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Spike in syphilis in newborns driven by broader epidemic

Spike in syphilis in newborns driven by broader epidemic

By Anna Gorman Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Neonatologist Gurvir Khurana had only read about it in textbooks. Seeing it in real life has been a shock: baby after baby born severely anemic, lungs filled with fluid, bodies covered with rashes. Some only lived minutes; others died within days […]

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Could a contraceptive app be as good as the pill?

Could a contraceptive app be as good as the pill?

By Susan Walker, Senior Research Fellow/ Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health Anglia Ruskin University, East Anglia, United Kingdom. There’s a company that claims its smartphone fertility-tracking app is as good as the pill at preventing pregnancy. Women have long monitored their menstrual cycles as a method of contraception but this has often been seen as unreliable because […]

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

Viewpoint By Patricia Schwerdtle Academic Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Two days after large numbers of people across the globe joined Woman’s Marches, US President Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag rule”, which cuts off all US funding to international NGOs whose work includes abortion services or advocacy. Fortunately, the Dutch government has announced a plan to compensate NGOs […]

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Preserving fertility when it is threatened by life-saving medicine

Preserving fertility when it is threatened by life-saving medicine

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Angela Thomas thought her breast cancer diagnosis and the double mastectomy that followed were the most traumatic things she would ever experience. Then, when the 32-year-old actress sought fertility treatment so she could have a baby after the cancer care was finished, her insurance company refused to pay. “Trying […]

February 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP vows to defund Planned Parenthood, but reality makes that hard

GOP vows to defund Planned Parenthood, but reality makes that hard

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News If “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act is Republicans’ job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second. In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization “would be in our reconciliation bill,” […]

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
As more women drink, some states take action

As more women drink, some states take action

By Christine Vestal Stateline As the holidays approach, state and local governments are gearing up for a predictable surge in drunken driving and emergency room visits related to binge drinking. Little has changed when it comes to America’s alcohol problem, with one exception: substantially more women are drinking compared to a decade ago, and a […]

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

By Shefali Luthra A series of studies released Wednesday shed a preliminary light on the Zika virus’ consequences for children infected in the womb. But, experts said, the findings also highlight additional challenges: identifying affected babies and making sure they receive needed follow-up care as they grow. That task could prove complicated, especially as new […]

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
When nausea from pregnancy is life-threatening

When nausea from pregnancy is life-threatening

By Marlena Schoenberg Fejzo, Associate Researcher in Medicine University of California, Los Angeles Most women experience some type of morning sickness during pregnancy, but some women develop a far more serious condition. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which causes severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, affects as many as 3 percent of pregnancies, leading to over 167,000 emergency department […]

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News When the abortion pills arrived in her mailbox this summer, she felt anxious but also in control, knowing she could end her pregnancy entirely in the privacy of her own home. “I was happy that I was going to be able to do it myself and I did not […]

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Did gender bias derail a potential birth control option for men?

Did gender bias derail a potential birth control option for men?

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Who’s in charge of preventing pregnancy? For years, available contraception methods have generally made this a woman’s responsibility. But researchers report they may be getting closer to changing the calculation, according to findings published last week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. They offered evidence that a new hormonal […]

November 8, 2016 | By | Reply More