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Lil’ J’s Birth Story: Part 1

I met with my OB on Tuesday after having contractions for days. I busted out my contraction tracker iPhone app a few times to time them and while at times they were 2-3 minutes apart for hours I knew they werent strong enough to be doing much, and if I went to the hospital Id […]

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Jasmine ‘as good as valium’ claim

The sweet smell of jasmine is as good as valium at calming the nerves, with none of its side-effects, reported The Daily Telegraph. It said that the fragrance and its chemical substitute caused lab mice to stop all activity and lie quietly in a corner. The research paper showed that certain scented chemicals, including one […]

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Birth complications for teen mums

Teenage mothers are more likely to give birth prematurely and have underweight babies, says The Daily Telegraph. This news is based on research that looked at records of babies born to mothers aged between 14 and 29 in the North West of England. The study found that teenage mothers aged 14 to 17 were more […]

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It would be funny it was a character in a movie

I'm not going to lie. I've always had a touch of OCD a special penchant for re-checking the previously checked, worrying about catastrophes that never come, and just generally fretting needlessly. Virtually no amount of calm reassurance from cooler minds is able to convince me that someone besides myself can check things properly - or, […]

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Hand, foot and mouth and paranoia

Cam woke up this morning with a fever of 101.3. Not super high, but of course enough to mean he can't go to school. And after how sick he seemed all day, I'm pretty sure he has hand, foot and mouth disease that is going around the daycare center. Goodie. And we just pray that […]

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Lil’ J’s Birth Story: The Preface

In the hours and days before the birth of my daughter I envisioned what our first moments together would be likeWhat Id think when I first saw her. Would she be like a stranger to me, or would it feel like I had known her my whole life? That moment was finally staring me in […]

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Fish oil ‘may fight breast cancer’

Fish oil may cut the risk of breast cancer by a third, said the Daily Mail. The news is based on a large study that followed just over 35,000 postmenopausal women for up to seven years to investigate how their use of supplements, including fish oil, affected their risk of developing breast cancer. It found […]

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Chocolate cuts pregnancy risk claim

'A regular chocolate treat could halve a woman's risk of giving birth prematurely, reported the Daily Mail. The story is based on research that looked at whether regular chocolate consumption during pregnancy is associated with reduced risks of pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure. It found that a higher chocolate intake in the first or third […]

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Feeling so sad about Monkey’s 1st birthday

There are less than 2 weeks left until Monkey's 1st birthday party I'm quite emotional about it. I have been super excited about his birthday party because I was so into figuring out the decorations, menu, presents, etc But when I started to actually think about him getting older, moving from "baby" to "toddler", ... […]

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24 weeks man!

Todaymarks aHUGE milestone for us... 24 weeks, 6 months pregnant with Superbaby. Its still so hard to believe, but getting more real each day. I officially look pregnant, although I have not gained too much weight, my stomach shows that I am indeed carrying a Superbaby. I can no longer button ANY of my pants, […]

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Obesity and inactivity link studied

Lack of exercise is not to blame for the childhood obesity crisis, The Daily Telegraph reported. The newspaper explained that researchers have found children become less physically active because of obesity and are not necessarily obese because they are inactive. The debate about whether overeating or inactivity is the greater cause of childhood obesity hinges […]

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Measles outbreak in France

French authorities have reported an increased number of measles cases in France this year. Parents who are planning a holiday in France and have not had their children vaccinated against measles should ensure their children have the measles, mumps and rubella MMR vaccine. It is never too late to get the MMR vaccine for your […]

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Can socialising fight cancer?

Socialising with others can help fight cancer, according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper said that the positive stress from interaction causes tumours to shrink and even go into remission. The research was an animal study comparing the progression of tumours in mice kept in standard cages and in mice given more space, a range […]

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Early days for Alzheimer’s test

A simple blood test may soon be able to predict Alzheimer's disease up to 10 years before symptoms appear, says The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper says researchers have discovered that a rise in levels of a protein called clusterin may be an early sign of the disease. The observational and laboratory studies that lie behind […]

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Depression linked to dementia

Having depression may nearly double the risk of developing dementia later in life, reported BBC News. It said that a 17-year study of nearly 1,000 elderly people, found that 22 of those who were depressed at the start went on to develop dementia, compared with 17 of those who were not depressed. This is a […]

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Sweet tea ‘soothes stress’

Psychologists have found that sweetened drinks make people less aggressive and argumentative, according to the Daily Mail. The scientists behind the new research said a sweet drink could improve your ability to restrain your aggressive impulses during stressful meetings or commutes. These findings come from a study where student volunteers drank lemonade sweetened with sugar […]

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My Mom Style

While I was pregnant, I got a lot questions. Things like... Will you use pacifiers? Are you going to pump? Will you co-sleep? What kind of slings are you going to buy? Will you use cloth diapers? ...and so on. I was kind of determined not to set myself up for disappointment by deciding ahead […]

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Miscarriage Risks Higher After IVF in Overweight Women

Here's one more compelling reason to get your weight in check before trying to conceive: Overweight women who get pregnant with in vitro fertilization IVF have a greater risk of suffering a miscarriage than slim women who undergo the procedure. The Associated Press reported that in a British study, the risk of miscarriage was 33 […]

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Bullet Points of fun

Nantucket was wonderful. Can't say it was 100 of the time, because of normal MIL issues, but here are the highlights: Getting to spend time with Aaron's Grandmother. My kids are very lucky to have a great-grandmother, and they love her. She always manages to have just the perfect things for the kids. She gave […]

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Failure is not an option

I was extremely efficient last week. Remember that list of a million things I talked about? I was knocking them off one by one. Here's the thing about lists that is no surprise to anyone- after one list is done another one takes its place. I used to be a woman of few lists. I […]

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Birth Trauma and Breastfeeding Remedies

Wouldn't it be nice if our bodies and babies came with a guidebook specifically for written for each of us? We could know ahead of time that labor could potentially be 25 hours long. We could plan on how to deal with the back labor and the third degree tears. The cracking, bleeding nipples from […]

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Appetite suppressant… for mice

Chemical that can stop you eating for pleasure is discovered by British scientists, the Daily Mail reported. It said that an appetite suppressant that takes away the desire for post-pub kebabs and calorific late-night snacks has been discovered by British scientists. What is not immediately apparent from the news report is that this was an […]

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Early days for Alzheimer’s blood test

A simple blood test may soon be able to predict Alzheimer's disease up to 10 years before symptoms appear, says The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper says researchers have discovered that a rise in levels of a protein called clusterin may be an early sign of the disease. The observational and laboratory studies that lie behind […]

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Cancer drug shows early promise

The Daily Telegraph reported today on a new drug that could shrink inherited breast and ovarian cancers. It said that the drug, called olaparib, targets cancer cells caused by faulty genes and that researchers have found it could shrink tumours in 40 of advanced breast cancer patients and in a third of those with advanced […]

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Public Funds and In Vitro Fertilization

Most persons seeking fertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization IVF are responsible for paying the bills for such services. This payment is managed using personal loans, Shared Risk plans, low rate plans or other types of personal financing, when health insurance does not cover the costs. There is concern, in many States, regarding the use […]

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