The Big Number: Average U.S. birth weight drops 2.4 ounces in 23-year period
Researchers say the change might be related to increases in scheduled Caesarean sections and induced labor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

School Lunch Programmes for Progress
School feeding programme in Togo. Credit: WFP/João CavalcanteBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan MudaKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) If well planned, coordinated and implemented, a government funded school feeding programme for all primary school children can be progressively transformative. Such a programme, involving government departments and agencies working together, can benefit schoolchildren, their families, farmers and public health, now and in the future. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Such a scheme should comprehensively supply adequate food for all, especially schoolchildren, and improve their nutrition,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan Muda Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the risks of using castor oil to induce labor?
Using castor oil to induce labor is growing in popularity. In this article, learn about the risks, the research, and whether or not it actually works. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Cesarean Rates No Higher for Diabetes Patients Induced in 38th Week
THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 -- In women with prepregnancy type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus (PDM), induction of labor (IOL) is not associated with increased cesarean section rates compared with expectant management beyond 39 weeks, but it is associated... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Boys born small at heightened risk of infertility as adults
Mother ’s health and lifestyle during pregnancy may be important factors in restricting foetal growth and reproductive capacity, suggest researchers Related items fromOnMedica Inducing labour in late pregnancies is safer approach Monitor women better to cut stillbirth rates Doctors demand action on drinking in pregnancy Fetal exposure to nicotine linked to later obesity Exercise throughout pregnancy is safe and beneficial (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New mother's routine baby bump exam revealed a MELON-SIZED colon tumor
Brittany Jutila, 26, from De Pere, Wisconsin, was 23 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. Doctors were able to safely remove her tumor without inducing labor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate change 'is causing babies to be born up to TWO WEEKS early'
Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, looked at data for 56million births and found at least 25,000 babies are born early each year because of heat-induced labour on days above 90°F (32°C). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inducing labor at 41 weeks safer than 'wait and see' approach
(Reuters Health) - For late-term pregnancies, inducing labor at 41 weeks may be safer than waiting until week 42, a large Swedish study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Social Protection Necessary to Quickly End Poverty, Hunger
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Nov 26 2019 (IPS) Historically, most social security systems have developed in the formal sector of rich economies. However, most of the poor and hungry in the world live in rural areas, surviving in the informal economy. Meanwhile, the world economy continues to struggle to recover following the 2008 financial crisis. Prospects remained bleak as many governments pursued fiscal austerity in the face of perceived financial market pressures. Jomo Kwame SundaramMost developing countries continue to experience high underemployment, even if official unemployment...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Inducing Labor Safer Bet for Late-Term Pregnancies
It's widely believed that mothers and babies have an increased risk of problems at or beyond 42 weeks of pregnancy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inducing Labor at 41 Weeks May Cut Stillbirth Rates
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 -- In women with a low-risk pregnancy, induction at 41 weeks of gestation may be safer than a wait-and-see approach to 42 weeks, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in The BMJ. Ulla-Britt Wennerholm, M.D., Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Inducing Labor Safer Bet for Late-Term Pregnancies: Study
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 -- The risk of newborn death in late-term pregnancies may be lower if labor is induced rather than taking a wait-and-see approach, a new study suggests. It's widely believed that mothers and babies have an increased risk of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 21, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study shows lower mortality from induction of labor at 41 weeks
(University of Gothenburg) Inducing labor after 41 instead of 42 full weeks' pregnancy appears to be safer in terms of perinatal survival, new Swedish research shows. The current study is expected to provide a key piece of evidence for upcoming decisions in maternity care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inducing labour at 41 weeks 'could save thousands of babies
The Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, cut its study short when six babies in non-induced mothers died (pictured: bereaved parents Maria Lärka and Christer Nilson). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inducing labour in late pregnancies is safer approach
Study halted early after six deaths occurred Related items fromOnMedica Target rates for caesareans may be too low Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Women with small babies can safely wait for labour Premature baby survival rates are improving Stillbirth risk doubled in women sleeping on their back (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Having sex will NOT start labour early: Italian researchers debunk commonly-held belief
The old wives' tale says women at full term can induce labour with sex. Even Ross and Rachel's doctor in hit TV series Friends recommended it. But researchers in Naples rubbished the claim. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Austerity, the “New Normal”
Isabel Ortiz is Director of the Global Social Justice Program at Joseph Stiglitz’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, former Director at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF, and senior official at the UN and at the Asian Development Bank.   Matthew Cummins is senior economist who has worked at UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank.By Isabel Ortiz and Matthew CumminsWASHINGTON DC, Oct 11 2019 (IPS) While this week Ministers of Finance and economists meet in Washington to confront global economic challenges at the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings, the majority of the world pop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins Tags: Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Support for Elective Induction of Labor at 39 Weeks in Some Low-Risk Women Support for Elective Induction of Labor at 39 Weeks in Some Low-Risk Women
There are benefits to electing to induce labor at 39 weeks gestation in low-risk women who have already given birth, according to two new studies.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the different types of abortion?
There are several types of abortion, including medical abortion, vacuum aspiration, dilation and evacuation, and induced labor. The type that a doctor recommends will depend on the duration of the pregnancy. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Abortion Source Type: news

Babies should NOT be delivered before 37 weeks even if their mothers' waters break
The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is calling on doctors not to always induce pregnant women if they do not go into labour despite their waters breaking at just 34 weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies should NOT be delivered before 34 weeks even if their mothers' waters break
The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is calling on doctors not to always induce pregnant women if they do not go into labour despite their waters breaking at just 34 weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More mothers contemplate legal action against Moncton delivery nurse
Nicole Ruest was fired from the Moncton Hospital last month, after accusations she administered labour inducing drug oxytocin to mothers without their consent, or the doctor's knowledge (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Induced labor not more expensive to health care system than spontaneous labor
(University of Utah Health) The results of a joint study between University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare show inducing labor one week early costs the same as waiting for spontaneous labor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What we know about the alleged misuse of labour-inducing drug in Moncton
More details about the alleged misuse of a labour-inducing drug at the Moncton Hospital are slowly beginning to emerge. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Class action proposed over alleged misuse of labour-inducing drug at Moncton Hospital
A proposed class-action lawsuit has been launched against the Horizon Health Network and nurse Nicole Ruest on behalf of women who were allegedly "inappropriately" given a labour-inducing drug at Moncton Hospital. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Nurse fired after allegedly inducing labour without consent
A nurse in Moncton was fired after allegations labour was induced without consent, Horizon Health confirmed Saturday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Management of labour.
This Highlight presents recent research evidence on some aspects of the management of labour, including the induction of labour; waterbirth; interpretation of the fetal heart rate; pain management; and position during the second stage of labour with or without an epidural (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Induction for Late-Term Pregnancies at 41 Weeks Tied to Small Benefits
FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 -- There may be a small benefit to labor induction in low-risk woman at 41 weeks versus expectant management, though the chances of a good perinatal outcome are high with both strategies, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Inducing labor at 41 weeks slightly safer than waiting longer
(Reuters Health) - When pregnant women have not delivered by around 41 weeks, their babies are slightly less likely to have serious complications if labor is induced instead of letting nature take its course, a Dutch study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sepsis and Death; Bag Mask Ventilation: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics also include complications of shoulder surgery and induction of labor (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 2, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Induction of labour at 39  weeks in low-risk women increases costs
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - March 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Small benefit of inducing labour over ‘wait and see’ approach
There is a small benefit of inducing labour over a “wait and see” approach for late term pregnancies, according to researchers in Holland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 22, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Higher Costs With Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks? It's Complicated
(MedPage Today) -- Researchers say expectant management, not spontaneous labor, is proper comparison (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - February 15, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Almost one in three women now have induced labour, figures show
The percentage of pregnant women having labour induced has hit a record high, new figures reveal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 26, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Acupressure for inducing labor: What to know
Some people use acupressure to help induce labor, but is it effective? In this article, we discuss four acupressure points to try and look at the research behind the claims. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Inducing labor at 39 weeks may help mothers, babies
Both mothers and babies may benefit when labor is induced at 39 weeks. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Does the 'maternity salad' REALLY induce labor?
The Salad, made by Caioti Pizza Cafe in Studio City, is a simple mix of romaine, watercress, walnuts, and gorgonzola, with a herb-balsamic dressing. But scores of women say the herbs broke their waters. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inducing labor at 39 weeks may benefit pregnant women and their babies
(Wiley) As the prevalence of maternal and fetal complications increases with advancing pregnancy beyond 39 weeks, induction of labor at 39 weeks has been proposed as a means to ensure optimal maternal and newborn health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Women work the most injury-inducing jobs
Here's a headline that might surprise: Working in state-run nursing and residential care facilities was riskier than being a police officer or a firefighter in 2016. Since 2012 nurses and health aides in state-run residential care and nursing settings have accounted for the highest rates of injury and illnesses tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry reported 164,300 employee injuries and illnesses in 2016, and racked up an incident rate t hat was roughly 30 percent higher than… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ashley Nerbovig Source Type: news

Women work the most injury-inducing jobs
Here's a headline that might surprise: Working in state-run nursing and residential care facilities was riskier than being a police officer or a firefighter in 2016. Since 2012 nurses and health aides in state-run residential care and nursing settings have accounted for the highest rates of injury and illnesses tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry reported 164,300 employee injuries and illnesses in 2016, and racked up an incident rate t hat was roughly 30 percent higher than… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ashley Nerbovig Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can evening primrose oil help induce labor?
Evening primrose oil is a popular natural remedy, and many people believe it can help to induce labor. But does it work, and is it safe? Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

One-Step Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis of Little Benefit One-Step Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis of Little Benefit
Switching from two-step to one-step gestational diabetes screening at Kaiser Permanente Washington didn't appear to be useful; in fact, it increased labor induction, neonatal hypoglycemia, and insulin use, with little apparent benefit.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Collaboration Is Essential to Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Indonesia
September 14, 2018It'll  take a nation to change the numbers for Indonesia's  moms and babies.As Indonesia celebrates its 73rd year of independence, most people are aware of the country ’s impressive economic development over the past few years. But perhaps fewer are aware that, every hour, across this massive archipelago, two mothers and eight newborns die.The country still faces unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality. This is a multi-faceted and complex issue, which requires collaboration between all elements of society to ensure effective measures are taken to improve maternal and new...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

New ESC Guideline on Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy New ESC Guideline on Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy
The document endorses a pregnancy heart team for care, advises inducing labor at 40 weeks, and provides a table on safety of cardiovascular drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about Foley bulb induction
A Foley bulb induction is when a doctor inserts a small balloon into the cervix to help it dilate faster. Foley bulb induction is one of many ways to induce labor. There are few side effects and the procedure is safe for most women. Learn more about the procedure, benefits, and risks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

India's oxytocin ban delayed by a month as Delhi HC hears cases against it
Oxytocin is a hormone drug used to induce labour in pregnant women and stall post-partum bleeding. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - August 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Is Hypnosis Real? Here ’s What Science Says
Look into my eyes. The phrase calls to mind images of a psychotherapist swinging a pocket watch. Or maybe you picture Catherine Keener in the film Get Out, tapping her teacup and sending an unwilling man into a state of hypnotic limbo. “There are many myths about hypnosis, mostly coming from media presentations,” like fictional films and novels, says Irving Kirsch, a lecturer and director of the Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School. But setting aside pop culture clichés, Kirsch says hypnosis is a well-studied and legitimate form of adjunct treatment for conditions ranging from obesity and...
Source: TIME: Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Source Type: news

NYU's Free Medical Degree: HealthLeaders Media
(MedPage Today) -- Also: inducing labor cuts " unnecessary " C-sections (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 28, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Exploring induced labor for full-term pregnancy
A large study found that, for healthy women, inducing labor at full term rather than waiting for natural labor doesn ’t increase the risk of major complications for newborns. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant mother who was 10 DAYS overdue claims she induced labour by drinking a gin and tonic
Caitlin Harrison, 21, from Blyth, Northumberland, explained how she had tried everything in an attempt to speed things along at over 41 weeks pregnant - including walking four miles a day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news