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French pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma has just released a warning stating that the morning-after pill "Norlevo" is completely ineffective for women weighing over 176 pounds. The pill even begins to lose effectiveness for women weighing 165. So...we should all just be thankful we don't live in France, right? Well, it turns out the aforementioned Norlevo is identical in both chemical makeup and dosage to the morning-after pills sold in the United States, such as ... Read More
There has always been a bit of controversy surrounding breast-feeding, but one label that is hardly ever given the natural mammalian processes is “cult-like.” Yet, in Russia last week, the country’s top breast-feeding specialist was arrested and charged for just that: being a cult leader. The Rozhana Center was founded in 1989 to re-introduce birthing techniques, such as home birth and breast-feeding, that were not allowed during the Soviet ... Read More
Ana Casas Broda, "Kinderwunsch (Ana Playroom V)," from the Playroom series 2010. Photography, as a medium, is inextricably bound to the idea of motherhood. We see mothers (and fathers) everywhere snapping pictures of their infants. Art critic Roland Barthes rooted his discussion of the emotional power of photographs in an image he found of his mother after her death. Photography gives us a means of capturing something we know will soon be lost: the ... Read More
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the birth rate in the U.S. has dropped with the recession, and many, many men are freaking out about it. In a nutshell, they fear that low birth rates will lead to an unsustainable inequality between the taxable work force and the social security-dependent elderly. After all, people are living longer and longer and, barring some sort of zombie apocalypse situation, this trend will continue.  You’d think it ... Read More
A new trend is emerging in pediatric mental health research that takes the father as its point of departure. Studies about how mothers' health impacts their unborn children are everywhere, and have been for decades. But studies concerning how fathers’ wellbeing influences their children are still few and far between.  This recent study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study illustrates how depression in fathers can cause behavioral ... Read More
Can women tolerate more pain than men? Though Mythbusters has already weighed in on the side of lady endurance, one brave doctor has decided to take the experiment even further.  After all, says Dr. Andrew Rochford, “there’s not one man in the world who's been through the most painful experience of them all: childbirth." Guided by an obstetrician, Dr. Rochford decided to personally undergo simulated labor pains through low-voltage ... Read More
  You’ve undoubtedly heard that women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever produce—once they’re gone, you’re SOL if you want to have kids. (Unlike men, who can theoretically reproduce until, and possibly after, their last breath.) Well, you and I were misinformed. Back in 2004, scientists found egg-producing stem cells in the ovaries of adult mice. But new research from Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital has shown ... Read More
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