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April 22, 2020

A Tiny Premie 3lbs.5oz. Born with COVID-19 is Fierce Enough To Fight IT, Just Look At Her Smile!


This story apeeared on BBC

                Peyton Maguire
 Tracy Maguire remembers the moment she saw doctors insert a swab into her three-week-old baby's nose to test for coronavirus.
The new mother says it is one of the "worst things" she has seen.
"It was the first time I'd seen my baby cry tears," she said. "I held her, I was crying and we were just trying to get each other through the situation".
Born prematurely at just 3lbs 5oz (1.5kg), baby Peyton was diagnosed with Covid-19 at just three weeks old.
Her arrival on 26 March - eight weeks before her due date - defied all of the family's planning.
Despite feeling healthy, Tracy was told she may have pre-eclampsia during a routine appointment and was sent straight to Wishaw General Hospital in Lanarkshire.
Tracy Maguire
Image captionTracy had no idea she was unwell - and was taken straight to hospital

'She's fine - but she has Covid-19'

After those first weeks, during which Peyton enjoyed a bath in the ward, she began to show the slightest of symptoms - a sniffle and a few coughs, almost undetectable.
Tracy told BBC Radio Scotland's Mornings with Kaye Adams programme the news that her baby had become one of the country's youngest virus patients was traumatic.
"They said 'she's fine, don't panic - but she has tested positive for coronavirus'," said Tracy.
"I think the doctor was trying to keep me calm but I was sobbing.
"As much as she was fine I thought at what point was she with the virus? How is she fighting against it when she's so wee? It was just the unknown."
Tracy MaguireImage copyrightTRACY MAGUIRE
Image captionTracy and Adrian give Peyton a bath in the days following the Caesarean section
Peyton was given steroids to help strengthen her lungs and received "amazing" care from neonatal nurses in the days that followed her diagnosis.
However, after recovering from her Caesarean section, Tracy was told she would have to go home and isolate for 14 days away from her baby.
She said: "I was pleading on the phone with the doctor saying I don't want to be away from her. 
"As much as everyone was looking after her, I'm her mum. Even if it was the cold, I'd want to be there with her." 
Doctors relented and allowed Tracy to stay - but Adrian would have to go home and complete the isolation period in order to see his baby girl.
As days passed, the number of deaths in Scotland caused by the virus continued to increase - but Peyton recovered. 
She and Tracy were discharged on Monday and Adrian has now held her for the first time since leaving hospital.
Tracy said: "From Adrian's point of view, I think he felt a bit useless - first his baby is coming early and secondly his wife isn't well and he couldn't be there."

'Put your trust in nurses'

Now home and settling into a routine, Tracy and family have praised the doctors and nurses at Wishaw General who guided them through a remarkable and daunting birth.
Peyton MaguireImage copyrightTRACY MAGUIRE
Image captionA smiling Peyton who fought off coronavirus just weeks after being born
Tracy said: "They are doing a job that is unreal - they put their life at risk to make sure my baby was getting fed and cuddled in their full PPE.
"It's spectacular, you'll never understand how grateful you can be to people. Peyton is my most precious thing in the whole world and I trusted them to look after her.
"To any mums that are worried, put your trust in these nurses."

October 19, 2019

HIV Baby Rejected 10 Times For Adoption Before Gay Couple Was Allowed to Adopt



                             pacifier and pills in hands

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An Argentinian gay couple has adopted an HIV positive baby girl who had previously been rejected by 10 other families.

The child, named Olivia, was born with the virus. Earlier attempts to adopt out the girl had not been successful, with prospective parents apparently being wary of the child's HIV status.

That all changed after married couple Damian Pighin and Ariel Vijarra agreed to adopt the girl when she was only 28 days old. They said that they knew the adoption was right when they instantly felt affection towards the child.

"As soon as I saw her, I felt she was part of my life," Vijarra told local media. "The connection was immediate. We held her in our arms, we gave her the bottle and she looked at us with her eyes wide open, without crying." 

Vijarra and Pighin live in the Sante Fe province of Argentina and have been married since 2012. The country legalized same-sex marriage two years earlier. The couple works to help other couples adopt unwanted children at the non-governmental organization they created, which is called Acunar Familias, or "Cradle Families."

Olivia is currently being treated for her HIV, and the virus is said to be undetectable as a result. A year after their first adoption, the couple adopted a second child, Victoria. 

Treatment options for those living with the virus, which had previously been almost invariably fatal. 

In the 1990s, new drug treatments were developed, involving a "cocktail" of antiretroviral medications. For the first time, the life expectancy of HIV positive individuals with access to treatment increased substantially. As treatment regimens further developed, the life expectancy of those under treatment for the virus approached that of HIV negative people. With medicine to keep HIV under control, it became possible for patients to never fully develop AIDS. 

Although medical innovation has dramatically increased the lifespan of those with access to HIV treatment, not being able to afford or access medicine means the virus remains regularly fatal in some parts of the world. In 2018, there were said to be 14.6 million people living with the virus who were not receiving treatment. Although deaths from the disease are now relatively uncommon in developed nations, an estimated 770,000 people died from the effects of the virus last year.

Medical science continues to develop new courses of treatment for the disease. In a study published in July, scientists claimed that they had used sequential antiretroviral therapy and CRISPR gene-editing technology to effectively eradicate the virus in "humanized" lab mice. Additionally, a study published in May suggests that those on currently available treatment, where HIV levels are undetectable, pose no risk of transmitting the virus to their partners.


March 20, 2019

Say You Are 29? Scientists Say You are Not an Adult Yet!




                                                   
 Old men acting as little boys playing cowboys and indians except the indians here are real people they hurt
                               

[[Before I get any non adult messages , let me just say that this is an average as far as Iam concern. I know kids at 24 a lot more adult thana 70 year old precident of the United States with the codes to destroy the world. Who Am I? I'm Adam and I became an adult when I decided to take responsibility of who I was  and come out as gay to my mother and family. I was 24.]]
BBC
Have you ever been told to "grow up" in your 20s or need an excuse as to why you still find cat videos on the internet really funny?
Well now you might have an official reason as to why you're not acting like a mature adult.
People don't become fully "adult" until they're in their 30s, according to brain scientists.
Currently the UK law says you become a mature adult when you reach the age of 18.
Scientists who study the brain and nervous system say the age at which you become an adult is different for everyone.
Research suggests people aged 18 are still going through changes in the brain which can affect behaviour and make them more likely to develop mental health disorders.
3d illustration of human brain on technology background.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionScientists say the brain develops at different times in each person
Professor Peter Jones, from Cambridge University, said: "What we're really saying is that to have a definition of when you move from childhood to adulthood looks increasingly absurd.
"It's a much more nuanced transition that takes place over three decades."
He added: "I guess systems like the education system, the health system and the legal system make it convenient for themselves by having definitions."
When you reach 18, you can vote, buy alcohol, get a mortgage and are also treated as an adult if you get in trouble with the police.
Despite this, Professor Jones says he believes experienced criminal judges recognise the difference between a 19-year-old defendant and a "hardened criminal" in their late 30s.
"I think the system is adapting to what's hiding in plain sight, that people don't like (the idea of) a caterpillar turning into a butterfly," he said.
"There isn't a childhood and then an adulthood. People are on a pathway, they're on a trajectory."
Prof Jones is one of a number of experts who are taking part in a neuroscience meeting hosted by the Academy of Medical Sciences in Oxford.
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July 5, 2017

Trump Interjects Into A Dying or Dead Child But Ignores How Many He is Killing with No Health Care







Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that infant Charlie Gard should be taken off life support per the hospital’s recommendations and against his parent’s wishes, but in concordance with previous rulings. Now, for some reason, the Pope and Donald Trump are getting involved.
Born to Chris Gard and Connie Yates in 2016, Charlie Gard was already suffering from brain damage and a rare form of a mitochondrial disease which causes muscles to progressively weaken. His parents opted to keep him on life support, against the recommendation of doctors, and petitioned to bring him to the U.S. for an experimental treatment. CNN reports that an extension on Charlie’s life support ended last Tuesday, when the ruling was made official, though there was no immediate plan made for changing his care.
The Guardian reports that on Sunday evening, the Vatican released a statement about Charlie, who has caught international attention as his parents fight to continue his life, which said that the Pope thinks of Charlie’s parents with “affection and sadness” and that he “prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end isn’t neglected.” This is a shifting message from a position released by the Vatican’s bioethics advisory panel last week, in which they said patients should accept the limits of medicine. 
Then on Monday, Trump weighed in, speaking in what reads as the royal “we”:
The New York Times notes that Trump is “not known to have expressed a view on the matter previously,” but if his buddy the Pope has something to say about it, so does he.
Since launching their case to get Charlie to America, Gard and Yates have raised $1.7 million to pay for the experimental treatments that they believe could help Charlie, who is blind, deaf, and unable to move or breath on his own. Even the specialist in the U.S. agrees that their treatment will not reverse the brain and cellular damage which he has already suffered, even if it has some halting affect on his syndrome. On Friday, Yates released a statement asking for privacy as they prepared to say “the final goodbye to our son Charlie.” On Monday, they posted Trump’s tweet to their Facebook page:
 @realDonaldtTump
If we can help little , as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.

April 10, 2017

LGBT in Hawaii Fight for Equal Fertility Opportunity (video)







After paying $20,000, Seam Smith and his husband have found out that heterosexual couples do not pay as much as they did for a fertility treatment. The homosexual couple has opted for a surrogate mother and they did not know that they could have done it at a much cheaper price. 
The LGBT or lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community in Hawaii is fighting for their equal rights when it comes to fertility treatment. The homosexual couples together with the others are requesting for an equal financial help just like what the married, heterosexual couples do, stated CNBC. The financial help is very much available for straight couples and now the homosexual ones are wanting the same right.

The LGBT and the Hawaii homosexual couples want to have a law that requires an insurance company to pay for the in vitro fertilization. If this happened, Hawaii will be the first American state that will have this kind of law. This law will help the male-male couples to have a baby using a surrogate mother, said ABC News. "Now that marriage equality is the law of the land and is accepted, now let's turn to family building, and let's figure out how we fix all these inequities that exist," said Barbara Collura, president, and CEO of Resolve, a national organization that advocates for access to fertility treatments.

Fertility treatment is where a doctor gets eggs from a woman and mixed it up with a male's sperm cell in a laboratory dish. After that, the doctor implants it in a female's womb or uterus. This very procedure is done by many couples in the world. In many countries and some stated in the U.S., it costs very much. However, in some, it is free for straight couples as the insurance company covers them.

There are many couples who just walk out of the hospital without paying the bills or shelling out that much money. However, with Smith and his husband's case, they have to be in huge debt, do some mortgages and borrow a lot of money for the fertility treatment. Smith said he is sure there are many couples who don't even think about the procedure if they know how much should be paid for it. If this is going to be passed, it will open more doors for equality in many different aspects, said Collura.

Jaswin S. Singh
Te Science Times



March 29, 2016

A straight 22 Kyle Parker, Rapes and Kills a Toddler 1.5Yr old



 (CBS) — Relatives of a toddler who was raped and killed in central Indiana said they weren’t prepared for the details of the gruesome crime that were revealed in court on Monday.
Kyle Parker, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, rape, strangulation, child molesting, and more in the death of 15-month-old Shaylyn Ammerman.
Owen County prosecutors have said Parker abducted and killed Shaylyn from a home in Spencer – about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis – on March 22. Her body was found two days later about 10 miles away in Gosport, and Parker was arrested the same day.
Dr. Donna Stewart, the pathologist who examined Shaylyn’s body, said it was “the worst case of sexual trauma” she had seen in her career.
(Provided by Indiana State Police)
Shaylyn Ammerman (Provided by Indiana State Police)
Prosecutors said Parker confessed in jail to his stepfather over the weekend, and Parker’s father told police, according to CBS 4 in Indianapolis. Parker allegedly said he took Shaylyn out of her crib at the Ammerman home, where he and his family had been drinking, then pulled over and raped her on the way to Gosport, smothered her, and dumped her body in a wooded area, using bleach in an attempt to cover up evidence.
Shaylyn’s grandmother, Tamera Morgan, said she can’t fathom any of it.
“There’s just so many emotions that you can’t even put a finger on what emotion you’re feeling. One minute it’s you’re disgusted, then you’re angry,” she said.
Shaylyn’s father, Justin Ammerman, said he doesn’t know how he’ll ever heal after hearing what happened to his daughter.
“It’s beyond words,” he said. “I don’t know how to do that.”
Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty for Parker.

March 4, 2013

US Born Baby Cured of HIV



A baby girl in the US born with HIV appears to have been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, researchers say.
The Mississippi child is now two-and-a-half years old and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.
More testing needs to be done to see if the treatment would have the same effect on other children.
But the results could possibly lead to a cure for children with HIV.
If the girl stays healthy it would be only the world's second reported cure.
Dr Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.
"This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants," she said.
 Cocktail...

In 2007, Timothy Ray Brown became the first person in the world believed to have recovered from HIV.
His infection was eradicated through an elaborate treatment for leukaemia that involved the destruction of his immune system and a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection.
In contrast, the case of the Mississippi baby involved a cocktail of widely available drugs already used to treat HIV infection in infants.
It suggests the treatment wiped out HIV before it could form hideouts in the body.
These so-called reservoirs of dormant cells usually rapidly re-infect anyone who stops medication, said Dr Persaud.
The baby was born in a rural hospital where the mother had only just tested positi

January 21, 2013

Our Experiences Affect the Unborn Off Spring } Epigenetics


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sn't our genetic legacy hardwired?    
From Mendel and Darwin in the 19th century to Watson and Crick in the 20th, scientists have shown that chromosomes passed from parent to child form a genetic blueprint for development. But in a quiet scientific revolution, researchers have in recent years come to realize that genes aren't a fixed, predetermined program simply passed from one generation to the next. Instead, genes can be turned on and off by experiences and environment. What we eat, how much stress we undergo, and what toxins we're exposed to can all alter the genetic legacy we pass on to our children and even grandchildren. In this new science of "epigenetics," researchers are exploring how nature and nurture combine to cause behavior, traits, and illnesses that genes alone can't explain, ranging from sexual orientation to autism to cancer. "We were all brought up to think the genome was it," said Rockefeller University molecular biologist C. David Allis. "It's really been a watershed in understanding that there is something beyond the genome."
What is epigenetics?The word literally means "on top of genetics," and it's the study of how individual genes can be activated or deactivated by life experiences. Each one of our cells, from skin cells to neurons, contains an identical DNA blueprint, yet they perform vastly different functions. That's because epigenetic "tags" block developing fetal cells from following any genetic instructions that don't pertain to their intended roles. That biochemical process, scientists have discovered, occurs not just during gestation and early development but throughout adulthood, switching genes on or off and altering our mental and physical health.
How does that affect who we are?We're only beginning to find out. A woman's diet during pregnancy seems to have a major impact on her baby's epigenetic tags. Prenatal diets that are low in folic acid, vitamin B-12, and other nutrients containing "methyl groups" — a set of molecules that can tag genes and cause epigenetic changes — have been linked to an increased risk of asthma and brain and spinal cord defects in children. Stress, too, can alter fetal epigenetic tags. Pregnant women who were traumatized at the World Trade Center on 9/11 were far more likely than other women to give birth to infants who reacted with unusual levels of fear and stress when faced with loud noises, unfamiliar people, or new foods.
Can changes occur later in life?
Absolutely. Young children who are abused are more likely to have epigenetic changes that make coping with stress more difficult. T
wins may inherit a gene that predisposes them to cancer, but only one will develop the disease because diet, toxins, or smoking turn on that gene, while the other has different habits and goes cancer-free. "We're not completely at the mercy of our genes," writes health journalist Alice G. Walton. "In many ways, they are at the mercy of our health and lifestyle decisions and habits."
Are epigenetic changes hereditary?To the consternation of strict Darwinists, they can be. Researchers used to think that when a sperm and egg combined, all their epigenetic tags were erased, leaving the resulting embryo with a clean slate. Now they know that about 1 percent of our epigenetic tags escape erasure and pass directly to our offspring — and potentially their offspring and beyond. Scientists have discovered, for instance, that a group of children conceived during the Netherlands' desperate wartime famine of 1944–45 tended themselves to have smaller-than-usual offspring. That suggests that what men and women eat and smoke, and what toxins and traumas they're exposed to, can affect their children and even grandchildren. University of Texas zoologist David Crews has done multigenerational studies with rats that led him to speculate that soaring obesity and autism rates could be due to our grandparents' exposure to "the chemical revolution of the 1940s," including the introduction of new plastics, fertilizers, detergents, and pesticides.
Are these insights yielding medical therapies?Over the past five years, evidence that epigenetics plays a major role in cancer has become "absolutely rock solid," says Robert A. Weinberg, a biologist at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Andrew Feinberg, director of Johns Hopkins University's Epigenetics Center, thinks it's a factor in autism and diabetes as well. Drugs are in the works aimed at undoing cancerous epigenetic changes. Even eating foods rich in gene-altering methyl groups — such as soybeans, red grapes, and green tea — might protect against disease by silencing detrimental genes. In one famous experiment, researchers fed a methyl-rich diet to pregnant female mice that carried a gene that made them fat, yellow, and prone to cancer and diabetes. Though their offspring carried the same gene, they were born slim, brown, and disease-free. But researchers are still trying to work out how to use this powerful tool to address specific health problems. "Did this change in diet increase cancer risk?" asks McGill University pharmacologist Moshe Szyf. "Did it increase depression? Did it increase dementia or Alzheimer's? We don't know yet, and it will take some time to sort it out." 
Darwin vs. Lamarck
Before Darwin laid out the principles of natural selection in On the Origin of Species, an 18th-century French naturalist, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, proposed a very different theory of evolution. Organisms, he thought, could pass on traits they'd acquired over their lifetime. Lamarckism — typified by the (incorrect) idea that giraffes have long necks because they're constantly stretching them to reach high leaves — faced ridicule after Darwinism took hold. At the turn of the 20th century, August Weismann debunked the theory by chopping off the tails of mice to prove that their pups would not inherit their taillessness. But even though "Darwin was 100 percent right" about how creatures evolve, said Swiss bioengineer Renato Paro, epigenetics suggests that the Frenchman may have been on to something after all. "Passing on gained characteristics," he said, "fits more to Lamarck's theory of evolution.”
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