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Mom of 5 donates uterus to another woman after years of infertility setbacks

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Baylor Scott & White Health(BOSTON) — Aprill Lane suffered through years of infertility struggles in the process of becoming a mom to five kids, ages 7 and under. Late last year, Lane, 39, donated her own uterus so that another woman could have the ability to conceive and carry a child. “Infertility really, aside from the physical effects of it, it emotionally and socially affects you in a huge way,” Lane said. “If I could help one other person be relieved of some of that, I would.” Lane, who lives outside of Boston and works for a biotech company, adopted her oldest son after she and her husband, Brian, were diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” — a common but frustrating diagnosis for couples facing fertility problems — and tried for four years to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Shortly after adopting their oldest son, Lane became pregnant with their second child, a boy who is 13 months younger than his older brother. The Lanes tried for a third child using IVF and, on her 10th cycle, Lane became pregnant

Woman sues after discovering hospital kept one of her embryos frozen since 2004

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ABC(NEW YORK) — Massachusetts resident Marisa Cloutier-Bristol said she found out she and her late husband had a frozen embryo when she received a letter in 2017 about paying for its storage. “I thought this is a crazy mistake, this has to be a mass mailing because I don’t have a frozen embryo,” Cloutier-Bristol recalled of receiving the letter about billing for storage of frozen embryos from Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Cloutier-Bristol is now suing the hospital, seeking unspecified damages. “I felt like I was now grieving a child I didn’t even know existed, a child I could have had,” she said. “That was a piece of John. It was a sibling for my son Brett.” Cloutier-Bristol and her late husband, John Cloutier, underwent three unsuccessful rounds of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in 2003. According to Cloutier-Bristol’s lawsuit, the couple was told the four embryos harvested were not viable. The couple decided at the time to stop IVF treatments and focus on their son. Three years later, Cloutier died suddenly in his sleep. “My world was totally

Travel advice for nursing and pumping moms: What you should know

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tzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — You’re daydreaming about that beach vacation (or less-dreamy out-of-town conference). Just as you’re picturing the welcome distraction, that tight feeling in your breasts tells you it’s time to nurse or pump. Moms familiar with the stresses (and joys) of living life lactating have probably heard about the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They advocate exclusive breastfeeding the first six months of a baby’s life, but it’s hard work. Hopefully moms are able to create a routine at home and at work for everything to go smoothly: the gear, the schedule and the back-up plans. But throw in a trip, and things get complicated. There isn’t much leeway when you’re in seat 12B with a screaming, hungry baby who needs to nurse, or when you’ve got to pump now to avoid getting the painful breast infection called mastitis. Women often have to prepare for travel as though it’s a wilderness trip, bringing nursing gear such as cushions and covers, breast pumps and coolers filled with cold or frozen milk. Getting through the security line at an

Woman tried FDA-approved postpartum depression drug: It felt 'like a cloud was lifted'

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ABC(NEW YORK) — Stephanie Hathaway, a mother of two, was suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her second child when she decided to take part in a study for a drug to treat postpartum depression. The drug, called Zulresso, is the first-ever medication made specifically for women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). It was approved Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration. “The intrusive thoughts went away and they didn’t come back,” Hathaway told ABC News’ Good Morning America about the quick relief she felt after taking the drug. “I called my husband and I just remember him saying, ‘I haven’t heard the you in your voice for so long.’” Zulresso (brexanolone), the new medication from Sage Therapeutics, is expected to be available for use under prescription and strict supervision as early as June. Women with PPD will get a single, 60-hour intravenous (IV) infusion of Zulresso at a local health care facility, Sage Therapeutics Chief Medical Officer Steve Kanes told ABC News. Zulresso could cost as much as $20,000 to $35,000 per treatment. “It was very much

Chicago man doing well after video captured him getting transplant call

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Michael DAgostino(CHICAGO) — These days, Kevin D’Agostino is doing well, working out and traveling to downtown Chicago more and more. D’Agostino, 32, plans to help his brother Michael with his job in commercial real estate and has been assisting his father, Mario, with his small business. And D’Agostino is doing it all without his oxygen tank. It’s a far cry from the way his life looked just months ago. In December 2018, D’Agostino, who lives in suburban Chicago, captured people’s attention when his family shared video of his parents, Mario and Mary, waking him up with the news that he was getting a double lung transplant. D’Agostino, who was born with cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease of the lungs, had been on a transplant list for six months. For the last two years, he had depended on oxygen, carrying a tank everywhere he went. “You’re getting new lungs, Kevin!” his parents told D’Agostino in the video on Dec. 5. “No way!” D’Agostino said, waking up and throwing off his covers, a look of surprise on his face. “Mom, not

Second US jury finds Roundup weed killer caused cancer

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NoDerog/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — A federal jury in California found that a Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused a 70-year old man’s cancer, the second major blow for the company in a year. The six-member jury in San Francisco federal civil court unanimously concluded on Tuesday that glyphosate — Roundup’s key ingredient — was a “substantial factor” in Sonoma resident Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The jury’s verdict is the second out of a long list of future lawsuits. Approximately 11,200 plaintiffs, who claim they were exposed to glyphosate, are suing the company as of Jan. 28, according to the company’s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Hardeman’s lawyers said the elderly man developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma after using Roundup to spray his properties for almost three decades. On Wednesday, Hardeman’s trial started its second phase, in which the jury will decide if the company is liable and possibly award damages to Hardeman. The next phase will focus on how Groundup was marketed and if the company hid the product’s alleged risks. A lawyer for Hardeman was not immediately available

Four ways to spring clean your plate this season

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wmaster890/iStock(NEW YORK) — You want to eat healthier, but the question you may be struggling with is, “How?” If cooking isn’t your thing or time is hard to come by, Dawn Jackson Blatner — a registered dietitian nutritionist — is here to share tips on how to spring clean your plate and instantly make healthier choices in your diet. To help give your body a clean slate, these four quick-and-easy steps can kick-start your healthier body this spring and beyond: 1. Frozen green juice bags Sipping on green juice floods tons of powerful nutrients into your body. However, most of us don’t have expensive juicers or enough time in the day to make fresh green juice every morning. But the “Frozen Green Juice Bags” hack is a fast and less-expensive way to enjoy the beverage. Add these three ingredients into a single quart-sized bag and then store it in your freezer: 1/2 lemon, peeled: Lemon contains immune-boosting vitamin C. Plus, sour foods may reset taste buds to help you crave less sweet stuff. 1/2 cups of spinach: It seems like

Girl gives bald American Girl dolls to young cancer patients

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Valerie Fricker/Peace Love Bracelets Foundation(ALPHARETTA, Ga.) — An 11-year-old is spreading smiles by delivering bald American Girl dolls to kids fighting cancer. With help from her mom, Bella Fricker, 11, of Alpharetta, Georgia, raises money to buy the dolls and delivers them to hospitalized patients. “I’m very proud of her,” mom Valerie Fricker told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “She loves meeting the little girls and giving them dolls.” Fricker, a mom of three, said Bella launched the Peace Love Bracelets Foundation over a year ago. The fifth grader began making bracelets and selling them on Fricker’s personal Facebook page. Within a few hours, she raised $300 and was able to purchase three dolls. “It became so excessive, we couldn’t keep up with it,” Fricker said, adding that Bella still makes bracelets but has primarily moved on to holding fundraising events. Fricker said Bella developed a desire to help kids with cancer after a friend of hers lost her life after fighting the disease. So far, Bella has gifted 38 dolls to children. She’s made visits to St. Jude Children’s

New medication could help moms with postpartum depression

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Highwaystarz-Photography/iStockBY: DR. LINDA DROZDOWICZ (NEW YORK) — For most mothers a new baby is the most wonderful thing in the world. But for one in nine new mothers, that joy can be rapidly diminished by the crippling menace of postpartum depression (PPD). Zulresso (brexanolone), a new medication from Sage Therapeutics, may help. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first medication specifically for PPD and the company anticipates it will be available for use under prescription and strict supervision as early as June. PPD is more than your run of the mill “baby blues.” Symptoms of PPD may include depressed mood, difficulty bonding with your baby, intense anger or anxiety, fear that you’re not a good mother and thoughts of harming yourself or the baby, among other things. Current treatment can include talk therapy or antidepressants, according to the National Institutes of Health. While a number of antidepressants may be helpful for PPD, they can take weeks to work. Sage Therapeutics Chief Medical Officer Steve Kanes told ABC News that his company’s medication will be a quicker fix:

15-pound newborn baby girl a 'double miracle'

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Joy Buckley(ELMIRA, N.Y.) — There’s so much about Harper Buckley to love. The 15-pound baby born on March 12 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, New York, is a “double miracle,” her mom told “Good Morning America.” Joy and Norman Buckley struggled to conceive. “I was only ever given a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant naturally without the help of IVF,” Joy Buckley said. “So when my husband and I found out in May of 2016 that we were expecting our first little miracle, we were overjoyed.” The couple are also parents to Heaven, 7 and Chase, 2. “Then when we found out we were pregnant with Harper it became the second miracle because the likelihood of it happening twice was even less than the first time.” Joy Buckley told “GMA.” The other miracle: On a family vacation, the family was hit by a tractor trailer. “That included baby Harper who at the time we didn’t know we were expecting,” she said. As for Harper’s adorable chubbiness, it wasn’t expected. “The last ultrasound showed 12 pounds, and 11

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