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2022

After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- "I do not believe that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is where any of this will end."So warns Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships for Power to Decide, a contraception advocacy group dedicated to reducing the risk for unplanned pregnancies.Elisa Wells, co-director of Plan C, an organization focused on ensuring access to at-home abortion pills, agreed"While the best-case scenario is obviously to have safe, legal access to abortion both in clinics and by mail in all states, that is clearly not the direction we are headed in our country," she said.The future of American women's access to abortion is unclear after last week's leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling suggesting that Roe v. Wade may fall. The Guttmacher...

When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo...

16 May 2022
When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo Procedure: StudyMONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Long-distance travel will likely prove a nearly insurmountable barrier to some women seeking abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned as expected, a new study concludes.Women who need an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay the procedure or decide to continue their pregnancy if they live 50 or more miles from a clinic, compared with women who live within 5 miles of a clinic, the results showed."The very stark, loud implication of this study is that many people will not be able to overcome the distance barriers to reaching an abortion facility," said senior researcher Ushma Upadhyay. She is an associate professor of reproductive sciences with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.The findings come on the heels of...

Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New Moms

13 May 2022
Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New MomsFRIDAY, May 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Nurses can be trained to detect postpartum depression in new mothers and could be crucial in spotting the condition early, researchers report. Postpartum depression affects about 15% of new moms and can cause persistent sadness, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, and trouble sleeping or eating. Some women with the condition struggle to care for their baby. Hospitals have been urged to implement postpartum depression screening and referral programs, and a new quality improvement study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles concluded that nurse training and education is key to successfully screening for postpartum depression."Training that helped nurses get comfortable with the topic of depression and to develop a...

No Link Between Antidepressants in Pregnancy, Epilepsy...

12 May 2022
No Link Between Antidepressants in Pregnancy, Epilepsy in ChildrenTHURSDAY, May 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news for women with a mental health condition: Taking antidepressants early in pregnancy doesn't increase a baby's risk of having epilepsy or seizures, researchers say."The findings of this study are very important," said study co-author Ayesha Sujan of Indiana University Bloomington. "Pregnancy can be a trying time, and the addition of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions can add to this burden. These findings may provide reassurance to women and their doctors considering the risks and benefits to medication."For the study, the researchers analyzed data on more than 1.7 million children born in Sweden over 17 years. The investigators identified more than 24,000 children whose mothers took antidepressants during...

FDA Moves to Ease Nationwide Shortage of Baby Formula

11 May 2022
FDA Moves to Ease Nationwide Shortage of Baby FormulaWEDNESDAY, May 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is continuing its efforts to boost the country's supply of infant formula. Amid shortages due to high demand amid recall and supply issues, stores have limited the number of products consumers can purchase. Mothers across the United States have been desperately searching for more formula: Some are driving several hours, only to find more empty shelves, while others have looked up homemade infant formula recipes online.But the FDA has advised parents not to try to make formula at home.“We recognize that many consumers have been unable to access infant formula and critical medical foods they are accustomed to using and are frustrated by their inability to do so. We are doing...
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