Saliva 'may speed healing' but 'kissing it better' probably won't
Conclusion This complex study helps us understand the biological mechanisms behind wound healing in the mouth and the role of saliva in promoting wound healing. As well as keeping the mouth moist and reducing levels of harmful bacteria, saliva contains a protein that encourages the movement of cells in ways that help wounds to heal. It's possible this might lead to the development of new wound-healing treatments in future; however, this study didn't look at future uses – it simply helps us better understand how the body heals itself. Before any new treatment could be developed, further studies in cell lines and in animals, followed by extensive studies in humans, would be needed to ensure that any treatment was safe and effective. That's a long way off. Next time you bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek, just imagine the proteins in your saliva working away to help to heal the wound as quickly as possible. But it's best not to imagine any more than that. While kissing your child's grazed knee may have a powerful placebo effect, we'd recommend reaching for some antiseptic cream and a plaster too. Links To The Headlines Pucker up... kissing it better really works: Saliva found to have properties that help speed up the healing process. Mail Online, August 9 2017 Links To Science Torres P, Díaz J, Acre M, et al. The salivary peptide histatin-1 promotes endothelial cell adhesion, migration, and angiogenesis. The FASEB Journal. Published online July 27 2017
(MedPage Today) -- No higher risk of infant hospitalization, death linked to vaccines in pregnancy
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CONCLUSIONS Maternal-fetal risks are increased in pregnancies in conjunction with CGN patients. Prenatal proteinuria ≥3.5 g/d, BP ≥160/110 mmHg, and uric acid ≥363 μmol/L were the maternal and fetal risk predictors in pregnancy. PMID: 29455212 [PubMed - in process]
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The pharmacokinetics of dolutegravir, used to treat HIV infection, differ between pregnant women and postpartum women, but the differences are not likely to impair the drug's efficacy or safety.Reuters Health Information
Journal Name: Journal of Perinatal Medicine Issue: Ahead of print
Condition: Other Specified Pregnancy-Related Conditions Interventions: Other: Mulligan Concept Intervention; Other: Sham Mulligan Concept Treatment Sponsors: University of Idaho; National Institutes of Health (NIH) Enrolling by invitation
Morbidity and nutrition status of rural drug-naïve Kenyan women living with HIV. Afr J AIDS Res. 2016 Sep;15(3):283-91 Authors: Neumann CG, Nyandiko W, Siika A, Drorbaugh N, Samari G, Ettyang G, Ernst JA Abstract This paper describes morbidity in a group of HIV-positive drug-naïve rural women in western Kenya. A total of 226 drug-naïve HIV-positive women were evaluated for baseline morbidity, immune function, and anthropometry before a food-based nutrition intervention. Kenyan nurses visited women in their homes and conducted semi-structured interviews regarding symptoms and physical sig...