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Blood Test During Pregnancy Could Reduce Neural Tube Defects

Neural tube defects are the most common birth defects that affect 300,000 births globally, each year. It is one of the most common severely disabling birth defects. One of the ways to reduce this from happening is getting enough folate (a form of vitamin B). Or another method is folic acid, which is synthetically produced and is used in fortified foods and supplements. Taking synthetically-produced... 

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Children May Cause Weight Gain

Tonsillectomies are commonly prescribed to help children who suffer from sleep apnea, but a recent study found that the treatment can make children gain weight, especially if they’re already overweight. In the study, researchers analyzed 204 children between the ages of five and nine who were recommended to undergo tonsillectomy surgery and another 192 children who didn’t. The team followed... 

Father Asks Reddit Users to Remove Tubes from Daughter’s Picture, Gets Overwhelming Response

A grieving father turned to the help of Reddit for a simple request of removing the tubes from his daughters photo. Nathen Steffel, whose daughter died last Thursday, posted a brief request on Reddit: “My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital,” he wrote. His daughter Sophia was born May 30 and lived just six weeks, he said. She died from complications... 

Graco Recalls 1.9 Million Infant Car Seats Due to Faulty Harness Buckle

After a five-month spat with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Graco is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats. Earlier this year, Graco recalled 4.2 million toddler seats because the harness buckles can get stuck, but at that time, didn’t recall infant seats. When Graco announced the initial recall in February, NHTSA questioned why the infant seats weren’t included.... 

Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers 2014: New York Best and South Dakota Worst

Researchers analyzed data to determine vehicle crash death rates in the 50 most populous areas of the United States and compared them to national rates. Wallet Hub then looked at other safety and financial data to create an in-depth analysis of the best and worst states for teen drivers overall. “Using 16 key metrics, WalletHub has identified the Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers. We... 

Breast Milk Becomes a Hot Commodity Among Male Athletes

Milk does the body good, but what about breast milk. Could it be as healthy or tasteful for adults as it is for infants. According to the American Pregnancy Association, human breast milk is composed of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates plus cells called leukocytes: “They help fight infection. It is the antibodies, living cells, enzymes, and hormones that make breast milk ideal. These cannot be... 

Missing Nebraska Boy Found Inside Bowling Alleys Claw Machine

A 3-year old missing boy from Lincoln, Nebraska turned up inside of a Bowling Alley’s claw machine. On Monday, the boy’s mother reported her son missing and said he had gotten out of their apartment while she was in the bathroom, said Katie Flood, spokeswoman for the Lincoln Police Department. Police searched the area and were notified by a man that a boy was inside the claw machine across... 

Raccoon Attacks Baby: Charlotte Ponce Gets New Ear After Attack

Charlotte Ponce was 3-months old when she was attacked by a pet raccoon while laying in her crib. The raccoon destroyed her right ear, nose and part of her cheek. The children were taken into protective custody after the accident. Her great-aunt and uncle, Sharon and Tim Ponce from Spring Lake, Michigan heard the horrific news on the TV news and stepped in to adopt Charlotte and her older brother... 

7 Babies Found Dead in Utah: Megan Huntsman Admits to Strangling or Suffocating the Newborns

Megan Huntsman gave birth to seven babies in her home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. One died at birth and the other six were strangled or suffocated, then their bodies were concealed in boxes and stored in the garage, she told police, according to documents released by state authorities on Monday. According to the affidavit, police responded to a report that a dead baby had been found in a garage in Pleasant... 

Autism Starts Prior to Birth with Brain Cells, According to Research

New research shows Autism starts prior to birth. Autism begins when certain brain cells fail to properly mature within the womb, according to scientists. Brain tissue taken from children who died and had autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that’s critical for learning and memory, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Tissue samples... 
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