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Basics of Cord Blood Donation and Storage

New parents are often faced with a tough decision – Should they donate their child’s cord blood, or store it in case the child needs it one day?

Cord blood is a potential treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and several other diseases. You can see a list of conditions that can be treated with cord blood and/or bone marrow here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is not recommending cord-blood-banking as “biological insurance” (for future self-use). Costs are relatively high, and it is difficult to predict what percentage of children will need the blood. The AAP also warns that:

The policy also points out that if cord clamping is done too soon after birth, the infant may be deprived of a placental blood transfusion, resulting in lower blood volume and increased risk for anemia later in life. (scroll down for source)

Here are some good resources if you are looking into storing or donating your child’s cord blood, or you just want to learn about this interesting issue:

AAP Cord Blood Statement – The AAP’s statement against “cord blood banking for future transplantation”.
Cord Blood FAQs – From Marrow.org, the National Marrow Donor Program.
About.com article – Deciding whether or not to bank cord blood, good overview and pros & cons.
Cordblood.com – The Cord Blood Registry

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South Beach Diet Supercharged

Just when we thought the South Beach Diet is good enough, now comes a new and improved makeover of the diet plan encapsulated in the book “The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life.” The book is created and developed by Dr. Agatston together with exercise psychologist Joseph Signoril, PhD introduces a fitness program to let you work out not longer, but smarter.

It is an expanded version of the plan which offers more ways to eat right, list of supercharge foods, 40 additional nutrient-rich recipes, tips to make healthier choices when eating at a restaurant and a fitness exercise. Together with the original diet plan’s three Phases, the eating plan now included a two part fitness program: Interval Walking and the Total Body Workout.

According to Dr. Agatston, the program is designed to “supercharged” metabolism to burn more calories and lose weight fast by a 20 minute-a-day walking.  The authors said, “With interval training, the higher the intensity of the exercise, the longer the afterburn; that is, you will continue to burn more fat and calories after you’ve completed your exercise session,” “This means you’ll burn more fat and calories while you’re going through your daily activities, and even when you’re resting.”

Though the supercharged is well received by the masses, Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, criticize Agatston claims. According to Church that people really do burn a few more calories when they exercise at a steady pace, but won’t burn “far more calories afterward.” In addition, the afterburn idea is not really suggested according to recent research and will only last for 15 to 30 minutes. John Jakicic, director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, somewhat supported Chruch’s criticism by testing a portion of Agatston’s theory. He concludes that what Agatston’s saying isn’t wrong, but he’s just inflating the impact. He added, “the majorities of are burned when you are doing the exercise.”

Dr. Agastton defended his theory and said, they “didn’t overstate afterburn. At most, you can nitpick some of what we say.” “You are going to be able to get greater caloric output per unit of time with this workout.” “Interval training is more efficient, and over time you will burn more calories. That’s my point, and I absolutely stick with it.”

Here is an overview of the two components of this program.

Interval Walking

Alternating periods of fast and or very fast walking with periods of slower recover walking

Boost metabolism, burn more calories and lose more weight fast

A great workout for the heart and lungs for cardiovascular health

Total Body Workout

A workout designed to target and work on several muscle groups simultaneously

Increases flexibility while toning your muscles and legs

Promotes stability, good posture and coordination.

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What does it mean when you have a heart murmur?

Dr. Allen Douma, who writes an advice column, answers a 60-year-old patient’s question about what a heart murmur actually is. A heart murmur occurs when the blood traveling away from the heart backpedals, or goes the wrong way. Any of the four heart valves that control the flow of blood can leak.

Murmurs can be temporary: sometimes pregnant women will have them, and they can occur in young people and elderly alike. According to the column I read, a heart murmur does not necessarily denote a serious heart problem. “The most common symptoms are difficulty breathing, fatigue and chest pain.” Some people can go for years without heart murmers being detected. The condition seems to be problematic mostly for elderly people, because it could indicate a problem with the heart valve that could lead to a more permanent blockage, or heart attack.

Recipe Granola Bars

I have been trying to make snacks for my little ones that are healthy and not processed that they will actually eat. I have a picky three year old and not so picky one year old so the best non-fruit/veggie snacks are handheld like crackers, cookies, and bars. I’ve tried a few things that didn’t turn out but I finally got a keeper with these granola bars. I will likely leave out the whole flax seeds next time and use flax eggs instead.


3.5 cups of regular rolled oats
1 cup of nuts (I used a combo of cashews, almonds, and pecans)
3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
2/3 cups of unsweetened coconut
2/3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1/3 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
cup of coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons milk (I used almond milk)


Combine oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut in a large bowl then spread on a cookie sheet and toast for 10 minutes at 350 degrees – stirring at 5 minutes. Cool.

Combine flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt then set aside.

Combine sugar, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, and milk then combine dry ingredients. Once mixed thoroughly add oat mixture. Spread on a parchment lined cookie sheet or large cake pan. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, let cool for a few minutes then cut. Yields 20 large bars.

What are your children’s favorite snacks?

How to prepare a low calorie Blueberry Cornbread

The addition of blueberries takes this savory side dish to a new level. If you don’t like blueberries, simply substitute cranberries – or delete the fruit altogether. For a spicy version (without fruit), add 1 teaspoon minced chipotles in adobo (from a 7-ounce can).

What makes this cornbread healthier than the original? By using egg whites instead of egg yolks, you can eliminate 5 grams of fat (per yolk). Substitute nonfat buttermilk for whole milk and regular corn for creamed corn and shed even more calories and fat. Here’s the tasty result:

Original recipe (per serving):
308 calories
9 grams fat (26%)
2 grams saturated fat
49 mg cholesterol

After makeover (per serving):
173 calories
2 grams fat (10%)
0.3 grams saturated fat
1 mg cholesterol


1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon corn oil
1 14-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
1 cup frozen blueberries (keep frozen until ready to use)
Non-stick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400 Fº. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cayenne. Mix well with a fork, make a well in the center and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg whites and oil. Stir in corn and blueberries. Fold mixture into dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Pour batter into an 8-inch square cake pan that has been coated with non-stick spray. Bake 20 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan, on a wire rack, 10 minutes. Remove cornbread from pan and cut into 6 even pieces. Serve warm or room temperature.

Vertical Jump Program

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How to get taller by using the natural resources?

In this world there are many men and women who are not satisfy about their height and wondering how to get taller,especially a midget and you can tell from other “normal person” by the standard of legal midget height. Due the lack of height the confidence level of these people are very low and they never feel strong enough to take any bold decision in their career and in result their life, career and relation all suffer.

There are many people who search about how to get taller everyday and very interested in knowing them. But they should consider the fact which is proven that men and women did not gain height after 20 – 25 age. But thanks to science and technology now there are many proven method and pills available that help you in gaining height. But beside these pills and methods there are also many natural ways that helps you in gaining your height.

If you naturally want to get taller then you need to keep one thing in mind, is that there are three essential things that helps you in gaining height. These three important things are, first is proper healthy diet, then second is daily exercise and third is free-mind sleeping. These all three are equally important for how to get taller and you can’t leave any of them.

Proper healthy diet is one of the most important if you want to increase your height. You need to do your best to avoid unhealthy foods like fast foods as much as you can and try to eat fresh vegetables and fruits. Try to eat foods that are rich in calcium, minerals and vitamins.

Exercise is also plays important role in increasing your height. If you want to get taller then you need to add exercise in your daily routine. There are some special exercises that are design to help you to increase your height. Exercises like vertical hanging and forward spine stretch are very effective for increasing your height.

Many people who follow proper healthy diet and do exercise daily but still fail to gain height the main hurdle for increasing the height in these people is that they don’t take enough sleep. According to doctors, 8-9 hrs sleep is necessary for every men and women. Many people neglect it and beat their mind how to get taller.

If you want to gain your height then you need to build proper daily routine in which you need to include all three things properly. By properly following these three tips then I am sure you will see your height increase and you get the answer of how to get taller.

Reducing Hospital Infections

RID is the committee to Reduce Infectious Deaths that occur during hospital stays & surgeries. These infections affect 2 million Americans and cause ~103,000 deaths per year. RID offers some simple steps to avoid this potentially life-threatening type of infection. Here are 3 of them:

Ask that hospital staff clean their hands before treating you, and ask visitors to clean their hands too.
Before your doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to your chest, ask that the diaphragm (or flat surface of the stethoscope) be wiped with alcohol.
If you need a “central line” catheter, ask your doctor about the benefits of one that is antibiotic-impregnated or silver-chlorhexidine coated to reduce infections.