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Healthy Aging Sexual Health
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Double risk of dementia after mouth ulcer virus      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People who have had the herpes virus at some point in their lives are twice as likely to develop dementia compared to those who have never been infected. A new study confirms previous research on whether herpes can be a possible risk factor for dementia.

Sexual Health
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Genetic variants underlying male bisexual behavior, risk-taking linked to more children, study shows      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Because same-sex sexual behavior does not result in offspring, evolutionary biologists have long wondered how the genes associated with this behavior have persisted in the human genome, and whether they will remain in the future. A new study suggests that part of the explanation -- specifically for male bisexuals -- has to do with risk-taking behavior.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health Today's Healthcare
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Study on extremely preterm infants provides important healthcare knowledge      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Infants born extremely prematurely need to get enrichment as an addition to breast milk. But does it make any difference whether the enrichment is made from breast milk or cow's milk when it comes to the risk of severe complications in children?

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Parenting
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Breastfeeding alters infant gut in ways that boost brain development, may improve test scores      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Breastfeeding, even partially alongside formula feeding, changes the chemical makeup -- or metabolome -- of an infant's gut in ways that positively influence brain development and may boost test scores years later, suggests new research.  

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Parenting
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Mothers need more 'exclusive breastfeeding' support      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is proven to protect both mother and child health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 2015 and 2021, 48% of mothers exclusively breastfed, meaning that their babies were not given any other food or liquids. However, this figure is based on data collected from surveys which report what a child was given in the previous 24 hours. A research team has found that this '24-hour recall' method overestimates exclusive breastfeeding by about six times compared to a 'since-birth recall' method.

Breastfeeding Child Development Dietary Supplements and Minerals Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Nutrition Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Vitamin Women's Health - General
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How pre- and postnatal B-12 vitamins improve breast milk vitamin B-12 levels, which supports infant brain development      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

According to a new study B-12 vitamins increase the presence of the micronutrient in mothers' breast milk, which is especially helpful in countries where it can be difficult to eat what is needed for the body to produce B-12 naturally.

Birth Control Pregnancy and Childbirth Sexual Health Today's Healthcare
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Morning-after pill more effective when taken with an anti-inflammatory painkiller, researchers find      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A research team recently published findings on adding an anti-inflammatory painkiller used for arthritis pain to an oral emergency contraceptive pill (also known as the morning-after pill) to increase the effectiveness of pregnancy prevention.

Sexual Health
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Syphilis transmission networks and antimicrobial resistance in England uncovered using genomics      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists use genomics to uncover syphilis transmission patterns in England, in a pioneering new approach for STI surveillance.

Sexual Health
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New study shows effectiveness of mpox vaccine      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new international study has shown mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) infections to be less severe among those who are vaccinated or had a previous infection in 2022, underlining the importance and effectiveness of vaccination.

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Nutrition Parenting
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Adding complex component of milk to infant formula confers long-term cognitive benefits for bottle-fed babies      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research has shown how a complex component of milk that can be added to infant formula has been shown to confer long-term cognitive benefits, including measures of intelligence and executive function in children.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health
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Breastfeeding is associated with a 33% reduction in first-year post-perinatal infant mortality      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Among nearly 10 million US infants born between 2016 and 2018, breastfed babies were 33% less likely to die during the post-perinatal period (day 7-364) than infants who were not breastfed, reports a new study. The findings build on previous US research with smaller datasets, which documented the association between the initiation of breastfeeding and the reduction of post-perinatal infant mortality by a range of 19% to 26%.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health
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Each mom passes unique set of breast milk antibodies to baby      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Breast milk from each individual contains a unique assemblage of antibodies that are surprisingly stable throughout lactation and across pregnancies, according to a new study.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health Nutrition Today's Healthcare
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Unsafe feeding methods spiked during infant formula shortage      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A survey finds nearly half of parents who rely on formula for their babies resorted to potentially harmful feeding methods during the infant formula shortage.

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Parenting
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Dads are key in supporting breastfeeding, safe infant sleep      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Fathers can make a huge difference in whether an infant is breastfed and placed to sleep safely, according to a recent survey of new fathers.

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New study links contraceptive pills and depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Women who used combined contraceptive pills were at greater risk of developing depression than women who did not, according to a new study. Contraceptive pills increased women's risk by 73 per cent during the first two years of use.

Healthy Aging Sexual Health
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Low sexual satisfaction linked to memory decline later in life      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Low sexual satisfaction in middle age may serve as an early warning sign for future cognitive decline, according to a new study. The study, which tracked associations between erectile function, sexual satisfaction and cognition in hundreds of men aged 56 through 68, found that declines in sexual satisfaction and erectile function were correlated with future memory loss.

Chronic Illness Sexual Health
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Tuberculosis disease intensifies HIV antibody response in people with HIV      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research found that people living with HIV that have had pulmonary tuberculosis had broader and more potent HIV antibody responses and differences in HIV sequences predicted to be antibody resistant as compared to those without suspected or documented tuberculosis.

Birth Control Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth Sexual Health
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New genetic target for male contraception identified      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Discovery of a gene in multiple mammalian species could pave the way for a highly effective, reversible and non-hormonal male contraceptive for humans and animals. Researchers identified expression of the gene, Arrdc5, in the testicular tissue of mice, pigs, cattle and humans. When they knocked out the gene in mice, it created infertility only in the males, impacting their sperm count, movement and shape.

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Smells influence metabolism and aging in mice      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Exposure to female odors and pheromones causes weight loss and extend the life spans of mice, which may have implications for humans, researchers have found. While it was already known that sensory cues in humans and animals influence the release of sex hormones, this study shows that these cues could have more wide-spread physiological effects on metabolism and aging.

Breastfeeding Child Development Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Nutrition Parenting
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Beneficial bacteria in the infant gut uses nitrogen from breast milk to support baby's health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A nutrition scientist who has spent his career studying breast milk has demonstrated how beneficial microbes in the gut of infants use nitrogen from human milk to support pediatric nutrition and development.