Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending March 3, 2019.

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Lactation tech-sultant

Nest Collaborative is offering appointments with lactation consultants through video chat. And they are covered by most insurance. Read more here.

This is important for you because it could be a great option if you’re having nursing issues but can’t get out of the house or office.

Lulu and Nana

Stories about the CRISPR babies, like the CRISPR babies themselves, are going to be around for a while. The newest are that He Jiankui may have used Chinese government funds for the work, and that the genetic editing he performed to protect the baby girls from HIV infection will likely affect their cognition as well. Read more here and here.

This is important for you because China and bioethics are going to be hot topics in our brave new world – better keep up.

VACCINATE YOUR KIDS

Measles outbreaks are currently underway in Japan, Ukraine, the Philippines, New York, and Washington State, and the disease has just been reintroduced into Costa Rica. The measles virus is highly contagious and can be fatal, but infection is easily prevented by the vaccine.

This is important for you because if you have not yet made appointments to keep your baby on the recommended vaccination schedule, now is a great time.   

A disposable, spiky penis

Sea slugs may not have lives as exciting as humans, but their mating rituals are certainly more involved. When these hermaphrodites insert (one of) their penises into their partner’s vagina, their partner is doing the same to them. And when the penis comes out – before it breaks off – it scrapes out the sperm of any previous partner. Read more here.

This is important for you because maybe you want to be reincarnated as a sea slug?

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Penile Anomalies in Newborns. Many require surgery to fix, but the surgeries are routine and minor. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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