June 29, 2011 The drug misoprostol can prevent bleeding after birth and save women's lives. And a test in Mozambique shows it can be used safely by traditional birth attendants who deliver babies in homes.
The Mirena IUD made by Bayer.
June 24, 2011 Intrauterine devices for birth control got a boost from a leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists. In new guidelines to doctors, IUDs were deemed the most effective, reversible form of birth control.
New York plastic surgeon Brad Jacobs holds a silicone gel breast implant in 2006. That year the FDA allowed silicone implants back on the market, after a 14- year hiatus.
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June 22, 2011 In research on women who had breast augmentation before 2006, 20 to 40 percent of those who got silicone implants for cosmetic reasons had subsequent surgery to deal with problems. The proportion was even higher for women who got implants after treatment for breast cancer.
June 16, 2011 The North Carolina Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and approving a state budget that bans public funds from going to Planned Parenthood. That makes North Carolina the third state in a month to move toward restrictions on government funding of the group.
June 9, 2011 The millennial generation supports gay marriage. And the same group also supports abortion rights, but is conflicted in doing so. Overlapping majorities of respondents to a new poll described themselves as both "pro-choice" and "pro-life."
Yasmin birth control pills are among those that contain drospirenone, a synthetic hormone that appears to carry an elevated risk for blood clots.
June 2, 2011 A synthetic hormone that was thought to be safer than older ones in the pill is looking riskier. The Food and Drug Administration is looking into data that show an increased risk of blood clots from birth control pills that contain drospirenone.
June 1, 2011 An NPR-Thomson Reuters poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe abortion should remain legal in all or most cases. Yet 59 percent said they believe having an abortion is wrong.
May 27, 2011 Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court charging that a South Dakota abortion law set to take effect in July violates both free speech rights and a woman's right to obtain an abortion.
A study found that women's bones didn't benefit from consuming more than 750 milligrams of calcium a day.
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May 25, 2011 Women who've been told that they need more calcium to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures might not need as much as they think. And taking too much calcium could cause other health problems, such as kidney stones.
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Stewart Schwartz of Laurel, Md., attends a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill on April 7, 2011.
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May 19, 2011 The cost of unintended pregnancies is large, and much of the bill — about $11 billion per year — is ultimately picked up by the government, a new study finds.
May 4, 2011 Republicans in the House of Representatives won easy approval of a bill that would eliminate tax subsidies for some health insurance plans that cover abortion. But the bill faces more significant opposition in the Democrat-led senate.
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The richest women in Guatemala were about three inches taller than the poorest.
April 26, 2011 Measuring height gives clues to the health of nations. Many aren't measuring up. A new study finds that in 14 African countries, women are shorter than in previous generations.
If you can't wrinkle your brow, you might not know how I'm feeling.
April 25, 2011 That Botox-smoothed brow may make it harder for someone to empathize with other people's feelings. That's because we tend to mirror each others' expressions while talking. And it may be the muscles of the face that help us key into those emotions.
Are BPA-free bottles really safer than the ones that are chock-full of bisphenol A? Good luck trying to find out.
April 25, 2011 Parents worry about exposing their children to chemicals like BPA, but nobody knows for sure what they do. That's because current law doesn't require that chemicals be tested for safety before hitting the market. The American Academy of Pediatrics wants the EPA to change that.
April 22, 2011 Two studies find evidence that a newer type of oral contraceptive may increase the risk a woman will develop dangerous blood clots. But a leading maker of the pills defended them and said the new studies are flawed.
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