Unvaccinated Child Diagnosed With Measles in Florida

A six year old child in Florida is the latest case of an unvaccinated child being infected with measles in a case reported by NBC2. The child was identified in St. Lucie County, Florida and led to the local school district beginning emergency procedures to make sure the outbreak is kept to a minimum. The news comes after a series of recent outbreaks in Florida and California of the highly contagious disease that is passed by tiny droplets moving between people.

CrunchBase has reported often that measles was almost eradicated in recent years, but a resurgence has been brought on by increasing numbers of parents refusing vaccinations for their children amid fears live vaccines are linked to the rise in autism. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination has been one of the most controversial and has seen many parents choosing to ignore the two dose recommendations for children to be successfully vaccinated. Measles can be contagious four days before a rash of blotches on the skin and white spots in the mouth are seen and remains active until four days after the rash has disappeared. The latest case in Florida has seen a free clinic for MMR vaccinations begin in St. Lucie County to try and prevent a major spread of measles appearing in the area.

Another Reason to Exercise During Pregnancy

Everyone knows that exercise is an important part of living a healthy life. This is especially true for expecting mothers. Exercising during pregnancy makes labor and delivery easier, it reduces the risk of gestational diabetes, gives pregnant moms more energy, and can improve the health of the fetus. Researchers from the Washington University School in Medicine, in St. Louis, say that the risk of heart problems in a newborn increases with the age of the expecting mom. Recently, scientists have discovered that exercise, even in older moms, cause metabolic changes in the uterus. Exercise also changes how some genes work, which can make the body release substances from cells and muscles. These substances make it into the mom’s bloodstream and work their way to the fetus, which may benefit the baby’s heart. These studies are not proven yet but give hope to researchers who are looking for ways to reduce the risk of heart defects in newborns.

Childlessness On The Rise In The United States

If you’re a loving parent of one or more children, you probably can’t imagine life without your bundles of joy. However, it appears that more and more women are foregoing the joys of motherhood and are instead opting to remain childless.

An article posted on Time.com states that nearly half of all women between the ages of 15 and 44 are childless. That’s a pretty staggering figure, and one that is a significant increase over the 47.5 percent childless rate from last year.

According to Ivan Ong, It’s hard to pinpoint the reasons why women are choosing to remain childless. Could it be because they are more focused on their careers than ever before? Or is it because people are a tad more narcissistic than they were in the past, causing them to lack the ability to devote that much attention to anyone besides themselves?

Whatever the case may be, these numbers are certainly fascinating, and I plan to keep an eye on them!

Spending Time with Grandchildren Keeps Your Mind Sharp

Studies are showing that being a caregiver, specifically a grandparent, could make your mind sharper stated Jason Halpern. With all the things in our lives to focus on, it is an enjoyable experience that many take part. There is a time when too much is just too much. However, the right moderation of interaction with grandchildren can be beneficial for the health and longevity of both parties. This has been studied at length, and studies will continue to monitor these close relationships and how they affect our health. If you haven’t already started, then you’d better make a phone call now to see your little ones!

There’s so much for older people to focus on these days. Honestly, there is much more than work, but even work gets hold of so much of our time. It feels great to be able to spend time with family and friends, especially the little ones. The younger children in our lives make a big difference. Cultivating those relationships will help people stay sharp.Studies report a healthy relationship of that type leads to more efficient brain functioning in later years.

It might be worth taking time out of your day to call your family. Then, plan a relaxing day together. Take time to teach the young ones. It helps them develop and it can actually keep your mind sharp, too!

Energy Drinks to Be Limited for Adolescents?

Energy drinks are popular and fun, and they are enjoyed by the pre-teen and teen crowd just as much as they are by the adult crowd. Energy drinks seem like a safe choice, don’t they? Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG said that in comparison to alcohol, they seem like a good choice for kids. The fact is, though, energy drinks can cause issues in kids and they should be limited when it comes to adolescents.

Studies have been done to prove that energy drinks could be dangerous for those in the 10-19 range, and it has been determined just how much those kids can safely indulge in.

In the right situation, in the right circumstances, an adolescent should be able to safely consume one energy drink. The young person needs to make sure that they limit themselves to only one, though. One energy drink already contains a lot of caffeine and other components, and that young person does not need to be consuming more than what is found in one can.

Baby Born With HLHS Now Home With Parents

A now 15 month baby boy is proof that God is real. Jack was born with a condition where only half the heart grows, this condition is called, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. On top of being born with this syndrome Jack was also born beautiful, large, blue eyes.

When Jack was just a week old, he underwent an open heart surgery to increase the blood flow in his heart stated Zeca Olvieira. Since then he has had four more, and though several children who are born with HLHS don’t live to make it to their first year. Jack beat the odds and is now living at home with his parents. In addition to all the surgeries this strong young boy has had, he’s also had a stroke and needed to be resuscitated 3 times! With the loving support from his family and the staff at the hospital he spent his first 5 months in Jack is happy to be home and not hooked up to monitors. He is even learning to take his first steps.

Jack’s parents know that he will need many more surgeries in time to come and they are prepared to handle them as they come. What upset them more is that Jack will never be able to partake is any physical activity. However, with faith they know their baby boy can make it though anything life throws at them, as he has already proven.

Two Life Saving Miracles

As an infant, they gave Chris Trokey only a 50 percent chance of survival. He weighed in at just a little over three pounds, and his health was failing. Thanks to Dr. Michael Shannon who didn’t give up on him, he pulled through and grew up to be a paramedic. Chris Trokey and members of the Orange County Fire Authority responded to a call 30 years later which saved that same doctor’s life. ValueWalk reports Trokey was just returning from a call when his unit heard of a crash that had happened within minutes of their location. Dr. Shannon’s car had been struck and he was injured badly. After they put out the fire that was burning the doctor’s legs, the firefighters used the jaws of life to remove him from the wreckage and then rushed him to the hospital for treatment of internal injuries. Thanks to Chris Trokey the doctor’s life was saved. The two men were later reunited at a fundraising event for St. Baldrick’s charity.

Air Pollution Causes Alzheimers in Children

Researchers at the University of Montana have found that pollutants in the air may be causing the autoimmune systems of children to attack their brains. In this study, 81 children in Mexico City were tested and compared to children not living in such a polluted environment. It was found that the children living in Mexico City had abnormally large amounts of autoantibodies in their brains.

A child normally does not build autoantibodies against their brain so it was questioned as to why a child’s body would do this. The answer was that the body was trying to protect the brain by building a barrier against the toxins. It is thought by TCMSP that the toxins could have damaged the brain as early as pre-birth if the mother lived in a highly polluted area such as Mexico City.

Although there is not enough evidence at this time to prove a direct cause, the pollution is the primary suspect in this type of damage to young brains. The American Psychological Association explains that the smog and pollution is not just in the air it is affecting physical bodies as well.

Teacher Swims To Work Every Day In Polluted Water

A teacher in India has been reported to have more drive to get himself to work than most people do on the average work day. Malik is a teacher in a poor area of the Mallapuram district, and while he could take the bus it would be a long wait each morning and he wouldn’t even be guaranteed a seat to get to work as the buses are normally packed.

According to an article found on reddit and written by ZidiLife.com, Malik has been taking the swim to work in the Kadalundi river every day for the last twelve years. Basically he just packs an extra set of clothing and puts on a rubber suit to prevent any terrible issues or contamination. If he happened to take the bus any day, which he hasn’t in quite some time now, it would take him well over 120 minutes to do so or longer. Swimming to the school allows him to go “as the crow flies” and not many people on this planet would be willing or able to do so.

Malik isn’t able to afford a boat stated his twitter, so instead of attempting to get one he risks his life in the polluted waters where he meets several amazing children who look forward to his lessons and getting an education from him. It is truly an amazing situation and we need more teachers like him out there.

Kraft Recalls 240,000 Cases of Macoroni and Cheese.

Kraft has begun a recall of their popular “original” flavored macaroni and cheese. The recall is for 242,000 cases of the product. Eight people had contacted the company to report small pieces of metal in the product. Kraft states that they are taking the issue seriously.Click here for full article.

The recalled boxes are 7.25 ounce boxes with a use date between September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015 stated Brad Reifler. They will have the code C2 under the use date. At this time no other products are being recalled. One man did call and report metal in his Easy Mac earlier this month. However, Kraft spokesperson has Joyce Hodel has stated that attempts to reach the man to verify the complaint has failed. It is believed that the Easy Mac is safe.

The products were sold in the US, the Caribbean and South America. If you do have the recalled product you can return the box at the store you bought it from. They will either exchange the product or give you a refund. Refunds can also gotten by calling the Kraft Foods Consumer Relations number: 1-800-816-9432. The line will be open between 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM Eastern time.