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Research shows low lead in body can cause spontaneous abortion
Medical scientists have known for decades that high levels of lead in the body often cause spontaneous abortions, but now a new study shows that lower lead levels can produce that result too. The risk of spontaneous abortion nearly doubles for every increase of five micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, the research revealed. (1999-09-14)

Among Puerto Ricans, immigrant status overrated as barrier to adequate prenatal care
Contrary to common perceptions, psychological factors, rather than the liabilities of migration from Puerto Rico, bar Puerto Rican women living in the United States from access to adequate prenatal health care, according to a team of Penn State researchers. (1999-08-07)

New book explores timely social issues of family relationships & raising of children
Penn State Press's new anthology, (1999-07-06)

Semiconductor Plants May Be A Danger To The Health Of Employees
For years the semiconductor industry has had a clean image. Now, workers claim that women in the semiconductor industry suffer an increased risk of spontaneous abortion and that exposure to solvents may cause birth defects and cancer. (1999-05-12)

Women's Perspective On Abortion More Complex Than Earlier Thought
A new study finds that women's attitudes toward abortion -- and toward media depictions of abortion -- are far more complex than previously thought. Social class, for example, both links and divides women's views on the controversial issue, and television representations of abortion are well received by some groups of women, strongly resented by others. (1999-05-06)

Solution To Bison-Cattle Conflict In Yellowstone
Montana shoots bison that migrate in from Yellowstone National Park because they carry brucellosis, which can cause abortion in livestock. To keep cattle from catching brucellosis, ranchers should delay putting them on public lands until after the bison birthing period, say two researchers in the April issue of Conservation Biology. (1999-03-30)

LSU Ag Center Brucellosis Specialist May Help Stem Bison Controversy
An LSU Agricultural Center researcher has assumed an important role - as a disagreement between cattle producers and environmentalists is creating national interest in the bison herd in Yellowstone National Park. The expertise of Dr. Philip Elzer, one of the few U.S. researchers specializing in brucellosis research with large animals, has come to the forefront as opposing sides square off over the question of brucellosis infection in the Yellowstone bison herd. (1999-03-18)

Cocaine And Tobacco Use Increase Risk Of Miscarriage, Find University Of Pittsburgh Researchers
Tobacco smoking and cocaine use independently contribute to spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), according to results of a landmark study led by Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH). Results are reported in the February 4 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. (1999-02-03)

Doctors And Nurses Must Be Mindful Of Their Jargon
Dr David Hutchon, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist says that the word (1998-10-16)

Fetuses Destined For Abortion May Be Used To Test Gene Therapy
Controversial plans to treat unborn children with gene therapy have become even more contentious. A researcher at the University of Southern California is seeking approval from the US government for the first clinical trial of gene therapy on fetuses destined for abortion. (1998-10-07)

Researchers Grow Healthy Human Placental Cells For Drug Research
Researchers at Ohio State University have become the first to grow healthy human placental cells in the laboratory. This represents a critical first step toward finding a way to test the safety of drugs that a woman can take during pregnancy without harming her fetus. (1998-09-30)

Welfare-Reform, Abortion-Restriction Policies
Create Paradoxical Outcome

Recent welfare reform legislation and new restrictions on abortion may have worked at cross purposes to boost the number of families headed by single mothers, according to a Penn State study. (1998-08-25)

Early Medical Abortion With Mifepristone (RU 486) And Misoprostol Is Highly Acceptable To American Women
Over 2,000 American women, pregnant for 63 days or less, who underwent medical abortion with mifepristone (RU 486) and misoprostol, found the method highly acceptable. Nearly all (96 percent) would recommend the method to others and 91 percent would choose it again, according to an article in the Archives of Family Medicine. (1998-07-15)

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)

Malthus + 200: Disastrous 'Correction' Looms
Two hundred years after the essay by T.R. Malthus that put (1998-03-25)

Study Shows 27% Of Women Who Miss Two Pills Risk Pregnancy
27 percent of women in a contraceptive use study had increased risk of pregnancy because they didn't take the pill for two or more consecutive days and used no backup in the following week. Also, half of those women missed two or more pills at least twice during the three-month study. (1997-12-08)

Reduced Access Lowers Abortion Rates
Restrictive state policies and the lack of medical providers have effectively decreased the rate of abortions in the United States, according to researchers. (1997-12-02)

Women With Unplanned Pregnancies Less Likely To Breast-Feed
Women who conceive accidentally are less prone to breast- feed their babies, opening the door a little wider to a variety of ills more likely to befall children who receive only formula or bottled milk. The results are reported in the latest issue of the American Journal of Public Health. (1997-11-04)

Low Oxygen, Key To Fetal Development, Also Offers Cancer Clues
Oxygen levels act as a switch controlling placental development, scientists show in a paper published in the September 12 issue of the journal Science. The finding could also shed light on cancer, since both cancer and placental development involve invasion of tissue by cells. Hypoxia is important in both processes. (1997-09-11)

New Study: Evangelicals Most Active Christian Group Politically, Socially
Evangelical Christians are worried about the United States, feel threatened by current trends in U.S. culture and vote most often with the Christian Coalition, according to a new study (1996-12-21)

Physicians Campaign Doomed Practice Of Midwifery
Why and how did midwives disappear from the United States by 1930? Many reasons have been given, the most recent one being that the medical profession used the illegality of abortion and scandal in the press to restrict their competitors. So says ascholar who has examined the way midwives and abortion became linked in the Progressive Era. (1996-09-04)

Environment Plays Important Role In Reproduction- Study Of Wild Baboons Provides Insight For Human Infertility Treatment
A study of reproduction in wild baboons offers a new way of thinking about infertility treatment for American women. University of Washington researcher Dr. Samuel Wasser reports that seasonal conditions and social stresses affect baboon reproduction, suggesting that future diagnosis and treatment of infertility in women should emphasize reducing life stresses (1996-07-29)

Anthropology News Tips From Johns Hopkins
Anthropology news tips from Johns Hopkins: o food and freedom; American eating habits o case study in immigrant assimilation o property in post-communist Romania o who's cleaning up nuclear weapons plants o abortion debate in Ireland o a gulf between thehomeless and their health professionals (1996-06-21)

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