World Contraception Day 2020: A doctor debunks five myths

Oral contraceptive pills or combined oral contraceptives, are effective only when the woman is taking them regularly. As soon as she stops the pills, she can get pregnant, says Dr Sonal Kumta of Fortis Hospital Mulund When it comes to contraception, there may be a lot many doubts in the minds of people looking to use it for the first […]

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Fertility Rates Lower in Women With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 — Fertility is lower in women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis. Emma Druvefors, from County Hospital Ryhov in Jönköping, Sweden, and colleagues used the Swedish National Patient Register to identify 27,331 women with IBD (aged 15 to 44 years in 1964 […]

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Some sparkling water brands may contain high levels of risky chemicals called PFAS, a report found

A new study from Consumer Reports found high levels of risky chemicals known as PFAS in popular brands of sparkling water, including Topo Chico, Polar, Bubly, and La Croix.  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS for short) are manufactured chemicals that don't break down over time, and can accumulate in the environment and in your body.  There's evidence linking some PFAS […]

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Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 — There may be a slightly increased risk of autism for each week a child is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation, according to a new study. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the causes of autism, but both genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role. Some previous studies have suggested […]

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AstraZeneca pledges 20 mn vaccine doses for Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday a deal with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed with Oxford University. This comes after Ottawa signed similar agreements with Sanofi and GSK, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna. In total, Canada now has access to six COVID-19 vaccines under development or in […]

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Mexico joins WHO coronavirus vaccine plan

Mexico, which has one of the world’s highest COVID-19 death tolls, announced Friday that it was joining a WHO-backed program to facilitate poor countries’ access to coronavirus vaccines. The mechanism, known as Covax, aims to secure two billion doses of safe and effective vaccines by the end of 2021 and ensure a more equitable distribution. Mexico has registered more than […]

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Team assessing if dual-antibody injection prevents COVID-19 illness

A combination antibody treatment for preventing COVID-19 illness in individuals who have had sustained exposure to someone with the virus is being studied by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The clinical trial is enrolling patients at Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. The Phase III, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial will help researchers […]

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My grandfather died from the coronavirus, and I want to visit my newly widowed grandmother for Thanksgiving. Is that a bad idea?

When it comes to making holiday plans involving travel, there's no right answer since everything involves some risk.  To help make a decision, try to weigh the practical risks of potentially spreading COVID-19 with the mental and emotional benefits of physically being there with your loved one.  If you choose to go, adopt as many safety protocols as possible, like […]

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Worried about negative thoughts as a new parent? You’re not alone

If you believe what the media tells us, we should feel nothing apart from overwhelming love, gratitude and excitement immediately when our baby is born. Although becoming a new parent might indeed be a time of happiness, feeling a far more complex array of emotions is actually more common than you might think. Research shows that overall happiness actually drops […]

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Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus is striking cities with much smaller populations in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high. The spread has created new problems at hospitals, schools and colleges in the Midwest, as well as […]

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