Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cuba: The [supposed] Need for Abortion

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My friend’s turn came. She went into a small cold room where they put her into position on the intimidating metal table. She opened her legs, and like this the end of her pregnancy began.

Later she told me how a hose slide up her uterus, how she could feel it siphoning and scraping – and the pain…so much pain.

She also described another type of pain, the psychological one: how she would never know if it was a boy or a girl; how one less person would be born at the end of August 2011.

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Child development not linked to length of parental leave, government argues

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In a fight to deny double paid parental leaves to an Ottawa couple who have twins, the federal government is citing a study that challenges a motherhood assumption: Longer maternity leaves, the research concludes, do not improve early child development.

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India: Hazards of birth control pills abuse

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Nisha had used abortion pills, Poudel said, from the pharmacy without consultation with a medical practitioner. “After acute pain and excessive bleeding, her family brought her to the hospital,” she said. Nisha wanted to keep her pregnancy secret from the family and had bought the abortion pills. “When she was brought to the hospital see seemed scared. “We administered her anesthesia and completely removed the fetus,” Poudel revealed.

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It’s time for a mannered debate on religion

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Peter Smith, a Roman Catholic bishop in Britain summed up this attitude well: “Religion is regarded as a legally permissible private eccentricity; allowable behind closed doors once a week, but not in any way to be given expression in public or working life.”

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Genetic rights: The other half of the family tree

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During a decade of paid giving, Dwight Jones made hundreds of sperm donations, and figures he is now the genetic father of children numbering in “the double digits.” It was all done anonymously, but Mr. Jones, a Vancouver medical-device distributor, is anything but happy about that.

He argues the growing number of Canadians born with the help of a stranger’s sperm or eggs have a basic right to know the identity of their biological mother or father. He has a unique perspective, having made the traumatic discovery in his 40s that the man who raised him was not his biological father.


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Deaths from IVF are rare but relevant

Although still rare, maternal deaths related to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are a key indicator of risks to older women, those with multiple pregnancy and those with underlying disease, warn experts in an editorial published on bmj.com today. Dr Susan Bewley and colleagues argue that serious adverse outcomes related to IVF treatment, such as ovarian hyperstimulation sydrome (a complication caused by some fertility drugs), should be systematically reported so that lessons can be learnt and appropriate action taken. (...)

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Egg Donation: The Way to Happy Motherhood, With Risks and Side Effects

Women who have become pregnant after egg donation should be categorized as high-risk patients. Why that is the case, and which consequences egg donation may have for women is the subject of a review article by Ulrich Pecks and co-authors from the University Hospital Aachen in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.(...)

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Marriage Good For Men Physically And Women Mentally, Both Live Longer

Marriage does not only increase male and female longevity, but also tends to benefit wives mentally and husbands physically, researchers from Cardiff University, Wales, wrote in the BMJ (British Medical Journal. The authors include both the "smug marrieds" and those in long-term committed relationships.(...)

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Tribe of downtrodden men plan a sexual revolution

TO MANY males it sounds the perfect existence. "The men here have no responsibilities," says Kaith Pariat, a member of the Khasi tribe, an ancient community of about a million people who live in the hills of northeast India.

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Macedonia NGOs Form Pro-Choice Lobby

Seven Macedonian NGOs have accused the centre right VMRO DPMNE-led government of endangering the basic human rights of women by plotting to enforce tighter rules for abortion in the country.

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Pennsylvania State Supreme Court to hear abortion appeal

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In the case, In re Jane Doe, a minor girl asked an Allegheny County judge for permission to have an abortion after she was unable to obtain consent from one of her parents, as required by the state Abortion Control Act. The judge denied her request and the girl appealed, but lost again.

Now the girl's lawyers have asked the state Supreme Court if a lower court should have done more. They argue the appeals court should have reached its own conclusions on the girl's maturity and ability to consent to such a procedure, rather than simply review the county judge's legal process.


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UAE doctors call for debate on abortion of thalassemic foetuses

Doctors in the UAE treating children suffering from thalassemia have urged Islamic scholars to seriously consider permitting the medical termination of fetuses under 10 weeks, if the foetus has the genetic blood disorder.

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Romantic relationships and sexual activities of the first generation of youth living with HIV since birth.

HIV-infected children, now maturing into adolescence and adulthood, must cope not only with adolescent developmental issues, but also with a chronic, socially stigmatised and sexually transmittable illness. Little research on this first generation of survivors has focused on romantic involvement and sexuality. This study, which employs a mixed-method embedded strategy (qualitative supported by quantitative), describes the perspectives of youth living with HIV since birth concerning: (1) romantic involvement and sexuality; and (2) risk management including the risk of HIV transmission and partner serostatus disclosure. (...)

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Impact of Stressful Life Events on Unprotected Anal Intercourse Among Gay and Bisexual Men.

We investigated the hypothesis that gay and bisexual men experiencing stressful life events are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. Data were from a cohort study of 155 HIV-positive and 207 HIV-negative men in Ontario, Canada (1998-2007). (...)

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Reviving this blog

I plan to revive this blog in to post news items and pages of interest that I do not have time to comment on my other blog.