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One in 4 women at sexual health clinics reports coercion over their reproductive lives
As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a review of the available evidence, published today in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. (2019-01-07)

New research lights up chronic bacterial infection inside bone
A new study describes how live animal imaging allows researchers to visualize chronic bacterial infection in the bone marrow of mice. (2008-12-22)

Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have almost double the rate of repeat pregnancy
Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have nearly double the rate of having another baby within a year of delivering compared to women without such disabilities, according to a new study published in CMAJ. (2018-08-13)

New report examines scientific evidence on safety and quality of abortion care in US
While legal abortions in the US are safe, the likelihood that women will receive the type of abortion services that best meet their needs varies considerably depending on where they live, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition, the report notes, the vast majority of abortions can be provided safely in office-based settings. (2018-03-16)

Should states support pregnant teens and their babies?
The majority of US adults with children agree that state support for pregnant teens is a good investment but want to see teens meet certain criteria -- including taking parenting classes -- before receiving assistance. (2018-04-16)

Teens whose mothers had an abortion are more likely to undergo abortion
Teens whose mothers had abortions were more likely to also have abortions, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-01-29)

Better health for women involved in clinical trials
Women who participate in obstetric and gynecology clinical trials experience improved health outcomes compared to those who are not involved in trials, according to research by Queen Mary University of London. This is the case regardless of whether or not the treatment is found to be effective in the trial. (2017-02-14)

First of its kind study seeks to answer whether effects of 'abortion pill' can be reversed
Women who initiate medical abortion but opt to stop in the middle of treatment may be at risk for serious blood loss, a UC Davis Health study finds. Researchers found this is true even for women who use an experimental treatment that claims to 'reverse' the effects of the abortion pill. The study, published today in Obstetrics and Gynecology, provides important insights into the safety of using high doses of progesterone during early pregnancy to try to stop a medical abortion. (2019-12-05)

Identification of bovine IVF embryos without chromosome abnormalities by live-cell imaging
Research groups of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Kindai University, FUSO Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. and NARO succeeded in selecting viable bovine IVF embryos by long-term live cell imaging. This technique revealed that bovine IVF embryos judged morphologically transferable according to the criteria of the International Embryo Technology Society have chromosomal abnormalities in about half of those. Following transfer of the selected two embryos without any abnormalities, pregnancies were observed in all recipients. (2018-05-10)

Revised trainee guidelines permit full spectrum of 'conscientious objection'
Trainee doctors and nurses can opt out of providing certain aspects of sexual and reproductive healthcare, but only if they can ensure that patients' needs are still being met, whatever their own personal beliefs, say new guidelines on 'conscientious objection' from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. (2017-12-07)

Parents, kids actually agree about confidential medical care
Parents and their adolescent children actually agree with each other about preventive care and confidential medical services, except for abortion. Doctors, however, disagree. (2018-11-14)

Don't force women to risk death, injury by having a baby
A QUT legal academic says abortion can be decriminalised without society and governments making a moral judgement. (2018-05-24)

Abortion care in the UK is 'heading towards a crisis,' warns expert
Abortion care in the UK is 'heading towards a crisis' and reform of the law is just one of the many obstacles that needs to be overcome, argues an expert in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. (2016-12-22)

Having an abortion does not lead to depression
Having an abortion does not increase a woman's risk for depression, according to a new University of Maryland School of Public Health-led study of nearly 400,000 women. Previous research has found abortion does not harm women's mental health, yet studies claiming that it does have been used to justify state policies that restrict access to abortion in the US. This study's findings, published in JAMA Psychiatry, suggest those policies are misguided. (2018-05-30)

Mental distress due to abortion lasts for years
Women who have had an abortion still experience mental distress related to the abortion years after it happened. A study published today in the open access journal BMC Medicine reveals that five years on, women who have had an abortion suffer higher levels of mental distress than other women and than women who have had a miscarriage. (2005-12-11)

Use evidence to inform Isle of Man draft abortion bill debate, urge researchers
The most up to date evidence shows that women in the Isle of Man need full spectrum, accessible abortion services, free of any age or timing restrictions, conclude researchers in an editorial, published online in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health. (2018-01-22)

Driving the conversation: FSU researcher finds media impacts public expression
The five-year study, scheduled for publication in the journal Science on Nov. 10, demonstrates that the news media causes Americans to take public stands on issues, join national policy conversations and express themselves publicly more often than they would otherwise. (2017-11-13)

Study suggests bias for sons remains among second-generation women of South Asian descent
A preference for male children persists among second-generation mothers of South Asian descent, according to new study that found a skewed ratio of male-to-female babies born to these women in Ontario. (2018-06-21)

Do Democrat and Republican doctors treat patients differently at the end of life?
Despite deep rifts in health care opinions across party lines, a physician's party affiliation appears to have no effect on clinical decisions in end-of-life care. Researchers found no cross-party differences among physicians in their choice of care protocols, including the intensity of life-sustaining treatments, among terminally ill patients. (2018-04-11)

'Domestic gag rule' will negatively impact women's health care
Texas study points to adverse impact of proposed federal title x guidelines on abortion counseling and referrals. (2018-10-11)

Immune cells in the uterus help nourish fetus during early pregnancy
Natural killer cells are among the most abundant immune cells in the uterus during the first trimester of pregnancy, but their numbers decline substantially after the placenta forms. An Immunity study shows that this cell population helps to optimize maternal nourishment of the fetus at early stages of development. The researchers identified uterine natural killer cells that secrete growth-promoting factors, and demonstrated that transfer of these cells can reverse impaired fetal growth in pregnant mice. (2017-12-19)

Online abortion service can offer alternative to unsafe methods to end pregnancy
Early medical abortion using online telemedicine can offer an alternative to unsafe methods to end a pregnancy for women in countries where access to safe abortion is restricted, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2017-05-16)

Restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland affect women's health, study shows
Despite a policy change to provide free abortion services for women traveling from Northern Ireland to clinics in Great Britain, Northern Irish women still experience multiple barriers accessing care. The study also found that some women preferred to use medication from online telemedicine services to self-manage their own abortions at home, but that the experience is dominated by fear and isolation due to the risk of prosecution. (2018-10-19)

How the global gag rule stifles free speech
A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having a chilling effect, dampening debate, advocacy, and collaboration around abortion and other sexual and reproductive rights. (2019-03-07)

Africa At The Turning Point
Sub-Saharan Africa is at a critical turning point in its efforts to address the dual challenge of rapid population growth and poor reproductive health, according to a new Population Action International study, entitled (1998-05-03)

Massachusetts parental consent law leads to delays for minors seeking abortions
Few studies have examined the impact that the judicial bypass process may have on delaying care for minors seeking abortion. A new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital addresses this question, using a retrospective cohort to quantify abortion delays associated with the judicial bypass process. (2019-04-09)

US abortion politics: How did we get here and where are we headed?
After Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement accelerated rapidly, describes Munson in a new paper, 'Protest and Religion: The US Pro-Life Movement,' published last week in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. In the article, Munson explores religion as a key force shaping?and being shaped by the pro-life movement. (2019-06-03)

Study finds public health issues not addressed by physicians lobbying Congress
Physicians are frequent and effective lobbyists on Capitol Hill, but their lobbying efforts do not generally address public health issues, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine that appears in the November 27 issue of the (2000-11-26)

Many US women don't realize they're seeking reproductive care at Catholic hospitals
More than one-third of women who go to a Catholic hospital for reproductive care aren't aware they're seeking obstetrical and gynecological care at a facility that may have limited health care options due to its religious affiliation. (2018-06-05)

Supporting women's autonomy in prenatal testing
Early, noninvasive prenatal genetic testing promises substantial benefits to patients, but also raises ethical concerns. Hastings Center research scholar Josephine Johnston and co-authors propose policies and practices to support free and informed decisions about testing in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Johnston discusses the recommendations in the journal's podcast. (2017-08-09)

Women should have right to reject pregnancy
In a new paper published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, QUT's Dr Andrew McGee and his co-authors argue that, despite decades of debate, advocates and opponents of abortion have been unable to demonstrate conclusively that either side's view is false, or agree on when life starts. He says laws should not force women to risk death and injury by having a baby. (2018-05-03)

South Carolina & George Mason link women's sexual orientation to (un)happiness about birth
Dr. Lisa Lindley and colleagues examined birth happiness among women by sexual orientation discordance using data from the 2006-2015 National Survey of Family Growth. They found that women's sexual orientation discordance was linked to (un)happiness about birth. (2017-12-11)

Trump's policy changes put women's sexual and reproductive health at risk, argues expert
Donald Trump's sexual and reproductive health policy changes threaten women in the USA and across the world, warns an expert in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. (2017-03-02)

Obesity in early pregnancy linked to pregnancy complications
In a prospective study published in Obesity of 18,481 pregnant women in China who had never given birth before, obesity in early pregnancy was linked to higher risks of spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, and large birth weight in newborns. (2019-05-09)

Use of oral antifungal medication during pregnancy, risk of spontaneous abortion
In an analysis of approximately 1.4 million pregnancies in Denmark, use of the oral antifungal medication fluconazole during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion compared with risk among unexposed women and women who used a topical antifungal during pregnancy, according to a study in the Jan. 5 issue of JAMA. (2016-01-05)

Working group urges better access to safe abortion, in developing world
On International Safe Abortion Day, Sept. 28, an international research group reports in a new paper with senior author Leontine Alkema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that out of the 55.7 million abortions that are estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014, almost half (45.1 percent) were unsafe. Further, they found that the global proportion of unsafe abortions is significantly higher in developing countries than developed countries, 49.5 percent vs. 12.5 percent. (2017-09-27)

Medical abortions obtained through online telemedicine shown to be effective, safe
Women in Ireland and Northern Ireland acquiring medical abortion pills through online telemedicine report successful terminations with low rates of adverse effects, according to new research published in The BMJ by Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin and Women on Web. (2017-05-16)

No link found between oral antifungal drug and stillbirth
New research from a Swedish and Norwegian team of researchers led from Karolinska Institutet does not support a suggested link between treatment with the oral antifungal drug fluconazole during pregnancy and an increased risk of stillbirth. The study is published in the prestigious medical journal JAMA. (2018-06-13)

Do abortion-related complications differ based on facility where done?
Performing an abortion in an ambulatory surgery center instead of in an office-based setting was not associated with a significant difference in abortion-related complications such as infection and hemorrhage. (2018-06-26)

Women's basic rights under threat from Trump gag rule, warn experts
The Trump administration is mounting a ferocious attack on abortion rights with plans for a domestic gag rule on abortion counselling and provision, warn experts in The BMJ today. (2018-06-13)

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