Having a baby later in life may increase longevity, study suggests

Women who have kids later on in life may live longer, according to the findings of a recent study.

Following the birth of a woman’s last child, certain measurements may be linked with her projected lifespan, according to a study published Wednesday in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

More specifically, leukocyte telomere length – telomeres “are repeating DNA-protein complexes that protect the ends of chromosomes and have proven to be critical for maintaining genomic stability,” per a news release on the findings – may play a role in a woman’s longevity. A woman’s age at the birth of her last child may affect telomere length, ultimately impacting long-term health, the researchers said.

Longer telomeres are thought to be beneficial for long-term health, while shorter ones can signify “various chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some neurologic conditions, and various cancers,” past studies have suggested, according to the news release.

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At least one previous study has suggested that a woman’s age at the birth of her last child affected telomere length, said researchers. The study published Wednesday was larger, including more than 1,200 perimenopausal and postmenopausal women of “various ethnicities and backgrounds.”

“In addition, unlike previous studies, this study took into consideration sociodemographic factors related to childbearing patterns and health decisions,” per the release.

The researchers who conducted the new study found that a woman’s age at the birth of her final child “is positively associated with telomere length, meaning that women who delivered their last child later in life were likely to have longer telomeres, a biomarker of long-term health and longevity.”

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However, “more research is needed to determine whether older maternal age at last birth causes telomeres to lengthen or whether telomere length serves as a proxy for general health and corresponds with a woman’s ability to have a child at a later age,” said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director, in a statement.

The findings were also limited to women who had one or two live births or those who had used birth control orally, they said.

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Texas Family Sues to Keep 10-Month-Old Baby on Life Support After Hospital Says He’s Brain-Dead

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A family in Texas is suing a children’s hospital to keep their baby on life support, after he was declared brain dead by doctors.

Nick Torres, 10 months, was taken to a Texas hospital on September 24 after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in a bathtub, CNN reported. He was transferred from the hospital’s intensive care unit and taken to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Within the week, doctors declared Nick brain dead, court documents obtained by CNN reportedly said.

But Nick’s parents, Mario and Ana Patricia Torres, believe that because their son’s heart is still beating on its own, he has a chance to live.

The couple has sued the hospital to keep Nick on life support, alleging in a complaint obtained by CNN that the hospital had been “rushing to make a decision.”

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The Texas Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit’s senior medical director Dr. Matthew Musick said in court documents that Nick’s “current condition and physiological changes have nothing to do with the presence of oxygen provided by the ventilator. In addition, these changes cannot be stopped or slowed by the ventilator or any other service,” CNN reported.

The Torres’ sought an injunction against Texas Children’s and more than $1 million, CNN reported, though a judge denied it. Mario and Ana Patricia were given more time to file an accelerated appeal, and all sides were given until 5 p.m. Wednesday to present evidence to the court, according to the outlet.

The hospital maintains that it is “indisputable medical fact” that Nick showed “signs of postmortem deterioration,” court documents said, according to CNN, and that he had “developed progressive signs of organ failure, including cardiac failure.”

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The hospital said that multiple evaluations, including one from the Texas Medical Center, showed “complete cessation of all spontaneous brain activity,” deeming Nick dead according to state law, CNN reported.

Texas Children’s Hospital told PEOPLE’s in a statement, “Our hearts are with the entire Torres family as they go through this unimaginable situation. We know losing a child is incredibly difficult for any family. Texas Children’s seeks to provide the most compassionate and appropriate care possible to every patient we serve.”

The Torres’ attorney Kevin Acevedo told CNN that the case is “about life and death, what we believe and who gets to choose when a child is taken off life support.”

“Do the parents choose, or do the doctors choose? And when the doctors don’t agree with the parents, who gets to decide?” Acevedo said. “And those are the issues that are at the heart of this case.”

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Johnson & Johnson Paying Over $100 Million To Settle Baby Powder Lawsuits: Report

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) appears to be reaching deep into its coffers to settle a clutch of lawsuits. According to an article published on Monday by Bloomberg and citing “people with knowledge of the pacts,” the healthcare giant has agreed to pay over $100 million to settle more than 1,000 lawsuits over its Johnson’s Baby Powder.

The lawsuits, some of which stretch back several years, allege that repeated use of the talc-based powder caused cancer. Some claimants say that the product is tainted with asbestos, a substance notorious for causing the illness.

That $100 million would only be an initial outlay; according to regulatory filings, the total number of lawsuits pending is around 20,000. Several have already been resolved, with substantial awards. One, completed in 2018, saw a court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7 billion, although this was significantly reduced to $2.1 billion on appeal. Other lawsuits have been dismissed.

“In certain circumstances, we do choose to settle lawsuits, which is done without an admission of liability and in no way changes our position regarding the safety of our products,” Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Kim Montagnino wrote in an email statement quoted by Bloomberg.

The company has maintained from the start of the Johnson’s Baby Powder controversy that its product is not carcinogenic. It isn’t wavering on that stance. “Our talc is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer,” Montagnino added in her statement.

Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri jury to pay over $110 million to a Virginia woman after she developed ovarian cancer from using its talc-based products, May 4, 2017. In this photo, a Johnson & Johnson logo at Safe Kids Day 2016 at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles, California, April 24, 2016. Photo: Getty Images

This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.

Eric Volkman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Johnson & Johnson. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Israeli baby formula maker Else to complete share offering this week

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel’s Else Nutrition BABY.V, which has developed a plant-based infant formula not made from soy, plans to complete a C$25.7 million ($19.3 million) private placement of its shares this week, its chief executive said.

Shareholder H&H International Holding 1112.HK of Hong Kong has bought 11.6% of the shares offered, while Canaccord Genuity CF.TO has taken the rest to sell to investors, Else CEO Hamutal Yitzhak told Reuters.

Else’s formula, made from almonds, buckwheat and tapioca, is organic, vegan and gluten free. Many babies allergic to cow’s milk are also allergic to soy-based formula, Yitzhak said.

“Currently cow’s milk accounts for more than 90% of the market and soy protein for less than 10%,” she said.

Almond is 10 times less allergenic than cow’s milk among babies, according to a 201‮8‬ U.S. allergy prevalence study, said Yitzhak, former head of infant nutrition at Abbott Labs Israel.

Else is seeking a place in the global baby formula market, which is expected to reach nearly $100 billion in 2024 from about $80 billion in 2020, she added.

A month ago Else launched a product online aimed at toddlers in the United States, where it plans this month to start selling its formula through KeHE Distributors, a supplier of chains such as Target and Walmart, and through other distributors.

Else, which is also developing nutrition for adults, will distribute through H&H in China and in Europe, starting in France.

The company need only comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations to market its product for toddlers, but must complete a clinical trial to sell formula for infants under 12 months.

“We are working on an FDA pathway, which will take us about two years,” Yitzhak said.

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Reporting by Tova Cohen; Editing by Jan Harvey

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Kate Beckinsale Shares her Baby Loss Story in Support of Chrissy

Last week, Chrissy Teigan and John Legend shared the heartbreaking news that they lost their baby at around 20 weeks into their pregnancy.

34-year-old Chrissy had been bleeding for about a month and was taken to hospital when it started getting heavier. She said: “Every time I would go to the bathroom [there] would be blood… but today the big difference was that it was kind of like if you were to just turn a faucet on low and just leave it there.”

Despite the best efforts of medics, tragically they lost their baby son shortly afterwards. Announcing the news on Instagram, she shared a carousel of black and white images of the couple and their baby boy, who they had named Jack.

While thousands have reached out to express their sadness for the family and extend their well wishes, others haven’t been so kind, questioning why Chrissy would share such personal news on Instagram and criticising the couple for posting images of such a loss. One user commented: “I feel those pictures are super personal and should have been kept private……”.

Speaking out in defence of Chrissy, actress Kate Beckinsale took to Instagram to reveal that she herself had experienced a similar miscarriage ‘many years ago’ at around the same point.

She highlighted what a traumatic and lonely time this had been for her, and is for so many mothers—and fathers—who have suffered, questioning the trolls who said Chrissy handled it the wrong way.

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She also extended her best wishes to anyone who may have been through such an experience.

She shared: “I’ve noticed people criticizing @chrissyteigen for sharing deeply intimate photos of the loss of her baby. As if there’s some protocol during soul-scouring calamity that, if not observed, emboldens people who do not know her or her family to say how she should be handling the unimaginable.”

“Years ago, I lost a baby at 20 weeks. I had managed to keep my pregnancy quiet and I absolutely collapsed inside and no one would have known.”

“There is grief, shame and shock so often that come with an experience like this, plus the heartbreak of your body continuing, after the loss, to act as if it had a child to nurture. Your milk comes in, with no one to feed. It can be the loneliest, most soul destroying period of time, particularly if you are not in the position of having an emotionally connected, supportive partner like Chrissy has.”

“I think it’s an honour to be allowed into another persons grief, especially with a subject like this which so often puts a woman into that hall of mirrors state of life continuing as if the world hasn’t, for you ,come to a bloody and terrible halt.”

“Sending so much love to the Legend family, but also so