Saturday, January 06, 2007

Saturday News Roundup (1/6/07)

There has been an explosion of poop during delivery stories in the medical blogosphere recently.
  • Poop is Part of Parturition - Fruit of the Womb. Comments on the birth experience.
  • The Birth of a Labor Nurse - The Life and Times of a Labor Nurse. RN/nurse midwifery student describes her own 1970s hospital birth, with musings on the shave and the enema.
  • Stink - Neonatal Doc. Ongoing debate over home births in the comments.
  • The Poop Post - Doulicia. This one's from August, but still worth a read.
  • To the Teeth has an interesting post on the cutting of the umbilical cord.
  • Belly Tales on unnecessary c-sections

  • More on the perpetually pre-pregnant woman - Folate levels in young women drop - CNN.
  • FDA Updates Health Claim for Calcium and Osteoporosis - FDA
  • What Does 200 Calories Look Like? - WiseGeek (hat tip to BeckyJ)

    Infectious Diseases:
  • Health Tip: Symptoms of HIV in Women -
  • Physician Groups, CDC Recommend HPV Vaccination for Girls - Kaiser Network

  • The Respect Yourself Protect Yourself campaign is having a design contest. Prize is $500.
  • Wal-Mart To Include Birth Control in Employee Health Insurance Coverage Plan - Kaiser Network
  • Gels, Creams, and Melting Condoms - Spoonful of Medicine (scroll down)

  • For Female Soldiers, Sexual Assault Remains a Danger - Alternet
  • RHRealityCheck on sex ed.

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    MeSH Tags: Calcium; Cesearean Section; Condoms; Energy Intake; Feces; Folic Acid; Osteoporosis; Papillomavirus Vaccines; Parturition; Sex Education; Sex Offenses; Umbilical Cord

    Blogger Jon said...

    Regarding the folate issue, here in the UK pregnant women are advised to take folic acid supplements in their first 3 months to ensure folate levels to not drop to dangerous levels. A healthy well balanced diet is essential throughout pregnancy to ensure the foetus develops properly.

    Are the same recommnendations given to women elsewhere, in the USA for example, where this article came from?

    4:03 PM  
    Blogger Rachel said...

    Yes, women in the USA have been hearing for at least the past several years to take folic acid supplements prior to pregnancy to help prevent birth defects. Our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all women of childbearing age get 400 micrograms of it every day, even if they are not planning a pregnancy soon. There was a bit of controversy here, the origin of my "perpetually pre-pregnant" remark, when the CDC issued this statement related to preconception care. Many interpreted it as framing women as obligate baby incubators. The CDC's report related to the piece I linked to, for example, measured folate in women of childbearing age, not just pregnant women.

    4:56 PM  

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