Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Long before apps, there was the rhythm method. With the rhythm method, a woman tracks her menstrual cycles on a calendar to pinpoint when she is ovulating and most likely to conceive — and so avoids sex on those days. This type of natural family planning is far from foolproof, with as many as 24 in 100 women who practice it as birth control getting pregnant in the first year. Over the years a number of apps (Kindara, Period Tracker and Ovia, among dozens of others) have popped up to help women better understand their fertility cycles. These apps simplify data-logging, help women “learn” their cycles and typically factor in other information like body temperature or the consistency of cervical fluid, both of which can indicate ovulation or the time you're most likely to become pregnant. Most of the apps are promoted as pregnancy planning tools and that's how many women use them. OB-GYNs such as Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, clinical … [Read more...] about FDA approved a ‘birth control’ app. Here’s what OB-GYNs want you to know.
Antibiotics making me sick
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Reader Center Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJosephine Sedgwick July 9, 2018 Voters in Ireland this spring struck down a 35-year-old constitutional ban on abortion, one of the strictest in Europe. In Poland, politicians are making a renewed push to restrict abortion. A bill to legalize abortion is narrowly advancing through Argentina’s Congress. And in the United States, the departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy and President Trump’s selection to succeed him is expected to redraw the well-established legal battle lines over abortion rights. Behind the roiling public debates are deeply personal experiences: an unintended pregnancy, rape, family influence, a medical crisis, feelings of loss Even in places We selected the 13 stories below from distant pockets of the globe. They reflect the spectrum of abortion laws and the important roles … [Read more...] about ‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion
Updated 4:27 AM ET, Thu June 28, 2018 (CNN)Gideon Wanjohi was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to two years in prison in his hometown in Kirinyaga County in central Kenya. His crime: not taking his pills. The year before, Wanjohi was diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and immediately prescribed a treatment spanning almost two years. This level of resistance means the bacteria that cause the infection are resistant to at least two of the most powerful anti-TB drugs, isoniazid and rifampin. Wanjohi was required to take more than 10 large tablets a day, in addition to daily injections of kanamycin, he said, which made his feet swell until he could no longer walk at times. Read More The injection in particular was painful, he said, and made him dizzy and nauseated. The treatment was prescribed for 20 months, but two months in, he stopped taking it at all. Two weeks after that, he was arrested. Public health officials arrived at his mother's home at 7 a.m., just … [Read more...] about Locked up for being sick: Prisoners recount their experience
Story highlights An Ohio woman contracted a serious infection from a tick bite Potentially deadly diseases from ticks and mosquitoes are on the rise Waverly, Ohio (CNN)On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, Jennifer Slone wants you to know that bug bites are more than just itchy. They can be deadly. And they're pretty easy to avoid. For two weeks last summer, Slone, a librarian from Waverly, Ohio, languished in the hospital as doctors struggled to get her fever down from over 104 degrees. She developed meningitis. Her liver was suffering. She became septic, an infection raging through her bloodstream. She needed three blood transfusions. Slone had ehrlichiosis, a bacterial infection from a tick bite. Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases more than triple, since 2004, in the US "I was petrified," said her husband, Nick. "I thought this was it, this was the end." Read More Slone did survive and, after 11 days in the hospital, much of which she doesn't remember, was able … [Read more...] about Survivor of near-fatal tick bite has a lesson for summer
Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Azithromycin tablets. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images Azithromycin tablets. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images Every day, 15,000 children five years old or younger die of preventable conditions diarrhea and pneumonia. In 2016, that number added up to 5.6 million children, most of them in the developing world, according to the World Health Organization. What if a simple intervention could save tens of thousands of those children? Seems like a no-brainer — unless the method used to save them puts tens of thousands of others at risk in the future. That's the dilemma presented by a paper published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers enrolled 190,238 healthy children and, over a period of two years, gave half of them four doses of the antibiotic azithromycin and half of them a placebo. The … [Read more...] about Giving Antibiotics To Healthy Kids In Poor Countries: Good Idea Or Bad Idea?