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Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIZZINESS IN PREGNANCY AND REMEDIES

I recall getting very lightheaded when I got up from a chair when I was pregnant.
 Although that was probably just from getting up too fast, there are other reasons why pregnant women feel dizzy. This article explains what you can do to minimize this problem:

Not enough food and drink When you don't eat enough, you can end up with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can make you feel dizzy or faint. This can happen much more easily when you're pregnant.

Dehydration can have a similar affect. Make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day — more if you're exercising or if it's hot.

Try to keep your blood sugar from getting too low by eating small, frequent meals during the day instead of three large ones. Carry healthy snacks so you can eat when you get hungry.
Anemia If you're anemic, you have fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen to your brain and other organs, which can leave you feeling lightheaded. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia, so be sure to eat an iron-rich diet and take a prenatal vitamin with iron, especially in your second and third trimesters. If you become anemic, your caregiver will probably prescribe a separate iron supplement as well.
Getting overheated Spending time in a very hot room or taking a hot bath or shower can cause your blood vessels to dilate, lowering your blood pressure and making you woozy.


SEE ALSO, EARLY WAYS TO KNOW YOU MIGHT BE PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com)

 

If you feel dizzy when you get too hot, avoid stuffy crowded places and dress in layers so you can shed clothes as necessary. Take warm showers or baths instead of hot ones, and try to keep the bathroom cool.
Hyperventilation Excessive exercise or anxiety can sometimes cause you to hyperventilate and feel faint. Although exercise can help your circulation, be careful not to overdo it if you're feeling tired or not well. Start out slowly. If you start to feel lightheaded or dizzy while exercising, stop and lie down.
Vasovagal syncope Some people get dizzy when they strain to cough, pee, or have a bowel movement. These actions can prompt a vasovagal response (that is, an effect on your circulatory system by your vagus nerve) — a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, leading to dizziness and fainting. (The word syncope means fainting.)

Dehydration, anxiety, and pain can also trigger this type of reaction, and pregnant women are more vulnerable to it. Lightheadedness and warning signs such as a feeling of warmth, paleness, sweating, nausea, yawning, and hyperventilation often precede vasovagal syncope. Pay attention to these signs and lie down immediately to help keep yourself from fainting.


from www.babycenter.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FENG SHUI FOR BABY'S ROOM

My website has a complete page on Feng Shui for fertility and getting pregnant (getpregnantover40.com),  but what about after your baby is born.  What are the principles of feng shui for babies?  This guest post explains some do's and don'ts to create the right environment according to the principles of feng shui design.
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Creating Good Feng Shui in Baby's Room

Guest Post By Kathryn Weber

Getting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning from what diapers the baby will wear down to the decoration and arrangement of baby's room. Today's parents want to create a haven for their little one that will help the baby feel comforted and nurtured, as well as stimulated enough so that they thrive. Increasingly, parents are going beyond the traditional coordinated "theme" rooms to ensure baby has a healthy environment by incorporating feng shui.
Feng shui, the Chinese system for arrangement and placement, so often used in businesses and homes is now making its way into the nursery, and for good reason, too. Feng Shui proposes that by arranging and aligning the room correctly, energy will flow better in the room and that all who reside in the room will thrive and prosper better than if the energy is the room was incorrect or did not flow smoothly. Understandably, no one needs to thrive and prosper more than a baby.
To maximize the energy in baby's room, there are several important factors to consider, such as room location, safety, colors, and furniture arrangement. Using feng shui in the nursery will help to make babies less fussy, who will feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and who will be healthy and flourish. What does it take to accomplish this? Following some basic considerations will help both baby and parents create a room that makes them both happy.
Select a good location for the baby's bedroom. A new baby should have a bedroom that is not over a garage or has an empty space below. The bedroom also shouldn't be located where there is excessive noise that might keep the baby from sleeping, such as close to a living room where the TV is on, or close to a noisy street or neighbor.
Bed placement is important. The bed should not be against a window or be directly in line with the door. Put the baby on a solid wall with the head of the crib against the wall, rather than lengthwise. Make sure the baby does not sleep or is placed against a slanted wall. These press on the baby. Avoid placing the baby against a wall that is shared with a bathroom, toilet, storage, or utility-type room.
Opt for soothing colors. Children benefit from bright colors in play areas, but if these are used in a baby's room, infants can be over stimulated to the point that they do not rest well. Because deep sleep in babies is necessary for healthy growth, be sure to select restful, muted colors. Whites are excellent for children, but avoid black and white color scheme because there is too much contrast. Select color palettes that are close to one another and harmonious, such as green and blue, white and beige, or pink and yellow.
Create soft movement in the room. A room that is too still becomes stagnant and this is not beneficial for the growth of the child. To create good, but soft energy and movement, hang mobiles close to a window to move gently in the breeze and keep soft music playing in the room. You can also place a small fan on a dresser turned on low to keep air moving in the room. Avoid placing the baby under a ceiling fan as these disrupt their body energy.
Watch for pointed objects. Make sure there are no hard corners from dressers or changing tables pointed at the baby's head or body. Move these to another part of the room where they are not pointed in the direction of the bed.
Select design motifs with care. Make sure that designs do not have harsh points, such as arrows, crosses, diamonds, or triangles. Nature designs are excellent and promote growth. Animal designs should also be chosen carefully. Ferocious or aggressive animals, even when they are made for a baby's room, should not be chosen. Some of these are found in jungle motif designs and include lions, tigers, bears, and reptiles. Motifs with fish are fine as long as the watery theme is not overly dominant. Otherwise, respiratory, lung, nasal, or kidney problems could develop.
Keep lighting balanced. During the day, the light in the baby's room should neither be too bright or too dark. Install blinds that can be lowered or raised as needed to keep the room at a pleasant level of lighting. If the room is too bright, the baby won't rest deeply. If too dim, the room would be too "yin" and the baby could fail to thrive or have respiratory problems.
Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine and certified feng shui consultant in classical Chinese feng shui. Kathryn helps her readers improve their lives and generate more wealth with feng shui. For more information visit http://www.redlotusletter.com and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant! To subscribe and receive the FREE Ebook, "Easy Money - 3 Steps to Building Massive Wealth with Feng Shui,"logon to http://www.redlotusletter.com


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

LOW BIRTHWEGHT AND TRAFFIC FUMES

If you live or work near heavy traffic, you may want to limit your exposure to traffic fumes as much as possible.  Not only can fumes affect fertility in men and women, but they can also harm your pregnancy.
 According to the article below, traffic fumes can affect your baby's birthweight. Read more:


SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

 

The proportion of newborns with a birth weight below 3,000 grams increased with increasing concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2,5) during pregnancy. A similar association was observed between the absorbance of fine particulate matter and birth weight. The absorbance of particulate matter is considered to be a marker of the particles originating from traffic, and in particular from diesel vehicles.

Earlier American Studies had already suggested that fine particulate matter might influence the birth weight. This recent study is the first study from Germany and Western Europe and also the first one to suggest so clearly that traffic-related air pollutants have an influence. 

from
Science Daily

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

HOW MUCH SUN IN PREGNANCY?

Pregnancy and Sun Exposure

Getting enough vitamin D in pregnancy is a good thing, but what about the dangers of too much sun in pregnancy?
  We all seem to pay attention to sun exposure throughout our lives but this article talks about some common sense precautions you should take when pregnant:

What is the main danger?

Many women experience dark irregular patches on the skin, caused by the extra hormones and an enzyme called Tyrosinase over-producing melanin which darkens the skin (this is called the 'mask of pregnancy' or to give its proper name, chloasma). This is often a sign that she is particularly sensitive to UV rays from the sun. Luckily, in the vast majority of cases, this skin coloration disappears after the baby is born. For those that are not so lucky, a visit to the dermatologist will help solve the problem after the birth.



SEE ALSO: STRANGE UNUSUAL AND ODD EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS (getpregnantover40.com)


What are the dangers to the foetus?

There are insufficient studies to provide a definitive answer to this, but it is generally thought that there are no direct dangers to the developing baby. Having said that, exposure to UV light has been linked to reduced folic acid levels. Folic acid is vital for the early development of the foetus during the first eight to ten weeks and it can be broken down by bright sunlight. Another issue to take into account is overheating and/or dehydration... Lying in the sun can cause the body to overheat, which is not safe for the baby, so if going out into the sun, never allow the body to heat up too much and drink plenty of fluids.

What protection?

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An elevated sun-factor cream should be used (factor 10 or above).
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Renew application every 2 hours
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Avoid exposure to the sun between midday and four in the afternoon. This is when the UV rays from the sun are at their fiercest.
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Avoid using products that are photosensitive such as some body lotions and perfumes.
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Take a large brimmed hat to protect the face and neck.
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If topless sunbathing, apply extra cream to the breasts and nipples (which are more sensitive to UV light due to under exposure.
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Always carry water and stay hydrated.
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Never get overheated.


Can a sun bed be used?

Sun beds carry the same risks as normal sunlight and should probably be avoided during a pregnancy.


What about a fake tan from a bottle?

Again, there have been insufficient studies on this and due to the lack of data, many doctors are now recommending to avoid these chemicals completely during a pregnancy. This is obviously the best approach. Why take any risks for the sake of a sun tan?

 from:
www.paternityangel.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

EATING PLACENTA AFTER BIRTH?

Ingesting Your Placenta

I've always been kind of an earthy person, but to be perfectly honest, when I read the below article, my eyes popped out of my head in disbelief.
 I'm not knocking it, but the thought of ingesting a placenta makes me a little queasy. According to the article below, there are some women doing this, and it may help with a number of problems in the post-partum period. Read more:

SEE ALSO PREGNANCY FOODS, FERTILITY FOODS (getpregnantover40.com)

 

The practice, known as placentophagy, is far from widespread and is received with great skepticism by more traditional medical experts. But among a small but vocal contingent of expectant mothers and proponents, it is strongly believed that the organ created by the woman's body to pass nutrients between mother and fetus and is expelled after birth is rich in chemicals that can help mitigate fluctuations in hormones believed to cause postpartum depression.
excerpted from:
from usatoday.com

Saturday, April 16, 2016

BREASTFEEDING HIGHER INTELLIGENCE

Pregnancy Over 40 and Breastfeeding

 I recall being in my childbirth classes and the instructor approached the topic of breastfeeding.
 She had to "walk on eggshells" because some of the women who were not going to breastfeed were afraid to speak up for fear of being criticized. However, this article apparently found some solid evidence that breastfeeding does help children intellectually. Read more:

SEE ALSO: ODD EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS (getpregnantover40.com)

 

At age 6.5, the children in the breastfeeding group scored an average of 7.5 points higher on tests measuring verbal intelligence, 2.9 points higher on tests measuring non-verbal intelligence and 5.9 points higher on tests measuring overall intelligence. Teachers also rated these children significantly higher academically than control children in both reading and writing.

"The effect of breastfeeding on brain development and intelligence has long been a popular and hotly debated topic," says Prof Kramer. "While most studies have been based on association, however, we can now make a causal inference between breastfeeding and intelligence - because of the randomized design of our study."

from: 

telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, April 14, 2016

CELEBRITIES HAVING BABIES OVER 40

We are a Hollywood obsessed society and of course baby news is big news.  When celebrities have babies at any age, it seems to be the talk of the town.  But when celebrities have babies over 40 it sees even bigger.  There certainly seems to be a trend of famous women delaying motherhood and it's certainly understandable since actresses may have a harder time getting parts after pregnancy and motherhood set in.  One positive aspect of famous women getting pregnant over age 40 is that society seems to be more accepting of older motherhood than in the past because it is so commonplace.  I've dedicated a page on my website to celebrity mothers over 40.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON CELEBRITIES HAVING BABIES OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

Monday, April 11, 2016

POOR DIET IN PREGNANCY AFFECTS BABIES ARTERIES

It seems that we're always hearing about keeping our weight down and not gaining too much weight in pregnancy.
 The following article talks about the opposite problem: not gaining enough weight and it's surpising connection to clogged arteries in the child. Read more:

SEE ALSO: DIET FOR PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:

A study of 200 children found that, on average, the lower the mother's calorific intake during pregnancy, the thicker the child's artery walls.

Clogged up arteries - atherosclerosis - can lead to heart disease and strokes.

The University of Southampton team said the reasons for the apparent link were unclear and needed further exploration.


Their study appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Maternal energy intake in pregnancy may affect the child's blood cholesterol concentrations

Dr Catharine Gale

The researchers used ultrasound scans to measure the thickness of the wall of the carotid artery in more than 200 nine-year-old children whose mothers had taken part in a nutrition study during pregnancy.

Experts usually say a pregnant woman needs to eat around 2,500 calories per day. 

 bbc.co.uk

Saturday, April 09, 2016

CHINESE PREGNANCY CALENDAR HOW TO USE

Predicting Babies Gender - The Chinese Birth Calendar

Guest Post By Zhang Xiao Hong
The Chinese Birth Calendar is such an amazing discovery that it is still used widely across the world as a way to predict the sex of your child. Although there are many ways to predict the sex of your child with science, such as an ultrasound, the Chinese Birth Chart has said to be as accurate as 99%. Given that the age of the Chinese Birth Calendar is truly unknown, it is still an accurate tool in determining the sex of your child.

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY JEWELRY, HEALING STONES 

 

The calendar, which is also called the Chinese Baby Chart, was discovered in an ancient tomb near the capital city of Beijing over 700 years ago. The only place that you may view the original chart now is the Institute of Science, also located in Beijing.
While the chart can be very confusing and overwhelming when you first look at it, the calendar is easy to decipher once you take a little time and read the directions. The first step in determining the sex of your baby based on the Chinese Birth Calendar is to figure out what month your baby was conceived in. It is a simple step but often people can forget very easily exactly when. If in doubt, the best way to figure this out is to just take the due date or the birth date of your child and go back nine months. For normal, full term babies, this is the easiest way to do it.
After you determine the month the baby was conceived in, you need to figure out how old the mother will be at the birth of the baby. Of course, the only way to estimate this is to go off of the doctor's due date that was given. Once that is figured out, you go down the chart and where the two points meet is where it will tell you the sex of your child.
This is truly an amazing tool and something that has been used for centuries upon centuries with an eerie amount of accuracy. Some professionals will even tell you that it can be more accurate then ultrasounds, although we still recommend using science over an ancient tool. Along with this tool and your ultrasound, you should be able to get a good idea of what the sex of your child should be. However, if you were like me, the ultrasound and the Chinese Baby Chart conflicted. The funny thing about my situation is that the baby chart was correct, and the ultrasound was wrong. So, which one is really better?
To view the Chinese birth Calendar visit our sites: Chinese Birth Calendar, Chinese Birth Chart and Chinese Baby Chart
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

PREGNANCY OVER 40 CAN BE VERY HEALTHY

 Getting Pregnant After 40 Is Not Doom and Gloom

I found an article that discusses a magazine whose target market is "older" pregnant women. It sounds like a great idea, especially since most of what you read in the mainstream media is enough to scare you into miscarriage (I certainly did my share of worrying when I was pregnant with my daughter).

 I wish I would have known about this magazine called "Plum". Read More:
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See Also: Have A Baby Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)


"I've cared for 20-year-olds who were at far greater risks for problem pregnancies than were their 40-year-old counterparts," she says. "The majority of pregnancies over 35 and even over 40 go just great, but they do need more attention and diagnostic procedures." That's what we want to hear.



The issue's cover story shows off designer Cynthia Rowley's take on maternity fashion in a 12-page spread. Rowley is also a "Plum mom" who, in lieu of divulging her age, joked she half-expected to be in diapers before her daughter was out of them. (Rowley is 41. She had her second daughter, Gigi, when she was 40.)

Plum was founded by Rebekah Meola at the end of 2004 to serve one of the fastest-growing demographics in the U.S.--pregnant women over 35. Between 1970 and 2003 in the U.S., the Centre for Disease Control reports that the birth rate among women between the ages of 35 to 39 increased by 38.17 per cent.

The trend in this country is similar: According to Statistics Canada, 48 per cent of births in 2003 were to women over the age of 30.

Meola says the aim of the magazine was both to educate women on risks of later child-bearing and to soothe anxieties so they could relax and enjoy their pregnancies. "High risk can sound very scary," says Meola. "Plum was brought about to help women understand what high risk means. It doesn't have to be doom and gloom -- it's just being aware and having all the information and managing the risks."


excerpted from 
Canwestnews


Monday, April 04, 2016

LOW BACK PAIN IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy and Lower Back Pain, What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Guest Post By Hannah Bajor

Back pain and pregnancy, tips on what you can do to make your pregnancy and lower back pain a little easier to deal with.
Normal weight gain in pregnancy is about 35 pounds, but lots of women I have met over my twenty-year midwifery career gained 35 pounds to 70 pounds during pregnancy. The stress of sudden weight gain during the short cycle of pregnancy can cause back pain and pregnancy misery.

SEE ALSO: STRANGE UNUSUAL EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS 

Pregnancy posture change:
Pregnancy and lower back pain happens because of pregnancy weight gain and the automatic adjustments your body makes in posture to accommodate the growing womb. This change in posture is called pregnancy lordosis. Upper and lower back pain and pregnancy lordosis go hand in hand because your spine becomes super curved, elongated, and your breast and buttocks stick out pulling and stretching your back muscles.
Pregnancy hormones:
On top of this, back pain and pregnancy go hand in hand because of the higher levels of pregnancy hormones you produce. Pregnancy hormones have a relaxing effect on many of the muscles in your body to accommodate the muscle stretching that is required during pregnancy. Relaxed muscles are not as supportive to the spine and abdominal muscles, therefore many women complain of back pain and pregnancy shoulder stress.
Pregnancy pelvic changes:
The female pelvis is made up of many different bones. When you get towards the end of your pregnancy, a baby cannot fit to a normal-sized woman's pelvis without the pelvis opening and expanding. The pelvis has two major joints; one towards the right and one towards the left of your lower back along with a hinge joint at the very tail end of your spine.
Back pain and pregnancy ligament pulling and stretching is a direct result of your pelvis opening, which will allow your baby's head to engage or enter into the cavity of your pelvis. Pregnancy and lower back pain is also caused by the excess pressure felt deep within your pelvis as your baby sits and waits for labor to commence.
All of these factors taken together, it is not unusual for pregnant women to get backache. So if you get a backache straight away start doing things to prevent your backache from getting worse or getting out of control.
How to help minimize symptoms associated with pregnancy and lower back pain:
I definitely recommend having nice warm bath soaks, putting nice warm compresses on your back, or even better still having back massages to help with your pregnancy and lower back pain.
I would absolutely recommend that every pregnant woman go to see a chiropractor during pregnancy. A lot of traditional obstetrician, gynecologist and midwives are a little afraid of sending the women to a chiropractor because they are just not informed as to what chiropractors actually do. A chiropractor can help your spine accommodate easier to all the posture changes that happens during your pregnancy and relieve pain associated to pulled and stressed muscles associated to pregnancy and lower back pain
Apart from that, let us look at what things can you do to your own body to help minimize back pain and pregnancy. Wearing a good supporting bra during your pregnancy will support the increased breast weight and uplift your breasts so they do not feel so heavy. This will alleviate a lot of the upper back stress associated with pregnancy and lower back pain.
There are also a lot of pregnancy stomach binders that have been created to help support the weight of your growing womb which can help relieve back pain and pregnancy ligament discomfort.
Many women are focused on fashionable shoes and wear ridiculous footwear during pregnancies that do not support their posture and feet. I cannot believe how many pregnant women out there are wearing ridiculously high shoes or low shoes. Remember, as you become more and more pregnant all the bones and muscles within your feet are stressed.
Take a good look at the shoes you are wearing during your pregnancy and ask yourself these questions to evaluate the importance of your feet:
Do your shoes have a good supportive arch in them?
Are your shoes nice and wide to accommodate the increasing growth and widening of my foot associated to extra blood volume and swelling that occurs during pregnancy?
Can your foot easily slip out of your shoe? If so you could trip and fall and injure yourself or your baby.
The more informed you are about pregnancy the better choices you will make. Better choices mean a happier healthier mom and baby. Pregnancy can be an extraordinary experience for a woman. It is far more than growing a baby and understanding pregnancy and lower back pain.
Pregnancy has a huge emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic side to it. The more you understand these aspects, the easier and less symptomatic your pregnancy will be. Learning how to connect with the emotions of your unborn child will allow you to enhance your pregnancy experience and surrender to its normal physiological process of pregnancy and lower back pain.
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Midwife Hannah Bajor C.N.M., M.S.N. is founder, CEO and Visionary behind the Lumalove® brand of getting pregnant, pregnancy, infertility and miscarriage educational support products and services.
Hannah says "knowing my life's purpose gives one a hug advantage". Her 30 years midwifery experience along with her personal journey through ten years of infertility, having personally experienced a 16 week miscarriage and a near death experience delivering her second child has lit a fire in her soul that NO ONE can put out and that is to "change childbirth education as we know it".
Lumalove LLC helps couples globally access new and dynamic prenatal education and in doing so lays the foundational blueprints for a happier, healthier pregnancy outcome and gives their unborn child the opportunity of unlimited potential.
Take advantage of her FREE offer and experience her ability to help you connect deeper with your growing baby. To get your FREE pregnancy guided visualization mp3 then click on [http://www.LumalovePregnancyWeekByWeek.com]
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Friday, April 01, 2016

LARGE BABY=INCREASE BREAST CANCER?

Breast Cancer Related To Larger Babies?

I found this interesting article about how babies who are larger at birth may have a higher risk of breast cancer.
 It sounds like the risk is small and more study may be needed but it's interesting how much of our health may be determined even before birth. Read more:

See Also: Pregnancy Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)


Big baby girls are likelier to develop breast cancer as adults than average-sized infants, according to a study of more than 22,000 women with the disease.

A 500-gram increase in birthweight increases a child's risk of developing breast cancer by 7%, while a 2-centimetre increase in height boosts the odds by 10%, says Isabel dos Santos Silva, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who headed the international study.

She and colleagues reanalysed data from dozens of clinical studies performed over the last 20 years.

Many of these hinted at a connection between birth size and breast tumours, but few of the studies included enough patients to determine whether the link was real or a statistical fluke, as well as the magnitude of the connection.


excerpted from:
 (www.newscientist.com)

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