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Serena Williams' postpartum story shows other moms it's okay to take your time

New mom Serena Williams’s decision to bow out of the Australian Open was not lost on other moms also finding their way back to fitness after childbirth. “I think that sets a great example, the fact that she’s listening to her body and not pushing through,” said Anne Mauney, a registered dietitian and blogger. “Someone so talented and athletic sending a message that it’s smart to be cautious is great.” Mauney, who gave birth to her first daughter in November, delivered her daughter, Riese, via Cesarean section. She was surprised…

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Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

A deadly flu epidemic spreading across the nation has now claimed the lives of at least 30 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC’s latest influenza-associated pediatric mortality report released Friday shows that at least 10 children died between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, and the others have died the since the flu season started in October. The report also shows that 8,990 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported across the nation between Oct. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13, 2018. A total of 110 died…

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Persian shallot 'could help fight TB antibiotic resistance'

A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase the effects of existing antibiotic treatment. They said this could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant TB, which infected 490,000 people in 2016. But they said the research was still in its early stages and clinical trials would need to follow. Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics? Patients ‘need rest, not antibiotics’ In the ongoing study,…

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US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One measure of the season is how many doctor or hospital visits are because of a high fever, cough and…

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Church of England warns future of Down's 'under question'

The Church of England has warned the future existence of people with Down’s Syndrome is “under question”. It has called for expectant mothers to be given “comprehensive, unbiased information” ahead of the NHS roll-out of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) in England and Wales this year. The blood test for high-risk women can offer an estimate of Down’s risk. But the Church is concerned it could lead to more abortions on women carrying children with Down’s Syndrome. The Church’s ruling General Synod will debate “valuing people with Down’s Syndrome” when it…

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Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, “We are with you all the way.” In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he’s committed to building “a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished.” The moment marked the president personally stepping to the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States as the anniversary of his inauguration approaches. Last year, Vice President Mike Pence addressed…

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The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local): 1:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says he’s committed to building “a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished.” Trump spoke Friday via video from the White House Rose Garden to thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered for the annual March for Life. He says he is the first president to address the gathering in its 45-year history. The former Manhattan real estate magnate was stepping to the forefront of the movement, a significant distance from…

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