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Mandatory Policy Boosts Flu Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Workers

Allison Weinmann, MD, a Henry Ford Hospital Infectious Diseases physician and study co-author. Source: Henry Ford Hospital

Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Citing its own data, Henry Ford researchers say the health system achieved employee vaccination rates of 99% in the first two years of its mandatory policy, in which [...]

9/11 Dust Cloud May Have Caused Widespread Pregnancy Issues

Lower Manhattan, with the 9/11 memorial Tribute in Light shining upwards near where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood (stock image). ...
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Pregnant women living near the World Trade Center during 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes, according to a new working paper by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. These mothers were more likely to give birth prematurely and deliver babies with low birth weights. Their babies — especially baby boys — [...]

Smoking During Pregnancy May Affect Grandchildren’s Growth

A UK study published in the American Journal of Human Biology has found that smoking during pregnancy has discernible effects on the growth of a woman's future grandkids.
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A UK study published in the American Journal of Human Biology has found that smoking during pregnancy has discernible effects on the growth of a woman’s future grandkids.

How Breast Cancer Usurps The Powers Of Mammary Stem Cells

Mammary cells found during pregnancy that express integrin beta3 (CD61) act as stem cells, capable of reconstituting a new mammary gland in mice. This property may be to blame for the more aggressive nature of beta3-expressing breast cancer cells. Shown is a section from a mammary “outgrowth” harvested at lactation and immuno-stained for the epithelial markers E-cadherin (brown) and alpha-SMA (red). Source: UC San Diego School of Medicine

During pregnancy, certain hormones trigger specialized mammary stem cells to create milk-producing cells essential to lactation. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center have found that mammary stem cells associated with the pregnant mammary gland are related to stem cells found in breast cancer. Writing in the [...]

Pregnant Women, Fetuses Exposed To Antibacterial Compounds Face Potential Health Risks

Are antibacterial soaps doing more harm than good?
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As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls over whether to rein in the use of common antibacterial compounds that are causing growing concern among environmental health experts, scientists are reporting today that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to these substances. They will present their work at the 248th National Meeting [...]