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Mamas on Bedrest: Are We on the Brink of a Cure for Pre-Eclampsia?

May 2nd, 2014

Greetings Mamas!

May is Pre-Eclampsia Awareness Month. As our way of honoring this occasion, I present to you an interview that I did with Dr. Karine Kleinhaus. Dr. Kleinhaus is the Divisional Vice President North America for and Israeli based biotechnology company called Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc. Pluristem is a leading developer of placental based cell therapies. They are currently developing a treatment that, if effective, will treat pre-eclampsia in pregnant women and very likely remove the need for women to be placed on bed rest for pre-eclampsia.

As you can image, when I first learned of this technology, I was floored. Then I got excited. Pre-eclampsia is one of the leading reasons that Mamas are prescribed bed rest during their pregnancies. It can have serious health consequences for mamas and their babies, including kidney and liver damage in mamas, prematurity and the associated developmental issues in infants and even death. Pre-Eclampsia is thought to be the result of inflammation in the uterus and with the placenta that leads to the elevated blood pressure, the protein in the urine, liver assault and, if not adequately treated progresses to HELLP Syndrome (High blood pressure, Elevated Liver Enzymes and Low Platelets).

In February of this year, The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association announced that new research data shows that women who have pre-eclampsia during their pregnancies are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke in later life. So as you can imagine, if the therapy being developed by Pluristem is successful, many women stand to be saved a lot of discomfort from a potentially life threatening illness during their pregnancies, will avoid bed rest and its complications and avoid the risk to their cardiovascular health later in life. This is win-win-win!!

Dr. Kleinhaus was kind enough to spend quite a lot of time with me explaining the treatment and its potential in the treatment of Pre-Eclampsia. Listen to this interview carefully. It’s really interesting and chocked full of very useful information. Once you finish, share your comments in the comments section below.

 

Mamas on Bedrest: Nutritional Resources for Pregnancy

July 10th, 2013

It’s video Wednesday! Today I’m sharing nutrition suggestions for pregnancy and helpful books I recommend to my clients. The books are available thru the Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond Amazon a Store, www.mamasonbedrest.com/shop/amazon-store­. Enjoy!!

 

 

Mamas on Bedrest: Take a Look at the HealthTap App

June 5th, 2013

It’s Video Wednesday!

This week, I am taking a look at the HealthTap App. As you will recall from the last blog entry, HealthTap is a health information website that provides health information, tips and breaking health information. The site boasts some 40,000 physician experts from all 50 states and 128 specialties. HealthTap has just rolled out its new App and now consumers can have the convenience of health information at their fingertips.

The App is more than just an encyclopedia of health information. It is a way for consumers to store and track their own health information. This morning, I downloaded the app onto my iPad. The App then guided me through the registration process and enabled me to input personal information and preferences. I was able to “follow” doctors whose work I highly respect and often cite in my blogs and other educational information. I can contact my own gynecologist (who is a participating physician), ask questions of other physicians and get feedback on lab information, tests and other health inquiries.

I have to say that I barely scratched the surface of the HealthTap App. I am sure that it has many more functions that I have yet to discover. But I found it really easy to use, easy to read and easy to input and save my information. I think that this app may be a handy way for Mamas on Bedrest to chart their bed rest progress. In particular, when I think of mamas with cervical insufficiency, each time you go to the OB, you can chart your cervical measurements and keep track. If you have pregnancy induced hypertension or pre-eclampsia, you can track your blood pressures and/or urine proteins (if your OB has you doing urine dip sticks). And this tool is useful after your pregnancy as well; helping you to chart breastfeeding, weight loss, exercise, sleep, and other health indices.

Give it a shot. It’s free and fun (The Geek in Me was quite giddy playing with this!!).