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EXPLORE: How Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak Spread To A Half-million People

The numbers are mind-boggling: Over the past four months, half a million people are suspected of having contracted cholera in Yemen and 2,000 have died from the diarrheal disease. The outbreak took off in earnest in late April, sweeping through this country of 27 million people on the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen has been engulfed in political strife for years, a factor that has greatly exacerbated the scale of this epidemic. Cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which attacks the intestine. Most infections are mild, or even symptomless. But as many as 10 percent of infected people d
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Breastfeeding at Any Cost?

After I had my daughter via cesarean section, I diligently tried to breastfeed. I kept my baby latched as directed, and maintained skin-to-skin contact. But milk was not coming in, and my baby was not happy about it. If she was awake, she was screaming. My husband and I were worried, but the hospital-issued lactation consultants assured us that she was fine. I recalled something from the breastfeeding class we had taken at the hospital while I was pregnant. The lactation consultants told us that even a drop of nutrient-dense colostrum (the substance present in breasts from pregnancy until matu
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Alcohol=Muscle Loss?

Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle tissue that occurs as a natural part of the aging process. But how fast and how much muscle is lost may increase as a result of alcohol consumption, according to a new study conducted at Korea University College of Medicine in Seoul. Typical muscle loss occurs at an average rate of 6 percent per decade in postmenopausal women, but drinking alcohol accelerated sarcopenia in women who were moderate to heavy drinkers. The researchers concluded that the study findings strengthen the recommendation that postmenopausal women should limit their alcohol intake to impro