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Ask the pediatrician: Are there ways to avoid heavy metals in baby food?

Q: How do I avoid heavy metals in the food I feed my baby? A: News about heavy metals found in baby food has left parents with a lot of questions. The low levels of heavy metals found in baby foods likely are a relatively small part of a child’s overall toxic metal exposure risk. […]

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Talking to a loved one about a move to assisted living

It can be hard to talk to your loved ones about moving into assisted living, so don’t push them too hard and make sure they feel safe and comfortable with the idea, one expert advises. “Start the conversation as early as possible, and focus on what matters,” said Dr. Angela Catic. She’s a geriatrician and […]

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New way to track peripheral artery disease aids quest for better treatments

Cardiovascular experts at UVA Health have found a new way to track peripheral artery disease (PAD), a serious medical condition involving atherosclerosis in the leg arteries that affects more than 200 million people worldwide. The researchers say the approach will greatly benefit efforts to better understand the condition, which diminishes blood flow to the limbs, […]

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Life’s stresses can make people focus more on their romantic partner’s negative behavior

Stressful life circumstances can affect how married couples interact, but can they affect how partners see each other? A person experiencing stress is more likely to notice their spouse’s negative behavior than positive. Prior research has focused on how stress influences behavior, but this study suggests that stress could affect what actions partners notice in […]

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Anxiety during pregnancy can lead to earlier births

Women who experience anxiety about their pregnancies give birth earlier on average than those who don’t, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. The study, which examined the relationship between pregnancy length and different measures of anxiety, could help doctors understand when and how best to screen for anxiety during pregnancy to help […]

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Frozen embryo transfers linked with high blood pressure risks in pregnancy

In vitro fertilization (IVF) using frozen embryos may be associated with a 74% higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, according to new research published today in Hypertension. In comparison, the study found that pregnancies from fresh embryo transfers—transferring the fertilized egg immediately after in vitro fertilization (IVF) instead of a frozen, fertilized egg—and pregnancy […]

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Domestic abuse and mental health remain taboo subjects for many Sikhs, with deadly consequences

The suicide of Mandeep Kaur caught the attention of people around the world. Kaur, a woman of Sikh heritage from Utter Pradesh in northern India and living in the U.S., posted a video on social media that later went viral, in which she claimed to have been abused by her husband for years (he denies […]