Zambia: Study Points to Why Some Mothers Don't Carry On Taking HIV Drugs
[The Conversation Africa] There are more than 85,000 children living with HIV in Zambia. The primary source of infection is from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is an effective strategy to eliminate these new infections. But it only works if women take their medications consistently. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Advances in Infertility Treatment Prevent Sickle Cell, Other Diseases'
[Daily Trust] Dr Ibrahim Wada is a chief consultant gynaecologist and renowned fertility expert. He is one of the pioneers of IVF breakthroughs in the country and led the birth of Baby Hannatu in 1998. Wada, who is also the founder of Nisa Premier Hospital and chairman of Garki Hospital, Abuja in this interview speaks on advances in infertility care in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 29, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: 'I Am a Crime Scene'
[New Frame] A woman whose uterus was removed as a minor without her consent has taken the health department to court. She is one of scores who have been forcibly sterilised in state hospitals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 29, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Barriers Still Hampering Family Planning Uptake in Nigeria'
[Daily Trust] There are still barriers hampering contraceptive uptake among women of reproductive age in Nigeria, experts have said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 29, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

On-the-spot coronavirus tests that give results in 15 to 30 minutes set to be rolled out
The rapid tests - which take just 15 to 30 minutes to yield a diagnosis - work like a pregnancy test and display two blue lines when someone is positive. They are made by firms in the US and South Korea. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: How Covid-19 Restrictions Forced Marie Stopes to Facilitate Abortions Telephonically
[Daily Maverick] Covid-19 forced many people's jobs online - even for doctors who provide abortions. Read what Marie Stopes learnt when they helped nearly 50 patients terminate pregnancies over the phone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 29, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for Children
Title: Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for ChildrenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/28/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/29/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)
Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General - September 29, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Placental Pathology in COVID-19 Placental Pathology in COVID-19
This study examined placental pathology in women diagnosed with COVID-19 during pregnancy. What were the histopathologic findings, and what might be their impact on perinatal outcomes?American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Repeated pregnancy loss may be tied to the olfactory system
(Weizmann Institute of Science) Understanding the connection could lead to a new search for the causes of unexplained spontaneous miscarriage (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Rare Expansion in Abortion Access Because of COVID-19
When the FDA approved mifepristone in late September 2000, advocates believed it was going to change abortion care in this country. Mifepristone causes an abortion when used with another long-approved drug, misoprostol. (In the United States, this regimen is used through ten or eleven weeks of pregnancy.) “Medication abortion,” as this new modality was called, raised the possibility of a dramatic expansion of abortion provision by bringing in new categories of providers. As a sociologist studying abortion, I was interested in documenting the dissemination of this new method. Shortly after the FDA approval, I tr...
Source: TIME: Health - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carole Joffe Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Insulins Determir and Glargine Safe in Diabetes Pregnancies Insulins Determir and Glargine Safe in Diabetes Pregnancies
Use of insulin detemir in women with pre-existing diabetes who become pregnant appears safe, according to the results of the EVOLVE study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - September 28, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Cameroon: 'Penal Code Does Not Condemn Abortion, but Restricts It'
[Cameroon Tribune] Despite the numerous risks involved in carrying out abortion, the Cameroon Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians is talking about "safe abortion". What exactly do you mean by safe abortion? (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Family Planning Hit Hard By Focus on Covid-19
[Nation] The focus on containing the spread of coronavirus has hit crucial mother-to-child health care services, including family planning and immunisation, research has shown. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Malawi: MPs Pledge to Table Termination of Pregnancy Bill
[CSJNews] Lilongwe -- Members of Parliament of the Health Committee have pledged to ensure the tabling of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the current sitting of the National Assembly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Updated COVID-19 advice for pregnant staff, NHS Employers (updated 25th September 2020)
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has updated its guidance for employers and pregnant women in a 2 External 0 0 0 joint statement. false https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2020-09-10-occupational-health-statement-rcog-rcm-fom.pdf false false%> The original guidance was written at the peak of the pandemic when there was clear instruction from the government that clinically vulnerable individuals were advised to apply social distancing measures, and extremely clinically vulnerable individuals were advised to shield. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for Children
MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 -- The foundation for early heart disease might begin not during childhood or in the years that follow, but in the womb. Researchers studying nearly 30 years of data from families in Manitoba, Canada, found a strong... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 28, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Advises Against Mercury Dental Fillings in High-Risk Groups FDA Advises Against Mercury Dental Fillings in High-Risk Groups
Pregnant or nursing women and young children are among those who should not receive fillings containing mercury, owing to the potential harmful effects of the release of mercury vapor over time.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 28, 2020 Category: Neurology Tags: Dental & Oral Health News Source Type: news

Drinking A Small Amount Of Alcohol During Pregnancy Can Impact A Child ’s Brain Development, Says Study
A new study links low-level alcohol consumption to the brain development of the unborn child as well as behavioral problems down the line. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 28, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice Broster, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Nigeria: PAS CSOs Call On Govt to Support Family Health for World Contraception Day
[Nigeria Health Watch] We, the CSOs of the PAS project are pleased to take note of the recent activities of African health professional associations, NGOs and national governments as they commemorated World Contraception Day (WCD) on 26th September 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Maternity Services at Busia's Main Hospital Suspended
[Nation] Maternity services at the Busia County Referral Hospital have been suspended because of shortage of essential pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

How zika virus degrades essential protein for neurological development via autophagy
(University of Maryland) Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) shed new light on how Zika virus hijacks our own cellular machinery to break down an essential protein for neurological development, getting it to " eat itself " . By triggering this process known as autophagy, Zika virus is able to degrade an important protein, a process that may contribute to the development of neurological or brain deficiencies and congenital birth defects in the newborns of infected pregnant women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What Are the Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Congenital Syphilis?
Discussion Syphilis is caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum. It is a very old disease that despite understanding the organism and readily available treatment, still causes disease. Syphilis is transmitted sexually. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “[i]n 2018, a total of 35,063 cases of [Primary and Secondary] syphilis were reported in the United States, yielding a rate of 10.8 cases per 100,000 population …. This rate represents a 14.9% increase compared with 2017 (9.4 cases per 100,000 population), and a 71.4% increase compared with 2014 (6.3 cases per 100,000 population).” The incre...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 28, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

E-voucher system targets pregnant women and new mothers in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – In Syria, communities are struggling under the weight of the prolonged war, an escalating economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. More than11 million people across the country are in need of humanitarian support. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Conscientious objection in medicine: experience in Chile - Kottow M.
Latin American countries have slowly enacted laws decriminalizing abortion in three circumstances: Life-threatening risk for the pregnant woman, extra-uterine non-viability of malformed foetus, and pregnancy due to rape or incest. Chile is one of the last ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

South Africa: We Looked At the Link Between Sexual Violence and Unintended Pregnancy
[The Conversation Africa] Early unintended pregnancy can have negative consequences for adolescent girls and young women. Not only may their health be at risk; so may their education, economic mobility and productivity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Parent, partner and individual contexts of very early first sex experiences among young men and their links to subsequent reproductive health outcomes
Abstract Research indicates that upwards to 30% of US urban Black male adolescents report first sex younger than age 13; however, there is limited literature on the sexual and reproductive health outcomes and contexts of these early first sex experiences. This exploratory study described sexual and reproductive health histories and explored personal, partner and parent contextual factors associated with first sex experiences occurring at 13  years or younger among a sample of US urban young men aged 15–24.   Participants were assessed on their demographics and sexual health histories and a subset of yo...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Popular Dental Filling Could Cause Health Problems For Some Patients
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN FDA Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Outcry As Vic Falls Council Hikes Maternity Fees
[New Zimbabwe] Spread This News (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: Painless Birth But Only For 'The Rich'
[Nation] Pregnant women in Rwanda can now have epidural painless and normal (vaginal) delivery without going through a surgical procedure. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Worry Over Gaps in Adolescent Sexuality Education, Access to Contraceptives
[263Chat] The government has cited gaps in the adolescent sexuality education and access to contraceptives for the upsurge in teenage pregnancies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Success - a Possibility After Repeated IVF Failures (II)
[This Day] There is a high and similarly equal chance of success on the first three attempts at In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but if not successful, then a fourth attempt will offer little success unless there has been a major change in protocol, or the "environment" that the embryos are placed into is changed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Minister Blames Abortion for High Maternal Mortality
[Foroyaa] Dr. Ahmad Lamin Samateh, the Gambia's Health Minister, said Thursday one of the causes of maternal mortality in the country is due to the actions of crude abortionists. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

A better alternative to Phthalates?
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) In collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) analyzed urine samples from pregnant women to look for the presence of DINCH, which is short for di(isononyl)cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate. They found concentrations of DINCH in most of the urine samples but no evidence of effects in lab assays on two hormones, progesterone and estrogen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 25, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Low level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child's brain development
(University of Sydney) A new study finds any alcohol use during pregnancy, even low levels, is associated with subtle, yet significant behavioural and psychological effects in children including anxiety, depression and poor attention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Climate-Related Displacement and Antenatal Care Service Utilization in Rural Bangladesh
CONCLUSIONSStrengthening family planning services and extending eligibility for Bangladesh's Maternity Allowance benefits in the areas prone to floods and riverbank erosion are recommended to improve ANC service utilization. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Positive About Flying? Airlines Look to COVID Tests That Give Results in Minutes Positive About Flying? Airlines Look to COVID Tests That Give Results in Minutes
European airlines are pinning hopes on pre-flight COVID-19 tests that deliver results as fast as pregnancy tests to help restore passengers'confidence in taking to the skies in confined spaces with shared air.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Characteristics and Maternal and Birth Outcomes of Hospitalized Pregnant Women with Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 - COVID-NET, 13 States, March 1-August 22, 2020
This report describes clinical characteristics and birth outcomes of hospitalized U.S. pregnant women with COVID-19 during March 1-August 22, 2020. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 24, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Pregnancy Women's Health COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Hospitalized Pregnant Women: Reasons for Admission and Pregnancy Characteristics - Eight U.S. Health Care Centers, March 1-May 30, 2020
This report describes that the prevalences of prepregnancy obesity and gestational diabetes were higher among pregnant women hospitalized for COVID-19-related illness than among those admitted for pregnancy-related treatment or procedures and found to have COVID-19. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 24, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Diabetes MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Pregnancy COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Source Type: news

Gambia: Hundreds Protest Over "Alarming Rate" of Maternal Deaths
[The Point] Hundreds of people mainly women yesterday thronged the busy Kairaba Avenue road protesting over what they described the "alarming rate" of maternal mortality in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Mozambique: Health Minister Concerned At Low Contraceptive Use
[AIM] Maputo -- Mozambican Health Minister Armindo Tiago on Wednesday expressed concern at the low level of contraceptive use, which results in Mozambique's high fertility rate (5.2 births for every woman of childbearing age, according to the 2017 population census). (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Studying Nursing Just Got a Lot Easier, Says Student Nurse, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Maiduguri
[WHO] Maiduguri -- As part of its health system strengthening in the insurgency-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in the north-east Nigeria, World Health organization is touching millions of lives by rehabilitating, reconstructing or equipping health facilities and building the capacities of national health work-force. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: States Must Ensure Access to Contraceptives Even During COVID-19 Pandemic, UN Experts Say
[OHCHR] Geneva -- Access to family planning is a human right protected by international law, and States must continue to ensure it even during the COVID-19 pandemic, say UN human rights experts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: Baby Dumping Accused to Go On Trial Next Year
[New Era] The Katutura Magistrate's Court has scheduled the trial hearing of a teenage girl who was arrested for allegedly dumping her dead infant last year after giving birth. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Liberia: Why Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Liberia Are Ideal Birthplaces
[East African] Bill Gates, co-founder of tech giant Microsoft, philanthropist, and one of the world's richest men scares some people, especially those on the extreme political right. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: The NURHI Project - 10 Years of Impact on the Family Planning Space
[Nigeria Health Watch] The availability of family planning services, enables girls and women to make informed choices about birth spacing and their desired family size. It also contributes to improved sexual and reproductive health and the wellbeing of children, women, and families. Many sexually active women are still not empowered to make informed choices in developing countries like Nigeria. This is often because they do not have access to the information they need, the poor availability of reproductive health services or neg (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 24, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Placenta is initiated first, as cells of a fertilised egg divide and specialise
(The Francis Crick Institute) The first stages of placental development take place days before the embryo starts to form in human pregnancies. The finding highlights the importance of healthy placental development in pregnancy, and could lead to future improvements in fertility treatments such as IVF, and a better understanding of placental-related diseases in pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Smoking marijuana during pregnancy increases risk of psychotic-like behaviors in children
A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis found children exposed to pot in utero were more likely to have psychotic-like behavior such as delusions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guts and brains: How microbes in a mother ’s intestines affect fetal neurodevelopment
During pregnancy in mice, the billions of bacteria and other microbes that live in a mother ’s intestines regulate key metabolites, small molecules that are important for healthy fetal brain development,UCLA biologists report Sept. 23 in the journal Nature.While the maternal gut microbiota has been associated with abnormalities in the brain function and behavior of offspring — often in response to factors like infection, a high-fat diet or stress during pregnancy — scientists had not known until now whether it influenced brain development during critical prenatal periods and in the absence of such environ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 23, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambians to Protest Against Rising Maternal Deaths
[The Point] Having registered series of maternal deaths in The Gambia, a group of concern Gambians called Mbama Care Foundation in partnership with Gambian Women's Lives Matter will hold a peaceful protest today 23 September 2020 at Westfield. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 23, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2020 -- Expectant mothers who smoke pot in pregnancy could increase their baby's risk for mental or emotional problems later in childhood, a new study finds. Marijuana use during pregnancy was associated with a host of problems... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news