Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 25, 2020. 

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YES wine moms

President Trump has inadvertently turned suburban moms into Democratic political activists. GRR groups –for Grass Roots Resistance–are shaking up local politics in an attempt to change the face of our nation. Read more here.

This is important for you because what mom wouldn’t want to be a wine mom?

“Anarchist jurisdictions”

President Trump is threatening to cut funding for newborn screening–and a host of other medical services–to Democrat led cities, including New York, Portland Oregon, Seattle, and… Washington D.C. Read more here.

This is important for you because withholding health care should never be used as political revenge, and certainly not during a pandemic.

Fast actin’ actin

Actins are proteins that act like scaffolding in cells, giving them their shape, and also like train tracks for other proteins to grip and use to move around. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle have identified an actin-related protein that seems to reduce fertility in males, but enhance it in females–in fruit flies. Read more here.

This is important for you because genetic studies done in fruit flies may seem obscure and pointless, but have traditionally provided tons of insights important for human health.

How Babies Sleep

Sofia Axelrod is a sleep and aging researcher at Rockefeller University and a mother of two. Her new book, How Babies Sleep, tells exhausted parents how to get their babies to go to sleep and stay asleep, meeting the needs of both parents and babies. She also designed the Kulala lamp, whose maroon light helps soothe babies to sleep. Read more here.

This is important for you because on many nights, there is NOTHING more important than getting your baby to sleep.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Extended Breastfeeding, generally thought of as beyond one year. 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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