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New study further supports link between Zika virus and microcephaly

New study further supports link between Zika virus and microcephaly

New research, based on data from the 2013-14 Zika outbreak in French Polynesia, further supports the association between Zika virus and microcephaly. [More]
Study: Prior surgical abortion appears to increase risk of later preterm birth

Study: Prior surgical abortion appears to increase risk of later preterm birth

Surgical methods used in a common form of abortion or to clear the womb after a spontaneous miscarriage appears to significantly increase the risk of a later preterm birth, say researchers at Thomas Jefferson University who analyzed 36 studies that enrolled more than 1 million women. [More]
Use of oral fluconazole during pregnancy associated with increased risk of spontaneous abortion

Use of oral fluconazole during pregnancy associated with increased risk of spontaneous abortion

In an analysis of approximately 1.4 million pregnancies in Denmark, use of the oral antifungal medication fluconazole during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion compared with risk among unexposed women and women who used a topical antifungal during pregnancy, according to a study in the January 5 issue of JAMA. [More]
Commercialization of health and beauty can lead to Angelina Jolie syndrome

Commercialization of health and beauty can lead to Angelina Jolie syndrome

The politicization and commercialization of health issues in today's Western culture have led to growing healthism -- a peremptory idea of self-preserving behaviour. This approach criticizes everything that fails to fit into the glamorous standards of a beautiful, young and slim body. [More]
Incorporating postpartum contraceptive services across the continuum of reproductive healthcare

Incorporating postpartum contraceptive services across the continuum of reproductive healthcare

Approximately one-quarter of inter-birth intervals in low- and middle-income countries are less than 24 months in length, exposing infants to risks of prematurity, low birthweight, and death. Increased evidence of these health risks has emerged in the past few decades and, after a period of neglect, interest in postpartum family planning has followed, supported by organizations like WHO and USAID. [More]
New study aims to explore sexual and reproductive health issues in disaster-prone countries

New study aims to explore sexual and reproductive health issues in disaster-prone countries

New research led by Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett at the University of Leicester will look into the sexual and reproductive health issues in disaster-prone areas during times of humanitarian crisis. [More]
Closure of women's health clinics due to government cuts affects preventive care

Closure of women's health clinics due to government cuts affects preventive care

When women's health clinics close because of government funding cuts aimed at abortion providers, fewer women seek lifesaving preventive care that can identify health threats such as cancer, research from the University of Kansas shows. [More]
Pregnant teenagers at higher risk of more pregnancies in teenage years

Pregnant teenagers at higher risk of more pregnancies in teenage years

Nearly a quarter of teenagers in England and Wales who have had an abortion have been pregnant before, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. [More]

PPFA’s involvement in infant body parts trafficking must be thoroughly investigated, says AUL

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest today sent a letter and detailed legal response to multiple committees and top legal authorities in Congress, now currently investigating the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), following release of videos indicating PPFA's involvement in lucrative infant body parts trafficking. [More]
Study shows lack of folic acid enrichment in Europe causes foaetal abnormalities

Study shows lack of folic acid enrichment in Europe causes foaetal abnormalities

A new international study shows that 5,000 foetuses in Europe annually are affected by spina bifida and other severe defects on the central nervous system. Seventy per cent of these pregnancies are terminated, while increased mortality and serious diseases affect the children who are born. At least half of the cases can be avoided by adding folic acid to staple foods as is already being done in seventy non-European countries. [More]
Abortions performed with Mifepristone result in shorter waiting time, earlier abortions

Abortions performed with Mifepristone result in shorter waiting time, earlier abortions

Nearly all abortions in Norway today are performed with the abortion pill Mifepristone. This has resulted in shorter waiting time, earlier abortions, and the possibility to have abortions at home. [More]
Single incidence of abortion or miscarriage may impact subsequent pregnancies in women's lives

Single incidence of abortion or miscarriage may impact subsequent pregnancies in women's lives

It has been well established that women who have had several abortions or miscarriages are likely to face a slightly higher risk of complications in subsequent pregnancies. They may experience vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy, preterm birth, low fetal birth weight, and placenta-related complications. Women with a medical history of several interrupted pregnancies are usually advised to take extra precautions to ensure healthy full-term pregnancies later in life. [More]
Sociologists to explore ideas, scientific research relating to sexuality at ASA's Annual Meeting

Sociologists to explore ideas, scientific research relating to sexuality at ASA's Annual Meeting

More than 5,500 sociologists will convene in Chicago this August to explore ideas and scientific research relating to sexuality and many other topics, as part of the American Sociological Association's 110th Annual Meeting. This year's theme, "Sexualities in the Social World," shows the importance of research by sociologists in illuminating how social norms and social inequalities affect what sexual behavior is acceptable and who partners with whom. [More]
Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Providing health workers with training on how to educate young women about intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants reduced the rate of unintended pregnancy by almost half in a study of women seeking family planning services. [More]

U.S. District Court enters verdict in favor of faith-based car dealership in challenge to HHS abortion pill mandate

Today, a U.S. District Court entered a final judgment in favor of the family owned, faith-based car dealership in South Charleston, WV, Joe Holland Chevrolet and its principal owner Joseph B. Holland, Jr. in their legal challenge against the federal government's abortion pill mandate. [More]
DNMT1 gene essential to maintain breast and cancer stem cells

DNMT1 gene essential to maintain breast and cancer stem cells

The gene and hormone soup that enables women to breastfeed their newborns also can be a recipe for breast cancer, particularly when the first pregnancy is after age 30. [More]
BP monitoring essential for early diagnosis, management of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy

BP monitoring essential for early diagnosis, management of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy

Accurate blood pressure measurement (BP) is fundamental to the early diagnosis of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, says a review published 1 April, 2015, in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG). [More]
Two scientific studies may change clinical practices regarding medical abortions, miscarriages

Two scientific studies may change clinical practices regarding medical abortions, miscarriages

Two scientific studies led by researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet are expected to form the basis of new international recommendations for the treatment of medical abortions and miscarriages. [More]
FDA approves LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to prevent pregnancy

FDA approves LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to prevent pregnancy

Actavis plc, a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, and Medicines360, a nonprofit women's health pharmaceutical company, today announced the approval of LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. [More]
Standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria pathogen, study shows

Standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria pathogen, study shows

Purdue University research shows that standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause a potentially fatal disease in people with vulnerable immune systems. [More]
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