A new report shows that UK hens eggs are rarely contaminated with Salmonella. This is great news for those who love runny eggs, especially for pregnant ladies, young children and other vulnerable groups, for which a bout of Salmonella could be really unpleasant! I’ve written about eggs before, see here for a full description about … More Are eggs safe?
There are really very few occasions I can think of when anyone saying “maybe you shouldn’t have a baby right now” is going to be either wise or welcomed. Even fewer where the entity saying it is a national government. But it happens. In the recent Zika virus outbreak in South America, several countries called … More It’s not OK to tell a woman to delay pregnancy!
Induction – the word feared by many a pregnant woman! Sure, some babies need to be induced for medical reasons, but when does “not coming out on the date they said” become a medical reason? I remember in my antenatal class being told about induction, and the increased risks that go with it. I did … More When babies aren’t ready to come
Placentas are amazing either way. Whether you decide to bin it, broil it, roast it, encapsulate it or make it into a keepsake for the mantelpiece. As a disclaimer, I did the first! I don’t really remember having the conversation when I had Boybug. With Girlbug I remember the midwife holding up a pulsating mass … More Placentas: bin or broil?
Another recall because of possible Listeria contamination, this time smoked salmon from the Scotch Smoked Salmon company. Read the full details here. Some countries advise against eating smoked fish in pregnancy because of the risk of Listeria, however in Engalnd and Wales the advice is that the risk is so low that it is considered … More Listeria recall: Scotch Smoked Salmon
Tesco have recalled some of the flavoured butter (who knew that was a thing??) due to possible listeria contamination. Particularly important for those who are pregnant or with weakened immune systems. See the Food Stamdards Agency recall notice. More information on Listeria here.
Public Helath England have updated their advice on Zika virus for pregnant women travelling to affected areas. Looks like I’ll be updating my Zika virus page. Here’s the latest advice
Another brief post this evening. The Food Standards Agency has opened a consultation into Salmonella in eggs, including what to advise pregnant women. It’s likely the advice will change so that lion-stamped eggs are fine. They are still undecided about whether to say all eggs are fine (I would say no to this, personally, the … More Salmonella in eggs (told you so!)
Firstly, thank you for the various responses to the first post. It’s by far my most popular to date, with over 2,000 views in the last few days!! There I was going to post about reaching 2,000 visitors on Saturday, and now we’ve had 3,487!! Hello, by the way, if you’re new! Some of you … More Meningitis B: A quick update
I wasn’t sure what “science of kids” topic I was going to cover this week, but then with the focus on Zika in the media I thought I could only avoid it for so long. So here it is, my run down of what’s happening in the world of Zika virus. Things are changing quickly, … More I felt like I should mention Zika