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  • Top of the Morning: Dr. Vicki Belo Said to be Expecting a Child with Hayden Kho

    Could a wedding be in the works, too?
  • 1. Dr. Vicki Belo mum about rumored pregnancy

    The celebrity dermatologist did not comment directly on the rumors that she is pregnant with fellow doctor and longtime boyfriend Hayden Kho’s child via artificial insemination using a surrogate mother. Smiling, she simply said to ask Hayden who could best answer the question. When Hayden was asked about the rumored pregnancy, he said he didn’t want to talk about their private lives. Is a wedding in the works? Dr. Belo replied, “Under observation.” (pep.ph)

    2. Can 22-week-old preemies survive?
    According to a new study, yes, they can! The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some premature babies can survive outside the womb with medical treatments as early as 22 weeks old, some with long-term impairment. Researches studied almost 5,000 babies born between 22 and 27 weeks. The study then raised questions about the treatment practices for preemies, as babies born before 24 weeks are viewed to be “less viable” than those born after. (time.com)

    3. Super Mario coming soon at Universal Studios theme parks
    Nintendo fans, rejoice! Soon, you’ll be able to see the plumber brothers Mario and Luigi and the rest of the Nintendo gang at Universal Studios theme parks. The two companies just announced that they will create an “immersive experiences [that] will include major [theme-park] attractions.” No specific rides have been revealed, but with high hopes, karts could be one of them. Universal Studios are already home to fan favorites such as Harry Potter, Men in Black, and Jurassic Park. (popsugar.com)

    4. First baby born via new stem-cell IVF treatment
    Zain Rajani is the first baby to be born through a technique that some experts think can dramatically improve the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Doctors in Canada recently discovered that women have, in their own ovaries, a possible solution to infertility caused by poor egg quality. Stem cells of healthy, yet-to-be developed eggs can help make a woman’s older eggs act young again; these stem cells are precursor cells that can only form eggs. So far, about three dozen women in four countries have tried the technique, and eight are currently pregnant. (time.com)

    5. Measles vaccine prevents other diseases, too
    A new study suggests that the measles vaccine provides benefits beyond protecting against the highly-contagious respiratory disease. By thwarting the measles infection, the vaccine also prevents measles-induced immune system damage that makes children more vulnerable to other infectious diseases, a phenomenon called “immune amnesia.” New long-term study showed that the measles-induced immune damage persists for an average of 28 months, as opposed to just a month or two, and the vaccine helps shield kids from infectious diseases that could attack their vulnerable immune system. (yahoo.com)

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