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Women contribute around $3 trillion to global health care, but almost half of this is unpaid, unrecognised

Women contribute around $3 trillion to global health care, but almost half of this is unpaid, unrecognised

A major new Commission on women and health has found that women are contributing around $3 trillion to global health care, but nearly half of this (2.35% of global GDP) is unpaid and unrecognised. [More]
Montefiore's School Health Program awarded $3 million grant to support teen pregnancy prevention initiative

Montefiore's School Health Program awarded $3 million grant to support teen pregnancy prevention initiative

Montefiore Health System announced today that its School Health Program received a $3 million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the causes of education, the arts, health, and social justice. The generous pledge will support a new teen pregnancy prevention initiative in the Bronx, which has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation. [More]
TAPP awarded grant to support reproductive health care programs for pregnant teens in DC

TAPP awarded grant to support reproductive health care programs for pregnant teens in DC

Teenage girls in the District of Columbia's Anacostia neighborhood are twice more likely to become teen mothers than their peers in other parts of the city, and almost three times more likely than the national average. [More]
New tool kit aims to support family planning efforts

New tool kit aims to support family planning efforts

In developing regions where the economy is weak and medical services are limited, global health experts say as many as 200 million women want access to long-term, reversible contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies and to help space out the births of their children. [More]
Merck signs in vitro fertilization deal with Genea Biomedx

Merck signs in vitro fertilization deal with Genea Biomedx

Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, today announced the global collaboration agreement with the fertility technologies expert Genea Biomedx, an Australian company, dedicated to advancing fertility science and helping couples create families. With this partnership, Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, and global market leader in drugs for Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART), receives global marketing and commercialization rights to Genea Biomedx’s product portfolio. [More]
Penn study highlights need for more guidance on contraceptive use in women with cystic fibrosis

Penn study highlights need for more guidance on contraceptive use in women with cystic fibrosis

Only half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
New educational resource to help improve knowledge, treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

New educational resource to help improve knowledge, treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A new educational resource for doctors and healthcare professionals will help improve knowledge and treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Resource Centre was developed by Elsevier, the journal Digestive and Liver Disease, and was made possible through an educational grant from Ferring Pharmaceuticals. [More]
Study: BPA exposure during pregnancy affects fertility, reproductive function

Study: BPA exposure during pregnancy affects fertility, reproductive function

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. [More]
Studies reveal that dietary supplement can improve reproductive health

Studies reveal that dietary supplement can improve reproductive health

Current statistics on U.S. birth rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report a continued trend toward delayed motherhood. As fertility gradually declines in the 30s, particularly after age 35, the risk of experiencing difficulty conceiving may increase. In addition to age, there are other common reasons why women may experience difficulties conceiving, including: irregular ovulation cycles and poor egg quality, which may be associated with stress, lifestyle or poor diet. [More]
Caesarean sections can save lives, but often performed without medical need

Caesarean sections can save lives, but often performed without medical need

Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. [More]
Study pinpoints how body clock genes could lead to recurrent miscarriages

Study pinpoints how body clock genes could lead to recurrent miscarriages

Researchers at the University of Warwick and UHCW have discovered how body clock genes could affect women's ability to have children. [More]

More access to postnatal care services can reduce death toll of infants, mothers

Governments could substantially reduce the tragic death toll of infants and mothers by making postnatal care services more accessible – especially to impoverished and poorly educated women in rural areas, according to a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization today. [More]
High levels of pesticide residues in fruits, vegetables can affect semen quality

High levels of pesticide residues in fruits, vegetables can affect semen quality

Men who ate fruits and vegetables with higher levels of pesticide residues—such as strawberries, spinach, and peppers—had lower sperm count and a lower percentage of normal sperm than those who ate produce with lower residue levels, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. [More]
UTSA biologist recognized for showing leadership in advancing the discipline of reproductive biology

UTSA biologist recognized for showing leadership in advancing the discipline of reproductive biology

John McCarrey, professor of biology in the UTSA College of Sciences, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction. [More]
Public volunteers to highlight their role in improving care for patients at Sheffield Consumers in Research event

Public volunteers to highlight their role in improving care for patients at Sheffield Consumers in Research event

RESEARCH-active members of the public are to showcase how their vital work helps shape clinical research projects and improves care for patients at a free drop-in event in Sheffield City Centre on Wednesday 22 April. [More]
ISSM selects Elsevier to publish three prestigious journals

ISSM selects Elsevier to publish three prestigious journals

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced that it has been selected by the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) to publish its flagship journal, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, as well as Sexual Medicine Reviews and open access journal Sexual Medicine, as of January 2016. [More]
New research initiative seeks to speed up implementation of health care policy for women veterans

New research initiative seeks to speed up implementation of health care policy for women veterans

As more women veterans seek health care in the Veterans Administration system, effective approaches are needed to ensure that their unique needs are recognized and met. A special April supplement to Medical Care collects new studies from an ongoing research initiative to inform health care policy for women veterans. [More]
EMAS position statement on ten-point guide to integral management of menopausal health published

EMAS position statement on ten-point guide to integral management of menopausal health published

Elsevier journal Maturitas, today announced the publication of a position statement by the European Menopause and Andropause Society covering the ten- point guide to the integral management of menopausal health. [More]
Africa's under-five children at greater risk of developing parasitic disease

Africa's under-five children at greater risk of developing parasitic disease

Children under five living in sub-Saharan Africa are at greater risk than older children of developing a long-term parasitic disease, research suggests. [More]
Study reports 10% reduction in overall C-section births in Portugal

Study reports 10% reduction in overall C-section births in Portugal

A new study reports a significant decline in the rate of cesarean section (C-section) births in Portugal. Findings published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, indicate a 10% reduction in overall C-section rates between 2009 and 2014, with a 14% reduction in state-hospitals during the same time period. [More]
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