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140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year and most of these occur without complications for women and their babies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Nothemba Simelela, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents, stated this while issuing new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth. The WHO official said the new guidelines aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Simelela said: “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. “However, the increasing medicalisation of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to g
WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

NEWS, Women's health
The UN health agency said Thursday it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women during childbirth because it has caused a surge in interventions like caesarean sections that could be unnecessary. Since the 1950s, a woman progressing through labour at a rate slower than one centimetre of cervical dilation per hour has been considered “abnormal”, said Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer with the World Health Organization’s department of reproductive health. When doctors and other care providers confront labour moving slower than that rate, “the tendency is to act”, either with a caesarean section or with the use of drugs like oxytocin that speed up labour, leading to the “increased medicalisation” of childbirth, he said. In new guidelines un
Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to breast cancer prevention, studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help. New research, however, indicates that certain types of omega-3 may be more effective than others. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil may be around eight times more effective for halting the development of aggressive breast cancer tumors than those from plant-based sources. Study co-author Prof. David Ma, who currently works in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. One of the most aggressive types of breast cancer is HER2-positive breast canc...
Why Your Sex Drive Is In Low Gear

Why Your Sex Drive Is In Low Gear

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
As a sex therapist, the No. 1 complaint I hear from both women and men is low libido. They visit me on their own or as couples, perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable drop in desire, either their own or that of their partner. Many people are hopeful that this decrease in sex drive has a simple cause and therefore a simple solution. While that's true in some cases, low libido is more often the complex result of several intertwining factors. Low desire can have many causes, whether biological influences such as the side effects of medication, psychological factors such as body image or relational triggers such as being angry with your partner. Addressing the problem means viewing it through multiple lenses at once, taking what we call a bio-psychosocial-relational approach. Here's a l...
Postpartum Depression and PTSD

Postpartum Depression and PTSD

NEWS, Women's health
16 years ago, Andrea Yates, a former resident of Houston, Texas drowned her 5 children - from the oldest who was 7 years old, to the youngest that was just 6 months old. Her action brought into stark reality, the severity of postpartum depression and postpartum PTSD. Everyone usually looks upon pregnancy and child birth as a wonderful experience for mothers. Looking from the other side of the divide, we feel that no matter how harrowing the experience was for the mother, that there should be this intense feeling of joy once she sees her baby and realises that they are both safe. Unfortunately, our ideal is not always the case. Some new mums experience postpartum baby blues. This usually begins within the first 2-3 days of delivery and usually lasts only a week or 2 weeks after the baby i...
Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Women receive mixed messages about the ways giving birth may affect their sex lives, according to a new report. Although studies don’t show a difference between post-delivery effects for vaginal births versus C-sections, media messages - especially dramatic reality TV shows - may lead women to be more fearful of what vaginal delivery might do to their sexuality, researchers wrote in the journal - Birth. Popular TV shows tend to portray vaginal births as negative and C-sections as positive for post-birth sex life concerns such as vaginal stretching or tearing, said study co-author Dr. Caroline Pukall of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. According to the National Institutes of Health, however, research hasn’t shown any differences in sexuality after childbirth based on the mode of del
Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Language Delay in Girls

Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Language Delay in Girls

NEWS, Women's health
In the first study of its kind, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States (U.S.), found an elevated rate of language delay in girls at 30 months old born to mothers who used paracetamol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy, but not in boys. This is the first study to examine language development in relation to acetaminophen levels in urine. The study was published online January 10 in European Psychiatry. Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen or APAP, is a medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. The Swedish Environmental Longitudinal, Mother and Child, Asthma and Allergy study (SELMA) provided data for the research. Information was gathered from 754 women who were enrolled into the study in w...
Don’t Criminalise Female Circumcision – CMO

Don’t Criminalise Female Circumcision – CMO

NEWS, Women's health
The Council of Muslim Organisations has said that female circumcision is a religious act that must be allowed to flourish and be practised in all Muslim communities in Nigeria. The  Coordinator, CMO, Justice Idris Haroon (retd),  also urged the government not to criminalise the practice. Haroon, who is also a former Grand Khadi, Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, spoke during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday. He urged government to turn deaf ears to people clamouring for the criminalisation of female circumcision. He said Muslims should not be denied this practice as, according to him, it is a religious one endorsed by Prophet Muhammad. He stated that female circumcision was not synonymous with female genital mutilation, adding that they shoul
High Heels: Treading Cautiously For Your Future

High Heels: Treading Cautiously For Your Future

NEWS, Women's health
High heels are fashionable; a pair of heels on any outfit usually goes a long way in making any woman look classy, elegant and sophisticated. Nollywood and Hollywood have only helped to reinforce this fashion style, as we constantly see actresses and other celebrities flaunt their heels on the red carpet. However, as good as these heels look they can really do some serious health damage. Over the years, experts have cautioned that high heels can cause more serious health challenges than just your regular foot aches. The Spine Health Institute, USA recently conducted a research on the health hazards of high heels; here are some of the findings made. Whenever women put on heels, the body naturally tries to compensate for the off-kilter balance caused by the heels. The body compensates by f...
Why Female Night Shift Workers have Increased Risk of Common Cancers

Why Female Night Shift Workers have Increased Risk of Common Cancers

NEWS, Women's health
Night shift work was associated with women having an increased risk of breast, skin, and gastrointestinal cancer, according to a meta-analysis. Ma explained that because breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, most previous meta-analyses have focused on understanding the association between female night shift workers and breast cancer risk, but the conclusions have been inconsistent. To build upon previous studies, Ma and colleagues analyzed whether long-term night shift work in women was associated with risk for nearly a dozen types of cancer. The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Ma and colleagues performed a meta-analysis using data from 61 articles comprising 114,628 cancer cases and 3,909,152 parti...
Kangaroo Mother Care: An Awesome Way to Begin Life as New Parents

Kangaroo Mother Care: An Awesome Way to Begin Life as New Parents

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Have you ever seen the picture of a kangaroo carrying its child? If you have, then you have a clear picture of what kangaroo care is all about. Kangaroo care or Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a method of holding a baby that involves skin to skin contact. The baby who is naked except for the diaper and a piece of clothing, is placed in an upright position against a parent’s bare chest. The snuggling of the baby inside the pouch of the parent’s shirt, which is like a kangaroo’s pouch led to the term kangaroo care. Kangaroo care originated from Bogota, Columbia, where it was developed as an alternative to inadequate and insufficient incubator care for preterm newborn infants. Babies were dying of infections, respiratory problems and just plain lack of attention Researchers Rey and Martinez fo
Woman Carries Her Heart In Backpack As Shes Too Ill For Organ Transplant

Woman Carries Her Heart In Backpack As Shes Too Ill For Organ Transplant

NEWS, Women's health
A British mother has had a life-changing operation so radical, she now effectively carries her heart in a backpack. Selwa Hussain, 39, has become the second-ever person in Britain to be given an artificial heart after a six-hour operation. A battery-powered pump and electric motor inside the 6.8kg bag pushes air through tubes to feed plastic chambers in Selwa’s chest.This pushes blood around her body. The mum-of-two, from Ilford, east London, was taken to Harefield Hospital, west London, in July after suffering heart failure. She was too ill for a heart transplant and her husband, Al, agreed she be given an artificial organ. Selwa’s diseased natural heart was removed by surgeons and replaced with an artificial implant and the specialist unit on her back at the hospital, famous across
Woman Gets 30-Year Jail Term for Having a Miscarriage

Woman Gets 30-Year Jail Term for Having a Miscarriage

NEWS, Women's health
A woman has been sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment because she suffered a miscarriage. However, her case was prosecuted as a “homicide” under El Salvador’s anti-abortion law. Teodora Vásquez has so far spent 10 years in prison, during which she had filed an appeal against her conviction in 2007. Now, her appeal has been rejected and her conviction upheld by the tribunal which presided over her case. Her lawyer, Victor Vigo, described the judgement as “speculative;” saying the tribunal had only repeated what it did in 2007 when Teodora’s case first came up. “A tribunal must not speculate; it must look at the facts. They have no proof that she did the criminal act,” Vigo insisted. Amnesty International has described El Salvador as “a nation known as the worst place in th
Smoking a Month Before or After Breast Surgery Could Make Nipples Fall Off —Surgeon

Smoking a Month Before or After Breast Surgery Could Make Nipples Fall Off —Surgeon

NEWS, Women's health
Surgeons have warned that smoking just one month before or after you undergo breast surgery can make your nipples turn black and fall off! Plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn, shared his findings after he had treated a patient who lost her nipples due to smoking before she had breast surgery. “In my memoir, In Stitches, I told the story of a smoker whose nipples turned purple while undergoing a breast lift surgery. “Purple is the precursor to black. Black is the precursor to falling off.  This happened because the nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels. “When blood vessels are constricted and you’re having surgery where the blood supply is significantly altered (such as in breast surgery, face lifts, and tummy tucks, for example), this poses a
Ondo State Owned Hospital Detains Mother, New Born baby Over N40,000

Ondo State Owned Hospital Detains Mother, New Born baby Over N40,000

NEWS, Women's health
A mother of a new born baby, Mrs Taiwo Omotoso has been detained at the Mother and Child hospital in Akure, the Ondo State capital over unpaid N40,000 hospital bills. Omotoso and her new born baby girl have been detained in the hospital for over 20 days. The unpaid N40,000 was meant for the Cesarean Section (CS) Operation carried out on the woman during child birth. Father of the new born baby who is a commercial motorcyclist, Oladapo Omotosho, is in confusion on how to secure the release of his family from the hospital. Speaking on the hardship faced by his wife and the baby, Oladapo explained that the hospital has detained his wife since November 16, over his inability to raise money for the bill. He lamented that his new born baby and her mother were made to sleep on a ch...