Study answers when moderate to late preterm babies go home

“When is my baby going home?” is one of the first questions asked by families of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Now clinicians have a data-based answer. Moderate to late preterm babies (born at gestational age of 32 to 36 weeks) who have no significant medical problems on admission are likely to be discharged at 36 […]

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When does your child’s flu merit an ER visit?

(HealthDay)—It’s hard not to worry when your child suffers from the flu, but pediatricians say too many parents are taking their sick kids to the emergency room when a doctor’s visit would suffice. “We are seeing a jump in the number of patients coming to our emergency department for flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. Michele Walsh, medical director of the Pediatric […]

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Fake news feels less immoral to share when we’ve seen it before

People who repeatedly encounter a fake news item may feel less and less unethical about sharing it on social media, even when they don’t believe the information, research indicates. In a series of experiments involving more than 2,500 people, Daniel A. Effron, a London Business School associate professor of organizational behavior, and Medha Raj, a Ph.D. student at the University […]

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Shawn Johnson Says She Felt Like She Had 'Failed' When Her Labor Didn't Go As Planned

Shawn Johnson’s birth of her first child didn’t go as planned, and the Olympian feels seriously “guilty” about it. Nearly two weeks after welcoming her daughter, Drew Hazel, with husband Andrew East into the world, Johnson detailed her painful 22-hour labor in an Instagram post Thursday. In it, she explains that she chose to get an epidural and eventually a […]

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Parents left in the cold when it comes to kids with autism

First-line health professionals must vastly improve their communication and engagement with parents if they are to help address the growing prevalence of autism among children, say researchers from the University of South Australia. Undertaking a meta-synthesis of 22 international studies, researchers consolidated the voices of 1178 parents advocating for their children with autism, finding that parents feel ignored and dismissed […]

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You're Wired to Support Your Favorite Sports Team—Even When They Suck

SAY YOU have a team. Could be a football team or a basketball team or a baseball team, but it’s your team, and it’s been your team for as long as you can remember. For me, those teams have always been the Knicks and the Jets—for the guy pictured above, it’s all about the Mets—and for fans of this New […]

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Why Isn't There a Hepatitis C Vaccine—And When Can You Expect One?

Most people get vaccinated against so many diseases as a child that it can be easy to assume you’ve received vaccines for practically everything. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and some infections still pose a threat. Take hepatitis C, for instance, an infection that can attack your liver and inflammation and even liver damage in some cases. The hepatitis C virus […]

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When should NHS contact patients over faulty genes?

The NHS and health services worldwide need to develop policies on when patients should be “re-contacted” about faulty genes, as the current lack of guidance creates a dilemma for health services, experts have warned. Re-contacting happens when new information about a patient’s genes comes to light—such as when a certain gene mutation is reclassified as a cancer risk. A policy […]

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