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Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Reports on a new study claim supplementation with vitamin B3 during pregnancy could prevent miscarriages and birth defects. So should all pregnant women start taking B3 supplements? Not so fast.

August 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Abril was born convulsing, and doctors encouraged the family to send her to a pediatric hospice, but they decided to bring her home instead. Given her serious brain damage and severe cerebral palsy, Abril wasn’t expected to live past six months. But now her parents face deportation.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

By Rebecca Beitsch Stateline A Supreme Court decision issued Wednesday could make it easier for disabled students and their parents to sue schools under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case, involving a Michigan girl and her service dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder, is one of several the court is considering during its current term […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

By Mary Chris Jaklevic Kaiser Health News Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. These groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It’s screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk. But despite best efforts, there’s a problem, says Legacy’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ann Barnes. Women who could […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Experts say stepped-up monitoring crucial as Zika’s threat lasts beyond birth

Experts say stepped-up monitoring crucial as Zika’s threat lasts beyond birth

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News As the Zika virus spreads both at home and abroad, new information is bringing to light how children — even those who at birth do not show obvious signs of impairment — are likely at a greater risk than previously believed. This possibility, experts say, is highlighting a need to better […]

September 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Scientists at the University of Southern California discovered a key weapon used by the Zika virus to ravage the brains of infected fetuses: proteins. In an article published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers identified two proteins in Zika potentially responsible for causing microcephaly. Microcephaly is […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More