February 8, 2012
Students at Shippensburg University can get the "morning-after" pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine, an idea that has drawn the attention of federal authorities and raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be. The student health center at Shippensburg, a secluded Pennsylvania public institution of 8,300 students tucked between mountain ridges in the Cumberland Valley, provides the Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive in...
February 2, 2012 |
Snooki's "most scandalous bombshell ever" is apparently untrue. No meatball in the oven, so to speak. Nicole Polizzi, unmarried star of Jersey Shore is denying a report by Star Magazine that she confided in friends and family that she's expecting and would make an announcement soon. Boyfriend Jionni LaValle was said to be the baby daddy. Besides an unnamed source, so-called evidence cited her mentions on Facebook that "I feel sick" followed by a tweet, "Late night craving . . . yogurt hits the fricken spot!"
January 24, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - Becoming pregnant at age 47 wasn't a worry for Robin Brussels. "I enjoyed every minute of being pregnant," she said. Still, it was a surprise. "I thought I was going through pre-menopause," she said. "It just happened. " Brussels, now 48, gave birth in December to a 6-pound, 10-ounce boy named Noah she carried for 39 weeks. He was a cesarean birth, as were her four older children, ages 18 to 28. Noah was the first child born to her and her husband, Mark Brussels, 56. They've been married nearly four years.
January 4, 2012
IMAGINE BEING pregnant, having complications or a Caesarean section, but your insurance doesn't provide coverage for your care. That's a shameless possibility under current Pennsylvania law, which is why I recently introduced legislation - House Bill 1957 - that would remedy that situation. Currently, if a woman is pregnant before purchasing insurance, many providers will categorize pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. Pennsylvania law protects pregnant women in their second or third trimester from policy termination until after childbirth; however, it does not outline proper pregnancy-care standards.
January 2, 2012
Diuretic improves dental numbing Dentists usually inject a two-drug solution to anesthetize the lower jaw during painful dental procedures, but studies have found that, in up to 39 percent of cases, it doesn't adequately numb the teeth. A study by Ohio State University researchers found that adding Mannitol to the standard injection of lidocaine and epinephrine significantly improved effectiveness. Mannitol, a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables, is approved as a diuretic to increase urine output.
November 30, 2011
By Kanani E. Titchen, Esther K. Chung, and Thomas A. Klein If you're a woman of reproductive age in Pennsylvania, you'd better make sure you have health insurance before you get pregnant. And you'd better make sure your insurance covers care related to pregnancy and delivery. In 17 states, including New Jersey, an expectant mother can buy health insurance and get the coverage she needs for herself and her baby. In Pennsylvania, however, pregnancy can be considered a "preexisting condition," meaning a woman can be denied health insurance simply because she is pregnant.
November 22, 2011
A review Saturday of Chunky Move wrongly described the dance company's performance, which opened the 29th season of Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center. A photo caption Monday with a story on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Chrisopher's Hospital for Children mistated the time that a premature baby spent in her mother's womb. Destiny Clarissa Dent was born after 24 weeks of pregnancy. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
November 18, 2011 |
EDWARD MAY have gotten the girl, but it's Jacob who is the shape-shifting spirit of the "Twilight" movie franchise. A third of the audience views the movies as a wildly satisfying romance, a third views them as hilarious comedy, and another third is somehow content to see the movies jump back and forth between these opposing forms. Everybody seems deliriously happy. To sit at a screening is to hear sighs and snickers occurring almost at once - something the filmmakers appear to understand, and to play without shame or adherence to rules of tone or internal logic.
November 18, 2011 |
By now, researcher Cynthia Calvert says, most employers know enough about the law and gender discrimination to at least avoid the appearance of bias against women. But, she said, the same cautionary discretion just doesn't seem to apply to mothers, or pregnant mothers-to-be. Note: Mothers are women. "People don't understand that you can't discriminate against mothers," said Calvert, who, as senior adviser at the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, has testified on the topic before Congress and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
November 17, 2011
DEAR ABBY: It saddened me to read the letter from "Lacks the Mothering Gene. " Seven months pregnant, she feels nothing for her baby, and her husband is furious with her for feeling as she does. You told her that she should discuss this with her obstetrician, and you were sure that once the baby arrived she would fall in love with her baby. Not always, Abby. There are, in fact, many situations in which mothers DO NOT fall in love with their babies. I have led pregnancy- and postpartum-support groups for 20 years, and I would have advised "Lacks" to see someone who is professionally trained in working with women who are psychologically distressed during pregnancy.