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Are Stillbirths More Common in Women Infected With COVID?

Are Stillbirths More Common in Women Infected With COVID?MONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 is surging in U.S. states with low vaccination rates, and these places may also be seeing a higher-than-usual number of stillbirths linked to the virus. While the number of stillbirths is still very low nationally, doctors in the Deep South have noticed increases in stillbirths, NBC News reported. One of those states is Alabama. But the numbers are too low overall to draw definitive conclusions on whether the COVID cases led to a rise in stillbirths, said Dr. Akila Subramaniam, an associate professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine."Everything that we're seeing with stillbirths is truly anecdotal. We don't have the numbers to confirm what we perceive that we're seeing," Subramaniam told...

Your State's Laws Might Save Your Life If Breast Cancer...

13 September 2021
Your State`s Laws Might Save Your Life If Breast Cancer StrikesMONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When Nancy Cappello was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2003, she was stunned.How could this have happened? She went for her annual screening mammogram every year and was always told that all was fine.It wasn't. Cappello had dense breasts, but no one had ever told her. "The tumor was likely growing for five to seven years," said her husband, Joseph Cappello. "At the time, no one knew what a dense breast was, and no one was talking about it." As many as 40% of women have dense breast tissue, which increases risk for breast cancer. What's more, mammograms often miss these cancers, leading to later diagnoses when the breast cancer has already started to spread. Nancy passed away at age 66 in 2018 due to complications related to her...

It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

10 September 2021
It`s a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter CatFRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of a child with autism might wonder if a pet cat would be a good fit for the family. Now, research suggests both children with autism and cats benefit when a feline joins the household.Gretchen Carlisle, a research scientist at the Missouri University Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, in Columbia, Mo., and her colleagues studied the pet dynamic from both sides. "It's not only important to examine how families of children with autism may benefit from these wonderful companion animals, but also if the relationship is stressful or burdensome for the shelter cats being adopted into a new, perhaps unpredictable environment," Carlisle said in a university news release. "In our study, we found the cats acclimated well to their new...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Treated for Breast Cancer

9 September 2021
Sen. Amy Klobuchar Treated for Breast CancerTHURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar revealed Thursday that she's been treated for early-stage breast cancer, including surgery to remove a lump and radiation therapy.The 61-year-old Minnesota Democrat said in a statement posted on social media that Mayo Clinic doctors found worrying signs during a routine mammogram in February, including "small white spots called calcifications."A follow-up biopsy revealed that Klobuchar — who campaigned in the Democratic presidential primary in 2020 — had stage 1A breast cancer.After other tests, she returned to Mayo for a lumpectomy that removed the cancer from her right breast. She completed radiation treatment in May, and by August her doctors reported that her therapy went well."Of course this has been scary at...

Mom-to-Be's 'Leaky' Heart Valves May Pose More Danger Than Thought

9 September 2021
Mom-to-Be`s `Leaky` Heart Valves May Pose More Danger Than ThoughtTHURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Leaky heart valves can put pregnant women at serious risk, according to a large study that runs counter to established practice.The condition used to be considered relatively harmless during pregnancy. But this analysis by Johns Hopkins University researchers of more than 20,000 individual medical records reveals that heart valve disease puts women at risk for bleeding, high blood pressure, organ damage and other complications during childbirth."Our study focused on something that perhaps doesn't get a lot of attention," senior author Dr. Erin Michos said in a Hopkins news release. She directs women's cardiovascular health and is an associate professor at the university's School of Medicine in Baltimore.Michos said the new findings call for...

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