January 6, 2008 |
Every night in this quiet western Indian city, 15 pregnant women prepare for sleep in the spacious house they share, ascending the stairs in a procession of ballooned bellies, to bedrooms that become a landscape of soft hills. A team of maids, cooks and doctors looks after the women, whose pregnancies would be unusual anywhere else but are common here. The young mothers of Anand, a place famous for its dairy industry, are pregnant with the children of infertile couples from around the world.
July 30, 2010 |
A 45-year-old woman has admitted suffocating eight babies immediately after giving birth to them, authorities said, in the latest, and worst, case of infanticide to rock France in recent years Dominique Cottrez, a resident of the quiet northern village of Villers-au-Tertre, said she hid the bodies in the garden of a previous home and in her current garage from 1989 to 2006 or '07, according to authorities. Though the case is unusual in its high death toll, the details are all too familiar in a nation where in recent years infants' bodies have been found, some in freezers and some burned.
July 21, 2011 |
Think back on what you talked about with friends and family at your last gathering. The latest game of your favorite team? "American Idol"? An addictive hobby? The new movie blockbuster? In a serious moment, maybe job prospects, Afghanistan, the economic mess? We live in an information-drenched environment, one in which sports and favorite programs are just a click away. And the ease with which we can do this allows us to focus on mostly comforting subjects that divert our attention from increasingly real, long-term problems.
January 27, 2011 |
Maternal mortality is rare. But the rates are increasing in the United States and elsewhere for a number of reasons. In an editorial published Thursday, British researchers point out that in-vitro-fertilization-related pregnancies are an additional risk factor for maternal death. The major causes of death to new mothers are rare catastrophes, such as hemorrhage and blood clots. The incidence of these problems is increasing, possibly because more pregnant women today have health problems, such as diabetes, obesity or some other chronic condition.
November 20, 2012 |
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a call Tuesday for birth control pills to be sold over the counter. Currently oral contraceptives are available only with a doctor's prescription. In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier to get will translate into fewer unwanted pregnancies. These unplanned pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, they write, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies.
April 6, 2013 |
Science trumped politics, but politics may still present problems for teens trying to purchase emergency contraception. “A lot of stuff is going to happen over the next 30 days,” said Dr. Cora Breuner, a pediatric medicine specialist at the University of Washington. Breuner was reacting to a judge's decision Friday to overturn age restrictions on access to emergency contraception. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman called those restrictions by the Food and Drug Administration “politically motivated and scientifically unjustified.” He ruled that levonorgestrel-based contraceptives such as Plan B One-Step and Next Choice should be available over the counter to all customers within 30 days.
January 22, 2012
The Obama administration's willingness to defend insurance coverage for family planning services against attacks from conservatives and religious groups is good news for women and for the health of the nation. Last year, the administration first proposed that, like other preventive medical goods and services, contraception and general family planning coverage should be available under the healthcare reform law without a co-payment or deductible. Not just churches but many of their affiliated organizations protested — with the backing of conservative Republicans — that they should not have to pay to provide insurance coverage for medical services that run counter to their beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993
Responsible citizens spay or neuter their cats and dogs to ensure that unwanted kittens or puppies are not procreated. Should we, as responsible adults, ensure that our sexually active teen-age daughters and little sisters have contraceptives implanted in their bodies to prevent unwanted pregnancies? Throughout history, girls and women were left to deal with unplanned pregnancies. After all, it is only they who can "get into trouble." Why not take a broader approach and have "reversible" vasectomies performed on teen-age boys?
October 19, 2011 |
A prenatal blood test that can detect Down syndrome in a fetus in early pregnancy is now available to doctors in 20 U.S. cities, says the developer of the test, Sequenom Inc . The test is a milestone in prenatal testing because it's the first non-invasive way to detect trisomy 21, the most common cause of Down syndrome. Until now, women have had to undergo amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, both invasive tests, to detect Down syndrome. A more recent strategy was to combine ultrasound testing with blood tests, but that test required confirmation with amniocentesis or CVS. The blood test measures fetal DNA in the mother's bloodstream.
May 11, 1986
Women who use intrauterine devices may face up to three times the risk of unplanned pregnancies after they switch to other birth control methods, a study warns. The recent withdrawal of most IUDs from the market thus may lead to an estimated increase of 123,000 unwanted pregnancies annually among the 1.4 million women now using IUDs, according to an article in Family Planning Perspectives, a journal of the Alan Guttmacher Institute.