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Vaccinated Moms' Breast Milk Could Protect Baby From COVID

Vaccinated Moms` Breast Milk Could Protect Baby From COVIDTHURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Infants too young to be vaccinated for COVID-19 get some protection from their mothers’ breast milk, researchers say.The new study follows up on findings published in 2021 that showed the breast milk of vaccinated people contained antibodies against the COVID-19 virus.For the study, researchers analyzed infants’ stool.“Our first study showed there were SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the breast milk, but we couldn’t say if those antibodies were getting through the babies’ gastrointestinal tract and possibly providing protection there,” said senior study author Joseph Larkin III. He is an associate professor in the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in Gainesville.Larkin and his team used a technique known...

Menopause Symptoms Can Arise Well Before Menopause: Study

11 January 2023
Menopause Symptoms Can Arise Well Before Menopause: StudyWEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Mood swings. Hot flashes. Night sweats. Bad sleep. These are all debilitating symptoms of menopause, but now new research suggests they can start long before a woman stops having periods.“Women in the late-reproductive stage who are menstruating regularly but noting changes in cycle length or duration may experience many symptoms typically associated with the menopausal transition,” said study author Yamnia Cortés. She is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing in Durham, N.C.During and around menopause, the production of the female hormone estrogen declines. Women in the United States usually experience the menopausal transition between the ages of 40 and 58, according to the...

'Cellular Atlas' Could Be Step Against Endometriosis

11 January 2023
`Cellular Atlas` Could Be Step Against EndometriosisWEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Few good treatment options exist for the millions of women dealing with the intense pain caused by endometriosis, but researchers say a new "cellular atlas" could help. A team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has developed a detailed molecular profile of endometriosis using data from 400,000 patient cells.“Endometriosis has been an understudied disease in part because of limited cellular data that has hindered the development of effective treatments. In this study, we applied a new technology called single-cell genomics, which allowed us to profile the many different cell types contributing to the disease,” study co-author Kate Lawrenson said in a medical center news release. “This resource can now be used by researchers...

Blood Test Might Warn of Dangerous Complication of Pregnancy

10 January 2023
Blood Test Might Warn of Dangerous Complication of PregnancyTUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental blood test could one day provide early warning for a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, a new study reports.Placenta accreta occurs when the placenta — the food and oxygen source for a fetus — grows too deeply into the wall of a woman’s uterus.The condition can cause a woman to bleed to death following delivery, especially if it hasn’t been detected beforehand, said study leader Dr. Hope Yu, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.Unfortunately, up to half of placenta accreta goes undiagnosed prior to delivery, the researchers noted.The new test appears to accurately detect emerging cases of placenta accreta by looking for microparticle proteins associated with the...

U.S. Birth Rates Continue to Fall

10 January 2023
U.S. Birth Rates Continue to FallTUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing a decades-long trend, the percentage of American women who've ever had a child declined again in the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."A lower percentage of women aged 15 to 44 in 2015–2019 had ever had a biological child (52.1%) compared with women aged 15 to 44 in 2011–2015 (54.9%)," concluded a report issued Jan. 10 by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).Declines were also seen for men becoming fathers. From 2015 through 2019, 39.7% of boys and men aged 15 to 44 had fathered a child, compared to 43.8% during 2011–2015, the report said. Overall, birth rates have plummeted for Americans over the past five decades: "Between 1976 and 2018, the mean number of children...

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