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What a Baby’s Birth Weight Really Tells You

What a Baby’s Birth Weight Really Tells You

Get ready, dads-to-be: You’re about to be asked a million times over how much your baby weighed at birth. This is one of the most common questions new parents get from friends, relatives, even strangers on the street. Why the obsession with birth weight? “In general, it can be a good indicator of the baby’s […]

Music And Your Brain

Music And Your Brain

Music is a pervasive part of our daily lives, whether we notice it or not. Often, it melts into the background – on the radio, in the doctor’s office, at the supermarket or in the gym. While other times, it plays a more pronounced and overt role – if you’ve ever been to a Tony […]

Screening Infants Could Prevent Early Heart Attacks

Screening Infants Could Prevent Early Heart Attacks

Screening young children for high cholesterol at the same time as they receive routine vaccinations could prevent hundreds of heart attacks in young adults each year, researchers in Britain said Wednesday. Their study in the New England Journal of Medicine aimed to uncover a silent killer in young adults known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a […]

Uganda: Three Babies Die As Health Workers Prepare for Kadaga’s Visit

Uganda: Three Babies Die As Health Workers Prepare for Kadaga’s Visit

Mr Peter Magoma is struggling to come to terms with the questionable conduct of some health workers at Jinja Referral Hospital who chased away his heavily pregnant wife so that they could prepare spotless wards for the visit of Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. Tragically, his wife, Ms Monicah Wokobeire, who was in labour, lost her […]

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

The Well Baby clinic in Buchanan is busy. But that’s not unusual. The clinic, a two-hour drive from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, sees between 700 and 1,000 mothers and children each week. Nurse Cellian Fahncole sits in a consulting room off the main waiting room. She is examining a baby girl and asking the mother a […]

Baghdad Hospital Fire: 11 Babies Die In Maternity Ward Blaze

Baghdad Hospital Fire: 11 Babies Die In Maternity Ward Blaze

At least 11 babies died when a fire broke out in the maternity ward of a Baghdad hospital early Wednesday, the Iraqi Health Ministry said. The babies were in the pre-term birth unit in Yarmouk Hospital and died of suffocation, said Ahmed al-Rdainy, a spokesman for the ministry. A preliminary report provided by the Civil […]

It’s Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects

It’s Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects

Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. While there isn’t yet “conclusive proof” that the mosquito-borne virus causes severe birth defects, health officials asserted that the totality of the research thus far clearly shows that there is a causal connection, and […]

Survival of Mothers and Babies: A Collective Responsibility

Survival of Mothers and Babies: A Collective Responsibility

Nigeria is one of the countries with high maternal mortality and infant mortality rates. People sometimes liken the maternal mortality rate in countries such as Nigeria to a full Boeing 747 crashing daily in order for us to appreciate the gravity of the situation. However, for so long we have being blaming government for what […]