle-of-the-road when it came to food fussiness -- sometimes shunning unfamiliar cuisine, but remaining relatively open to trying new foods. A sizable minority (29%) consistently ate everything their parents offered up. Then there was the picky 14%. From age 4 to 9, they routinely refused new foods and maintained a limited culinary repertoire. Still, researchers saw bright spots in...

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