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Thursday, 23 November

18:13

Levels of Cortisol May Be Higher in Pregnant Women Who Will Suffer From Postpartum Depression, Study Shows "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

These findings could lead to something amazing. Have you ever heard of postpartum depression?

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) have recently proven that cortisol levels present in the hair of pregnant women during their first or third trimester might be a means of indicating whether or not they will end up suffering from postpartum depression. This study was published in the journal PLOS ONE and showed that the more cortisol, the more likely you were to develop postpartum depression. During each trimester, for this study, each of the women participating underwent a series of tests that evaluated their stress levels as well as their psychopathological symptoms.

Hair samples were taken simultaneously and researchers assessed the levels of cortisol. Just a few days after giving birth the mothers emotional states were evaluated so that they could determine who had come down with postpartum depression and who had not. This led researchers to conclude that participants who had in fact developed postpartum depression showed higher levels of somatization during the first trimester. This leading continuing it increase during the second and third trimester and determined that the cortisol increase was an indicator, definitely.

Maria Isabel Peralta Ramirez, lead researcher on this project stated as follows:

Since they show that there are various altered psychological and hormonal variables throughout the whole gestation period in comparison to those women who will not suffer postpartum depression. Detecting those differences is the key to anticipate the psychological state of the mother as well as the consequences for the baby that said state could mean.

These findings are important as postpartum depression affects a very large number of women. Psychological symptoms were also consistent with the group of those who developed postpartum depression. This kind of pregnancy-specific stress was also found to be associated with symptoms even after controlling for fetal sex, previous miscarriages, and antenatal depression.

What do you think about these findings? Could there potentially be a hair test for postpartum depression in the future?

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15:57

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13:58

Gail Hart Talks About Midwifery Licensing: INDIE BIRTH LIVE "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

In this episode of Indie Birth Live, we hear Gail Hart talk about her perspective on midwifery licensing.

The post Gail Hart Talks About Midwifery Licensing: INDIE BIRTH LIVE appeared first on Indie Birth.

07:30

Objectivity and post-it notes "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Over the last few years, evidence-based practice has become a standard expectation of Western health care systems, rather than a topic whose value is debated by clinicians. Concurrently, rules of convention have developed, and it has now become politically correct in some circles to acknowledge in articles whether the author has any interests which might compete with their ability to be objective about the issues discussed.

This is, in principle, a jolly good thing. It is logical to assume that a person whose  research (or holiday) is funded by a company manufacturing drug or technology products may feel duty-bound to present those products in a good light. Where objectivity is seen as paramount in producing and evaluating evidence, the well-behaved researcher and clinician will attempt to avoid all bias, or at least declare her bias so that others can decide for themselves whether the information presented may be tainted by the authors interests.

However, it seems we are beginning to realise that there are some problems with this idea. In what appear to be efforts to highlight this, authors of papers in the British Medical Journal have recently declared the following tongue-in-cheek competing interests:

  • Their friendship with carpet factory managers who may lose out from research which causes asthma sufferers to consider installing wooden floors (Seaton 2003, who shares his pride about the fact that, in 30 years, he has received nothing but plastic biros from pharmaceutical companies).
  • Their feelings about the relationship between keeping up-to-date with the scientific literature and whether this leaves them with enough time to practise medicine (Lagnado and Kholl 2003).
  • That they like hammers and power tools (Michelson 2003; in the context of being an orthopaedic surgeon who does not feel he needs an RCT to tell him that hitting his thumb with one will be painful).

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01:49

Maria Turner "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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01:48

Maleia M. Beck "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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01:46

Kaia Ann Mahrer "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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01:45

Amanda Barton "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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01:45

Kristie Johnson "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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Wednesday, 22 November

17:58

Parents upset after high school brings in Planned Parenthood to teach students about abortion and sex without their permission "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Well informed children, who are able to procreate, should have all the facts when it comes to learning about the ins and outs of sexual reproduction and abortion. Because abortion is a part of Western society, children should be educated about it. However, this education should come from parents or an objective entity approved by their parents to teach their children about abortion. At Schenectady High School in New York, however, parents were not given the opportunity to approve the entity who would teach their children about abortion and this has caused major backlash-especially given that this entity is the largest abortion chain in the country, Planned Parenthood. As the Daily Gazette reports, Vivian Parsons, who grew up in Schenectady, told the school board she felt her rights as a parent were ignored when the district failed to notify her about a teen pregnancy prevention assembly held the previous Thursday that involved Planned Parenthood educators. She said she should have been given a chance to keep her daughter out of the program. Parsons said she learned about the assembly from her daughter last week. "I have a right to know if this kind of stuff will be presented to my daughter," Parsons told the school board. "Not every parent is OK with an association with Planned Parenthood, regardless of content."

06:26

Speech Delays Linked To Technology Use "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Speech Delays Linked To Technology Use

Technology use, particularly handheld screens such as tablets and smartphones, could be to blame for speech delays in babies and toddlers. A study of 894 children, aged between six months and two years, found a link between the use of handheld technologies and language delays. The research, presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, was carried out in Toronto between 2011 and 2015. Parents were asked about their childs use of handheld technologies. By their 18 month check-up, one in five children were found to be using handheld technology for an average of 28 minutes each day.

Speech Delays Linked To Technology Use

Researchers used a screening tool to identify language delays. Perhaps unsurprisingly, researchers found children who frequently used handheld screens were more likely to have delays in expressive speech. Each extra half hour spent using handheld technologies increased the risk of speech delay by 49%. This was found to be true across all income levels, irrespective of maternal education. The use of handheld technologies wasn't found to cause delays in social interactions, body language or gestures. A clinical trial is needed to assess cause and effect, but this study has highlighted the need for further research into handheld technologies. Items such as tablets and smartphones have become widely available in recent years. Once owned only by the wealthy, these items are now found in most family homes. Because they are so widely used, its important we understand more about their impact on childhood and child development. Technology is developing so quickly these items become household staples before much is understood about the impact of their use. Scientists believe children aged under two are simply unable to understand what they are seeing on a 2D screen. They might be captivated by the bright colours and flashing lights, but there is no real value for them in what theyre seeing. The...

06:00

Lawsuit: 3M contamination led to more cancer, infertility "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Minnesota's attorney general alleges that chemicals dumped by 3M Co. in the Twin Cities metro led to an increase in cancer, infertility and babies with low birth weights. The contamination caused $5 billion in health and environmental damage for which 3M should be liable, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Friday in a court filing.

05:59

Motherhood Regret Do Women Really Regret Having Children? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Motherhood Regret Do Women Really Regret Having Children?

When I was pregnant with my first baby, there were plenty of people ready to give me advice. Most of it related to how much my life was about to change for the better once my baby was born. Theres no doubt about it. Having children absolutely changes your life. And for most women, becoming a mother is the best thing theyve ever done. We expect motherhood to be different from how life was before. We know theres going to be less sleep involved, our bodies will change, and the love we feel for our little one will buoy us up, through the long days and even longer nights ahead.

Motherhood Regret Do Women Really Regret Having Children?

The truth is, society tends to gloss over one very important thing: motherhood is a lot more than just adding another member to the family. Often we ignore the very important transition a woman makes from not being a mother, to being a mother. Its a transformation that goes unnoticed and unacknowledged, often leading mothers to question the choices theyve made. But theres something else were not talking about. Its that group of women who dont live in a post-baby bliss bubble. These are women who regret becoming mothers.

The Mythical Ideal Of Motherhood

Motherhood is socially and culturally held up as the pinnacle achievement of womanhood. Therefore it's pretty hard for any woman to escape the expectation of becoming a mother at some stage of her life. The maternal myth is woven into every human culture, with figures from the Virgin Mary to the Hindu goddess Durga representing the empowering and protective nature of motherhood. Consider how women who are childless (or unmarried for that matter) have been treated historically. Thats not to mention the women who consciously decide not to have children, or the women who openly say they dislike babies and children. Our culture holds tightly to its belief all women are hard wired to become mothers. This continues, despite there being absolutely no evidence to back up this concept. In his book The Maternal Instinct: Mother Love and the Search for Human Nature, Professor Maria Vicedo-Castello reviews the history of scientific views about maternal instinct. He concludes: There is no scientific evid...

04:40

President Trump Nominates Big Pharma Pro-Vaccine Exec as Secretary of the Health and Human Services "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Alex Azar. Image source.

Editors Note: For those not familiar with my work and assume Im picking on The Trump Card and some kind of liberal, please note that I dont do politics, especially buying into the false left vs right psyop. Theyre all in bed together by now. The fact that humans still need to have someone reign over them is actually quite sad to me. Its completely against my spirits knowing. Power corrupts and will always be corrupted regardless of who is Selected as POTUS. Peace Out. A Sheep No More

by Autism Action Network

President Trump just nominated former chief lobbyist and President of the US division of drug company Eli Lilly, Alex Azar, to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS).

Eli Lilly is the inventor and was the primary manufacturer of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines that is linked to autism and other neurological disorders.

READ MORE: CDC Caught Hiding Data Showing Mercury In Vaccines Is Linked To Autism 

Prior to employment at Eli Lilly, under George W. Bush, Azar was general counsel and later deputy secretary of HHS at the time the decision was made to give an expedited efficacy and safety review to Gardasil, a vaccine for human papilloma virus produced by Merck that has enormous safety issues.

As general counsel (head attorney) for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding that denied more than 5000 claims of vaccine injury, even though HHS settled one of the test cases that found that Hannah Polings autism was indeed caused by vaccine injury.

Azar is exactly the wrong person to head HHS. Azar must be approved by the Senate, and the Autism Action Network will be working hard to stop his confirmation.

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01:10

Excessive sugar-sweetened beverage consumption impacts early childhood immune system health adversely, possibly before the development of obesity. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Child Obes. 2017 Nov 17. Epub 2017 Nov 17. PMID: 29148828 Abstract Title:  Increased Cellular Aging by 3 Years of Age in Latino, Preschool Children Who Consume More Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: A Pilot Study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Previous studies in adults and older children find that sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption increases risk for obesity and cellular aging, as measured by leukocyte telomere length (LTL).METHODS: In a previously described, San Francisco-based Latino birth cohort, where telomere length was measured at birth, we evaluate the relationship between beverage consumption (including SSB and 100% fruit juice), obesity, and LTL at 2-3 years old, as well as change in LTL from birth. LTL (T/S Ratio) was measured in 61 children (mean 2.4 years0.6 standard deviation). Multivariable linear regression models are used to ascertain beverage type and obesity as independent predictors of LTL and change in LTL.RESULTS: Mean telomere length was 1.580.20 (T/S Ratio) and mean yearly change was -0.08-0.09 (T/S Ratio). Predictors of shorter telomere length at age 2-3 included increased consumption of SSB (Beta Coeff=-0.009 95% CI [-0.02 to -0.0008]; p=0.03). Telomere length at birth was the strongest predictor of rate of attrition from birth to 2-3 years of age and males tended to have more rapid attrition.CONCLUSION: Excessive SSB consumption impacts early childhood immune system health adversely, possibly before the development of obesity.

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Tuesday, 21 November

10:46

PFCS. State alleges 3M chemicals caused cancer and infertility, alleges $5 billion in damage "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says toxic chemicals dumped by 3M Co. in the east metro suburb Oakdale caused higher rates of cancer, infertility and low birthweight babies the first time anyone has estimated the potential human health impact of groundwater contamination in the area since the problem came to light almost two decades ago.

In court briefs filed Friday, Swanson included the conclusions of an expert environmental witness, while alleging that the health and environmental damage of the contamination totals $5 billion and arguing that 3M should be liable for punitive damages.

The states lawsuit against 3M, first filed in 2010, is scheduled for trial early next year after a long series of procedural delays.

The new filings detail allegations that 3M knew the local groundwater was contaminated with chemical compounds known as PFCs years before it stopped making them; that it suppressed the information over the objections of its own scientists; and that it withheld critical information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

3M, in pursuit of profit, deliberately disregarded the substantial risk of injury to the people and environment of Minnesota from its continued manufacture of PFCs and its improper disposal, the state said.

In a statement Monday, 3M said Minnesota has not sustained any injuries, let alone over $5 billion in alleged damages.

3M believes these chemicals present no harm at the levels they are observed in Minnesota, said 3Ms lead attorney, William Brewer III.

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