New mothers in England to receive health check six weeks after giving birth

The health check on mothers will be separate to the six-week check that all babies already have. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Images/Image Source New mothers will be given a physical and mental health check six weeks after giving birth, in a victory for campaigners. From April, the 600,000 women a year who have babies in England will undergo an assessment of their health and wellbeing with either a GP or practice nurse at their surgery. The appointments will be dedicated to exploring the mother’s health and be separate to the six-week check that…

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Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting some 235 million people around the world. According to a recent study, asthma increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery as the patients suffer more often from preeclampsia (PE) and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery cannot be explained by hereditary or environmental factors, says study. Asthma is a common disease caused by chronic inflammation in the lungs with symptoms of coughing and breathlessness. Using data from the Swedish birth, prescribed drug and…

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Giving Babies Eggs and Nuts Early May Avert Allergies

Infants who get a taste of eggs and peanuts starting when they’re as young as 4 months old may have a lower risk of developing allergies to those foods than babies who try them later, a research review suggests. With eggs, giving babies that first spoonful between 4 and 6 months was associated with 46 percent lower odds of egg allergies than waiting to introduce this food later. For peanuts, offering infants a sample between 4 and 11 months was associated with 71 percent lower odds of peanut allergies than…

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This Indian App Is Giving the Differently-Abled a Voice

“Acceptance is a big hurdle,” says Dr. Preeja Balan, the co-founder and Director of Octave Hearing and Speech Centre in Bengaluru. We’re talking about the reasons why technology enabled solutions aren’t very widespread in the field of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) in India Balan says there is a lot of resistance amongst people in using devices as communication tools. “People need to realise that this is a very powerful tool to help children to communicate.” AAC is used to refer to any mode of communication that can be used…

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This Indian App Is Giving the Differently-Abled a Voice

“Acceptance is a big hurdle,” says Dr. Preeja Balan, the co-founder and Director of Octave Hearing and Speech Centre in Bengaluru. We’re talking about the reasons why technology enabled solutions aren’t very widespread in the field of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) in India Balan says there is a lot of resistance amongst people in using devices as communication tools. “People need to realise that this is a very powerful tool to help children to communicate.” AAC is used to refer to any mode of communication that can be used…

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