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Blogs Comment On Study Debunking 'Abortion Trauma Syndrome,' Ryan-DeLauro Bill, Other Topics

The following summarizes selected women's health-related blog entries. ~ " New Study Debunks 'Abortion Trauma Syndrome, '" Feminists for Choice: Abortion-rights opponents consistently invoke arguments regarding the perceived mental health impacts of abortion, including so-called "abortion trauma syndrome" and "post-abortion syndrome, " arguing that they are "concerned about the health and welfare of women, " the blog entry says. However, a new study in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry that examined 216 peer-reviewed studies related to abortion and mental health found that "the most well-controlled studies continue to demonstrate that there is no convincing evidence that induced abortion of an unwanted pregnancy is a per se significant risk factor for psychiatric illness, " the study says.

Recommendations Relax On Liquid Intake During Labor

Women in labor may be allowed to quench their thirst with more than just the standard allowance of ice chips, according to a new Committee Opinion released today from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Although the guidelines on prohibiting solid food while in labor or before scheduled cesarean surgery remain the same, ACOG says that women with uncomplicated labor, as well as uncomplicated patients undergoing a planned cesarean, may drink modest amounts of clear liquids during labor if they wish. Standard hospital policy for many decades has been to allow only ice chips for pregnant women in labor if they were thirsty.

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New York Times Magazine Publishes Special Issue On Global Women's Rights

The New York Times Magazine on Sunday will publish a special issue on international women's rights. The cover story is an excerpt from Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and former Times correspondent Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, " which will be published in September. In the book, Kristof and WuDunn write that the "paramount moral challenge" of the 21st century is "the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape." They write, "Yet if the injustices that women in poor countries suffer are of paramount importance, in an economic and geopolitical sense the opportunity they represent is even greater.

High Levels Of Testosterone Increases Appetite For Risk In Women; High Levels Connected To Choice Of Riskier Careers

The battle of the sexes rages on, this time from the trading floor. While there has long been debate about the social and biological differences between men and women, new research by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the University of Chicago's Department of Comparative Human Development explores how the hormone testosterone plays an important role in gender differences in financial risk aversion and career choice. Prior research has shown that testosterone enhances competitiveness and dominance, reduces fear, and is associated with risky behaviors like gambling and alcohol use.

Global Fund Director Says G20 Can Become Donor Nations

Reuters examines Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine's recent comments on the sidelines of the 9th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), that some emerging nations should consider becoming donor nations. Pointing to Brazil, China, Mexico and South Africa as examples of countries who "may now be in a position to offer a hand to poorer countries that need help, " Kazatchkine explained, "As these countries come in and play more political leadership roles, they have to enter into the global solidarity effort when it comes to health I really think it is time for the G20, which is 85 percent of the world's economy, to come into the circle of donors.

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Many Women Not Using Safest Brands Of Contraceptive Pill, UK

Many women are not using the safest brands of oral contraceptive pill with regard to the risk of venous thrombosis ( deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism ), finds a study published on bmj.com today. The risk differs by type of progestogen and dose of oestrogen, and the safest option is an oral contraceptive containing levonorgestrel combined with a low dose of oestrogen, say the authors. Since 1961, several large studies have shown a twofold to sixfold increased risk of deep venous thrombosis associated with oral contraceptive use. As a result, the oestrogen dose in combined oral contraceptives has been reduced. But it is still unclear which hormonal contraceptive is safest with regard to the risk of venous thrombosis.

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