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Obese Women Undergoing Infertility Treatment Advised Not To Attempt Rapid Weight Loss

Obese women who undergo rapid weight loss to get pregnant may harm rather than improve their chances of having a healthy baby, a leading researcher suggested this week. Professor Richard Legro of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA, said the subject was under-researched and outcomes unknown. But he pointed out that sudden and dramatic reductions in calories and increases in activity during the periconceptual period in all women, including those undergoing assisted reproduction techniques (ART), could have potentially adverse effects. Weight-loss interventions put stress on the reproductive system that could lead to failure through a variety of mechanisms, he warned.

Forced Marriages: Research Thesis Hopes To Lift Veil On Practice

Sakina (fictitious name) was born in Bangladesh yet raised in Montreal. At 16, she returned to her homeland with her parents under the pretext of visiting her sick grandmother. The young woman was then forced to marry a man twice her age - despite her resistance. The girl later wrote to her mother that she was kept in a locked room, where she was beaten and raped. After two months, her mother granted her return to Montreal. By 19, Sakina was forced to marry again. According Madeline Lamboley, a PhD student from the Universit√ de Montr√ al School of Criminology, this true story mirrors the fate an unconfirmed number of female immigrants in Quebec, France and the U.

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Research Finds That Fat Behaves Differently In Patients With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Fat tissue in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome produces an inadequate amount of the hormone that regulates how fats and glucose are processed, promoting increased insulin resistance and inflammation, glucose intolerance, and greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study conducted at the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal disorder of women of childbearing age, affecting approximately 10 percent of women. It is the most common cause of infertility, and an important risk factor for early diabetes in women.

NPR Examines Obama Administration's Global Family Planning Policies

NPR's "Morning Edition" examines how global family planning fits into the Obama administration's global health policy. "The administration has already restored funding for the United Nations Population ... Fund, which for eight years received no U.S. support. And in his first week, President Obama lifted an executive order that existed in the Reagan and Bush administrations that prohibited U.S.-funded programs from providing information about abortion services, " according to NPR. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham "Clinton has called for an increase in reproduction health education services and contraceptives for young people, links between HIV services and family planning, more prenatal care and a reduction in unsafe abortions, " the program reports.

Study Shows Experimental Abstinence-Only Education Program Delays Sexual Activity

An experimental abstinence-only education program without moralistic themes was more effective in delaying sexual activity among teens than three alternative sexual education programs, according to an NIH-funded study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the AP/Washington Post reports (Tanner, AP/Washington Post, 2/1). The study, conducted from 2001 to 2004, involved 662 black public school students in a city in the Northeastern U.S. The study randomly assigned students -- all in either sixth or seventh grade -- to one of four sex education classes and monitored their levels of sexual activity over the next two years.

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Fat Behaves Differently In Patients With Polycistic Ovary Syndrome

Fat tissue in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome produces an inadequate amount of the hormone that regulates how fats and glucose are processed, promoting increased insulin resistance and inflammation, glucose intolerance, and greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study conducted at the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal disorder of women of childbearing age, affecting approximately 10 percent of women. It is the most common cause of infertility, and an important risk factor for early diabetes in women.

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