Sexual and reproductive health

FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a an English work sheet with her students at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The California State Board of Education is set to vote, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, on new guidance for teaching sex education in public schools. The guidance is not mandatory but it gives teachers ideas about teaching a wide range of health topics. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 08, 2019 - 6:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and give advice to LGBT teenagers for navigating relationships and having safe sex. LGBT advocates praised the new...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO MOREL INSTEAD OF MORELL - In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo provided by Mountain Area Health Education Center, from left, Hayley Heninger, Morgan Shirley and Kailee Morel Alvarez share their pregnancy experiences during a two-hour group prenatal session at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C. Patients do their own blood pressure and weight checks and get a support group-style experience at the monthly sessions. Some studies have found fewer preterm births and more breastfeeding among women who participate compared with conventional individual visits. (Brenda Benik via AP)
April 25, 2019 - 7:16 am
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — There's a trend in prenatal care that involves inviting lots of moms-to-be to take part, with their partners, too. The monthly visits typically last two hours and they give pregnant women a chance to take charge of their care and learn from each other. Group visits combine...
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German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Mueller, left, and Natalia Kanem, head of the U.N. population agency, present the annual report in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Kanem said that more than half the $70 million Washington used to give the agency annually was used for life-saving humanitarian programs. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 7:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. population agency chief said Wednesday she regrets the U.S. government's decision to cut funding for programs that help ensure safe pregnancies worldwide. The United States used to provide about $70 million per year toward UNFPA programs to protect the health and lives of...
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March 21, 2019 - 1:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 4 percent of women incarcerated in state prisons across the U.S. were pregnant when they were jailed, according to a new study released Thursday that researchers hope will help lawmakers and prisons better consider the health of women behind bars. The number of imprisoned...
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March 19, 2019 - 4:06 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug specifically developed for severe depression after childbirth. The agency on Tuesday approved Sage Therapeutics' Zulresso, an IV drug given over 2 ½ days. Sage said Zulresso will cost $34,000 without insurance,...
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March 08, 2019 - 2:09 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama probate judge has recognized the legal rights of an aborted embryo just months after voters approved a state constitutional amendment recognizing the rights of the unborn. A civil rights attorney said the lawsuit to which the ruling applies is unlikely to...
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This 2019 photo provided by Northwestern University shows a soft, flexible wireless sensor applied on a foot of a family's baby, who is involved in the clinical trial at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This kind of sensor could replace the tangle of wire-based sensors that currently monitor babies in hospitals' neonatal intensive care units. (Northwestern University via AP)
February 28, 2019 - 11:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Peek into any U.S. hospital's baby ICU, and you'll see sick and premature newborns covered in wired monitors that tear at fragile skin and make it hard for parents to cuddle their kids. Now researchers have created tiny skin-like wireless sensors that may finally cut those cords...
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February 22, 2019 - 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court. The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services...
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February 22, 2019 - 10:31 am
A small but haunting scene in the Oscar-nominated film "Roma" puts a rare spotlight on stillbirths. Nearly half a century after the film's setting, stillbirths are still surprisingly common, poorly understood and an often avoided topic. But scientists are finding new clues to their causes. And with...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018, file photo, Dr. Bernadith Russell hugs a friend as the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, is removed from New York's Central Park. Sims was known as the father of modern gynecology, but critics say his use of enslaved African-American women as experimental subjects was unethical. Russell, a gynecologist, said at the time she was in medical school, "He was held up as the father of gynecology with no acknowledgement of the enslaved women he experimented on." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 06, 2019 - 1:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page wasn't the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele. She was especially appalled that the image was published as he was graduating from medical school on his way to becoming a pediatrician. The 1984 photo has stirred a...
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