An exploratory study to be published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has shown that women going into early preterm labour (before 34 weeks gestation) have low-levels of progesterone in their saliva as early as 24 weeks, and that moreover, these levels fail to rise during pregnancy in the normal way. This offers the possibility of developing a simple, non-invasive test to identify women at increased risk of delivering early. Progesterone is a hormone which helps regulate the menstrual cycle; but perhaps most importantly, it is the primary hormone of pregnancy. It is produced in large amounts from the placenta and acts to stop the womb from contracting.
Nothing could be easier than walking out the door, right? According to a new University of Illinois journal article, an abused woman actually goes through a five-step process of leaving that can be complicated at every stage by boundary ambiguity. "When a woman is disengaging from a relationship, she is often unclear about her family's boundaries. Is her partner in or out of her life? A woman's spouse may be physically in the home but psychologically unavailable. He's not caring for the kids or being a loving partner. "Or she may have physically left him but still be psychologically connected. She misses him, and for the sake of her children, she'd like for her family to be together again, " said Jennifer Hardesty, a U of I assistant professor of human and community development.
A "new set of antiabortion actors" who are "anti-war, anti-capital punishment, pro-environment 'pro-lifers'" have "emerged as the face of a new and improved antiabortion movement, " Salon columnist Frances Kissling writes. Although these advocates supported President Obama in the 2008 election, they "suffer from the same lack of understanding of women's nature and identity as do old-line anti-abortionists, " Kissling writes. She notes that this group has "already decided that a political effort to make abortion illegal is hopeless, which helps the pro-choice cause." According to Kissling, "Taking legality off the table" increases the prospects for "rational public discourse about all the factors at play in women's decisions not to continue pregnancy and not to become mothers, " but "[w]e are .
Obama Administration's Filings On Asylum For Abused Foreign Women Brings 'Overdue Dose Of Clarity,' Editorial Says
The Obama administration recently laid out "a clear but narrow pathway " toward asylum for foreign women who have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse, a New York Times editorial states, noting that the U.S. government has debated the issue for 15 years. According to the editorial, the "question is not the fact of persecution, but whether the women would qualify for protection under the law, which limits asylum to those who suffer due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or 'membership in a particular social group.'" It adds that attorneys general under former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush "have gone both ways and in circles" in their decisions.
Women who have premature menopause because of medical interventions are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer. The startling link was made by epidemiologists from the Universit√ de Montr√ al, the Research Centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universit√ de Montr√ al and the INRS - Institut Armand-Frappier. "We found that women who experienced non-natural menopause are at almost twice the risk of developing lung cancer compared to women who experienced natural menopause, " says Anita Koushik, a researcher at the Universit√ de Montr√ al's Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and a scientist at the Research Centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universit√ de Montr√ al.
Giving daily antiretroviral syrup to breastfeeding infants or treating their HIV-infected mothers with highly active antiretroviral drugs is safe and effective in preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission through breast milk, a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill investigators has found. "This is an exciting development, " said Charles van der Horst, M.D., a professor in the UNC School of Medicine and the study's lead investigator. "We may be able to spare mothers in the developing world a horrible choice by offering them an effective method for preventing transmission of HIV during breastfeeding." These findings, from investigators at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Project-Malawi in Lilongwe, Malawi and the U.