Watch Amy Weber’s Testimonial about her DES-induced Cervical Cancer

Video aired on “The Doctors”, 2013

Model, actress and billboard recording artist Amy Weber opens up about her struggle to become a mother after undergoing treatment for cervical cancer, brought on by a now banned pregnancy drug called DES. In May 2009, Amy was finally able to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother. See what she went through during her high-risk pregnancy, and meet her family!

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Spare a Day to Save Our NHS!

Video by UniteTheUnion, Published on 6 Aug 2013

Can you spare one day to help Save our NHS? Join the protest outside the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Sunday 29 September at 08:00-20:00.

Maternal Obesity during Pregnancy linked to increased Risk of premature Death in Adult Offspring

The offspring of overweight mothers also have a higher risk of adverse outcomes

Maternal obesity is associated with an increased risk of premature death in adult offspring. As one in five women in the United Kingdom is obese at antenatal booking, strategies to optimise weight before pregnancy are urgently required.

  • Video by The BMJ, Published on 14 Aug 2013
  • Objectives:
    To determine whether maternal obesity during pregnancy is associated with increased mortality from cardiovascular events in adult offspring.
  • Design: Record linkage cohort analysis.
  • Setting:
    Birth records from the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal databank linked to the General Register of Deaths, Scotland, and the Scottish Morbidity Record systems.
  • Population:
    37 709 people with birth records from 1950 to present day.
  • Main outcome measures:
    Death and hospital admissions for cardiovascular events up to 1 January 2012 in offspring aged 34-61. Maternal body mass index (BMI) was calculated from height and weight measured at the first antenatal visit. The effect of maternal obesity on outcomes in offspring was tested with time to event analysis with Cox proportional hazard regression to compare outcomes in offspring of mothers in underweight, overweight, or obese categories of BMI compared with offspring of women with normal BMI.
  • Results:
    All cause mortality was increased in offspring of obese mothers (BMI >30) compared with mothers with normal BMI after adjustment for maternal age at delivery, socioeconomic status, sex of offspring, current age, birth weight, gestation at delivery, and gestation at measurement of BMI (hazard ratio 1.35, 95% confidence interval 1.17 to 1.55). In adjusted models, offspring of obese mothers also had an increased risk of hospital admission for a cardiovascular event (1.29, 1.06 to 1.57) compared with offspring of mothers with normal BMI. The offspring of overweight mothers also had a higher risk of adverse outcomes.
  • Read the BMJ full study Maternal obesity during pregnancy and premature mortality from cardiovascular event in adult offspring: follow-up of 1 323 275 person years.

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Watch The Wales Report Dangers of Epilim in Pregnancy

Results clearly show that Valproate acts on the fetus btain

The Dangers of Sodium Valproate in Pregnancy… Film is by Wales&Co for BBC Wales

  • Video by jocozens1, Published on 11 Aug 2013
  • FACSaware aims to raising global awareness of Fetal Anti Convulsant Syndromes and other Teratogen related syndromes. The Fetal AntiConvulsant Trust (F.A.C.T.) was set up in 2011 to campaign for responsibility from the government and drug company.

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Are Men becoming Less Fertile?

Sperm Counts for Men dropping globally

A recent study in France found that the sperm concentration of men decreased by nearly one-third between 1989 and 2005. This follows the findings of several other European health studies that have found that over the past 15 years or so, the sperm counts of healthy men ages 18 to 25 have significantly decreased.
Possible causes suggested for the sperm crisis include exposure to pesticides or chemicals such as BPA, lifestyle changes in which men sit more than in decades past, obesity, drug and alcohol use, or even the chemicals and toxins that men are exposed to in the womb as babies.

Too much Weight Gain early in Pregnancy leads to larger, chubbier Babies

Video by UAlberta, published on July 17, 2013

Moms-to-be who gain too much weight early into their pregnancy are nearly three times as likely to give birth to bigger and fatter babies who are at higher risk of obesity as kids and adults, warns Margie Davenport, University of Alberta Researcher.
Sarah O’Hara, a new mom and registered dietitian who knows the dangers of gaining too much weight too quickly, talks about what she did to help keep her weight gain within recommended guidelines.

Time-lapse Embryo Imaging may boost IVF Success Rate

CARE’s chief embryologist Alison Campbell explains the benefits of time-lapse imaging

Time-lapse imaging which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.  The method, reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, can be used to select embryos at low risk of defects.

Sadly for many DES daughters having their own children is not possible! Many of us who have experienced miscarriages, want to have kids but are struggling or unable to…

2013 Boston DES Breast Cancer Trial

DES case: 2013 Class Action v. Eli Lilly & Co., Arline @amaccormack Interview

This is a drug that was never adequately tested and never adequately warned said Aaron Levine, a lawyer for the Melnick sisters and the other women who have sued in Boston.

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Watch “The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy”

BBC Panorama video with reporter Shelley Jofre

Many women have to take medicines while pregnant. But could they be risking the health of their unborn child? Decades after the Thalidomide scandal shocked the world, Panorama reveals how another medicine has damaged far more children. Drugs cannot be tested on pregnant women for ethical reasons, so doctors do not know if most prescription drugs are safe for the unborn child, and the system set up to monitor side-effects appears to be flawed. As evidence emerges that some common antidepressants are linked to heart defects in babies, the programme asks how much we really know about the safety of medicines women take while pregnant

    • Video by dixiefid64, Published on 3 Jul 2013.
    • The program is very interesting but unfortunately does not mention the DES drug tragedy. Once again DES is ignored. WHY? It would have been such a great opportunity. What’s wrong with DES? Is it because with DES, the Media can’t show upsetting photos of children born with no arms or legs like the victims of Thalidomide, or newborn babies who have undergone traumatic heart surgery because of the effects associated with the antidepressant drug their mum took during pregnancy? Is it because DES is the very first drug scandal which should have prevented many others to happen? All victims of drugs prescribed during pregnancy should join forces! The stories are all the same and highlights the same failure of our health system and the government response to the devastating consequences of these drugs. DES, Thalidomide, epilepsy drug Epilim, antidepressants … how many more victims are needed to put in place safeguards to protect mothers and their unborn child?
    • Find out more about DES exposure and the long-term health effects associated with prenatal exposure to DES drug.
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Will tomorrow’s Doctors gain hands-on Experience and treat Patients with Dignity?

Doctors setting bad example to medical students

The teaching practices of senior doctors are contributing to a decline in patient care, according to new research. The findings of Cardiff University and the University of Dundee suggest that medical students are being pushed to do things they are uncomfortable with – but they feel unable to challenge their superiors when in this position. Surveys and interviews with hundreds of British medical students show that some senior doctors are setting a far from good example.