Women's Health

  • 8:43am Jun 05, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Miss. Turns To Cord Blood To Track Down Statutory Rapists

    Starting in July, doctors and midwives in Mississippi will be required by law to collect samples of umbilical cord blood from babies born to some girls under the age of 16. Officials will analyze the samples and try to identify the fathers through matches in the state's DNA database.
  • 8:10pm Apr 30, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B Pill For Women 15 And Up

    Under the proposal, teenagers below 15 would now need a prescription to purchase the morning-after pill. That age was previously 17. The plan would also allow the product to be sold on retail shelves, rather than behind the pharmacy counters, with age to be verified by cashiers rather than pharmacy staff.
  • 12:15pm Apr 26, 2013
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    Philadelphia Case Exposes Deep Rift In Abortion Debate

    Abortion opponents say the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is charged with five counts of murder, shows the need for more and stricter regulation of abortion clinics. But abortion rights backers say more restrictions give women few choices besides substandard facilities.
  • A JAMA Psychiatry study found that 1 in 7 mothers are affected by postpartum depression.
    2:09pm Mar 14, 2013
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    Postpartum Depression Affects 1 In 7 Mothers

    Researchers aren't sure exactly why certain women are more vulnerable to postpartum depression. But authors of a new study are recommending that all pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression.
  • Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
    4:51pm Feb 22, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

    Emergency contraceptives like Plan B and ella are effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Claims that the pills are tantamount to abortion, however, aren't supported by science, say researchers. The only way the drugs work is by stopping a woman's body from ovulating.
  • A picture from the photo story "Keg Stand Queens," which explores the gender dynamics of undergraduate binge drinking.
    Amanda Berg / The Alexia Foundation for NPR
    11:59am Jan 09, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Binge Drinking Among Women Is Both Dangerous And Overlooked

    About 13 percent of U.S. women go on drinking binges each month, say officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The damage from binge drinking runs the gamut from death to unintended pregnancy. Public health officials say binge drinking can be curbed with greater awareness and thoughtful interventions.
  • Betty Daniel gets a routine yearly mammogram from mammography tech Stella Palmer at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago in 2012.
    Heather Charles / MCT/Landov
    10:08am Jan 02, 2013
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    Breast Cancer: What We Learned In 2012

    The 2012 mammography debate was a continuation of a controversy touched off three years ago when a government task force said women under 50 don't need regular mammograms. And one recent analysis found that regular screenings haven't reduced the rate of advanced breast cancers.