Friday, July 20th, 2012
CDC: 1 in 13 Pregnant Women Say They Drink Alcohol
A government survey shows 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol and some even go on binges. (via AP)
U.S. Whooping Cough Cases Could Be Worst In More Than 50 Years
Whooping cough is causing the worst epidemic seen in the United States in more than 50 years, health officials said Thursday, and they’re calling for mass vaccination of adults. The epidemic has killed nine babies so far, and nearly 18,000 cases already have been reported nationwide this year. (via TIME)
Entire Genetic Sequence of Individual Human Sperm Determined
Stanford University researchers have sequenced the entire genomes of 91 human sperm from one man. The results provide a glimpse into naturally occurring genetic variation in one individual and are the first to report the whole-genome sequence of a human gamete — the only cells that become a child and through which parents pass on physical traits. (via Science Daily)
In Utero Exposure to Diesel Exhaust A Possible Risk Factor for Obesity
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Pregnant mice exposed to high levels of air pollution gave birth to offspring with a significantly higher rate of obesity and insulin resistance in adulthood than those who were not exposed to air pollution. These findings suggest a link between diesel exhaust exposure in utero and bulging waistlines in adulthood. (via Science Daily)
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
We’re in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic. In California alone, 5,978 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported. And tragically, 10 babies there have died of whooping cough. The latest death is so upsetting not only for the obvious reasons but because whooping cough deaths are preventable. Babies themselves can’t be immunized until they’re 2 months old, which is often the time they’re most vulnerable to whooping cough symptoms. (Infants are considered at high risk for pertussis until they’re 1 and have had three shots of the DTap vaccine that protects against diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis.) Up to 75 percent of babies who contract the disease get it from someone in their own home. We’ll break down the precautionary steps for you.
If you’re pregnant, make sure that anyone who’s going to be around your baby—including your partner, your parents, your in-laws, your older children, and your babysitter—has had the booster for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) within the last five years.
If you’ve recently given birth and haven’t had the booster in the last five years, get the Tdap vaccine.
If you’re going to be around a newborn and haven’t had the booster in the last five years, get the Tdap vaccine.
See the pattern here? Get the Tdap vaccine.
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