Mom Whose Child Died of Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_2cefa1910e.jpgShannon Duffy Peterson (NEW YORK) -- Abby Peterson was just a few weeks shy of her sixth birthday in 2001 when she caught a severe case of chicken pox that made her so weak that she came down with pneumonia, her mother recalled. Her little body couldn’t fight against two infections and after 10 agonizing hours in the hospital, she died in her mother’s arms.

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How Fast You Grow Up Could Affect Tumor Growth

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_1291e2901d.jpgmoodboard/Thinkstock (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- It's not something anyone thinks about during their teen years but the longer it takes one to reach their full height, the greater the risk of developing certain brain tumors during adulthood. Add that to the list of adolescent worries. Study researcher Rebecca Little looked at about 2,600 people, mostly in their 50s, who either had no brain tumor, developed brain and spinal tumors called glioma or another tumor, meningioma, which forms in the brain's lining.

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Childbirth Can Also Make Men Blue for Years

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_228a14619c.jpgmonkeybusinessimages/Thinkstock (CHICAGO) -- Instances of postpartum depression among mothers are well documented but studying the mental state of men who become first-time fathers hasn't been as extensive. However, new research seems to suggest that men too can feel depression after the birth of a child, particularly if they are in their 20s and live with their kids.

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Not So Silly: Ingredient in Silly Putty Boosts Stem Cell Growth

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_fde58c5d28.jpgEraxion/Thinkstock (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Mostly everyone knows Silly Putty can stretch and bounce, and even lift up newsprint or comic pictures. But the stuff originally intended to be a wallpaper eraser has been found to do something else: explode the growth of stem cells. According to a paper published by Dr. Jianping Fu, his team discovered that spinal cord cells grow 10 times larger and are four times purer if they're first laid on a soft carpet made from polydimethylsiloxane, a key ingredient in the stretchy material.

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Italian Woman to Keep Twins Despite Mixed-Up IVF Procedure

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_2efdbe3a8c.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (ROME) -- After an expectant mother in Rome learned that she was implanted with the wrong embryos, she's decided that she will carry the twins to term. According to the Telegraph, the woman, who has not been identified, underwent an IVF treatment on Dec. 4 at the Pertini hospital in Rome, and found out only Monday that the babies she was carrying were not her own.

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