The new MADD movement: Parents rise up against drug
deaths

The new MADD movement: Parents rise up against drug deaths

May 23 2022 Life as he knew it ended for Matt Capelouto two days before Christmas in 2019, when he found his 20-year-old daughter, Alexandra, dead in her childhood bedroom in Temecula, California. Rage overtook grief when authorities ruled her death an accident. The college sophomore, home for the holidays, had taken half a pill…

Custom caskets for kids look like something you ‘would see
in a child’s room’

Custom caskets for kids look like something you ‘would see in a child’s room’

Calyia Stringer had a smile on her face the day she posed for a photo with a yellow flower in her hand. The toddler beamed with pride as she showed off the bloom before handing it to her godmother, Jatoria Foster. “She was so happy,” Foster said. “That was one of the best memories I…

Largest study to date on the effect of vaccination on
long-COVID

Largest study to date on the effect of vaccination on long-COVID

In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers evaluated the association between coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination and long COVID symptoms among adults residing in United Kingdom (UK) communities with positive COVID-19 history before vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines have been effective in decreasing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections, transmission, hospitalizations,…

Women who are pregnant or nursing should receive a COVID
booster vaccination

Women who are pregnant or nursing should receive a COVID booster vaccination

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers evaluated the impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) booster vaccination in nursing and pregnant women. ​​​​​​​Study: COVID-19 booster dose antibody response in pregnant, lactating, and nonpregnant women. ​​​​​​​Image Credit: HTeam Background Pregnant women are notably sensitive to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since…

Adventurous play may help prevent mental health problems in
children

Adventurous play may help prevent mental health problems in children

Children who spend more time playing adventurously have lower symptoms of anxiety and depression, and were happier over the first Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research. A study led by the University of Exeter asked parents how often their children engaged in play that was “thrilling and exciting”, where they might experience some fear and…

Pioneering study could transform the treatment landscape for
babies with infantile spasms

Pioneering study could transform the treatment landscape for babies with infantile spasms

Infantile spasm (IS) is a severe epileptic syndrome of infancy and accounts for 50% of all epilepsy cases that occur in babies during the first year of life. Current treatment options for this disorder are limited and most affected infants grow up to have developmental delays, intellectual disabilities and other types of severe epilepsy. A…

Household contact management could help avert 20% of the multi-drug resistant TB cases in children

One in five multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) cases in children under the age of 15 could be averted every year by household contact management, according to a new modeling study published in The Lancet Global Health. The research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of Sheffield and Imperial College…

Probiotic supplements accelerate the maturation of
microbiome in extremely preterm infants

Probiotic supplements accelerate the maturation of microbiome in extremely preterm infants

University of Calgary researchers have shown probiotic supplements can help form a healthy microbiome in the gut of the tiniest infants who are born without a fully formed gut microbiome. The study found that a specific mix (five species) of probiotic supplements accelerated the maturation of the microbiome into a term-like state and reduced intestinal…

Bison pastrami, anyone? Preschool assistant makes sure kids
get to know indigenous foods

Bison pastrami, anyone? Preschool assistant makes sure kids get to know indigenous foods

Bison pastrami is not typical school lunch fare, but it’s a crowd favorite at a preschool in Minneapolis. Fawn Youngbear-Tibbetts — the seemingly always on-the-go coordinator of Indigenous foods at the Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Project — is frequently found tweaking recipes in the kitchen or offering homemade goodies like flourless black-bean brownies….