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  • Breast-Feeding Rates Climb, But Many Moms Quit Early: CDC

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Breast-Feeding Rates Climb, But Many Moms Quit Early: CDC TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even though most new moms in the United States begin breast-feeding their babies at birth, many stop sooner than recommended, a new study finds. In 2013, eight out of 10 newborns started out breast-feeding, which shows most mothers want to breast-feed and try to do so, according to the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But only about half of infants ...

  • Banned PCB Chemicals Still Tied to Autism in U.S. Kids

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Banned PCB Chemicals Still Tied to Autism in U.S. Kids TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to relatively high levels of PCBs in the womb may have an increased risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are man-made chemicals once used in a wide range of products, from electrical appliances to fluorescent lighting. Use of these chemicals was banned in the 1970s because of concerns about their health effects. But since they do not easily br...

  • Blood Test Might Someday Predict Your Stroke Risk

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Blood Test Might Someday Predict Your Stroke Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the doctor's office of the future, a simple blood test might gauge a patient's odds of suffering a stroke someday, new research suggests. A team of Canadian researchers measured levels of blood-borne chemical signals, or "biomarkers," in the blood of more than 3,200 people. The patients averaged 61 years of age and were tracked for an average of nine years. During that time, 98 of them did suffer a stroke. ...

  • Backback Smarts From a Pro

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Backback Smarts From a Pro SATURDAY, Aug. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ill-fitting backpacks may put school children at risk for muscle injuries as well as back, neck and shoulder pain, experts warn. "Heavy duty backpacks must be worn and used correctly in order to avoid injuries such as strains, sprains and posture problems," said orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Nitin Khanna, an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson. "Use both shoulder straps to keep the weight of the backpack better distr...

  • Blood Transfusions in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Blood Transfusions in Children What is a blood transfusion? A blood transfusion is when blood is put into the body. During a blood transfusion, your child receives donated blood through one of his or her blood vessels. A needle is put into a vein, often in the arm. The needle is attached to a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. This is called an intravenous line, or IV. Blood is sent into the vein through this IV line. Blood has several parts. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood. It’s made of wate...

  • Blood Clotting Disorders in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Blood Clotting Disorders in Children What are blood clotting disorders? Clotting is the result of a series of chemical changes in the blood. Blood clots help repair damaged blood vessels and stop bleeding. Special blood cells called platelets and proteins called clotting factors are involved in blood clotting. Blood clots may also form when there is no injury or bleeding. They may block veins or arteries. This may interrupt blood flow to part of the body. The clots may prevent blood flow to organs, such...

  • Burkitt Lymphoma in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Burkitt Lymphoma in Children What is Burkitt Lymphoma? Burkitt lymphoma is a rare, fast-growing form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). It’s a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It helps to fight diseases and infections. The lymphatic system also helps with balancing fluids in different parts of the body. The lymphatic system includes: Lymph. This is a fluid that contains lymphocyte cells. Lymph vessels . These are tiny tubes that carry lymph fluid thr...

  • Blood Test

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Blood Test A blood test is a lab analysis of the elements in your blood. Regular blood tests might be ordered to keep track of how well you and your doctor are managing a condition such as diabetes or high cholesterol. They are also ordered during routine checkups and sick visits. Blood test are ordered by healthcare providers to help: Find out how well important organs such as your kidneys, liver, heart, or thyroid are working. Help diagnose diseases such as cancer, diabetes, coronary heart disease, an...

  • Belt Lipectomy

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Belt Lipectomy What is a belt lipectomy? A belt lipectomy is a type of surgery. It’s done to remove the loose skin and fat around your waist or “belt line.” This is also called an abdominal lipectomy, tummy tuck, and panniculectomy. You may have this surgery after you lose a great deal of weight. This is often done after weight-loss surgery. When people gain a lot of weight, their skin slowly stretches over time. If you lose a lot of weight, your skin might not have enough elasticity to spring back into...

  • Body Contouring After Weight-Loss Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Body Contouring After Weight-Loss Surgery What is body-contouring surgery? Body contouring is a type of surgery that improves how you look. It’s done after you lose a large amount of weight. This type of surgery gets rid of extra skin folds and other surrounding tissue. This gives your body smoother contours. When people gain a lot of weight, their skin slowly stretches over time. If you lose a lot of weight, your skin might not have enough elasticity to spring back into place. This can cause extra skin...