Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Smoking and Drinking May Not Harm Male Fertility
Researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. say that doctors might want to reconsider their advice to infertile men given the new findings: if infertile couples are delaying fertility treatments in order to try ineffective lifestyle changes first, it may waste valuable time and fail to help them conceive. (via TIME)
Same-Sex Parents Sue Over North Carolina Adoption Law
A civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging North Carolina’s prohibition against same-sex couples adopting each other’s children. (via Reuters)
Forced Abortion Sparks Outrage, Debate in China
Nationwide outrage continued to grow Thursday in China over a late-term abortion forced upon a woman by local family planning officials, even as authorities pledged to punish those responsible. (via CNN)
10-Year-Old Girl Gets a New Vein Made from Her Stem Cells
For the first time doctors have successfully transplanted a vein grown with a patient’s own stem cells, another example of scientists producing human body parts in the lab. (via TIME)
Childhood Obesity Affects Math Performance
Childhood obesity affects math performance in school, along with child’s social skills and well being, according to a new study published in the journal Child Development. (via ABC News)
90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike
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Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district voted overwhelmingly to authorize the first strike in 25 years if their union and the city cannot reach a deal on a contract this summer — signaling just how badly the relationship between teachers and Chicago school officials has deteriorated, union officials said Monday. (via AP)
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Monday, February 27th, 2012
Suspect in Custody in Ohio High School Shooting
Gunfire at a high school outside Cleveland injured a number of students Monday morning, and at least one suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.
Report: Women Have Rare Egg-Producing Stem Cells
For 60 years, doctors have believed women were born with all the eggs they’ll ever have. Now Harvard scientists are challenging that dogma, saying they’ve discovered the ovaries of young women harbor very rare stem cells capable of producing new eggs.
Group Backs HPV Shot Recommendation for Boys
Boys 11 years and up should get Merck & Co’s Gardasil vaccine to protect them against HPV infections, which can cause genital warts as well as oral, penile and anal cancers, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians said Monday.
Active Video Games Don’t Mean Kids Exercise More
All that virtual boxing, bowling and dancing along with video game systems might not be helping kids meet their daily exercise requirements, a new study suggests.
Fatal School Fight Between 2 Girls Was Over a Boy, Friends, Family Say
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An 11-year-old girl who died after a fight with a classmate in Long Beach cried, complained of a headache and vomited after the altercation, friends and family said.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
While most women understand that amniotic fluid helps nourish and protect a growing baby in the womb, many are unaware of it’s benefits beyond pregnancy. Today’s launch of the very first National Amniotic Fluid Awareness Day aims to educate parents-to-be on the benefits involved in banking amniotic fluid during a pregnancy, according to Biocell Center, the leader in amniotic fluid preservation. While taking this precaution will cost you upwards of $1,000, research indicates that equipping a child with this option could very well protect him for life, explains Kate Torchilin, CEO of the center.
“The technology to preserve amniotic fluid did not exist until relatively recently so, for decades, doctors and labs have discarded what has proven to be one of the richest, natural sources of mesenchymal stem cells,” says Torchilin. “Amniotic fluid banking is the latest advance in stem cell preservation. Research with these stem cells is leading to significant medical discoveries, and the only way to take advantage is to plan ahead and preserve now.”
When collected and stored during a pregnancy (it’s done as part of an amniocentesis), research suggests amniotic fluid could eventually solve a great deal of medical issues that can arise during the course of that child’s life and do things like as help repair cartilage, heal wounds or grow heart valves. Because amniotic fluid stem cells are a perfect match for a child, the organs and tissues that can be grown from these cells will always be accepted by his body. There is also the potential for immediate family members to benefit should they be a match.
“It is easy and safe to collect amniotic fluid throughout the entire pregnancy, as early as the second trimester, because a little bit of it is already routinely collected during some prenatal tests”, says Torchilin. “A small amount – just one to a few teaspoonfuls – of fluid can be then set aside for preservation, without any change to the prenatal test itself.”
“Decisions about prenatal testing and stem cell banking can be overwhelming, so it is important for women who are pregnant or trying to conceiveto learn about all their options and be empowered to make the right decision for themselves and their family’s needs,” said Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, Executive Director of HealthyWomen, the leader in independent health information for women. “We hope that stem cell banking becomes a routine consideration during pregnancy planning and that women become educated early on.”
For more information about Amniotic Fluid Awareness day or amniotic fluid banking, please visit http://www.biocellcenter.com or call 1-866-246-2720.
Would you consider banking your amniotic fluid? Share your thoughts!
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