The Blessing of Anastasha – Part 10 – Day of Life 200

Bioethics, Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Little Anastasha, despite her likely terminal diagnosis of anencephaly, continues to grow and prosper in her mom's womb. And, she continues to bless her parents, her siblings, her family, and all of who are blessed to be able to follow her journey and pray for she and her family. "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"  Matthew 7:9-11 When Tonya was told by our obstetrician almost exactly 3 months ago that our child in the womb had a fatal…
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More Women Aware of Possible Problems with the Birth Control Pill

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
Did you know the birth control pill can cause abortions? Jenn Giroux, RN, new Executive Director of HLI America, a new program of Human Life International founded to educate on the physical, emotional, and spiritual harms of contraception. I thought my readers, particularly women taking or considering the birth control pill, might find a recent article of hers, “Crazy is the New Normal,” to be both scary and enlightening: Who would have ever guessed that contraception would move center stage in the women’s health and the political arena in 2010? The New York Post reported that a “Wicked” actress sued Bayer pharmaceutical company claiming the popular birth control Yaz caused her to have a stroke at age 27. According to the US Drug Watchdog the serious side effects of birth…
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What to do for nighttime leg cramps?

Men's Health, Woman's Health
Patients and doctors are still looking for something that works and is safe for nocturnal leg cramps. Almost half of elderly patients have frequent leg cramps with no obvious cause. The problem is there are no proven treatments. So, the experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) advise healthcare professionals and patients: First look for possible causes such as diuretics or beta-agonists. Also check the blood for abnormalities in the serum potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Advise patients to try simple measures ... calf stretches, hot or cold packs, hydration with electrolytes (Gatorade, etc). Recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief ... but explain they won't prevent cramps. Some experts suggest B-complex vitamins and magnesium supplements ... or low-dose prescription diltiazem ... but there's only weak evidence of a possible benefit.…
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New Hospital Comparisons Available from HHS

Medical Economics
Health consumers can find out significantly more about the quality of care at their local hospital(s) as a result of the US Department of Heath and Human Services recent update of its Hospital Compare website, which has searchable data on outpatient surgical infections, heart attack treatment success rates, and more. Data released this summer, for example, according to a report in The Palm Beach Post, "appeared to bolster that argument, at least for heart attack patients," which showed "a drop in the national 30-day mortality rate for heart attacks of 0.4 percent to 16.2 percent for the three fiscal years of 2006-09." Also, the new healthcare law will "likely" give the comparison data "even greater weight" because some of the information may be used to calculate hospitals' reimbursements after 2013.…
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