Friday, July 11, 2008

Empathy comes naturally to children: study

When children see others in pain, their brains respond as if it were happening to them, U.S. researchers said on Friday.

This response, which also has been shown in adults, suggests that normal school-age children may be naturally prone to empathy, they said.

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Nicole and Keith: 'We Feel Immensely Blessed'

She may be little, but four-day-old Sunday Rose Kidman Urban has her parents gushing in a big way.

"We feel immensely blessed and grateful to be given this beautiful baby girl," Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban said in an exclusive statement to People magazine in this week's cover story. "She's an absolute delight."

Kidman, 41, gave birth to Sunday at a Nashville hospital on July 7, with Urban, 40, by her side for the smooth delivery. Also in town to welcome the couple's first child: Kidman's mom Janelle and sister Antonia, who told People the new baby is a beautiful addition to the family.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pregnancy boosts heart attack risk

Although heart attacks are rare among young women, becoming pregnant does double or triple a woman's risk, a new study finds.

"This is a unique phenomenon in the sense that these are young women who are not supposed to have [heart attacks]," said lead researcher Dr. Uri Elkayam, a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New test can help spot best embryos

The same infrared technology that measures fat content in milk can more accurately predict which embryos have the best chance of resulting in a pregnancy, fertility experts said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the researchers estimated their new technique for couples attempting in vitro fertilization could help boost pregnancy rates by about 10 percent to 15 percent.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Pregnant Man Gives Birth

Thomas Beatie, also known as The Pregnant Man, has given birth to a girl, he confirmed to People magazine exclusively.

Beatie, 34, who began life as a woman and legally switched to a male identity, while preserving his female reproductive organs, and his wife Nancy, 46, welcomed a daughter at an Oregon hospital on June 29. Both Beatie and his daughter are healthy and doing well, according to People.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Cesarean delivery may increase kids' asthma risk

Babies born by Cesarean section may have a moderately increased risk of developing asthma compared with those born naturally, Norwegian researchers report after investigating this link in a population-wide study.

Dr. Mette C. Tollanes, of the University of Bergen, in Norway, and colleagues looked at the modes of delivery among more than 1.7 million single births reported to the Medical Birth Registry of Norway between 1967 and 1998. They used registry data from Norway's National Insurance Scheme to determine the number of children who, through the age of 18 or the year 2002, developed severe asthma.

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