Rwanda: Over 78,000 Babies Born to Teen Mothers in Four Years
[New Times] A few days ago, First Lady Jeannette Kagame addressed fellow African First Ladies who had gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and voiced her concern about growing gaps in parent-child communication, limited access to sexual reproductive health information and quality services that continue to sabotage efforts to deliver the Africa that the continent's youth deserve.
Despite the medical advances that have occurred in recent times, the risks associated with pregnancy have not declined, and in fact, maternal mortality is on the increase. What needs to be done?American Journal of Public Health
Many women have a period tracker or fertility app on their smartphone to monitor their menstrual cycle or help them plan or prevent pregnancy but a new review finds that they could be misleading women.
A majority of pregnant women who are diagnosed with coronavirus don't experience more severe illness than the general population, according to a new study.
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Women turning to technology to avoid getting pregnant should exercise 'caution' according to new research. Fertility apps to help prevent an unwanted pregnancy may not work, experts are warning.
Conclusions: Results indicate that maternal thyroid conditions are associated with increased ASD risk in progeny, but suggestively not due to direct effects of thyroid hormones. Instead, factors that influence maternal thyroid function could have etiologic roles in ASD through pathways independent of maternal gestational thyroid hormones and thus be unaffected by medication treatment. Factors known to disrupt thyroid function should be examined for possible involvement in ASD etiology.
Conclusion: Blood transfusion was documented with reasonable sensitivity in this large population perinatal database. However, validity varied according to risk factor status. Our findings enable researchers to better account for outcome misclassification in studies of obstetrical transfusion risk factors.
The fetal hypothalamus-pituitary gonadal (HPG) axis begins to function during mid-gestation but its activity decreases during late pregnancy due to the suppressive effects of placental estrogens. Placental hormones drop immediately after birth, FSH and LH surge at around 1 week and peak between 1 and 3 months of life. The HPG axis is activated in both sexes, but a sexual dimorphism is evident with higher LH values in boys, while FSH prevails in girls. Both gonadotrophins decline in boys by around 6 months of age. In girls, LH declines at the same time as in boys, while FSH persists elevated up to 3 or 4 years of age. As a ...
Conclusion: Based on new research, we recommend the 2017 ATA Guidelines be updated to recommend against treating thyroid antibody-negative women diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism in the second trimester or later; to reflect new, moderate-quality evidence supporting the treatment of thyroid peroxidase antibody-negative women with elevated thyroid stimulating hormone levels in the first trimester or earlier; and to recommend against treatment of euthyroid, thyroid peroxidase antibody-positive women undergoing assisted reproductive technology. Transitioning to a Dynamic ATA Guidelines would allow for these and future ...
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