It’s been in the news lately. The Drudge Report first reported it, and now news outlets all across the United States are reporting this new hot trend – women are selling their used, positive pregnancy tests online, most notably on Craigslist.
Used, positive pregnancy tests are being sold anywhere from $20 to $40 a test. With home pregnancy tests pretty cheap to buy – $1 at dollar stores and discount marts – this is a pretty ingenious way to make some extra cash.
An interesting new government report, just released in August 2013 from the National Center for Health Statistics, says that the in-hospital circumcision rates have decreased around 10 percent in the last 30 years – from 65 percent in 1979 to only 58 percent in 2010. The drop was most noticeable Read more…
For every medical problem, scientists and researchers are constantly striving to find an solution. For women who’ve had a hysterectomy due to cancer and disease, or for women who were born without uteruses, Swedish doctors have a answer – uterus transplants.
Although uterine transplants aren’t a new medical concept, Swedish doctors have performed what they claim to be the first mother-to-daughter live uterus transplants that they believe could allow infertile women to bear children. (more…)
Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical giant and world’s largest drug maker, is recalling 1 million packs of birth control pills in the United States, because they may not contain enough hormones to be effective enough to prevent pregnancy. The recalled birth control pills include:
14 lots of Lo-Ovral (28 day) Oral tablets
14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol (the generic form of Lo-Ovral)
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect found at birth, and they affect 8 out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States. Genetics can play a role, as well as lifestyle factors. Sadly, a cause is only found in 15 percent of cases of this common birth defect.
According to a new study, published in the medical journal Heart, being both overweight and continuing to smoke in pregnancycan increase the risk that your baby will have a congenital heart defect.
Do you believe in miracles? One family in the UK does.
The Morgan family from Kent in the United Kingdom experienced a medical miracle 15-months-ago, when mom Katy Morgan, 36, woke up at 37-and-1/2 weeks pregnant covered in blood. She was rushed to the hospital and gave birth via emergency C-section to a 6 lb. 1 oz baby boy – who had no heartbeat and no blood in his body.
You read that right. Baby Oliver Morgan was born without a drop of blood in his little body. All that blood that Katy woke up in was her baby’s blood.
Avery Cornett, a 10-day-old baby who died after being fed Enfamil Newborn formula.
This news article was published on December 22, 2011.
If you fed your baby Enfamil powdered formula, you should keep your eyes out for any signs of sickness.
Avery Cornett, a 10-day old baby from Missouri, has died from a deadly cronobacter infection after his parents fed him Enfamil Newborn. The parents bought the powdered baby formula from their local Wal-Mart store.
In response to the tragic death of this baby, Wal-Mart is in the process of voluntarily removing Enfamil Newborn formula (sold in 12.5 ounce cans – with the lot number of ZP1K7G) from over 3,000 stores nationwide.
The U.S. government has not ordered a recall of Enfamil, and according to various news outlets, the manufacturer said tests showed that this batch of infant formula was negative for the bacteria in question (cronobacter) before it was shipped. More tests are underway, but until additional tests indicate that Enfamil Newborn is safe, Wal-Mart is taking the precautionary step of keeping it off shelves.
A cup of coffee a day may keep endometrial cancer away, according to a new research study. So, if you love your caffeine, drink up.
A large prospective cohort study found that women who drank four or more cups of coffee every day decreased their endometrial cancer risk by 25 percent, compared to their peers who drank fewer cups of java. We’re talking about regular, caffeinated coffee here.
Scientists from Harvard University followed 67,470 women (between 34 and 59) over a period of 26 years. Women who drank four (or more) cups of coffee each day had a 25 percent lower risk of developing endometrial cancer, compared to women who drank very little coffee or no coffee at all. And for those who drank two or three cups of coffee daily, they had a 7 percent lower risk of developing this cancer.
Stay away from eating too much canned soup, warns a new Harvard research study, or you’ll risk high levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) in your body.
BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical, which is used to harden plastics, and can be found in the liners of metal food cans. Numerous research studies have linked BPA exposure to causing prostate cancer in men, breast cancer, infertility problems, early puberty, ADHD, and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and numerous other health problems. The CDC reports that 9 out of 10 Americans have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies.
There’s no denying that BPA is bad for you, so you definitely want to lower your risk of exposure by eating fresh ingredients whenever possible. (more…)
Parents beware! If you have a brainy kid, especially a girl, you better watch her carefully. According to a new research study, children with higher IQs are more likely to use illegal drugs when they grow up.
The new study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, examined over 8,000 people and followed them over three decades. They found that people with higher IQs when they were 5 and 10 years old were more likely to experiment with illicit drugs (such as marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine) at age 16 and 30.