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Healthbeat: Flu Shots, Macular Degeneration, Eyebrow Transplants, and Meningitis
If you're pregnant and wondering whether to get a flu shot, the answer is yes. The flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women, than in women who aren't pregnant. According to the CDC, changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu as well as hospitalizations and even death. Flu shots are safe to both pregnant women and unborn children--and getting the shot is a proactive way of protecting mom and baby.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of worldwide blindness among the elderly, and now there's an optical implant available to treat it. According to the Macular Degeneration Association the condition affects more than 9 million Americans. The revolutionary new treatment is called "Centrastage"--it's a tiny, pea sized telescope that's implanted inside the eye. It works like the telephoto of a camera lens. Post-surgery--patients generally need six months of rehab and mental exercises.
Thin is no longer in when it comes to eyebrows. Dark, dramatic brows are all the craze, and now eyebrow transplants are gaining popularity. Doctors take hair from a woman's arm, leg, or nape of the neck and then transplant one hair at a time. The surgery takes between two and three hours, but those who've underwent the procedure say the angle and arch of their new brows...create the perfect frame for their face.
An update on the meningitis outbreak. Now, the CDC reports close to 14,000 people may have gotten the shots, not the 13,000--as was first reported. So far, 14 people have died and 169 cases of the rare brain infection have been reported in 11 states.