Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Feb 4, 2015

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

A Colorado proposal to require warning signs aimed at pregnant or nursing women at shops selling marijuana was rejected Tuesday, but the suggestion renewed debate about how to approach maternal marijuana use. The bill would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about “dangers ...

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Feb 1, 2015

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died. Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said Djerrasi (jer-AH-see) died Friday of complications of cancer at his San Francisco home. He was 91. Djerassi was a professor emeritus at Stanford, ...

Abstinence on rise as nearly half of Japanese report no sex

Jan 19, 2015

Abstinence on rise as nearly half of Japanese report no sex

Talk about a low birthrate. Increasing numbers of married couples and others are choosing to go without sex. A biennial survey conducted last September by the Japan Family Planning Association found that 49.3 percent of all respondents said they had not indulged in bedroom ...

Dec 27, 2014

Irish court rules on brain-dead pregnant woman

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age ...

Dec 25, 2014

Scientists fine genes linked to developmental disorders

British scientists said Wednesday they have discovered 12 genes linked to developmental disorders in children that can cause heart defects, seizures and intellectual disability. The genes were found in a trawl of the genomes of 1,133 children with severe undiagnosed disorders and their parents, ...

Dec 24, 2014

India's birth rate shrinks

India’s birth rate declined dramatically in the last two decades due in part to rising female literacy, a new study shows, but experts warned against complacency in the country of 1.2 billion. The total fertility rate, or the number of children the average woman ...

Dec 18, 2014

U.K. proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people

New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies. In a statement issued on Wednesday, ...