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  • Terminally ill toddler was turned into cruel internet meme, mom says

    12/01/2016 1:13:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | December 2, 2016 | By Jennifer Earl
    As soon as her tiny baby boy was born, Jenny Smith knew something was wrong. She could see it in the doctors’ faces, and she could hear it in her newborn son’s weak cry. Before the small-town mom from Ranburne, Alabama, could even hold newborn Grayson, doctors were whisking him away to a medical center in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there she found out her baby was diagnosed with an array of serious problems: occipital encephalocele, craniosynostosis, micronathia, thumb hypoplasia, a cleft palate, hypospadias, congenital anomalies of the lower limbs, ASD of the heart, apnea, and he did not appear...
  • In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day

    10/26/2016 6:30:52 AM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 47 replies
    Press Statement Bureau of Public Affairs Office of Press Relations ^ | October 26, 2016 | John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
    In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC October 26, 2016 Share On the occasion of Intersex Awareness Day, the United States stands in solidarity with intersex persons around the world. We recognize that intersex persons face violence, discrimination, stigma, harassment, and persecution on account of their sex characteristics, which do not fit binary notions of typical male or female bodies. Intersex persons routinely face forced medical surgeries that are conducted at a young age without free or informed consent. These interventions jeopardize their physical integrity and...
  • List of Possible Zika Birth Defects Grows Longer

    06/25/2016 3:58:57 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 15 replies
    Scientific American ^ | June 24, 2016 | Dina Fine Maron
    Even without microcephaly, seizures and developmental delays may appear in the months following birth The full scope of Zika-related birth defects may extend far beyond abnormally small heads and brain damage. Research to be presented next week at a teratology conference in San Antonio, Texas, suggests that serious joint problems, seizures, vision impairment, trouble feeding and persistent crying can be added to the list of risks from Zika exposure in the womb. The new findings confirm doctors’ concerns that even when Zika-exposed babies are born without microcephaly and appear largely normal at birth they can go on to have health...
  • Elena's Inbox - A project of the Sunlight Foundation (when she was in Clinton Admin)

    07/03/2010 11:44:41 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 1+ views
    This # site parses the emails sent and received by Elena Kagan during her time in the Clinton administration and presents them in a more familiar interface. # You may find that some records are garbled or incomplete, or that conversations are fractured. Please bear with us: the source documents are extremely messy. We're working to improve the quality of the documents hosted here. # Due to the programmatic nature of the tools used to build this site, we recommend checking any research effort against the source files released by the Clinton Library. ELENA'S INBOX
  • Scientist Says Legalized Abortion Hindered Research on Massive Zika Virus

    02/03/2016 8:27:07 PM PST · by kathsua · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Feb 2, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A scientific researcher who has been studying the Zika virus and its possible link to brain abnormalities in babies says legalized abortion hindered his research. The mosquito-borne virus, a growing concern in South America, is believed to be linked to microcephaly, a neurological disorder where a baby’s head is significantly smaller and the brain is abnormally developed, according to the Mayo Clinic. The condition is not typically fatal, but it can cause health problems throughout the baby’s life. The World Health Organization reports that the relationship between the virus and microcephaly has not been confirmed yet but is highly suspected....
  • First Case of Zika Virus, Linked to Birth Defects, Confirmed in Los Angeles

    01/27/2016 6:28:12 PM PST · by Marie · 37 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | onathan Zhou
    The Zika virus, a disease suspected of causing birth defects which spread across much of Latin America in 2015, has now reached the United States. A young girl who traveled from Los Angeles County to El Salvador was infected with the mosquito-transmitted disease, according to the local department of public health. The girl has now recovered, but it’s not the adults infected with the disease who are especially at risk—it’s the unborn. The Zika virus is linked to microcephaly, a birth defect where the infant is born with an abnormally small brain. The majority of children born with the disease...
  • Hawaii Department of Health Reports First Case Of Zika Virus In The U.S.

    01/16/2016 3:03:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 01/16/2016 | Andrew Liptak
    Just days after the Center for Disease Control recommended travel warnings to pregnant women headed to Latin America, the Hawaiian Department of Health has confirmed a Zika "virus infection in a baby r"ecently born with microcephaly in a hospital on Oahu. The release stressed that this case wasn't acquired in the United States: the mother was pregnant in Brazil in May 2015, when the virus was transmitted. Neither the infant or the mother are contagious. ...
  • Dawkins Calls Evil Good and Good Evil

    03/30/2015 2:05:32 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | Jeff Miller
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). Turning right and wrong upside down is a human habit that goes back thousands of years. Modern times are no different. Famous evolutionary biologist and professor of Oxford University, Richard Dawkins, recently showed his hand in a twitter conversation that has gained media attention. The British Broadcasting Corporation, a public service broadcaster among many others in the United Kingdom, reported that a twitter user said to Dawkins, “I honestly don’t...
  • Abbott says he grieves for Davis

    09/07/2014 1:50:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | September 6, 2014 | Staff & wire reports
    Republican Greg Abbott says he grieves for Democrat Wendy Davis after his gubernatorial opponent revealed that she once had an abortion upon learning that the fetus had a severe brain abnormality. Abbott said Saturday in a statement that “the unspeakable pain of losing a child is beyond tragic for any parent.” He said he grieves for the Davis family and the loss of life. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, discloses the abortion for the first time in her new memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid. She had become pregnant in 1996 but had the abortion after doctors told her...
  • A Crime No Man Can Commit:

    07/16/2014 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Given the link between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and birth defects, should expectant mothers who drink be arrested for assault? If not, it is hard to see why Mallory Loyola is in jail. Loyola, who was arrested last week after giving birth to a baby girl who tested positive for amphetamine, is the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes drug consumption by pregnant women. The law, ostensibly aimed at protecting children, is really about punishing what its chief sponsor described as "the worst of the worst": women who not only use arbitrarily proscribed intoxicants...
  • Australian woman wins multi-million Thalidomide payout from Diageo

    07/18/2012 12:00:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:36am EDT | (Reporting by Aicha Marhfour; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)
    An Australian woman has won a multi-million dollar payout from UK company Diageo PLC, the local distributor of the drug Thalidomide that caused birth defects in thousand of babies around the world in the 1960s, her lawyers said on Wednesday. Lynette Rowe, 50, was born without arms and legs after her mother Wendy took Thalidomide for a month while pregnant. At the time the drug was prescribed as a treatment for morning sickness. The settlement with Rowe could pave the way for more than 100 other Thalidomide victims in Australia and New Zealand to receive compensation through a class action,...
  • Lifestyles That Are Taboo In The US, But Are Okay In Other Countries

    06/19/2012 7:39:28 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 45 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | June 19, 2012
    Being A Polygamist Most of us frown upon the idea of polygamy, but it's considered an acceptable lifestyle in many other places around the world. For instance in Africa, children are considered to be symbolic of wealth, so polygamy is an appealing lifestyle because of how quickly it allows families to grow. Being Or Using A Prostitute Prostitution has some terrible connotations in America, but in places like Germany, it's just like any other respectable profession. For instance, if you are unemployed for a year and refuse to take an available job (like being a prostitute), the government reserves the...
  • Agent Orange’s Toxic Legacy Hits Home

    01/13/2011 9:52:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 13 replies
    Opinion Forum ^ | January 13, 2012 | Jan Barry
    Retired Master Sergeant LeRoy Foster is haunted by the job that launched his 20-year career in the US Air Force—spraying herbicides along perimeter fences and fuel pipelines at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. This duty seemed inconsequential, field maintenance work done amid B-52 bombers thundering in and out to refuel for bombing raids over Vietnam and a beehive of other military operations buzzing at Navy bases on the small island in the mid-Pacific Ocean. Despite nasty outbreaks of acne that a military doctor recorded in a 1968 medical report, he couldn’t imagine that the government-issued weed-killers might be planting...
  • The greatest taboo: woman lifts lid on tragic genetic consequences of when first cousins marry

    08/22/2010 11:01:22 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 168 replies
    Daily Mail Online (UK) ^ | August 22, 2010 | Tazeed Ahmad
    My mum... was the first girl to live beyond childhood. Five of her sisters died as babies or toddlers. It was not until many years later that anyone worked out why so many children died and three boys were born deaf... Today there is no doubt among us that this tragedy occurred because my grandparents were first cousins.... [snip] In the UK more than 50 per cent of British Pakistanis marry their cousins.. ... the practice is on the rise and also common among East African, Middle-Eastern and Bangladeshi communities... the children of first cousins are ten times more likely...
  • Baby that survived botched abortion was rejected for cleft lip and palate

    04/29/2010 9:41:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies · 1,130+ views
    Telegraph ^ | April 29, 2010 | Simon Caldwell
    The 22-week infant was found breathing a day after the operation. He died one day later in intensive care at a hospital in the mother's home town of Rossano, in southern Italy. The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans revealed that the foetus had a cleft lip and palate, according to reports in the Italian media. The condition is treatable with surgery. The baby - weighing just 11oz - survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabro hospital, but was left by doctors to die. He was discovered alive...
  • Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License for Killing Wrong Twin in Failed Abortion

    04/12/2010 11:51:16 AM PDT · by julieee · 72 replies · 1,541+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 12, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License for Killing Wrong Twin in Failed Abortion Tampa, FL -- A Florida-based abortion practitioner lost his medical license this weekend after the state medical board evaluated his license. Matthew Kachinas was supposed to do an abortion on one of the twin babies who had physical disabilities but wound up killing the other baby in the failed abortion. http://LifeNews.com/state4981.html
  • Researchers: Most 'test tube' kids are healthy

    02/21/2010 10:56:12 AM PST · by cajuncow · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-21-10 | Randolph E. Schmid, AP Science Writer
    SAN DIEGO – More than 30 years after the world greeted its first "test-tube" baby with a mixture of awe, elation and concern, researchers say they are finding only a few medical differences between these children and kids conceived in the traditional way. More than 3 million children have been born worldwide as a result of what is called assisted reproductive technology, and injecting sperm into the egg outside the human body now accounts for about 4 percent of live births, researchers reported Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The majority of...
  • Caster Semenya, woman who rocked athletics world, 'is hermaphrodite'

    09/11/2009 4:17:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 76 replies · 4,631+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 09/11/09 | Rick Broadbent and Fred Bridgland
    Caster Semenya, woman who rocked athletics world, 'is hermaphrodite' Rick Broadbent and Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg Sex tests carried out on Caster Semenya, the world 800 metres champion, show that she is a hermaphrodite, a source close to the case claimed last night. If the allegation is backed up by the official results, the South African may find herself stripped of her gold medal and banned from racing. The IAAF, the world governing body, refused to comment on the claim last night, but earlier in the day its general secretary, Pierre Weiss, said: “It is clear that she is a...
  • A grief conserved: Perinatal hospice offers alternative to trauma of aborting disabled child

    07/31/2009 8:32:29 AM PDT · by rhema · 60 replies · 1,475+ views
    WORLD ^ | August 15, 2009 | Matt Anderson
    "Something's wrong with this baby," my ultrasound technician told me. She had just scanned Mrs. Jones (a fictitious name) at 20 weeks and went on to describe her findings, findings that surely meant little chance of survival for that baby. As I later spoke with Mrs. Jones to relay the findings, she wept. I arranged an appointment with a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist. The next day I received an urgent call from my patient. Through more tears, she described her visit in which the MFM doctor confirmed the grim prognosis. The baby would die, probably within a week or two....
  • Girl with Half Her Brain Missing Lives Normal Life: Researchers Amazed

    07/29/2009 3:29:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies · 2,366+ views
    life Site News ^ | July 29, 2009 | Hilary White
    July 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Scientists are stunned to discover that a ten-year-old German girl's brain has rewired itself to allow her to see out of one eye as though she has two, even though half of her brain tissue was entirely missing from birth. In a report published this week in the online version of the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Lars Muckli, a neuroscientist at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, said, "Despite lacking one hemisphere, she's capable of living a normal life."The girl, called AH in the study, was born with only one...