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Case study in Kenya confirms rare genetic condition in embryo conceived through IVF

Dr. J. Wanyoike-Gichuhi Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi     In Vitro Fertilisation has helped people in Africa and around the world to have families. Infertility is a global health challenge with distressing psychological and social consequences. Women in Africa pay a heavy social price including stigma and depression, for not having children. ...

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What happens in the womb affects our health as adults, but girls and boys respond differently

By Tina Bianco-Miotto Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide and Claire Roberts Lloyd Cox Professorial Research Fellow, University of Adelaide   A baby’s sex determines how they will respond to exposures during pregnancy. Men and women respond differently to diseases and treatments for biological, social and psychological reasons. In this series on Gender Medicine, experts explore these differences and the importance ...

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Kindergarten anxiety? Use the summer to prepare your child

By Michael Lee Zwiers Assistant Professor Educational Psychology, University of Calgary   When we send children off to school, we are asking them to leave their secure base and head off into the great unknown. It’s the first day of kindergarten for your child, and you’re not sure who’s more anxious. Excitement, trepidation, anticipation. Starting school can be a stressful ...

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How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress

Chris Palmer Professor of Film and Media Arts, American University School of Communication   Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help.  Entering high school can be an exciting experience, but for some teenagers it can also be scary, intimidating and confusing.   According to one study, approximately half of all high school students ...

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Why just speaking English isn’t going to cut it anymore

Abigail Parrish Associate Lecturer in Languages, University of York and    Ursula Lanvers Lecturer in Language Learning and Teaching, University of York   Britain is facing an uncertain future and an uneasy relationship with Europe after Brexit and the latest general election. Among other things, a key determiner of the success of Brexit will be the UK’s ability to conduct ...

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Kenya’s cholera outbreak highlights fears about antibiotic resistance

By Samuel Kariuki Researcher Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Kenya Medical Research Institute   Drug resistance to cholera causing bacteria affects treatment especially in developing countries. A cholera outbreak in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has prompted the health authorities to withdraw all medical licences issued to food handlers countrywide. About 336 cholera cases have been treated in Nairobi since May this year. The Conversation ...

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Preventing bullying with emotional intelligence

In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focusing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism, or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be taught, though they seldom are. ...

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TOP 10 MUST HAVES FOR ALL NEW MOMS

Being prepared with all the newborn care essentials can help new mothers to take care of their babies without any hassle. Let us take a look at the list of top 10 must haves for new moms. Motherhood is an amazing experience – but running to a nearby store every now and then for the newborn in the house may ...

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