India: Woman gives birth to her first child at 59

Jul 19, 2017 0

Mrs. Akosua Budu Amoako, 59-year-old woman and her husband become proud parents to a baby boy after four decades of marriage. Budu gave birth to her first baby on June 15 at Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna, near Albany after fertility treatments. The full-term 7-pound, 4-ounce boy was named after his father, Isaiah Somuah Anim. According to report in Daily Mail, Budu says she and her husband started trying to have children after they married 38 years ago, but eventually stopped trying after she discovered she had a blocked fallopian tube that made natural pregnancy almost impossible. ...

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 Hormone replacement therapies may up breast cancer risk

Jul 14, 2017 0

New York: Women who take hormone replacement therapies in order to reduce the effects of menopausal symptoms may have a higher incidence of breast cancer, researchers have cautioned. Therapies that boost female hormones could cause specialised cancer cells to induce growth and to spread to other parts of the body, a study in the US showed. Women`s exposure to natural and synthetic progestins — medications that have effects similar to those of progesterone (a steroid hormone) — leads to the production of specialised cancer cells in the body that act like stem cells in humans.  ...

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Tanzania Urged to Lift School Ban On Pregnant Pupils

Jul 4, 2017 0

Dar es Salaam — Women’s group joined forces against Tanzania’s ban on pregnant pupils in state schools, saying education was a girl’s best shot at success. In a joint statement, 29 nonprofit groups said that any move to deny girls the opportunity to go back to school after giving birth would only punish them, their children – and the nation. “Our motivation is the girls themselves, their quality of life and the opportunities they have to progress. Women and girls make up 51 percent of the population so the question of what happens to them and their children is one that affects all of us,” the group said. Educating young girls brings economic and social benefits to the whole country.” ...

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Africa: 214m Women Have No Access to Modern Contraception – Report

Jul 3, 2017 0

A new study published by the Guttmacher Institute weekend revealed that contraceptive services and maternal and newborn health (MNH) services fall far short of needs in developing regions like Nigeria. The study entitled: “Adding It Up: Investing in Contraception and Maternal and Newborn Health” 2017, found that 214 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy but for a variety of reason are not using a modern method of contraception. Also it discovered that tens of millions of women do not receive the basic pregnancy and delivery care they need to protect their health and that of their newborns. ...

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Daily aspirin could reduce preeclampsia risk in pregnant women

Jun 29, 2017 0

Pregnant women who take low dose of aspirin daily during the first trimester have a fewer chance of developing pre-eclampsia – a condition that can cause premature birth, maternal and foetal death, says a study. Pre-eclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure, swollen feet, ankles and face and severe headaches. As per the findings, women who took low-dose aspirin (150 mg) in their first trimester of pregnancy showed a 62 per cent decrease in the rate of pre-term pre-eclampsia that results in delivery before 37 weeks. ...

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Vegetable proteins like whole grain, soy, tofu may protect women from early menopause

Jun 27, 2017 0

Menopause is a testing phase for every woman, especially when it happens earlier than expected. The fluctuating hormonal changes – including hot flashes and vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances and sometimes even anxiety and depression – can take a toll on them. Many doctors have admitted to receiving queries from women nearing their menopausal phase asking them whether their reproductivity can be prolonged. Researchers, by way of a new study, do have the answer to that. According to the study, a single daily serving of vegetable protein from foods such as whole grains, soy and tofu may may do the trick. It may protect women from early menopause and could prolong their reproductive function. Early menopause – the cessation of ovarian function before age 45 – affects about 10 percent of women globally and is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and early cognitive decline. The study, appearing in the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed that women consuming approximately 6.5 percent of their daily calories as vegetable protein had... ...

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Tanzania: Dar Incurs 650 Billion/ – Loss Annually Due to Malnutrition

Jun 22, 2017 0

Tanzania and other subSaharan African countries incur huge economic cost through direct and indirect impacts of micronutrients deficiencies on women, girls and children, a situation which could be fixed through cheap nutrition intervention. According to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrition International, Joel Spicer, recent UNICEF analysis determined that vitamin and mineral deficiencies cost Tanzania 650bn/- (about 390 million US dollars) in lost revenue each year. ...

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Overweight pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study says

Jun 16, 2017 0

Risks of major birth defects increased in step with the severity of a mother’s obesity or overweight, a study published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal found.  Based on these results, women should be encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle and be at a normal body weight before conception, said researchers led by Martina Persson, a researcher in the clinical epidemiology unit at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The study’s findings are not entirely new, but “expand on previous knowledge,” Persson said in an email. Past studies have shown an increased risk of congenital malformations among obese mothers.  What was not known is whether the same risk increased when mothers were simply overweight and whether risks escalated as the severity of overweight/obesity increased. Persson and her colleagues analyzed data on more than 1.2 million live births, excluding twins and other multiples, in Sweden between 2001 and 2014.  For the mothers in the study, being underweight was defined as having a body mass index of less than 18.5. Normal weight ranged... ...

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