Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Amy Poehler Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Comedians Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have welcomed their first child, a boy.

Archie Arnett was born on Saturday and weighed in at 8 lbs., 1 oz., their rep Lewis Kay said in a statement. "Amy, Will and Archie are all healthy and resting comfortably," Kay said.

During the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live, Poehler's co-anchor Seth Meyers announced to a cheering crowd: "Amy Poehler is not here tonight because she is having a baby."

Poehler, 37, revealed in April that she and Arnett, 38, were expecting. "I've been very lucky," Poehler told People magazine in July. "I’m feeling good, and I’m just overwhelmed with blessings."

Besides welcoming the new member of the family, Arnett will star with Kristen Bell in the big-screen comedy When in Rome, and Poehler – who is leaving SNL this year – will return to NBC in the spring as the star of an as-yet-untitled primetime comedy.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great TV: The Doctors

I was watching this great new show called The Doctors yesterday when I heard a heartwarming story about a 2-year-old boy named Dallas who was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy. He couldn’t speak, walk, crawl, wave or even smile.

Luckily, his parents had banked Dallas’ umbilical cord blood at birth. Eighteen months later, the cells from his umbilical cord were injected intravenously into his arm in the hopes that they would repair the damage in his brain.

Amazingly, Dallas is now walking, running and throwing balls. “The fog over him just lifted and he became like a little boy,” his father Derek remembers.

Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. James Baumgartner, a leading expert in non-embryonic stem cell research, explained that there are two theories for how stem cell infusions promote healing. One is that the stem cells are able to find the area of injury and replace missing or damaged cells, and the other is that the stem cells find the general area of affliction and induce healing.

Dr. Lisa Masterson, one of the doctors on the show's panel, is a strong proponent of cord blood banking. On yesterday's episode she pointed out that “over 95 percent of cord blood is just wasted," and went on to explain that cord blood is placental blood cells, which are immature cells that can turn into any other cells in the body, such as organs and tissues, and can heal them.

Episodes of The Doctors cover everything from cervical cancer and chiropractors to seizures and snoring. If you haven't had the pleasure of watching (and learning from) it already, check your local listings for show times in your area.

Many mothers share bed with baby, a SIDS risk

Nearly half of mothers participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program are following recommendations on sleeping arrangements for their babies. However, almost one third report sharing a bed with their infant, a known risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new research published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows.

Noting that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends having babies sleep in their own crib in the parents' room, Dr. Linda Y. Fu said, "We would highly recommend that parents follow the recommendations and room share without bed sharing." Dr. Fu, at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, is one of the researchers on the study.

Read the full story here.