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September 24, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
What's cuter than a panda cub? Fourteen cubs sharing an oversized crib at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Researchers wearing blue surgical gowns, hairnets and face masks presented the furry cubs to the world Tuesday as they gave an update on the recent panda baby boom. A total of 20 cubs were born to pandas from the research base between July 10 and Aug. 30, according to Huang Xiangming, chief of the animal management division there. Seventeen of those cubs are still alive, Huang told the China Daily newspaper.
September 19, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is there anything crueler or more repugnant than calling a pregnant woman fat? There are a number of unpleasant circumstances that come along with being pregnant, and I'm not just talking about morning sickness and “pregnancy brain.” Some women also have to contend with pregnancy discrimination , and those who don't may still worry about it, which is why too many women conceal their pregnancies for as long as possible. And on top of that, there are those two-faced people who compliment a woman's pregnancy glow to her face but then mock her cankles behind her back.
September 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jessica Simpson was among this year's high-profile ladies with overly documented pregnancies, and she's comparing her nine months of baby growing to that of Kim Kardashian and the former Kate Middleton. The 33-year-old "Fashion Star" mentor was often ridiculed for her weight gain before becoming pregnant with her first child, Maxwell, 15 months. Simpson, who is engaged to football player Eric Johnson, later signed on as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers to lose the weight. The gig was cut short when she announced that she was pregnant with her second child, a boy named Ace Knute who was born June 30. PHOTOS: Hollywood baby boom "I am definitely one of those pregnant women who just gains a lot of weight," Simpson told Us Weekly.
August 24, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
"Homeland's" Morena Baccarin found out she was pregnant before shooting the show's upcoming third season. She thought the timing would be right, figuring that the Brody family would be a smaller part of the story line, what with the good sergeant (Damian Lewis) being a wanted man and all. It turns out that the Brodys will be an integral part of the upcoming season. But as the Emmy-nominated Baccarin reveals in this video chat, her pregnancy didn't turn out to be a problem, thanks to the magic of post-production and the show's very understanding producers.
August 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Love Hewitt is back on Twitter and ready to talk pregnancy. "The Client List" star announced her pregnancy and subsequent engagement to costar Brian Hallisay in June. The curvy starlet then took a self-inflicted Twitter hiatus in early July after she received a lot of "negativity" following her big news. "Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to there own well being. I'm sad to say twitter is No longer for me. I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support.
July 13, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Frank Mariano walked up the block and made a right turn toward a group of carefree teenage boys who spent the muggy summer day in Koreatown skateboarding and checking their phones for text messages. Frank approached the youths - who eyed him with puzzled looks - but then the 16-year-old pushed a stroller into the playground where he would spend the afternoon with Anabell, his 1-year-old daughter. Frank would later leave the toddler with her 17-year-old mother and head to Children's Hospital Los Angeles to meet with two dozen other fathers - between the ages of 14 and 25 - to discuss their shared struggles and to learn skills to help ease their lives.
July 12, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
The advice to the United Nations is unambiguous: Don't repeat the previous mistake of ignoring poor women's access to contraception in setting goals to reduce maternal and child deaths. “Women continue to die unnecessarily in childbirth,” wrote a 27-member panel of mostly political leaders who cited World Health Organization estimates that a woman succumbs to complications of pregnancy or childbirth every 90 seconds. The panel called for providing more well-equipped health facilities, skilled birth attendants and effective contraceptives to help women plan their families.  “Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is an essential component of a healthy society,” wrote the panel that included British Prime Minister David Cameron.
June 18, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives passed legislation to enact  stringent restrictions on abortion Tuesday, acting on an issue championed by social conservatives in the Republican majority and inviting a possible new challenge to constitutional abortion rights. The bill approved largely along party lines would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, with limited exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest, so long as they have been reported to law enforcement.
June 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Stephen Amell and his wife are reportedly expecting a little superhero of their own: a baby! The hunky actor, 32, plays vigilante crime fighter the Hood on "Arrow,"  the CW series inspired by the "Green Arrow" comic books. He and wife Cassandra Jean, 27, are now expecting their first child together. The couple tied the knot on Christmas Day 2012 in a Caribbean destination wedding, then celebrated again last month with New Orleans festivities, according to Just Jared, which first reported the pregnancy.
May 19, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times
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.
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