How discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at surrogacy
Susan Markens takes on one of the hottest issues on the fertility front—surrogate motherhood—in a book that illuminates the culture wars that have erupted over new reproductive technologies in the United States.
In an innovative analysis of legislative responses to surrogacy in the bellwether states of New York and California, Markens explores how discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at this issue. She examines the views of key players, including legislators, women’s organizations, religious groups, the media, and others. In a study that finds surprising ideological agreement among those with opposing views of surrogate motherhood, Markens challenges common assumptions about our responses to reproductive technologies and at the same time offers a fascinating picture of how reproductive politics shape social policy.
Exercise Is Protective Against Breast Cancer By Affecting Estrogen Metabolism
Exercise may lower a woman’s risk of breast cancer by affecting the way her body breaks down estrogen, according to a new study which included 391 healthy premenopausal women who led sedentary lifestyles.
We need to change the way miscarriage and pregnancy loss is handled outside of the medical community
” My name is Grace. I’ve been reading the personal stories on this site since last year, and when my partner Cara and I started IUI treatments with donor sperm 10 months ago, I thought I’d be writing in to share the news of my pregnancy. Sadly, the story that I am sharing is a different one. ”
During 2013/14 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is promoting the fact that it’s OK to ask about clinical research. The campaign is aimed at patients, medical professionals and the public. Everyone can get involved and help spread the word that it’s OK to ask about clinical research. f you have a medical condition and are undergoing treatment, the NHS would like you to ask your family doctor, nurse or consultant about clinical research, and whether it might be right for you.
Augmentation du risque de cancer pour les filles DES
Prescrit jusqu’en 1977 en France contre les fausses couches, le distilbène a entraîné chez les femmes exposées dans le ventre de leur mère de nombreux problèmes liés à la fertilité et à l’apparition de certains cancers. Ces risques sont aujourd’hui confirmés par une vaste étude américaine comparant 4 653 femmes exposées in utero et 1 927 femmes non exposées.
Experts dispute conclusion of PIP breast implant scandal investigation
The PIP faulty breast implants that were fraudulently filled with industrial-grade silicone may have caused their recipients harm, claim environmental scientists via the Royal Society of Medicine. The experts are particularly concerned about a chemical in the silicone filling that has been identified as an endocrine-disruptor – a substance that could potentially have an effect on the development of a foetus in the womb.
” A typical American comes in regular contact with some 6,000 chemicals and an untold number of potentially toxic substances on a less frequent basis. There are about 75,000 chemicals regularly manufactured and imported by U.S. industries, so you could be exposed to any number of them. Disturbingly, many of them have never been fully tested for safety. ”
Research Reveals Cancer-Suppressing Protein ‘Multitasks’
Ms Liz Valente, Dr Ana Janic and Professor Andreas Strasser from the Molecular Genetics of Cancer division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have been dissecting the processes that are controlled by p53, to discover how this protein can suppress cancer development. Their surprising results are published online today in the journal Cell Reports.
The vast majority of assisted reproductive technologies fail…
” My name is Miriam. I am one of those women who delayed motherhood until the age of 40. I was fit and healthy, ate well and practiced yoga. I had no idea that trying to become pregnant would be so difficult. Since I was a teenager I had been bombarded by cultural and media messages that said it was okay to postpone childbearing. I wasn’t aware that women’s fertility declined so rapidly after the age of 35, and dramatically more after the age of 40. ”
Why researchers MUST publish ALL results of clinical trials
” South Africans participating in clinical trials should demand that results are published ” says Cochrane Collaboration founder Sir Iain Chalmers.
” Much of the world’s clinical research was wasteful and failed to tackle issues that were most important to patients ” Sir Iain told delegates at a conference hosted by the Medical Research Council (MRC).
” Worse still, only 50% of the research was published, which meant doctors and patients were left in the dark about possible side effects, concealing evidence of potential possible harm from doctors and patients alike ” he said.