What baby eats in first days may impact health later
The food babies eat during their first days of life may have a long-term impact on their health, a new study suggests. The results of the research show babies who are breast-fed have lower blood pressure when they are three years old compared with babies who are given formula with high amounts of protein. In addition, breast-fed babies also had slightly bigger heads than those who were fed a low-protein formula. (MSNBC)
Prenatal BPA Exposure Tied to Wheezing in Kids
Mothers who are exposed to high amounts of the controversial but highly prevalent chemical bisphenol A (BPA), found in everything from canned foods and plastics to dental products and credit card receipts, have children with an increased risk of wheezing, according to a new study. (Fox News)
Young mom versus old mom: Which is really better?
My family is a little unusual – I have a 14-year-old and a 14-month old, with a 2½-year-old sandwiched in between. Parenting all three requires some serious multi-tasking. It also provides a personal window into the young mom versus older mom debate. Is it better to have kids in your 20s, when you have lots of energy, or in your 30s or 40s, when you’re more settled? (Today.com)
After learning about Robert Edward’s Nobel Prize win for his contributions to IVF and, at the same time, Dr. Michael Kamrava’s legal troubles for possible negligence in his practice of the procedure – we just had to know: Where do you stand on IVF?
The question sparked a lively debate among our commenters. Many of you agreed that it was a wonderful tool to help with infertility, while others found it unethical, and some stayed on the fence. Check out a sample below, and then take our poll and leave a comment to tell us where you stand!
“I think IVF is an awesomely, wonderful tool for couples who want to have a child. I was unfortunately diagnosed as menopausal at age 27 and with the help of egg donation (from my sister) and after 4 attempts at IVF, we were finally blessed this fall with our daughter, Grace. She is the love of our lives…” – Amanda Kendzierski
“…It only increases the chances of complications. I agree that the doctors need to have consequences. They are either endangering the patients health or help the fraud (giving birth to multiple kids to get welfare money). In either way it’s wrong and should be punishable. ..” –Alexandra
“IVF can be a wonderful tool, but I think it can be too tempting to play God. One must be very careful when considering how far they’d go for a child “of their own” (meaning one they’ve carried in their own womb). I do not think insurance companies should pay for IVF… if couples can fund the procedure, great. If not, adoption should be the route they take. Saving a child and giving them a good home and life is worth every bit as much as a medical procedure!” – Tricia Cooper
While Dr. Michael Kamrava’s legal woes are related to the way he practiced IVF (implanting far more embryos than national guidelines permit), not the practice of IVF itself, the suit is still indicative of a larger battle.
Even as IVF helps thousands of women to conceive and receives awards, the technology and its usage still has heavy adversaries, including insurance companies and certain religions.
What are your thoughts on IVF? Is it a wonderful tool, immoral or something else entirely?