Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending June 7, 2020. 

Harvard University and Pregistry team up and you can help!

7,000 women in 60 countries already completed this short and anonymous survey. Have you? Don’t miss this opportunity to help other pregnant and recently pregnant moms around the world! Click here.

COVID-19 and ACE inhibitors

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, enters human cells by latching on to a molecule on the human cell surface called ACE2. Some people take drugs that also interact with this molecule–called ACE inhibitors–to to treat high blood pressure and some kidney conditions. The ObG project has just published a meta-analysis of studies suggesting that taking an ACE inhibitor does not increase one’s risk of contracting COVID-19. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s amazing that the ObG project is conducting, and disseminating, work like this. 

A star is born

New stars are born in our galaxy, the Milky Way, when we get too close to the galaxy next door, Sagittarius. At least so says a new analysis just published in Nature Astronomy. Read more here.

This is important for you because what’s your sign? And your baby’s?

And a planet

In Astronomy and Physics, the newly published paper concerns the birth of a planet. And this one has pictures! Read more here.

This is important for you because humanity might one day need a new plant to flee to, since we’re destroying our home. But not this newborn; it’s 520 light years away.

And sloths

A two-toed sloth recently arrived at the zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. The delivery was rough, but the baby was born healthy. One was just born in the VIrginia zoo as well. Read more here.

This is important for you because sloths are notorious for their slow, languorous lifestyles; they can provide much needed inspiration for some days of sheltering at home.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Hot and Cold Therapy Against Covid-19: Safe for Pregnant Women? Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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