C-Section Is Not Tied to Obesity in Children

Some recent reports have suggested that women who give birth by cesarean section are more likely to have obese children. But a large new study found no link between the method of birth and obesity. Swedish researchers tracked medical records of 97,291 men born between 1982 and 1987, following them to age 18. The study…

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Writing, and Cooking, Across Borders

OF MORSELS AND MARVELSBy Maryse Condé Some years ago, the Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé approached her French publisher about writing a cookbook. In the preface to her latest work, “Of Morsels and Marvels,” she conveys her surprise at his negative response. Implicit in his refusal was the notion that cooking, as a subject, couldn’t be…

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Can eating ice cream make you scream?

London: As opposed to making you happy, eating ice cream may cause you a headache. Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, published the article entitled «Prevalence and characteristics of headache attributed to ingestion or inhalation of a cold stimulus (HICS): A cross-sectional study», by Torsten Kraya and colleagues from the Department of…

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Migraine prevention in children and adolescents

London, UK: Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, published the article entitled «Cinnarizine and sodium valproate as the preventive agents of pediatric migraine: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial», by Man Amanat, and Mahmoud Reza Ashrafi from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Migraine affects about 8% of children and…

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‘Ojos’ study to examine eye disease in Latino communities

With $9.7 million in funding from the National Eye Institute, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago will study the impact of chronic eye disease among Latinos. There are approximately 60 million Latinos living in the U.S., and the National Eye Institute reports that Latinos have higher rates of developing visual impairment, blindness, diabetic…

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Children much more likely to die after surgery in poor countries

Children in low resourced countries are 100-200 times more likely to die after surgery than children in wealthy countries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in Anesthesiology. Two billion of the world’s children lack access to safe surgery and anesthesia, and the need for pediatric surgery in low- and middle-income countries is growing, according to…

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Project adapts basic tech to give voice to patients in Africa

ITHACA, N.Y.- Some problems are best solved with new tech or a flashy app. But sometimes adapting existing technology works best of all. A new system developed by Cornell Tech researchers will allow thousands of patients of community health care workers in rural Africa to use a basic tool on their mobile phones — one…

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Researchers say 30% of patients taking opioids experience adverse drug interactions

CHICAGO—December 10, 2019— Patients who do not disclose use of other medications are at higher risk of adverse drug interactions and addiction, according to new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. A new article outlines common drug-drug interactions that alter how the body metabolizes certain opioids, causing decreased efficacy that ultimately can…

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Criteria for clinical trials might be too strict, needlessly excluding patients

DALLAS — Dec. 10, 2019 — Federal regulations may keep lung cancer patients out of clinical trials simply because these patients are on medications that might affect the electrical system of the heart. Drilling into the details quickly turns up reasons to think these regulations may be preventing a substantial proportion of patients from participating…

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