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More Than Half Of American Babies Are At Risk For Malnourishment

More than half American babies are at risk for malnutritionThe nutrition children receive during their first 1,000 days ― from conception until their second birthday ― has a profound impact on how they develop. Without the proper nutrition during that window of time, young brains will not grow to their fullest potential, diminishing the kids’ opportunities for the rest of their lives, according to public health and medical organizations.

But while the World Bank, USAID, the World Health Organization and UNICEF push to improve early nutrition among impoverished communities in developing nations, there has been much less emphasis on the first 1,000 days in the United States. That’s not to say that all is well here: Over half of the country’s infants are on nutritional assistance and the top vegetable eaten by U.S. toddlers is the french fry.

Researchers develop synthetic, bacteria-killing virus

Bacteria killing virus developedResearchers at University College London on Wednesday announced they have developed a laboratory-built virus that kills unwanted bacteria on contact.

The breakthrough, detailed in a study published in the journal Nature Communications, comes from researchers at UCL, as well as Britain's National Physical Laboratory. They created a synthetic hollow shell 20 nanometers wide, or less than 0.0000008 inch, which emulates naturally occurring viruses. The artificial viruses recognize and then destroy the membranes of bacteria.


Cancer Patients Get Little Guidance From Doctors On Using Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana

Even three queasy pregnancies didn't prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.

In the early months of 2016, the Lexington, Mass., mother tried everything the doctors and nurses suggested. "But for the most part I felt nauseous 24/7," she said.

Murphy, then 49 and fighting breast cancer, dropped 15 pounds from her already slim frame in just two months. Then, she remembered what a fellow cancer patient had advised while she was waiting for her first dose of chemo: "Make sure you get some medical marijuana."


Study Links Even Mild Repetitive Hits to the Head, Not Concussions, to CTE

Repetitivr head impact can lead to stroke

A Boston University study published Thursday detailed the strongest link yet that repetitive hits to the head -- not just those that produce a concussion -- can lead to the debilitating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The new research highlights the risks of younger athletes playing contact sports and could lead to questions about the effectiveness of current concussion protocols.

The study, published in the journal Brain, used two methods to come up with its findings: A postmortem examination of four teenaged brains and a study of mice that showed instant changes to the brain after trauma -- even without telltale concussion symptoms .


Court battle brewing over work rules for Medicaid

Seema VermaA battle is brewing in the courts over the Trump administration's move to let states impose work requirements for recipients of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor.

Advocacy groups are gearing up to sue the administration, arguing that it doesn’t have the power to allow work requirements and other rules for Medicaid without action from Congress.


Top anti-abortion advocate resigns at health department

anti abortion advocate Teresa Manning leaves HHS post after less than a yearA top anti-abortion advocate at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) abruptly resigned Friday evening.

Teresa Manning, the deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, left after about less than a year on the job.

A department spokesperson did not give a reason for her resignation, but said HHS "would like to thank her for her service to this administration and the American people."


Florida House approves bill to help anti-abortion centers

House Speaker Richard CorcoranFlorida may agree to permanently fund anti-abortion pregnancy centers under a bill passed by the Republican-led House.

The House voted 73-29 for the bill with Republicans and Democrats sharply divided over the proposal.

Democrats lambasted the legislation, saying it was designed to help out "fake critics" that are run by anti-abortion activists. Republicans asserted they were trying to offer pregnant women choices that would help their health.


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