May 19, 2013 |
African clawed frogs were first brought to California decades ago to help doctors figure out whether their patients were pregnant. After new technology made those pregnancy tests obsolete, the creatures were let loose, and thrived for decades in the state's drainage ditches and ponds. Now there are signs that the proliferation of African clawed frogs may be putting native species in peril. A study published last week in the journal PLOS ONE reveals that they carry a deadly fungus responsible for wiping out vast numbers of amphibians around the world.
May 15, 2013 |
Frogs that were imported for pregnancy tests and set loose in California carry a deadly fungus responsible for wiping out vast numbers of amphibians worldwide, scientists have found. Populations of African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) have thrived for decades in the state's drainage ditches and ponds, but their link with the deadly Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis fungus was unverified until a research team from Stanford University and San Francisco State University recently tested museum samples for the fungus.
May 5, 2013 |
My sisters and I spent the majority of our adolescence as foster kids in Los Angeles County. We entered the system after my parents divorced. My mom, who was both poor and mentally ill, wasn't equipped to be a single parent to six young children. No one told us about the bad odds we faced. Teenage girls living in foster care are 21/2 times more likely than other girls to become pregnant by age 19. Information about sexual development, reproductive health and pregnancy prevention is not readily available, in part because none of the many individuals who interact with youths in foster care has specific responsibility for providing such education.
April 24, 2013 |
Pregnant women who took the anti-seizure drug valproate during pregnancy increased the odds that their baby would have autism, and were roughly twice as likely to give birth to a child who would go on to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to a large study that captured 10 years of births in Denmark. Valproate, often known by its commercial name Depakote, is widely prescribed in the treatment of epilepsy and a wide range of psychiatric conditions. It is one of a class of drugs that has been linked to a child's delayed cognitive development and to some congenital malformations.
April 22, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian and her whole family gave Ryan Seacrest a no-holds-barred interview that aired Sunday in which she revealed major struggles with her pregnancy and divorce. The reality-TV "family with no filter" sat for the interview but, as always, Kim's personal life stole the show as she compared her pregnancy to her older sister Kourtney's. Kourtney "has had really easy pregnancies and so did my mom, and mine has been a little bit different," Kim said on "Ryan Seacrest With the Kardashians: An E!
April 8, 2013 |
Halle Berry is touting her new pregnancy and motherhood as she prepares to launch a philanthropic campaign with designer Michael Kors. The duo has paired up to launch Watch Hunger Stop, which will provide meals to children in Africa, Syria and maybe Central America. They plan to raise money via the sale of Kors' ubiquitous $295 Runway watch, according to the Associated Press. For each watch sold, 100 meals will be provided to children as part of the U.N. World Food Programme.
April 8, 2013 |
Jenna Dewan-Tatum, wife of Channing Tatum, is baring her baby bump, and the woman makes pregnancy look good . She and Tatum, People's Sexiest Man Alive of 2012, met in 2006. They were struggling actors appearing in the dance flick "Step Up. " Tatum, who started his career as an exotic dancer, went on to step up his own career and happened to get a little beefcake movie called "Magic Mike" made about his life. PHOTOS: Hollywood baby boom The couple, both 32, got hitched in March 2009 and announced the baby news in December.
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.
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April 2, 2013 |
Lindsay Lohan said Tuesday on Twitter that a tweet she sent out Monday about her being pregnant was an April Fools' joke. Lohan is expected to return to the United States from Brazil to begin a 90-day sentence in a rehab facility as part of a plea bargain she struck after being charged with lying to police about a Santa Monica car crash. Lohan has until May 2 to prove to the Los Angeles County Superior Court that she has enrolled in rehab. She has said she'd like to do the rehab in New York.
April 2, 2013 |
Repeat births among teens have fallen, but nearly one in five children born to teen mothers already has a sibling, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of more than 367,000 births to mothers 15 to 19 years old in 2010, 18.3% were repeat births, a decrease of 6.2% from 2007, the CDC reported. Large disparities among racial and ethnic groups and geographic areas remain, the centers reported. American Indian or Alaska native teens registered the highest percentages, 21.6%, followed by Hispanics, 20.9%, and non-Hispanic blacks, 20.4%.