Biological Clock For Women Not a Myth

All women are born with a finite number of eggs, scientists estimate around one million. DiaperChamp ObGyn nurse practicioner Regina Ledoux explains, "Once a woman reaches puberty, that number is only around 400,000 and then, a woman begins to lose around 750 eggs each month." The best quality eggs are used up first, and the ones that remain are not so great in quality. There are fertility treatments that can help, but women know about their eggs, and once a woman begins to get a bit older, she starts to worry about perhaps running out of eggs, or running out of quality eggs before she gets pregnant.


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Preterm Labor Defined By The Experts

Preterm labor is defined as labor that starts prior to week 37 of pregnancy. No one really knows why some women’s bodies prepare for labor too soon, but there are some risk factors that can make preterm labor more likely. Babyresource.com's Dr. Karen Leham explains for example, pregnant women who smoke, drink alcohol or use illegal drugs while pregnant can lead to preterm labor. Other things that can increase the risk of preterm labor are being overweight, not receiving good prenatal care, or having health issues like gestational diabetes or high blood pressure.

There are several warning signs of premature labor, including cramping, bleeding, contractions that are regular and less than 10 minutes apart, flu-like symptoms, and pelvic cramping or pressure. Preterm labor can lead to an early delivery,[...]

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Kenyan scientists weigh on GMOs

Scientists from one of Kenya’s premier university have endorsed crop genetic engineering. After a two-day workshop last week, University of Nairobi researchers dismissed fears that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) posed dangers to human health and the environment.

The scientists said although some caution was needed about GMOs, they had been found to be safe. They called on Kenya and other African countries to quickly enact biosafety laws that would allow their introduction.

Dr. John Nderitu, the Dean of College of Agriculture and Veterinary Services at the University of Nairobi likened GMOs to automobiles which he said if used badly could bring negative outcomes to the society. He said as long as there were biosafety laws to regulate GMOs, he saw nothing wrong in them.

The Kenyan scientists’ call could not have come at a better time. Debate on[...]

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Biological Clock Ticks for Men Too

Believe it or not, a man’s biological clock ticks too, much like a woman’s can. The older a man gets, the more time it can take for his partner to get pregnant. Even if a woman is in her 20’s, at the prime of her fertility, but her partner is age 45 or older, it can take as much as four times as long for her to get pregnant than it would if her partner were in his 20’s. Men need to realize that their age does affect fertility as well.

As a man gets older, the quality of his sperm also decreases. Sperm motility and overall quality decreases as a man ages, and this can sometimes cause problems. Paternal age has been directly linked to a greater risk of certain conditions like Down Syndrome,[...]

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Vilsack targeted for his Pro-GMOs stand

One day after President-Elect Barak Obama picked Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack, as Agriculture Secretary, anti-biotechnology activists are out in full force trying to paint him as an apologist for the biotech industry. Tara Lohan in an article on Alternet.org declares Obama is sending to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) “…a pro-GMOs, pro-Biofuels Ag Secretary.”

Way back on November 12, when word went out that Obama planned to nominate Vilsack, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) listed, on its website, six reasons why he’s inappropriate for the position.

Writing on the Nation, John Nichol quotes OCA as accusing Vilsack of having “…a glowing reputation as being a shill for agribusiness biotech[...]

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