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Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

By Christine Vestal Stateline HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis. In 2010, babies born to mothers using heroin were filling up so many beds in the […]

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

By Micheal Ollove Stateline Although the United States recently experienced a slight drop in maternal deaths, the nation’s maternal mortality rate has risen steeply since 2000 at the same time it fell by more than a third globally. New data from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group funded […]

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drop in teen pregnancies due to more contraception, not less sex

Drop in teen pregnancies due to more contraception, not less sex

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Teen pregnancy is way down. And a study suggests that the reason is increased, and increasingly effective, use of contraceptives. From 2007 to 2013, births to teens age 15 to 19 dropped by 36 percent; pregnancies fell by 25 percent from 2007 to 2011, according to federal data. But […]

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Did Ohio’s abortion law hurt or help?

Did Ohio’s abortion law hurt or help?

Did It Hurt Or Help? Researchers Analyze Ohio’s 2011 Abortion Law By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Did a law regulating drug-induced abortions keep women safe or block them from access to this procedure? A study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine suggests an Ohio law limiting how women can obtain medical abortions may […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

By Nina Martin ProPublica Last week, researchers studying maternal mortality in the U.S. reported an ominous trend: The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas seemed to have doubled since 2010, making the Lone Star State one of the most dangerous places in the developed world to have a baby. Reproductive health advocates were quick to […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Buried in the fine print of many marketplace health plan documents is language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services, many of which disproportionately affect women, a recent study found. It’s unclear the extent to which these coverage “exclusions” have prevented patients from getting needed treatments. An […]

August 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
US faces obstetrician shortage

US faces obstetrician shortage

By Michael Ollove Stateline Faced with a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists and nurse midwives, several states are considering proposals that advocates say would improve health care for women. But with the female population of the United States and number of babies born here projected to increase sharply over the next decade and beyond, scholars […]

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More