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  • Lotus Birth trend keeps umbilical cord and placenta attached to baby for days

    April 11, 2013 4:22 PM 157

    Think caring for a newborn is hard? Try a newborn that's still attached to its placenta! The all-natural trend, called Lotus Birth or umbilical nonseverance, calls for a mother to allow the umbilican border to detach from her baby naturally, The New York Post reported. In practical terms, that means carting around a blob of red matter (aka the placenta)

  • Breast-Milk Jewelry: The Must-Have Mommy Memento

    April 11, 2013 2:32 PM 226

    Sure, some mothers might want a memento of their breastfeeding about as much as they’d like to re-experience labor contractions. But for many, it’s an unforgettable experience that brings them closer to their newborns, and for those women a 34-year-old mother of three has figured out a way to “materialize” that memory. Allicia Mogavero, of southern Rhode

  • CMS, FDA budget winners; CDC, NIH take hit

    April 11, 2013 1:36 PM 246

    President Barack Obama’s budget has significant new funding to implement the health reform law, modernize food and drug safety and implement mental health programs. The White House is requesting a 14 percent increase in its budget for the Department of Health and Human Services, much of it focused on the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare

  • Alcohol Doesn’t Affect Ability to Survive Breast Cancer

    April 10, 2013 10:18 PM 242

    Breast cancer patients who raised a glass or two a week may even enjoy slightly longer lives than those who didn’t drink. While alcohol can benefit the heart, bone and even brain, studies showed that even moderate drinking — three to six glasses a week — could boost the risk of breast cancer by 15% compared to those who abstained. But a new study found

  • Allergy to Husband's Sperm Was 'Game-Changer' in Marriage

    April 10, 2013 9:25 PM 185

    Newlyweds Jeff and Clara, both 35-year-old professionals, fell in love quickly and were convinced they were the "right match" -- until they had sex. "I had this bizarre reaction," said Clara, who for privacy reasons did not want to use her real name. "I had burning and swelling and redness, which was very unusual. I thought I had contracted an STD [sexually

  • Pfizer breast cancer drug wins "breakthrough" status; shares jump

    April 10, 2013 4:28 PM 179

    (Reuters) - Health regulators have granted a "breakthrough therapy" designation to an experimental Pfizer Inc treatment for breast cancer, lifting the company's shares and putting a spotlight on its growing cancer-drug portfolio. Analysts from JPMorgan and Leerink Swann forecast the oral medicine, called palbociclib, could generate annual sales of $5 billion

  • U.S. health budget raises spending for reform, mental health

    April 10, 2013 3:33 PM 138

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's proposed 2014 budget includes an increase of $3.9 billion to support the administration's healthcare overhaul, while cutting certain programs such as immunizations and cancer screenings that should in the future be financed through individual state insurance exchanges. The nearly $4 billion increase to the budget

  • Vaccine Confusion Blocks New York Girl From School

    April 10, 2013 12:23 PM 229

    A New York City kindergartner has been blocked from school over her mom's refusal to give her the chicken pox vaccine. FrankieElizabeth Staiti, 5, is due for the vaccine, which is mandatory in New York City schools. But her mom, Elizabeth, worries the vaccine could put her 14-week-old baby at risk. "The doctor is telling me it could be harmful to the baby," Elizabeth

  • Nine dead in China bird flu outbreak, officials probe family 'clusters'

    April 10, 2013 7:20 AM 167

    Hong Kong (CNN) -- Two more people have died from a rare strain of bird flu in China, as health officials investigate possible cases of transmission between family members. The latest fatalities occurred in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces -- both in eastern China -- and brought the total number of deaths from H7N9 avian influenza to nine, from 28 reported

  • Elder care costs in North Jersey among highest

    April 10, 2013 6:19 AM 164

    A private nursing home room in northern New Jersey costs more than $138,000 a year, making it the most expensive region in an already high-priced state, a survey released Tuesday found. While New Jersey ranks sixth-highest among states in nursing home costs, its prices for home health aide services are more in line with the rest of the country. A northern