Chagas disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is typically contracted when bitten by an insect commonly called the “kissing bug.” But infants can also contract the disease through their mother during pregnancy. While this method of contracting the disease is less frequent, it is possible and if not treated, can prove to be fatal for infants.
Like many parents I grab for the Motrin when my little one gets a fever thinking it will help make him feel better quicker. Parents have been told for years that a high fever can be dangerous to kids and that you could run the risk of frying brain cells if it last too long.
Parents who have their children in daycare know how often they come home with illnesses picked up from other kids. A new study may show that exposure to these germs early on may help boost a child’s immune system later on in life so they become sick less often.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that prevents a person from being able to tell reality from hallucinations and paranoia. Though several theories as to the cause have been looked at, most scientists have been unable to find a real cause for the mental illness. New research, however, may point to illness before the person was born.