Ghana: Rawlings Calls On Ghanaians to Embrace family Planning
[Ghanaian Times] Ho -FORMER President, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings has renewed his call on Ghanaians to embrace family planning, saying that unnecessarily large families are widely the cause of dismal poverty among the citizenry. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 29, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Govt Improving Children's Health, but Pregnant Girls Still Banned From School - NGO
[RFI] Sierra Leone has made strides in improving child welfare over the past 20 years, showing the greatest improvement worldwide, says the NGO Save the Children. While child mortality among under-fives in the West African country has nearly been halved, it still affects one in 10 children, according to the group's latest global report, "Changing Lives in Our Lifetime". (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 29, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Govt Urged to Increase Funding for Adolescent Reproductive Health Care
[Ghanaian Times] Discussants at a dissemination workshop on the state of adolescent reproductive health financing in Ghana have asked government for a 15 per cent increment of its budgetary allocation to the health sector. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 29, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

In utero MRI on par with ultrasound for fetal brain evaluation
In utero MRI does not need to replace ultrasound as the modality of choice...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How does chemo during pregnancy affect child development? Fetal MRI can spot early brain abnormality MRI shows maternal depression meds affect babies' brains MRI links blood flow to brain development in preterm babies MRI scans during 1st trimester of pregnancy are safe (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 29, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

South Africa: Pregnant? Not On Medical Aid? You Might Be Footing the Bill to Bring Home Baby
[Bhekisisa] Women may be paying the price for decades' old concessions to the medical aid industry. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Low vitamin D in pregnancy linked to potentially harmful vaginal bacteria in black women
This study by Medical University of South Carolina and Virginia Commonwealth University researchers is part of a collection of manuscripts from the integrative Human Microbiome Project. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIH-funded study links microbiome composition to African American preterm birth risk
(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) A research project funded by the National Institutes of Health has identified differences in the vaginal bacteria that may raise the risk of preterm birth among pregnant African-American women. The findings could be a first step toward the development of a screen for the early identification of preterm birth risk in this population. The study was conducted by Jennifer Fettweis, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and colleagues. It appears in Nature Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WVU biostatistician studies link between microbiome and preterm birth
(West Virginia University) Pregnant African American women are more likely than white women to give birth prematurely, but they're underrepresented in studies of preterm birth rates. Snehalata Huzurbazar, a biostatistics professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is working to change that. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fertility Treatment, Pregnancy Heart Issue Linked?
The study shows that the risk of a particular kind of heart failure that happens in pregnancy, peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), is five times higher in women who have fertility treatment, (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Missouri ’s Last Abortion Clinic May Lose Its License This Week
The last abortion provider in Missouri may lose its license this week, functionally leaving women in the state without access to safe abortions—even though they currently remain legal in Missouri and all other U.S. states. Planned Parenthood’s license to provide abortion care at its St. Louis health center is not set to be renewed by the state health department before it expires on May 31, Planned Parenthood officials said during a call with reporters on Tuesday. “This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is real, and it is public health crisis,” Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen sai...
Source: TIME: Health - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Missouri onetime Source Type: news

The Latest: ACLU petition aims to stop Missouri abortion law
The ACLU of Missouri is seeking a statewide vote on a new law that will ban most abortions starting at eight weeks of pregnancy (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

True Diagnostics, Inc. Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance to Market VeriClear(TM) Digital Test Device for Early Result Pregnancy
SAN DIEGO, May 28, 2019 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- True Diagnostics, Inc. (True), a leading company for Point of Care Answers, announced today that its VeriClear™ Digital Early Result Pregnancy Test has received 510(k) marketing clearanc... Diagnostics, FDA True Diagnostics, VeriClear, Pregnancy Test, chorionic gonadotropin (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 28, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AHA News: Report Seeks Answers About Mysterious, Dangerous Heart Disease in Kids
TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- After an uneventful pregnancy, Amanda Blanchfield thought she had delivered a healthy baby, a boy she and her husband named Cash. A slight heart murmur clued doctors that there was a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Liberia: Don't Stigmatize Infertile Women
[New Dawn] An international organization, Merck Foundation, holds one-day health training for Liberian journalists from across the country held at a local hotel in Monrovia on Monday, May 27. The Foundation of which Liberia's First Lady Clar M. Weah is an Ambassador, trains over 100 journalists on reporting infertility. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 28, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Health Centres At sombo, Dobile Get biodigester Latrines
[Ghanaian Times] Water AID Ghana, an international non-profit organisation, has constructed biodigester latrines for two health centres at Sombo and Dobile, in the Wa municipality of the Upper West Region to augment health care delivery of especially pregnant women and lactating mothers who would visit those facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Bylaws to Prevent Early Pregnancy in District Loom-Ded
[Daily News] AUTHORITIES in Rorya District are in advanced stage of introducing new measures as well as legal bylaws to address increasing cases of early childhood pregnancies that has caused 68 under-aged pupils to drop from school. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 28, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Fertility Treatment Tied to Deadly Heart Problem in Pregnancy: Study
TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 -- The risk of a pregnancy-related type of heart failure is five times higher for women who undergo fertility treatment than those who conceive naturally, a new study says. The condition is called peripartum cardiomyopathy... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

The Power of a Name: My Secret Life With M.R.K.H.
I had no uterus, but until I learned the name for my syndrome, I couldn ’t connect with others. I felt defective, marginalized and alone. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Rudnick Tags: Uterus Pregnancy and Childbirth Source Type: news

Severe air pollution can cause birth defects, deaths
(Texas A&M University) In a comprehensive study, researchers from Texas A&M University have determined that harmful particulate matter in the atmosphere can produce birth defects and even fatalities during pregnancy using the animal model. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fainting during pregnancy can be a sign of problems for both mother and baby
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) Women have long been told fainting is a common but harmless symptom of pregnancy, but new research shows it may indicate issues for both the baby and mother's health, especially when it occurs during the first trimester. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Georgia hit with backlash from entertainment industry over new abortion law
Georgia could face a costly backlash for its new abortion law, signed into law earlier this month, effectively banning the procedure after only six weeks of pregnancy. For years, the state has been a popular place to shoot TV shows and movies, but that may end. Manuel Bojorquez reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug-safety program for pregnant women should be federally funded, doctors say
The Canadian government should prioritize funding a program that provides pregnant and breast-feeding women with evidence-based research on drug safety, say doctors citing the closure of such a service after nearly 35 years. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Pregnancy-Related Deaths and Strategies for Prevention Pregnancy-Related Deaths and Strategies for Prevention
A sobering analysis finds that over half of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. Why is this and what can be done?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Reinvent Motherisk to protect mothers and babies
(Joule Inc.) Canada should reinvent the Motherisk program to support pregnant women to have healthy babies, argues an editorial in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long-term effects of prenatal exposure to earthquake on adult schizophrenia - Guo C, He P, Song X, Zheng X.
BACKGROUND: Maternal exposure to major stressors during pregnancy has been found to increase the risk of neurodevelopmental, cognitive and psychiatric disorders in the offspring. However, the association between prenatal exposure to earthquake and the risk... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Femoral fracture in pregnancy: a case series and review of clinical management - Harold JA, Isaacson E, Palatnik A.
Femoral fractures in pregnancy are a rare complication, with an incidence of approximately 1%. Case reports and small trials leave perioperative obstetric management and route of delivery largely unclear. Three cases of femoral fracture are presented that ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Anorexia sufferer, 51, has been denied crucial treatment by NHS
What began as a diet to lose her post-pregnancy weight in 1994 spiralled into a life-threatening illness. Now, 25 years on, it has destroyed more than half of South Londoner Angela Whiteford's life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

That & #039;s a First: FDA Tackles STDs, Zika, and Prosthetic Joint Infection
The U.S. diagnostic market celebrated three regulatory firsts last week.  1. FDA Authorizes Marketing of First Zika Test Until now, tests for detecting Zika virus immunoglobulin (IgM) antibodies in blood were only authorized for emergency use under FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority. On Thursday, the agency said it has authorized marketing of the ZIKV Detect 2.0 IgM Capture ELISA under the agency's traditional premarket authority. The test is manufactured by InBios International. “At the onset of the Zika virus outbreak, when little was known about the disease or how...
Source: MDDI - May 25, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance IVD Source Type: news

U.S. judge blocks Mississippi 'heartbeat' abortion ban
A federal judge on Friday blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions once an embryonic heartbeat is detected, which can occur at six weeks after conception, often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The World Made Promises to Women and Girls, We Must Fulfil Them
A mother and her infant in Kenya. Credit: @UNFPAKenyaBy Monica JumaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 2019 (IPS) In 1994 the International Conference and Population and Development (ICPD) was hosted in Cairo by the Government of Egypt. Twenty-five years later, Kenya is ready to convene the ICPD “Nairobi Summit” in November 2019. The Programme of Action endorsed and adopted at the historic Conference in Cairo has had a tremendous effect in transforming the lives of women and girls in developing countries. A quarter century later, the international community will again converge, this time in Nairobi, to renew, revitalize th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Monica Juma Tags: Africa Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Migraines in Pregnancy Tied to Worse Outcomes for Mother, Baby
FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 -- Migraines in pregnant women are associated with an increased risk for pregnancy-associated hypertension disorders as well as an increased risk for a variety of adverse outcomes in the newborn, according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 24, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pregnant woman threw up 50 times a day due to crippling illness that affects one in 100 new mothers
Hannah Dalton from Benfleet, Essex, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, which left her bed-bound and unable to hold down food for the first six months of her pregnancy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergan Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of TAYTULLA ® Softgel Capsules 1mg/20mcg Sample Packs Due to Out of Sequence Capsules
Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) today issued a voluntary recall in the US market of one lot (Lot# 5620706, Expiry May-2019) of TAYTULLA ® (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol capsules and ferrous fumarate capsules) 1mg/20mcg, 6x28 physicians sample pack, indicated for use by women to prevent pregnancy. Allergan recently identified, through a physician report, that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample p ack of TAYTULLA. Specifically, the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - May 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Honest Co. video series targets pre-natal isolation
Jessica Alba ’s The Honest Co. was founded on the premise that new mothers would prefer natural product options for caring for their babies. Now the company is turning its focus towards the moms and their prenatal journey with a video series called “I Never Expected” created in partnership with Los Angel es media company ATTN. The 20-part series, hosted on The Honest Co. blog, follows the stories of five pregnant women, Gigi, Naomi, Kasey, Meghan and Jesyka. The expectant mothers are from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 24, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Don't overdo omega-6 fat consumption during pregnancy
(The Physiological Society) New research in The Journal of Physiology showed that eating a diet with three times the recommended daily intake of linoleic acid might be harmful in pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2019 Health Care Heroes: Dr. Kristen Plastino
Outstanding Physician Hospital-based Dr. Kristen Plastino Vice Chair of Clinical Operations UT Health San Antonio - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Kristen Plastino has done as much as anyone to reduce teen pregnancy in Bexar County. Plastino, a tenured professor who has been on the faculty for the department of obst etrics and gynecology at UT Health San Antonio since 2003, established the UT Teen Health program in response to the county's high rate of teen births compared to the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 24, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Pete Buttigieg misleads America on health freedom; doesn't support women's right to say no to vaccines
(Natural News) During a recent town hall, Pete Buttigieg, one of the 23 Leftists currently vying for the presidency in 2020, clarified his position that abortion should be allowed at any point during pregnancy, arguing that there should never be a limit or line on “a woman’s right” to murder her unborn children. But when... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Launch of Cochrane US Network
Cochrane launches a new network of US institutions to promote evidence-based health care and public health TheCochrane US Network made up of some of the country ’s leading institutions in the research and practice of evidence-based medicine, and theyjoin Cochrane ’s 70 existing geographic Groups around the world.The Cochrane US Network will promote evidence-informed decision making in health care in the US by supporting and training systematic review authors and users of Cochrane Reviews, as well as working with clinicians, professional associations, policymakers, patients, healthcare provider organization...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

My Miscarriage Cured My Fear of Childbirth
It was a heartbreaking yet galvanizing preview of what the human body can endure — physically, emotionally and spiritually. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristin Smith Sauchak Tags: your-feed-selfcare Pregnancy and Childbirth Miscarriages Families and Family Life Babies and Infants Source Type: news

Nigeria: Police Accused of Raiding Family Planning Clinic
[allAfrica] Activists in Nigeria have accused police officers of raiding a Marie Stopes clinic in Lagos on May 21. The officers reportedly "harassed the health workers and patients and took away confidential client information". (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 23, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Liberia: 11 Maternal Deaths Reported in Nimba
[Observer] Within less than five months, the Nimba County Health Team (NCHT) has reported about 11 maternal deaths across the county, prompting concern among health practitioners and ordinary citizens. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 23, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Unprecedented Wave of Abortion Bans is an Urgent Call to Action
2019 has become the year when antiabortion politicians make clear that their ultimate agenda is banning abortion outright, at any stage in pregnancy and for any reason. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Trace metal exposure among pregnant women living near fracking wells in Canada
(University of Montreal) Researchers find higher concentrations of trace metals such as barium in the hair and urine of 29 pregnant women living near fracking wells in British Columbia, Canada. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Thoughts on body image in pregnancy important indicator of emotional wellbeing
(University of York) Researchers have shown that a new way of assessing women's relationship with their bodies during pregnancy could help predict how well the mother might bond with her unborn baby and her longer-term emotional wellbeing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospital system, Ascension settle discrimination lawsuit
The hospitals' administration of leave policy discriminated against disabled and pregnant employees, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 22, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Vitamin D Deficiency Tied to Gestational Diabetes Risk
WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 -- Maternal vitamin D deficiency, as early as the first trimester of pregnancy, is associated with an increased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study recently published in Diabetes, Obesity and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 22, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Democrat O'Rourke unveils new plan to protect abortion rights as he seeks to halt slide in polls
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke unveiled an ambitious plan to protect abortion rights on Tuesday through mobilizing every branch of the U.S government to defend a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

3D-printed device detects biomarkers of preterm birth
(American Chemical Society) Preterm birth (PTB) -- defined as birth before the 37th week of gestation -- is the leading complication of pregnancy. If doctors had a simple, accurate and inexpensive way to identify women at risk for the condition, they could develop better prevention strategies. Now researchers have created a 3D-printed microchip electrophoresis device that can sensitively detect three serum biomarkers of PTB. They report their results in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules
Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of anti-abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman's marital status and tell her about the "emotional implications" of an abortion (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

We Are Middlesbrough: Pregnant teenagers tell their story
Robyn used to drink and smoke marijuana, but says her impending little girl changed her life. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news