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2021

Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

Is Empathy Born in Mom`s First Hugs?MONDAY, April 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Show your baby your love, and you'll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests.More than 20 years ago, researchers in Israel began studying the impact on newborns of time spent in physical contact with their mothers. The investigators followed these infants, born in the mid- to late-1990s, for two decades. Now, their latest results -- based on nearly 100 young adults -- show that the maternal contact received all those years ago had a measurable impact on social brain functioning decades later, and the ability to empathize and relate to others."What proximity to the mother's body did was enabling mother and infants to be more in tune, more in sync with one another throughout the 20 years of their development. That...

New Treatment May Help Women in Early Menopause Remain...

5 April 2021
New Treatment May Help Women in Early Menopause Remain FertileMONDAY, April 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental treatment may restore fertility during early menopause, a small new study claims.Typically, menopause ends a woman's ability to get pregnant. But researchers report that administering platelet-rich plasma and hormones, called gonadotropins, might stimulate ovulation to make pregnancy possible."The most surprising finding in this work is awakening the sleeping beauty, restoration of ovulatory function after menopause," said lead researcher Dr. Chao Chin Hsu, from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei.As women enter menopause, their ovaries lose normal function and there are less than 1,000 retained immature ovarian follicles. These immature follicles are typically resistant...

C-Section Babies Have Microbiome Deficit, But Catch Up...

5 April 2021
C-Section Babies Have Microbiome Deficit, But Catch Up Over TimeMONDAY, April 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born by cesarean section initially have less diverse gut bacteria than those delivered vaginally, but they catch up within a few years, new research reveals.The researchers also found that it takes a long time for these bacteria colonies — known as the gut microbiome — to mature."Our findings show that the gut microbiota is a dynamic organ, and future studies will have to show whether the early differences can affect the cesarean children later in life," said study leader Fredrik Bäckhed. He's a professor of molecular medicine at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.For the study, his team took fecal samples from 471 newborns, and again when they were 4 months, 12 months, 3 years and 5 years old. The samples were analyzed for gut...

When Will America's Kids Get Their COVID Vaccines?

2 April 2021
When Will America`s Kids Get Their COVID Vaccines?FRIDAY, April 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Kids will be kids, and that's exactly why Holly McDade plans to get her three young children the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them."Little kids can't help but touch their mouths and their noses and touch other things," said McDade, 32, of Strasburg, Va. "They just don't think about it. It's not where their brains are at yet."McDade isn't concerned so much about her kids getting sick, but to whom they might spread COVID-19. Her immediate family has a range of health problems that increase their risk of severe illness -- a husband with asthma, a father-in-law with multiple sclerosis, and both grandmothers with rheumatoid arthritis -- not to mention the chance of infecting a random stranger."You don't have to love somebody...

Heart Disease Gaining on Cancer as Leading Cause of Death in Young Women

2 April 2021
Heart Disease Gaining on Cancer as Leading Cause of Death in Young WomenFRIDAY, April 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is gaining on cancer as the leading cause of death among American women under 65."Young women in the United States are becoming less healthy, which is now reversing prior improvements seen in heart disease deaths for the gender," said Dr. Erin Michos, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She's the co-author of a new study that investigated causes of premature death for U.S. women.For the study, her team analyzed U.S. death certificates between 1999 and 2018 found that cancer was the most common cause of early death in women.But the annual percentage change (APC) in death rates for cancer declined year after year, as it increased for heart disease between 2010 and 2018 in two groups —...
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