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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
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
Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

By Kristin Espeland Gourlay, RINPR Kaiser Health News Since the mid-1800s, laughing gas been used for pain relief, but it’s usually associated with a visit to the dentist. In the early 20th century, women used it to ease the pain of labor, but its use declined in favor of more potent analgesia. Now, a small […]

November 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
How some states are making effective birth control more available

How some states are making effective birth control more available

By Michael Ollove Stateline During her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2012, Michelle Moniz treated an expectant mother in her early 20s who wanted an intrauterine birth control device surgically inserted immediately after her delivery. But because the state Medicaid agency didn’t use a separate billing code […]

November 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County It’s that time of year. The kids have been in school for a while and the germs are circulating. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to learn what our options are for flu vaccine this season. Why is it important to get […]

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Kaiser Health News Nurse practitioner Kim Hamm talked in soothing tones to her 14-year-old patient as she inserted a form of long-acting contraception beneath the skin of the girl’s upper arm. “This is the numbing medicine, so you’re going to feel me touch you here,” she said, taking the teen’s arm. […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More