Shannon Earle holds her new baby Kiera Breen Earle, moments after she was born at their home last year.
January 26, 2012 Advocates of home births applaud the trend, but some doctors caution there are risks when deliveries come with complications. The federal data suggest the trend appears to be driven primarily by the choices of older, white women.
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Protesters against new regulations limiting abortion rights rally outside the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., last Sept.
January 19, 2012 The 69 new laws limiting reproductive rights in 2011 were one short of the record set in 1999. And action is already heating up for 2012, with several states looking at "personhood" ballot amendments, which define life as beginning at fertilization.
January 18, 2012 Many older women currently get scans every two years to check for signs of osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease that can cause painful spine fractures and broken hips. But a new study suggests perhaps half of women over 67 might not need such bone scans more often than every 15 years.
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January 4, 2012 The number of twins being born in the United States more than doubled between 1980 and 2009, federal statistics show.
Alexandria Johnson got involved with the Anderson Monarchs soccer team when her mother was looking for an affordable way to keep her active.
December 19, 2011 About half of African-American women in the U.S. are obese, compared to 30 percent of white women. Black women not only carry more weight, but they start piling on extra pounds years before their white counterparts. Around age 8 or 9, girls become less active, and the decline is steepest for black girls.
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Controlling some environmental factors can reduce breast cancer risk.
December 9, 2011 Alcohol, cigarettes and cellphones have all been purported to increase the risk of developing breast cancer. A report from the Institute of Medicine sorts through the research about various environmental factors and breast cancer to help women cut the risks.
December 9, 2011 After hours of circular debate about the safety of Bayer's family of oral contraceptives, 15 of the Food and Drug Administration's 26 expert advisers voted that the benefits of these birth control pills outweigh the risk of dangerous blood clots.
December 8, 2011 The Health and Human Services secretary overruled the FDA's opinion that the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive pill is safe and effective enough to be sold without a prescription — and without any age restrictions. Women's health advocates say the action reminds them of how the Bush administration treated the issue.
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Teenagers won't be able to the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step without a prescription.
December 7, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration had decided that a version of the morning-after emergency contraceptive pill could be sold without a prescription to buyers of any age. But the head of the Department of Health and Human Services overruled the FDA.
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November 15, 2011 Among the reasons for using oral contraception other than the most obvious one are reducing cramps associated with periods, regulating periods, which for some women can prevent menstrual-related migraine headaches.
Wife Deborah Bryant waits as Mississippi Governor-elect Phil Bryant thanks a supporter Tuesday at a victory party. Bryant supported a controversial amendment to the state's constitution on "personhood."
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November 9, 2011 Some foes of abortion haven't supported efforts to define legal personhood as beginning with the fertilization of a human egg because of concerns about unintended consequences.
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November 2, 2011 Some religious groups want exemptions from federal requirements that they cover prescription birth control in their health plans. But backers of the rules say the changes proposed by the opponents would render the mandate meaningless.
October 11, 2011 Use of many common supplements — iron, in particular — appeared to increase the risk of dying, and only calcium supplements appeared to reduce mortality risk. The increased risk amounted to a few percentage points in most instances.
October 4, 2011 Previous research had suggested hormonal contraceptives could raise the HIV infection risk for women. This study is the first to show that the risk is heightened for their male partners.
One takeaway point of the research is that older women should try to reduce the chances of getting a hip fracture, the lead author of the study said.
September 28, 2011 Researchers confirmed that hip fractures increase the risk of dying within a year for some older women. But the risk of death wasn't uniform, and the youngest elderly women had a risk that persisted longer than expected.
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