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Women Who Breastfeed Exclusively May Not Experience Multiple Sclerosis Again

Breastfeeding after delivery inhibits multiple sclerosis from relapsing

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Women with MS may not experience a relapse after pregnancy. Photo Credit: Greyerbaby/Pixabay

Researchers just published a valuable information. Women suffering from multiple sclerosis (MP) may not always experience it again after pregnancy. This new discovery contradicts earlier held beliefs about MP. Decades-old belief held that multiple sclerosis may flare up again immediately following pregnancy.

Most people with a history of multiple sclerosis experience the symptoms again when its relapsing-remitting form surfaces, before it remits again. The new finding revealed that women who breastfeed newborns exclusively for several months have lower risks of having multiple sclerosis again.

The conclusions of the study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on May 4-10, 2019.

Idea That Multiple Sclerosis Relapses After Pregnancy Dated Back To Decades Ago

MS is usually commong among women who could still bear children. The new discovery however shows that women with the disease can concieve, breastfeed and take up necessary treatments without fearing for relapses after pregnancy.

Annette Langer-Gould, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, said people feared for a relapse of MS after pregnancy since 20+ years ago. This was when MRI scans and innovative treatments were not available to diagnose and treat the condition.

But medical advancements have shown this fear to be baseless.

Langer-Gould and her team analyzed available records from Kaiser Permanente Southern and Northern California databases to arrive at their findings. From the databases, they found that 375 women with MS got pregnant 466 times from 2008 to 2016. Their medical records revealed pertinent information related to MS from their treatment, breastfeeding and relapsing documentations.

Researchers Analyzed Statistics of Multiple Sclerosis Patients from Various Databases

Research showed that 38% of the women were not treated for MS one year before getting pregnant. About 15% experienced the first MS symptoms immediately they got pregnant. And 8% had a relapse while pregnant.

Just a year after delivering their babies, there was crucial development. About 26% of the women suffered MS relapse; 87% of them gave suck to their babies; 35% provided their infants with exclusive breastfeeding; and 41% resumed treatments for the multiple sclerosis.

Data analysis revealed that the yearly rate of relapse for the women before they got pregnant was 0.39. The rate dropped during pregnancy to 0.07 and then 0.14. None of these women experienced any MS relapse immediately following the birth of their baby, and those who eventually did within the first three months of delivery had the rate at 0.27 – lower than what it was before their pregnancy.

However, 4-6 after baby delivery, the annual rate reverted to 0.30, the level it was before pregnancy. The results remained the same even after all necessary factors were accounted for.

Breastfeeding and Resumption of Treatment Does Not Affect Risks of MS Relapse

Ultimately, the researchers found women with MS who exclusively breastfeed their babies have 40% lesser chances of having a relapse. Those who breastfed and also supplemented with milk formula may have a relapse comparable to those who did not breastfeed at all. Funny enough, breastfeeding and taking up MS treatment does not seem to impact the chances of a relapse in any significant way.

For these women, the drugs interferon-betas and glatiramer acetate were mostly used for their treatments. A few others were treated with natalizumab or fingolimod prior to pregnancy. Future studies may address how quitting medications may impact on chances of getting pregnant; effects on breastfeeding; and incidents of relapses during pregnancy.

The study was supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Veronica Owens graduated from MIT in 2013. She worked in Silicon Valley for three years before finding her feet in Journalism. She covers emerging tech trends as they relate to the health industry. She authored a book on the intersection between modern technology and health in 2016. She loves to sew and watch the Super Bowl.

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The Brazilian Authorities busted an Bitcoin swindle that made $359M from victims

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With a report from a statement released by the Parana state government, the state authorities shut the unnamed operation and ended up arresting nine people.  

 

The statement reads that it became evident that the operation was a swindle when the victims obtained a message in the company telling them they will not be able to draw their money.  

The justification provided by the company was that it incurred a loss of about $4.8 million to a conman. But six months, after the stated, the frauds further delayed the withdrawal period .

One of the conned folks stated that the company had assured they would get daily returns of 4 or 3 percent on the money they had invested. The fraudsters targeted victims through media.  

The are currently charged with money laundering swindle, criminal association, and forgery.  

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SpaceX experiment fires Falcon 9 Ahead of December 4 Dragon Liftoff to Get NASA

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SpaceX has lighted up the Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry the next payload of the thing on a task to space the week.  

The experiment took place at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of its scheduled send off on December 4.

At 5:30 p.m. EST (2230 GMT), the Falcon 9 rocket came into life. Smoke rose during the prelaunch test in the motors. The test also referred to as a evaluation is among the last milestones that were and a main part of procedures before the launch.

They maintain the spaceship and temporarily fire its nine engines. The firing enables crews to ensure that each system is correctly working and the spaceship is prepared to go. Briefly, following the evaluation, SpaceX posted in their official Twitter page the static fire was successful and that the company was planning to start on December 4 at 12:51 pm EST (1751GMT).

SpaceX representatives wrote on an update that Falcon 9 static fire test finishes aiming December 4 liftoff from pad 40

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A Reusability Mark Has Been Set For Suborbital Spaceflight by New Shepard

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New Shepard launch

On December 11 2019, New Shepard vehicles lifted NS-12 Suborbital mission. This was the 1st flight in more than seven months and it is inching close to developing flight that will ferry people to the  lower part the of space

This New Shepard launch took place at 12:53 PM Texas time, this was delayed due to bad atmospheric condition and in 10 minutes, the flight had reached a height of 104.5 kilometers whereby the vehicle propulsion module and the crew capsule landed separately and peaceful.

This type of flight was the 6th one where the propulsion and the crew capsule land separately which is the best record for the company.  Another New Shepard propulsion module flew five missions before it worn out and now is used in a series of flights.

New Shepard payloads include NASA experiments, which were eight in number to determine the chances of flights to access to suborbital vehicles. The other experiments came from the University of Florida, which aimed at studying the gene expression on plants

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