August 30, 2012
Last week a new mother brought her 5-day-old daughter in for a routine health-care visit. "How old are you?" I asked. "Sixteen," she answered, embarrassed. This case was anything but routine. Some good news. The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has dipped to its lowest recorded level since 1976, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a 40 percent decline from 1990 to 2008. Break open the champagne. But don't raise our almost $10 billion glass of bubbly yet (the estimated cost to the nation of teen childbearing)
July 31, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Arizona's ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy will take effect this week as scheduled after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new law is constitutional. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg said the statute may prompt a few pregnant women who are considering abortion to make the decision earlier. But he said the law is constitutional because it does not prohibit women from making the decision to end their pregnancies. He also wrote that the state had provided "substantial and well-documented" evidence that a fetus has the capacity to feel pain during an abortion by at least 20 weeks.
April 12, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The world's largest aquarium is expecting the pitter patter of giant fins. The Georgia Aquarium has a rare beluga whale pregnancy, the first mammal to conceive at the downtown Atlanta attraction since it opened in 2005. The whale, Maris, got pregnant without artificial insemination, which is rare for belugas in captivity. Maris, whose midsection is bulging, is being monitored round-the-clock as she gets closer to the end of her 14-month pregnancy. She is expected to give birth by June to a calf that could be up to 50 pounds.
February 29, 2012 |
The New York Post is reporting that "the universe's collective IQ should prepare to drop a few points," because Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi "is indeed pregnant. " Not that she's confirming. The Jersey Shore star recently denied pregnancy rumors to Kelly Ripa, Good Morning America and the rest of the nation because she "has plans to bankroll" her mommydom, the Post asserts in a story teased on the front page as "Jersey Spore. " The announcement is planned for a cover of US Weekly, the Post says.
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.