Iceland Has a Solution for Down Syndrome Births

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland. Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women […]

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On August 16, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Inspiring Story of One Person’s Life With Cystic Fibrosis.

Venice Beach, California (CNN) As a small child, she played hide-and-seek with nurses, ripped out IVs to race around the hospital floor naked and left an explosion of glitter in her wake. As a teen, she got boys to carry her uphill when she was tired, taught her best friend how to flirt and watched […]

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On July 5, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Ways to Make Your Weekend Feel Longer

You know what feels like a little bit of a rip-off? Sunday night prep. And I use that term liberally — I’m talking about meal planning, house cleaning, getting a jump-start on your work to-do list, even taking off chippy nail polish and replacing it with a fresh coat. Yes, I do all of these […]

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On June 7, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Santa Story Brings Teart to Eyes

A 60-year-old Tennessee man who spends time volunteering as Santa Claus at a local hospital granted a 5-year-old terminally ill boy his final wish this holiday season, and held him as he died in his arms. “I spent four years in the Army with the 75th Rangers, and I’ve seen my share of [stuff],” Eric […]

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On December 12, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

Trampoline Injuries Soar

Injuries at trampoline parks have soared in recent years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Trampoline injuries lead to nearly 100,000 emergency room visits a year, according to estimates from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The majority of the injuries occur at home, and that number didn’t increase year to […]

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On August 2, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

The AMA Takes a Stand on LED Street Lights

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it. The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA committee issued guidelines on how […]

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On June 21, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

Mom of Baby with Down Syndrome Sends Letter to Doctor Who Suggested Abortion

(CNN)  Florida mom Courtney Baker expected no bumps on the road when she learned a third child was on her way. “My first two pregnancies were so easy. I was expecting this one to be easy too,” she told CNN.  But a couple weeks later, her baby was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. The doctor […]

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On June 8, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

The End of Free Range Childhoods?

A few years ago, Tytia Habing moved back to the stretch of land where she grew up in rural Illinois, just a half-mile from her parents.  “I’m right back where I started,” she said, among the same fields of beans and corn, among the same people.  Except one, in particular. Now there’s Tharin, her son. […]

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On May 16, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

Redefining What is Healthy

Ever find yourself zipping through the aisles of a grocery store, crunched for time, and grabbing whatever highlights itself as “healthy,” “nutritious” or “wholesome”? Your strategy could be flawed. Experts warn that these labels do not really mean very much and can even be misleading in some cases. But changes could be in motion to […]

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On May 16, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

Family sues after boy is kicked out of school over his DNA

When Colman Chadam was born in 2000, he underwent extra medical tests after a congenital heart issue was discovered. Doctors learned that the infant carried genetic markers associated with cystic fibrosis, but he never went on to develop the disease. In fact that test was the boy’s only interaction with it—until 2012, when he was […]

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On February 9, 2016, posted in: Latest News by