The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 2

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
Last week, I began to share with you the story of a wonderful, yet unborn, little girl named Anastasha. You can read the first part of her story here. Now, for so many of you who are praying for her and her parents, here's the next chapter ... with many others yet to be written. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 Loved ones, It has been one month exactly since we found out that Anastasha has anencephaly. This has been a hard month, probably only second in difficulty to the month that Ariana was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2001. We’ve…
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Should some kids take fish oil supplements?

Children's Health, Heart Health, Obesity, Parenting
This last April I blogged on the topic, "Should Kids take Fish Oil Supplements?" and concluded, "... most kids don’t need fish oil supplements." However, for overweight teens with high blood pressure, there may be a different story. Should Kids take Fish Oil Supplements? Reuters Health is reporting that fish oil supplements could lower blood pressure in slightly overweight teenage kids. A new study is suggesting that their hearts may reap the benefits years later. "Starting with a healthy diet and keeping it throughout life may provide better protection than waiting until later when you are more at risk," senior researcher Dr. Lotte Lauritzen of Copenhagen University in Denmark noted in an email to Reuters Health. Fish oil has been shown to help lower blood pressure in adults with high…
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Regular teeth brushing linked to healthier hearts

Heart Health
Your mom told you to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Now comes another study proving mom right. Long-time readers know that in at least one past blog, I've discussed the cardiovascular benefits of dental and gum health. Now comes a report from Reuters Health claiming "People who don't brush their teeth twice a day have an increased risk of heart disease." This new study adds scientific weight to 19th and 20th century theories about oral health and chronic disease. British researchers studied nearly 12,000 adults in Scotland and found those with poor oral hygiene had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared with those who brushed twice a day and who were less likely to have unhealthy gums. People with gum disease are more likely to…
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