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7 Things You Did Not Know About Getting Pregnant

 1)  It takes a sperm and an egg Might seem obvious but it was a mystery until 1784.  That’s when Catholic priest / biologist / physiologist Lazzaro Spallanzani put two and two together.  He performed in vitro fertilization (IVF) on frogs and artificial insemination on a dog to prove the point.  Before that, nobody truly knew where babies came from. ... more »
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I am swelling and have protein in my urine; how can I treat this in an all-natural way?

Dear Honest Midwife, I'm at 33 weeks with my first baby and planning a home birth. Lately I've been having serious swelling. My midwife checked my urine and says I'm spilling protein. She put me on a high protein diet and told me to take alfalfa tablets. ... more »
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Fend Off Diabetes with High-Protein Breakfast

A nutritional study from Missouri finds that a breakfast high in protein will fend off the dangerous spikes in glucose and insulin that often lead to diabetes. ... more »
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PKU – Phenylketonuria

Phenylketonuria or PKU is a genetic condition preventing the body from breaking down the amino acid phenylalanine and two similar substances commonly found in protein. PKU causes a build-up of the amino acid, which can lead to developmental delay. ... more »
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Podocyturia and Proteinuria in Preeclampsia Patients

According to a new study published in Hypertension, a medical journal, podocyturia is detectable in women who experience preeclampsia before proteinuria. Authors from various departments at the Mayo Clinic worked on the study concurrently. ... more »
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Protein Responsible for Cell-Cell Fusion Revealed

In healthy human tissues, cell-cell fusion is uncommon, but this fusion is necessary for placental development during pregnancy. Researchers have long searched for some idea or indication explaining how the body promotes cell-cell fusion during pregnancy. ... more »
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Can Genes be Turned On and Off in Cells?

Each cell expresses, or turns on, only a fraction of its genes. The rest of the genes are repressed, or turned off. The process of turning genes on and off is known as gene regulation. Gene regulation is an important part of normal development. ... more »
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How do Genes Direct the Production of Proteins?

Most genes contain the information needed to make functional molecules called proteins. (A few genes produce other molecules that help the cell assemble proteins.) The journey from gene to protein is complex and tightly controlled within each cell. ... more »
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What are Proteins and What Do They Do?

Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles inthe body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for thestructure, function, and regulation of the body's tissues and organs. ... more »
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Is a Low-Acid Diet the Way To Go During Pregnancy?

You may have heard of a new diet based on controlling the acid/base balance of the body to achieve a better state of health. The 'Alkaline Diet' is gaining popularity. ... more »