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Monday, 17 September

16:18

BPA-Free Plastics Disrupt Fertility "IndyWatch Feed World"


Many plastic bottles are sold as "BPA-free" -- meaning they don't contain bisphenol A, an ingredient known to disrupt reproduction in mice. But now it seems that the additives used in place of BPA are potentially just as harmful.
"The discovery could mean that the replacements, such as bisphenol S (BPS), might potentially affect people if they leach out into food or drink.
There's no evidence yet that this happens. But the new results from mice suggest that if there is a risk, it may match that posed by BPA itself. "Several of these bisphenols induce changes in the germline similar to those we reported previously for BPA," says Patricia Hunt of Washington State University in Pullman, who helped draw attention to the BPA problem 20 years ago.
Hunt's latest discovery emerged in the same way as her BPA findings. As before, she noticed that mice kept in certain plastic cages began to show reproductive problems, such as abnormal eggs and low sperm counts. As with BPA, she found the inner surfaces to which mice were exposed were contaminated, this time with BPS that had leached out from the plastic.
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15:30

Home births where are we heading? sarawickham

In a publicly financed health care system it should not be necessary for women to purchase private support in order to have a positive birth experience. If the choice of place of birth is legally up to the woman, the health care system should have the resources to accommodate this wish. (Nygaard & Kesmodel 2018).

Thats one of the conclusions of an editorial in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, in which Siv Steffen Nygaard and Ulrik Schiler Kesmodel discuss why home births are gaining in popularity in some countries, look at the evidence of safety (and why this is so hard to gather, given the current focus on over-valuing evidence from randomised controlled trials) and how professional background influences the debate.

The authors acknowledge that it isnt just about place:

Some studies point toward the comfort of having a known midwife present during the entire course of birth, of giving birth in a homely environment, and having more control and decisionmaking power throughout the process as important to many women. The positive effect of continuous care has previously been well established in the scientific literature, showing that women who had continuous support during childbirth were more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth and shorter labour, and less likely to have intrapartum analgesia, cesarean section and instrumental vaginal birth. (Nygaard & Kesmodel 2018).

If youre interested in reading more, the full article is available here...

08:20

Even BPA-Free Plastics May Disrupt Your Fertility "IndyWatch Feed World"

September 17th, 2018 By Andy Coghlan Guest writer for Wake Up World Many plastic bottles are sold as BPA-free meaning they dont contain bisphenol A, an ingredient known to disrupt reproduction in mice. But now it seems that the additives used in place of BPA are potentially just as harmful. The discovery could mean that the []

06:58

Kavanaughs Accuser Comes Forward "IndyWatch Feed World"

WASHINGTONThe woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were in high school has come forward, alleging in an interview that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

I thought he might inadvertently kill me, Christine Blasey Ford told The Washington Post in her first interview. He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.

Ford, now 51 and a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, says she was able to get away after Kavanaughs friend jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled.

Kavanaugh, now 53 and a federal appeals judge in Washington, has denied the allegation. He repeated that denial again Sunday through the White House.

I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time, Kavanaugh said.

Top Senate Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, immediately called for postponement of a Thursday vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on whether to recommend that the full Senate confirm Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the nations highest court. Republicans gave no indication Sunday that they would do so.

A spokesman for Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Judiciary committees Republican chairman, said Kavanaugh already went through several days of hearings and was investigated by the FBI. He said the committees top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who was first notified of the allegation in late July, should have brought the matter to the panel earlier.

It raises a lot of questions about Democrats tactics and motives, said Taylor Foy, the spokesman.

The White House accused Feinstein, who revealed the existence of the letter late last week, of mounting an 11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation. Both Democratic and Republican senators questioned her handling of the allegation.

Feinstein called on the FBI to investigate Fords story before the Senate moves forward on this nominee.

Kavanaughs nomination by President Donald Trump has divided the Senate, with most Democrats opposing him and most Republicans supporting him.

But the allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly coming amid the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, coupled with Fords emergence could complicate matters, especially as key Republican senators, including Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S.

Collins and Murkowski...

Sunday, 16 September

22:57

A chapter from the next book: - Rassas Birth Call the Doula!


I received a call very early one morning from one of the midwives that I had occasionally worked with. She asked if I was still doing postpartum jobs and I said that yes, absolutely I am. She went on to explain the situation she was in. One of her clients had delivered the day before and was ready to discharge from the hospital but was having some pretty hard issues to deal with and she had recommended that they hire a postpartum doula to help at home while they resolve what was going on.
She explained that Rassa had been adopted from Russia as a toddler. Her adoptive parents lived nearby in Minnesota but were older and couldnt move in to help her because of their own health problems. Apparently while she was little, sometime before she the adoption, she had been treated with what they figure was too large of a dose of antibiotics for a minor complaint. An entire course of meds at the elevated levels had affected the nerve endings in her mucus tissues, making them hypersensitive and painful. As an adult it made intercourse virtually impossible, without first numbing the area with xylocaine jelly. At times even that was not effective enough.
When they married Rassa and Serge agreed that they would find a way that they were both happy with. Both graduate students at the University of Minnesota, they were looking at three to four more years of research and study before graduating. They had agreed to talk about starting a family after that, so when Rassa discovered she was pregnant, it changed all their plans. Though she continued going to school right up to the end of her ninth month, she decided to take six months off to be with their baby at home after the birth. She could always make up the classes later, but babies just dont stay little forever.
She was extremely suspicious of any medications since that one course of antibiotics had wrecked such havoc with her system so long ago, so when they started ta...

15:00

Introduction to Hiatal Hernia: A Potentially Dangerous Digestive Condition "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A hernia is a condition where an organ pushes through an opening that a certain muscle holds in place. There are four different hernias that typically occur in the human body:

  • Inguinal hernia This occurs when intestines push through the inguinal canal, a tubular passage found near the groin area. It helps hold up the testicles in men, and the uterus in women.1
  • Umbilical hernia When the intestines pass through the abdominal wall, a bulge near the belly button occurs. Children younger than 6 months are the largest demographic of this condition, although it usually goes away when theyre a year old.2
  • Incisional hernia This type of hernia can emerge because of a recent abdominal surgery. The intestines may push through the incision scar, or the weakened tissue surrounding it.3
  • Hiatal hernia Hiatal hernia occurs when a part of your stomach protrudes upward through the hiatus, which is an opening in your diaphragm.4

This guide will focus on hiatal hernia. This condition can occur in anyone, from unborn children to those who are approaching middle and senior age. Its symptoms should not be ignored, because they can be very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.5,6

The Causes of Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernia usually occurs in people ages 50 and above, and to those who are overweight or obese. Its exact causes are unknown, but there are a few theories, such as:7

  • Injury or trauma A strong blow to the central chest area can rupture your digestive organs, causing the diaphragm to loosen and allow the stomach to go up.
  • Birth defect Its possible that som...

04:36

Careful what you wish for: Facebook 'fact-checkers' censor left-wing site ThinkProgress "IndyWatch Feed World"

Left-wing opinion site ThinkProgress has found itself censored by Facebook's 'fact checkers,' just weeks after calling on the social network to censor right-wing polemicist Alex Jones. A ThinkProgress article on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, published Sunday, was deemed 'fake news' by Facebook's fact checkers. The article itself claimed that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 case guaranteeing Americans the constitutional right to an abortion, based on snippets of Kavanaugh's legal rulings and speeches. The 'fact checkers' - in this case the conservative-leaning Weekly Standard - evaluated ThinkProgress' claims and found them to be false. Sure, Kavanaugh made some statements that hinted at his opposition to Roe v Wade, but he never outright said he'd "kill it," as the article claims.

01:05

BPA-Free Plastics Disrupt Fertility "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Andy Coghlan

Many plastic bottles are sold as BPA-free meaning they dont contain bisphenol A, an ingredient known to disrupt reproduction in mice. But now it seems that the additives used in place of BPA are potentially just as harmful.

The discovery could mean that the replacements, such as bisphenol S (BPS), might potentially affect people if they leach out into food or drink.

Theres no evidence yet that this happens. But the new results from mice suggest that if there is a risk, it may match that posed by BPA itself. Several of these bisphenols induce changes in the germline similar to those we reported previously for BPA, says Patricia Hunt of Washington State University in Pullman, who helped draw attention to the BPA problem 20 years ago.

Hunts latest discovery emerged in the same way as her BPA findings. As before, she noticed that mice kept in certain plastic cages began to show reproductive problems, such as abnormal eggs and low sperm counts. As with BPA, she found the inner surfaces to which mice were exposed were contaminated, this time with BPS that had leached out from the plastic.

Screening CellsHunt i...

00:19

What We Know and Dont Know about Tongue-tie Midwifery Today

About 5 to 10% of newborns are born with tongue-tie. The majority of newborns with tongue-tie have no problem breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and their mothers do not suffer nipple pain. Among women with unresolved nipple pain from breastfeeding, nipple pain was decreased significantly if the baby either had a frenotomy or a sham procedure. Frenotomy should be painless for the baby, cause at most two drops of blood loss, and the baby should not cry more than 10 seconds.

The post What We Kn...

00:10

In Memory of Ann Eliot, Colonial American Midwife Midwifery Today

Ann Eliot (born Hannah Mumford or Mountford) was a midwife in Roxbury, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, during the Colonial era in America. After she died on March 22, 1687, her family, friends, and neighbors commemorated her life by erecting a special monument for her. In a unanimous resolution, they voted to do so: Mrs. Eliot, for the great service that she hath done this town, will be honored with a burial there. (qtd. in Gregory 1857, 27). At the time of her death, she had attended more than 3000 births.

The post...

00:06

Father Birthkeepers Midwifery Today

When first I met Te Kaha, he arrived on a typically busy day at Bumi Sehat. Acupuncture clinicians, allopathic nurses, and doctors were working together to give optimal free care to many dozens of sick and injured people. Two pairs of mothers and fathers were laboring, and three newborn mothers/babies/families were resting in the postpartum rooms, breastfeeding and bonding. Midwife Ibu Dewa Rutini and I had just finished teaching a class of over 40 young midwives from Kalimantan about gentle birth. The entryway of Bumi Sehat was chock-a-block full of slippers and shoes when this complete stranger appeared, looking completely strange!

00:02

Advocating for Birth Change Midwifery Today

The most important event in many womens lives is giving birth. It is so pivotal that most moms can remember it in great detail their entire life. I met a woman in Japan who was in her 80s and could recount every detail of her birth. Her father-in-law had been her support person.

The post Advocating for Birth Change appeared first on Midwifery Today.

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