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Sweden Confirms First Case of Baby Infected With COVID-19 In Womb

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STOCKHOLM, March 4  — A baby, who tested positive for COVID-19 two days after birth, was confirmed infected in the womb, reports Xinhua news agency quoted the Swedish doctors on Wednesday.

This is the first case in Sweden that a baby got infected with COVID-19 during the mother’s pregnancy, and subsequent tests showed that the baby surprisingly had developed its own antibodies.

As there are very few cases where babies have been confirmed infected in the womb, the findings have now been published in the scientific journal British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

The 27-year-old mother was admitted to the university hospital in Malmo last year after displaying COVID-19 symptoms. She also had abdominal pain and the fetal movements were reduced. The baby showed signs of lack of oxygen and declining heart sound and it was decided to perform an emergency cesarean section.

“We had no reason to believe that the child was infected, but it is routine to test after two days if mother has COVID-19. We were surprised when we got the test result, as the child was otherwise fine,” Philip Tannenberg, a doctor in paediatrics, said in a press release.

Subsequent tests proved the baby was infected in the womb, said another doctor at the hospital, Mehreen Zaigham.

“We studied the placenta under a microscope and could observe viral protein in all the areas of the placenta that were most affected. We also noticed that the placenta was infected on both the baby’s and the mother’s side,” Zaigham said.

“Until two weeks before the mother fell ill, the fetus’ growth was normal and routine check-ups did not show any infection. Therefore, we see a clear connection between the infection and the effect on the placenta.”

Zaigham said the case proved that the placenta can be affected even if the mother has only a mild infection. “It may be that we need to rethink the monitoring of pregnant women who have COVID-19 and consider them a clearer risk group than we do today.”

This echoes a recommendation that the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare issued last week: Pregnant women who are infected in week 22 or later should be considered as belonging to a risk group, as they risk giving birth prematurely.

The case also revealed other valuable information, as other tests showed the baby had developed its own antibodies, Tannenberg said.

“During the first year, children are usually dependent on antibodies from the mother, but here we were able to show that the child formed its own antibodies against the virus.”

Source: BERNAMA

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Use These Healthy ‘Sahur’ Tips By A Certified Dietitian For Everyone To Practice

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When the holy month of Ramadan arrives, many people definitely cannot wait to finally go to the Ramadan bazaar to buy their favorite food. Well, it is not often to see this kind of situation because the food that got sold in the Ramadan bazaar is actually difficult to get on a normal day and some of them are very popular during this month alone. Because of that, many people decided to buy a lot of them to be eaten during break fast and some others also eat the food that they bought at that time and eat it during ‘sahur’.

This kind of attitude usually will make them feel tired so much faster because they did not take the right type of food or even did not take the right amount of food that they need during ‘sahur’. In fact, calories are usually less so the nutrients are taken less when fasting. Let us see the healthy ‘sahur’ tips that have been shared by Salsabila Aznan who is a certified dietitian on her own Twitter page.

1) Compulsory Intake Of Quarter Half Portion

Some may say that eating rice could make us becomes hungry even quicker. It is true if you only eat rice with egg, you will get hungry quickly. Make sure half of the plate is vegetables and not rice. Vegetable fiber helps to make you feel full longer when you are fasting.

2) Take Source Of Protein

Protein is also slow to digest. If you want to eat dates, add a glass of milk to get a minimum of protein and carbohydrates. If you eat rice, you can take fish, chicken, tofu, or even eggs.

3) Reduce Processed Foods

Avoid eating nuggets, sausages or even burgers during ‘sahur’. The one who loves to eat ‘budu’ and also ‘cencalok’, try to reduce the intake. Foods that are high in salt make you thirsty quickly.

4) Minimum 2 Glasses Of Water During Sahur

This is just a suggestion. You can drink more than 2 glasses of water if you want to. Make sure to drink enough water during ‘sahur’ so that you are energized during the day.

5) Variate ‘Sahur’ Every Day

Nutrients depend on the variety of food types. Don’t just take oats every ‘sahur’. Or salad every day. Diversify the intake of carbohydrates, proteins, and also vegetables.

Sources: Twitter Salsabila Aznan

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Johnson and Johnson Jab May Cause Unusual Blood Clotting

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BRUSSELS, April 21 – The European Medicine Agency (EMA) confirmed on Tuesday that there could be a link between Johnson & Johnson vaccines and very rare cases of blood clots, Anadolu Agency reported.

“A warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen,” the EU regulator announced in a statement following the investigation of its safety committee.

But the EMA upheld its recommendation to use the jabs and confirmed that its benefits outweighed possible risks.

The investigation also concluded that “blood clots occurred mostly at unusual sites such as in veins in the brain (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, CVST) and the abdomen (splanchnic vein thrombosis) and in arteries, together with low levels of blood platelets and sometimes bleeding.”

According to the EU agency, over seven million people received the product of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company and it caused serious blood clotting in eight cases.

The cases were very similar to the side effects of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

In March, several European countries – including Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway – suspended the use of AstraZeneca jabs for a while after blood clots were reported in some vaccinated people.

The EMA’s investigation also concluded on Apr. 7 that there could be a possible link between AstraZeneca vaccines and very rare cases of blood clots.

Similarly, the EU regulator upheld its recommendation on using the jabs since its benefits outweighed the risks.

Source: BERNAMA

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(Video) TikTok’s Latest Food Trend, Have You Tried It?

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In this time of the pandemic, everyone is trying to practice a healthier lifestyle at home. There recently a new food trend circulating on TikTok that acts as a substitute for morning cereal.

Dubbed ‘nature’s cereal’ by its creator @natures_food it is a concoction of red berries, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries with coconut water.

@natures_foodnature’s cereal ##fruit ##fruits ##share

♬ original sound – 🥭Fruits & Leaves🍃

Picture: Google

Rather than sitting down to a bowl of sugar-laden breakfast cereal, the internet is going wild for this healthier alternative. To add more crunch, just add ice cubes.

@lizzoAnother s/o to @natures_food since y’all hoes can’t read lol AAAAAAND for the “unblended smoothie” hive — it’s not bussin Janelle 😏♬ Triple S – YN Jay & Louie Ray

The concept got a further boost from the singer Lizzo, which makes it gains more success.

Source: @natures_food, People, Lizzo

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