Doctors perform in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s birth

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic has joined other top hospitals in North America and can now offer in utero surgery. The hospital announced Wednesday that after more than a year of preparations they have successfully completed Northern Ohio’s first ever surgery on a fetus inside the uterus to repair spina bifida. “The operation on the fetus in the uterus, I’m directing and in charge of, and the guidance of where we should open the uterus, the exposure of the baby,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, Director of Fetal Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic’s…

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Summer camps are requiring children get vaccinated amid measles fears

Each summer, as Lauren Rutkowski and her husband Joel await the arrival of energized, sun-kissed children for their seven-week camp, the couple surveys the canoes and paddleboards, the arts and crafts, the food menus — and every camper’s vaccination records. Measles outbreaks in the United States continue to grow, rising to 1,044 cases nationwide so far this year. In response, more camp owners and the camping industry are urging families to follow vaccination policies. Some camps that require all participants to be vaccinated against measles, even if parents have religious objections, have not accepted…

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Pharmacy tests turn up another cancer-causing compound in heart drugs

Tests by an online pharmacy turned up another cancer-causing compound in heart medications, and these drugs haven’t been recalled. Drugs containing valsaratan, losartan and irbesartan made by a variety of companies in a variety of countries have been taken off pharmacy shelves since July, when tests turned up chemicals in them that are considered carcinogens. The recalls of these angiotensin II receptor blockers or ARBs continue to expand. The US Food and Drug Administration keeps a regularly updated list of the drugs that have been recalled. In this case, it’s…

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Vaginal birth after cesarean allows patients the chance to safely deliver naturally

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Having a baby is one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life and the ability to choose a birthing option is important. In years past, if you delivered by cesarean section and became pregnant again, the odds were you would have another c-section. Today, physicians are hoping to give more women the opportunity to have a natural childbirth. Dr. Jerry Lucas, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Chippenham Medical Center, says 30% of deliveries are c-sections. He says physicians are hoping to reduce that number to…

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Suicide rates among America’s young people continue to soar, study shows

Suicide rates among young people have continued to soar in recent years — so much so that the rate among 15- to 24-year-olds climbed in 2017 to its highest point since 2000, new research has found. An increase was especially seen among 15- to 19-year-olds and young men, according to a research paper published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. The finding hits close to home for the paper’s first author, Oren Miron, a research associate at Harvard Medical School. “In high school, a friend of mine was bullied, and he unfortunately…

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Flesh-eating bacteria reveals one possible effect of climate change, study says

Climate change may lead to unlikely illnesses in unexpected places, new research suggests. In the past two years, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterial infection spread by handling or eating contaminated seafood, have been tied to Delaware Bay, where water temperatures have been on the rise in recent years, according to a study. These five patients were treated at one New Jersey hospital and serve as a warning that flesh-eroding bacterial infections are now occurring outside the traditional geographic boundaries, the authors said. “It is important for physicians…

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Some high schools to test students for nicotine

FAIRBURY, Neb.  – The dramatic increase in vaping and e-cigarettes convinced Fairbury Public Schools officials they should test students for nicotine as part of the random drug tests given to students involved in extracurricular activities. “Vaping and smoking in our view is reaching epidemic proportions,” said Fairbury Superintendent Stephen Grizzle. “It’s just a way we can deter kids from potentially being addicted to nicotine. Since smoking and using vaping products are against our policies, it makes sense to include that.” Fairbury is one of a number of school districts in…

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Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says

Several popular breakfast foods, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, continue to test positive for trace amounts of a controversial herbicide that may increase the risk of cancer, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group. The Environmental Working Group, which has links to the organics industry, found that all 21 of the products it tested had levels of glyphosate that were “higher than what EWG scientists consider protective for children’s health.” Manufacturers maintain that their foods are safe, and the findings aren’t unprecedented: The group also found in October that most…

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Connecticut girl designs Medi Teddy to reduce anxiety for pediatric patients

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A 12-year-old girl from Fairfield is on a mission to make life a little easier for pediatric patients. Ella Casano started a GoFundMe to raise money so she could make the Medi Teddy. The Medi Teddy is a stuffed animal pouch to help conceal bags of IV medication or blood products from pediatric patients, helping them get better and feel comfortable. Ella herself has to have IVs every 8 weeks. The minimum order from the New England Toy Company is 500 units, and Ella needed to raise…

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