Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

Dec 17, 2014

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

An endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, earlier this month died after a failed pregnancy caused a bacterial infection, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary necropsy results show the 19-year-old killer whale known as J-32 was pregnant with a nearly full-term female calf ...

Oct 27, 2014

Ending maternity harassment

A Supreme Court ruling last week underscores the fact that nearly three decades since the enactment of Japan's law on equal employment opportunities regardless of gender, the nation still lacks effective ways to prevent women from being forced to abandon career paths once they ...

Jul 31, 2014

Pregnant women no longer warned to avoid onsen

by Mizuho Aoki

For the first time in 32 years, pregnant women can bathe in an onsen this summer without worrying about harming themselves or their unborn baby, according to a new government guideline. Under the new guideline adopted in July, the Environment Ministry removed pregnant women ...

Jun 3, 2014

Jikei to build special perinatal unit

by Mami Maruko

To address a shortage in medical care for mothers and babies in Tokyo, the Jikei University School of Medicine plans to build a new hospital complex by fiscal 2017 that will specialize in perinatal medicine and pediatrics. Among the 25 perinatal medical centers that ...

Everyday chemical exposure linked to preterm delivery

Nov 23, 2013

Everyday chemical exposure linked to preterm delivery

Pregnant women who are exposed to chemicals known as phthalates found in plastics, lotions and food packaging may face higher odds of giving birth prematurely, a U.S. study said Monday. The findings are important because prematurity is a leading cause of infant death around ...

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

Jun 26, 2013

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

by Masaaki Kameda

Shin Shin, the female giant panda at Ueno Zoo, is highly unlikely to be pregnant, officials at the Tokyo facility said Tuesday, saying she isn’t showing the conditions usually observed before pandas give birth. Shin Shin has been removed from public viewing since June ...