What’s Causing These Seizures? Part 2

But some survivors of physical or sexual abuse or trauma experience pseudoseizures, as do some people with dissociative disorders (most of whom report histories of severe abuse or trauma). Survivors may be experiencing flashbacks to past trauma, possibly even torture, in which they convulsed. (In such cases, the pseudoseizures might be an unconscious reenactment of the past convulsions.) Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Causing These Seizures? Part 1

Q.My wife has been suffering from seizures. They seemed to be related to epilepsy, and she has been hospitalized four times with no solution in sight. The seizures are atypical in duration and type, and her behavior before, during and after them is inconsistent with a seizure disorder. For example, her eyes remain normal and do not constrict or dilate. Read the rest of this entry »

Sugar less soothing to postmature babies

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But sometimes sugar doesn’t have a soothing effect.

Preliminary research findings on postmature infants indicate that babies who are born after 41 weeks of gestation and have a condition known as Clifford’s postmaturity syndrome react differently to a sugar solution than do babies who are born within a normal time frame.

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Breast Changes Surgery

Surgery may be done to:
Obtain tissue from a lump or a problem area seen on a mammogram to make sure it isn’t cancer (biopsy). The tissue is looked at under a microscope to see if the woman has cancer.
Remove a tumor, such as a fibroadenoma, to make sure it is harmless.
Drain an abscess. Read the rest of this entry »

Week 36

In your 36th week of pregnancy, your fetus is 34 weeks old.

The baby weighs about six pounds or 2,750 grams, and it measures more than 13.5 inches or 34 centimeters from crown to rump.

The baby is continuing to grow and fill out during this “finishing period,” even though it may feel like there isn’t any room left. Many of the wrinkles smooth out as he or she plumps up.

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Technically a Virgin

When I was 19 years old (and still a virgin), I joined a church that forbid pre-marital sex. During the next 14 years, I only dated men from within the church, and since they followed the same rule, I am still a virgin at age 33. Although I loved the spirituality of the church, last fall I left the church when it become clear to me that I couldn’t support their view of women.

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Your 2 Week Old Baby

Intake and Output. An infant at this stage will need breast milk or infant formula to thrive. Most formula fed infants will take 2 to 3 ounces every 2-3 hours. Breast fed babies will feed 10-20 minutes on each breast every 2-3 hours.

Infants will usually wet between 6-8 diapers in a 24 hour period. Breast fed babies may have a bowel movement 5-8 times a day. Bottle fed babies may be 5 or less per 24 hours. It’s important to remember however, every baby is different. If stool is hared or an infant hasn’t had a bowel movement in 24-48 hours, should pediatric healthcare provider should be notified.

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Getting Enough Calcium: A Challenge for Women

Experts state that most women today do not obtain enough dietary calcium to maintain strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. Calcium is an essential mineral for our bodies, and the strength of our bones and teeth depends on getting enough.

It is especially important to have an adequate intake during the first twenty eight years of our lives, when our bones reach their peak density and our body’s stores of this mineral are laid down. If not, later in life we will be at risk for osteoporosis (thinning and decreased density of the bones). This is one reason why postmenopausal women also need extra calcium, to prevent this disease characterized by brittle bones that break easily.
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