Arizona pharmacist refuses to fill woman's prescription to end pregnancy
An Arizona woman is putting a public spotlight on a Walgreen's pharmacist who she says wouldn't give her a prescription to end her pregnancy. Nicole Arteaga says her doctor prescribed the medication after determining she would have a miscarriage, but the pharmacist told her he couldn't do it for ethical reasons. The company said in a statement: "Our policy allows pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection. At the same time, they are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient's needs in a timely manner." CBS N...
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant Women: Avoid Soft Cheeses, But Do Get These Shots
Doctors want to remind moms to get certain vaccines while pregnant. Whooping cough in particular can be deadly for newborns, but only about 50 percent of pregnant women get the vaccine. (Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Selena Simmons-Duffin Source Type: news

Global Campaign Against Mercury Moves to an End Zone
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2018 (IPS)A global campaign to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard– the use of mercury in dentistry—is steadily moving to a successful conclusion.Providing an update, Charlie Brown, head of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, one of the key campaigners, told IPS that “nation by nation, the world is on the threshold of ending amalgam for children in 2018.” Participants in the global workshop in Bangkok, co-sponsored by the UN Environment (UNE) and the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry. Credit: UNE“Europe takes that exciting ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Mercury Population TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Dartmouth to study opioid treatment for pregnant women
A research team at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine is getting $5.3 million to study medication-assisted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ibuprofen damages fertility: Girls exposed to it in the womb found to have HALF the number of egg cells in their ovaries
(Natural News) Women are advised not to take ibuprofen during the first six months of pregnancy. Doing so increases the risk of their unborn daughters having fertility problems later on, warn gynecologists. In a new study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh, the pain relief medicine is described as being... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women discovered in surrogacy raid
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying babies on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said on Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Risk of autism increased in children of mothers with diabetes
(JAMA Network) The risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was increased in children of mothers with the three main types of diabetes that complicate pregnancy, findings that add new information on type 1 diabetes and extend what is already known about type 2 and gestational diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

She Wanted You to See a Family, Not Just a Pregnant Man
The photographer Jackie Molloy followed Tanner and David for a year and a half, during which time she took some 20,000 pictures. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JACKIE MOLLOY Tags: Transgender and Transsexuals Homosexuality and Bisexuality Families and Family Life Pregnancy and Childbirth Photography News and News Media Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can dehydration affect pregnancy?
Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at other times. This is because the body has an increased demand for water. Dehydration can be dangerous for the mother and baby, so it is important to pay attention to the early warning signs of dehydration during pregnancy and to learn how you can prevent dehydration. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Malawi:New Hospital Successfully Operates On Co-Joined Twins
[Nyasa Times] The recently constructed Mercy James Centre under the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) has done its major operation by separating conjoined twins. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 22, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Lifestyle changes can help obese women improve fertility
(Reuters Health) - Although obesity can significantly decrease a woman's ability to get pregnant, losing weight through diet and exercise can improve her odds, according to a research review. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: No Link with Mom's Vitamin D
(MedPage Today) -- Mendelian analysis backs earlier WHO review that also found no clear effect (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Seafood tied to more sex and faster conception
Reuters Health - Couples who eat a lot of seafood may have sex more often and get pregnant more quickly than those who shun the shellfish and sardines, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can you use a heating pad while pregnant?
It is safe to use heating pads during pregnancy so long as they do not raise the body temperature too much. Heating pads can soothe the many aches and pains that arise during pregnancy. In this article, we discuss safe ways to relieve pain, including the benefits of heat pads and why it is best to avoid hot tubs. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Taking NSAIDs Around Conception May Increase Risk Of Early Miscarriage
BOSTON (CBS) – A popular group of over-the-counter pain relievers could increase your risk of miscarriage even before you get pregnant. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. They are medications that millions of people take every day for aches and pains and fever. A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology looked at more than a thousand pregnant women and found that those who took NSAIDs around the time of conception were at a four-fold higher risk of having a miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. These drugs inhibit the producti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV NSAIDs Source Type: news

Sera Prognostics Appoints Dr. Garrett K. Lam as Chief Medical Officer
Maternal fetal medicine expert joins Sera to improve pregnancy health globally SALT LAKE CITY, June 21, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Sera Prognostics, Inc., a women’s healthcare company, announced today that Garrett K. Lam, M.D., FA... Diagnostics, OB/GYN, Personnel Sera Prognostics, PreTRM, preterm birth (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Could Antidepressants During Pregnancy Slow a Child ’ s Motor Skills?
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, News, Source Type: news

Africa:Fertility Struggles More Open - and Shared On Social Media
[IPS] Chicago -Fertility health is an incredibly personal - and often vulnerable - topic. Fertility, infertility, and fertility preservation have gained increased public interest over the past few years. Infertility is formally defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Common infections during pregnancy
During pregnancy, a person ’s body goes through many changes. Some of these changes may make it more likely for them to get certain infections. In this article, we look at common vaginal and whole-body infections that affect women during pregnancy, how these infections might affect the baby, and how to prevent them. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Could Antidepressants During Pregnancy Slow a Child's Motor Skills?
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 -- Babies exposed to antidepressants during their mother's pregnancy may face a slightly higher chance of having problems with their motor skills, a new review suggests. But the Australian researchers cautioned that more... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 21, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

PCOS linked to maternal obesity and smoking
A Swedish study, published inBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics& Gynaecology, reports that those diagnosed with PCOS are more likely to have obese mothers or mothers that smoked during pregnancy.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - June 21, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Nigeria:Overcoming Infertility Through Multiple IVF Cycles
[This Day] While one in every four Nigerian couples experience delay in achieving conception, experts say with multiple IVF the challenge can be addressed. Martins Ifijeh chronicles the lives of couples who through the assisted reproductive technology are now proud parents. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 21, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Doubts raised about value of vitamin D supplements for pregnant women
There is not enough evidence to recommend women take vitamin D supplements during pregnancy to help avoid high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, according to a major new study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

AAMC Health Equity Systems Year 2 Progress Reports - Session 1
July 12, 2018 1:30-3:00pm ET. Join AAMC to review and provide feedback on what 10 academic health centers from across the country have accomplished after 2 years of efforts to " Build a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity " . Topics include food insecurity, contact-sport concussion prevention, health-harming legal needs, unplanned pregnancy and opiate overdose reduction. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Maternal or Neonatal Vitamin D Status and Childhood T1D Maternal or Neonatal Vitamin D Status and Childhood T1D
Is there an association between maternal vitamin D status and the risk of childhood type 1 diabetes? Do maternal vitamin D supplements taken during pregnancy influence childhood T1D risk?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Journal Article Source Type: news

Young travellers in summer holiday MMR plea
Public health experts say Europe is experiencing large outbreaks of measles Related items fromOnMedica Pregnant women urged to have swine flu jab Malaria cases rise sharply One or two doses of HPV jab may be enough Babies aged 2-3 months to a year vulnerable to measles UK joins fight against Ebola (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More evidence of NSAID risk in early pregnancy
(Reuters Health) - Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) around the time of conception significantly increases the risk of miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Some Neonatal Risks for Lithium Exposure in Pregnancy
Increased risk of neonatal readmission and major malformations for lithium - exposed pregnancy (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 20, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

This World Refugee Day, recognizing the strength and courage of refugees
DOHUK, Iraq –As violence consumed her home in Aleppo, Ghalia ’s parents and brother were killed. Ghalia, now 33, fled to Al-Hasakeh, in north-eastern Syria, to live with her uncle’s family. Amid the chaos of war and displacement, she found an unexpected source of hope: She fell in love.Months into her new life in Al-Hasakeh, she met an Iraqi man who swept her off her feet. They proceeded with a customary marriage, and she soon became pregnant.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

This UChicago grad is building a 'Fitbit for fetuses'
About a year and a half ago, Tony Zhang and his wife experienced one of the worst tragedies a family could suffer. While in utero, their baby boy died of a heart condition, and they had no idea why. “It was the 26th week [of pregnancy] and we went into the OBGYN’s office for the regular [appointment],” Zhang said. “But both the doctor nor the nurse could find the heartbeat of my baby. But he was completely fine four weeks before.” The loss was unimaginably difficult to process, and Zhang… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katherine Davis Source Type: news

HbA1c Targets Should Be Personalized in Type 2 Diabetes
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 -- For non-pregnant adults with type 2 diabetes, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) targets should be personalized, according to a Clinical Guidelines Synopsis published in the June 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Some Neonatal Risks for Lithium Exposure in Pregnancy
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 -- In utero lithium exposure is associated with an increased risk for neonatal readmission and major malformations, according to a meta-analysis published online June 18 in The Lancet Psychiatry. Trine Munk-Olsen, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The role of vitamin D in a healthy pregnancy
(Wiley) For a pregnancy to proceed to term, early modulation of the immunologic response is required to induce tolerance to the fetus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Government to review medicinal use of cannabis
Move follows recent high-profile cases of use of cannabis oil to curb frequency of epileptic fits in children Related items fromOnMedica Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Cannabis compound may help curb frequency of epileptic seizures Debate goes on over valproate in pregnancy MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

No Link Between Lithium in Pregnancy, Adverse Delivery Outcomes (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But increase in risk of neonatal readmission, major malformations (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - June 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Fathers' antidepressant use doesn't worsen babies' health risks
(Reuters Health) - Fathers' use of antidepressant medications around the time mothers become pregnant does not increase babies' risk of preterm birth, birth defects, autism or intellectual disability, according to a study in the BMJ. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nigeria:Young Umoru Needs N4 Million to Correct Hole in the Heart
[Guardian] Benin City -The joy in the family of Afekhide Umoru from Ososo in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo State when doctors told him that his barely one year old marriage would soon produce an offspring as his wife, Vivian had become pregnant, is almost in ruins. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Psychiatric Drug Lithium Tied to Birth Defect Risk
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 -- Using the psychiatric drug lithium early in pregnancy may raise the risk of birth defects -- but not as much as previously thought, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that women who used lithium during the first... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

World Continence Week
2018 is held between 18-24 June and is a global initiative run by theWorld Federation of Incontinence Patients (WFIP), with the approval of theInternational Continence Society (ICS). The vision is to help improve health, wellness and quality of life for those with continence issues, and to further establish awareness of bladder weakness, pelvic pain and other conditions that impact on the lives of patients and carers.Cochrane Incontinence works with authors to prepare, maintain and disseminate systematic reviews of the effectiveness of interventions for incontinence, including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Fertility Struggles More Open – and Shared on Social Media
By Michelle Catenacci, M.DCHICAGO, Jun 18 2018 (IPS)Fertility health is an incredibly personal – and often vulnerable – topic. Fertility, infertility, and fertility preservation have gained increased public interest over the past few years. Infertility is formally defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 12% of women aged 15 to 44 in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Even though a significant proportion of the population suffers from th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Michelle Catenacci Tags: Aid Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

AHA: Big Weight Gain in 1st Pregnancy Could Boost Preeclampsia Risk
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Higher weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of preeclampsia in women giving birth for the first time, new research shows. The study explored how weight affects preeclampsia, a serious... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria:Mother, Baby Stranded in Luth Over N306,200 Bill
[Vanguard] A MOTHER, Mrs. Esther Akinola and her baby are currently stranded at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, over inability to settle a N306,200 bill. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 18, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Prevalence of intimate partner violence during pregnancy and association with spontaneous preterm birth - Zhu Y, Duan Y, Zhang Q, Xu L, Zhu P.
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence( IPV)during pregnancy in two cities of Anhui, China. Also, to investigate the association of spontaneous preterm birth with IPV during pregnancy. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

A Family in Transition
Two fathers and the baby girl they never expected. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JACKIE MOLLOY and DENISE GRADY Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Parenting Transgender and Transsexuals Source Type: news

Europe, sharing the love?
Mediterranean waters in Spain. Credit: Photo by David Aler on UnsplashBy Maged SrourROME, Jun 15 2018 (IPS)Even if arrivals of migrants into Italy by sea have decreased between 2017 and 2018 so far, recent events in the Mediterranean rim have strongly drawn attention to the migration issue and a fierce debate is now underway among European countries. On June 10, Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, barred the ship Aquarius, jointly operated by the NGOs‘SOS Mediterranée’ and ‘Doctors Beyond Borders’ (MSF), from docking at Italian ports. There were 629 migrants on the ship. Among...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Europe Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) Source Type: news

Availability and Quality of Physical Activity Resources in Neighborhood Parks for Pregnant Women and Women of Childbearing Age
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - June 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

First-hand accounts of premature baby loss inspire new resource
A new online resource has been launched to support parents, relatives and health professionals in the wake of baby loss during mid pregnancy. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Experimental Blood Tests Indicate Week of Pregnancy and Preterm Birth Risk Experimental Blood Tests Indicate Week of Pregnancy and Preterm Birth Risk
Women could soon know how far along they are in pregnancy and their risk of premature delivery using simple blood tests, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is crab and other seafood safe to eat during pregnancy?
Many women are concerned about the seafood they eat during pregnancy due to the risk of food poisoning and high mercury content. Fortunately, cooked crab, imitation crab, and lobster are safe to eat when they are correctly prepared. Learn more about which fish to eat or avoid and all about the safety of fish products. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Abnormal Thyroid Hormones Up Risk of Gestational Diabetes Abnormal Thyroid Hormones Up Risk of Gestational Diabetes
' Our study found that women with thyroid abnormalities in the first half of pregnancy are at an increased risk for gestational diabetes,'strengthening the argument for thyroid testing in early pregnancy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news