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What This Mom Learned About Food Culture in America After Her Baby Stopped Eating

What This Mom Learned About Food Culture in America After Her Baby Stopped Eating

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You’ll want to have tissues handy when you dive into The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America. Though the new book from Virginia Sole-Smith might sound at first blush like a feminist or body-positivity book—both of which it is—it’s also a deeply personal, heart-wrenching story. Sole-Smith’s elder daughter, Violet, stopped eating by mouth at nine weeks old, and didn’t start again until she was about 16 months old. Rare congenital heart defects landed Violet in the hospital four weeks into her tiny life, and she emerged with what’s known medically as an oral aversion or infantile anorexia. It’s...
California wildfires: The best smoke masks that protect against poor air quality

California wildfires: The best smoke masks that protect against poor air quality

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This is a Kaiser Health News story. Toby Lewsadder stepped outside an Ace Hardware store wearing a simple one-strap dust mask. He knew it wasn’t the right defense against the wildfire smoke lingering in the air, but it was all he could find. The local hardware stores he checked Tuesday didn’t have the more substantial respirator mask that public health officials recommend to defend against the harmful wildfire smoke that is blanketing communities across the state. One pharmacy he contacted was selling surgical masks for only a quarter. “No one has them,” said Lewsadder, 41, who was visiting the state capital from Los Angeles for an IT conference. So, for now, the dust mask would have to do: “Something is better than nothing,” he said. Unfortunately, ...
NIH pinpoints cause for fatal hepatitis b-related liver disease

NIH pinpoints cause for fatal hepatitis b-related liver disease

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Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Scientists have honed in on the cause of a rare condition Hepatitis B virus, or HBV, associated acute liver failure, or ALF, that can kill a patient in a few days. A study led by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the fatal condition comes from an unusual interaction between a heavily mutated HBV variant and an abnormal reaction of liver patient assisted by antibody-producing B cells. The researchers analyzed the differences in HBV-ALF and classic acute HBV, to isolate the cause in the rare form. Researchers took liver samples from four patients with HBV-ALF and examined how the HBV damaged the liver, and replicated it by using gene sequencing and tissue cell analysis technology. In the HBV-A...
Your Thanksgiving Feast Might Be Better for You Than You Think

Your Thanksgiving Feast Might Be Better for You Than You Think

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This time of year, you're bound to see articles tallying up the calories in your Thanksgiving meal, or how much exercise you need to do to burn off the feast. Forget all that. Instead, we’d like to highlight the potential benefits of your holiday dinner, along with simple ways to create a healthier balance on your plate—so you can feel good about what you’re putting in your body, and focus on enjoying your food and the company. Below, the nutritional highlights for five traditional dishes. Turkey A three-ounce portion of skinless turkey breast can provide 25 grams of lean protein, along with ...
Study: Radiation causes cognition damage in brain cancer patients

Study: Radiation causes cognition damage in brain cancer patients

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Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Treating brain tumors in children can take away one problem while bringing about another. More than half the patients who receive radiation therapy to treat brain tumors get irreversible cognitive damage, and those consequences are especially harmful to children. But that could all soon change. According to a study published Tuesday in the journal eLife, the drug PLX5622 can stop radiation-related cognitive decline could be the the answer. "When the brain's immune system is activated by an insult, like radiation, we generally see that microglia start to affect synapses," Susanna Rosi, a professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy and of Neurological Surgery at University of California San Francisco and co-senior author of the study, said in a press release. In past ...