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Study: Why Pregnant Women Don’t Topple

Dec 12 01:03 PM US/Eastern
By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – With all that growing weight up front, how is it that pregnant women don’t lose their balance and topple over? Scientists think they’ve found the answer: There’s are slight differences between women and men in one lower back vertebrae and a joint in the hip, which allow women to adjust their center of gravity.

This elegant evolutionary engineering is seen only in female humans and our immediate ancestors who walked on two feet, but not in chimps and apes, according to a study published in Thursday’s journal Nature.

“That’s a big load that’s pulling you forward,” said Liza Shapiro, an anthropology professor at the University of Texas and the only one of the study’s three authors who has actually been pregnant. “You experience discomfort. Maybe it would be a lot worse if (the design changes) were not there.”

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Treachery and Tragedy

By: Devvy Kidd
October 8, 2007

© 2007 – NewsWithViews.com

Back in February I wrote a column about yet another vaccine being shoved into the bodies of Americans, this time for girls as young as nine to women in their early twenties: HPV (human papillomavirus). In that column I listed the reasons why no parent should give consent for their daughter to be subjected to yet another dangerous vaccine approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) who are nothing more than pimps for the big pharma houses and who are NEVER held accountable when these dangerous drugs are pulled. Remember when the FDA said VIOXX was safe? It’s not, many died, thousands had strokes (my brother included); this “safe” drug was pulled and lawsuits burned up the Xerox machines.

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Eight more Deaths Connected to HPV Vaccine

Adverse reactions from Gardasil number in thousands
Posted on WorldNetDaily: October 6, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

Another eight deaths in just the past few months are being connected to Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s vaccine that targets the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus and is being considered by many states as mandatory for all schoolgirls, according to documents released by Judicial Watch.

There also have been another 1,824 adverse reactions to the drug, bringing the “known total” of such problems to 3,461, according to the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.

“In light of this information, it is disturbing that state and local governments might mandate in any way this vaccine for young girls,” said Tom Fitton, the group’s president. “These adverse reactions reports suggest the vaccine not only causes serious side effects, but might even be fatal.”

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Maternal Mortality Rate in U.S. Highest in Decades, Experts Say

Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Aug 27, 2007

The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is the highest it has been in decades, according to statistics released this week by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the AP/Washington Post reports. According to the figures, the U.S. maternal mortality rate was 13 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2004. The rate was 12 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2003 — the first year the maternal death rate was more than 10 since 1977 (Stobbe, AP/Washington Post, 8/24). A total of 540 women were reported to have died of maternal causes in 2004, 45 more than were reported in 2003, according to the report (NCHS report, 8/21).

Reasons for Increase
A rise in the number of caesarean sections — which now account for 29% of all births — could be a factor in the increased maternal mortality rate, some experts said. According to a review of maternal deaths in New York, excessive bleeding is one of the primary causes of pregnancy-related death, and women who have undergone several previous c-sections are at particularly high risk of death.

Some studies have found that race and quality of care also factor into the maternal mortality rate. The maternal mortality rate among black women is at least three times higher than among white women. Black women also are more susceptible to hypertension and other complications, and they tend to receive inadequate prenatal care. Three studies have shown that at least 40% of maternal deaths could have been prevented with improved quality of care.

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Childbirth in England, it’s Shocking!

Jennifer Block, October 15, 2007

I have little Anglo-envy: the rain is dreadful, the beer is flat, and the pound is whooping my dollar’s ass. But in the case of maternity care, I can understand my American friend Jo’s sentiment, “Thank God I’m not trying to do this in the States!” She’s married to a Brit and they’re expecting their first baby at any moment. I’ve crossed the pond for the event, and in the two weeks I’ve been on call, I’ve had a taste of the English way of birth. Of course, the prenatal care, the birth care, and the postpartum care — including daily home visits to help with breastfeeding if needed — are all covered by the taxpayer-funded National Health Service. Another stark difference: midwives run the prenatal clinics and labor wards here. Most women never even see an obstetrician; if they do it’s because there’s a complication or health concern. So when Jo first became pregnant and confirmed it with her general practitioner, he said, “Brilliant! Congrats! Call the midwives!” When Jo went for her first visit to the midwives, and they assessed her as a healthy woman having a normal pregnancy, one of the first questions they asked was, “So, where would you prefer to have your baby — at home or in hospital?”

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Serious Adverse Drug Events Reported to the Food and Drug Administration, 1998-2005

Thomas J. Moore, AB; Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD; Curt D. Furberg, MD, PhD
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1752-1759.

Background  The US Food and Drug Administration has operated the Adverse Event Reporting System since 1998. It collects all voluntary reports of adverse drug events submitted directly to the agency or through drug manufacturers.

Methods  Using extracts published for research use, we analyzed all serious adverse drug events and medication errors in the United States reported to the Food and Drug Administration from 1998 through 2005.

Results  From 1998 through 2005, reported serious adverse drug events increased 2.6-fold from 34 966 to 89 842, and fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold from 5519 to 15 107. Reported serious events increased 4 times faster than the total number of outpatient prescriptions during the period. In a subset of drugs with 500 or more cases reported in any year, drugs related to safety withdrawals accounted for 26% of reported events in that group in 1999, declining to less than 1% in 2005. For 13 new biotechnology products, reported serious events grew 15.8-fold, from 580 reported in 1998 to 9181 in 2005. The increase was influenced by relatively few drugs: 298 of the 1489 drugs identified (20%) accounted for 407 394 of the 467 809 events (87%).

Conclusions  These data show a marked increase in reported deaths and serious injuries associated with drug therapy over the study period. The results highlight the importance of this public health problem and illustrate the need for improved systems to manage the risks of prescription drugs.


Author Affiliations: Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania (Mr Moore and Dr Cohen); and Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Dr Furberg).

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Which is it, Arthur? Informed Consent or Violating Human Rights?

[I found this very interesting article on the Vaccine Awakening web blog here (scroll down about 2/3s of the way). Read the link in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics linked below. Interesting how our rights to make medical decisions seems to go away when vaccinations are brought up! Imagine taking kids away from homeschooling families because they don’t want to inject their children with something that’s possibly the cause of many long-term health problems as well as immediate ones such as death.]

Arthur Caplan got his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science at Columbia University and serves as a professor of bioethics for University of Pennsylvania. He is also a consultant for GlaxoSmithKline and commentator for MSNBC.

In 1992 Caplan wrote about forced medical experimentation by doctors on captive people in concentration camps during World War II, including typhus vaccine experiments. At the time, Caplan defended the Nuremberg Code, which was created by the judges of the Nuremberg Tribunal who presided over The Doctor’s Trial at which doctors were charged with crimes against humanity. The doctors on trial used a “greater goodâ€? utilitarian defense to justify the biomedical experiments they performed without the informed consent of their captives, saying they did it to further scientific knowledge and “benefit humanity.â€?

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Link Between High Cholesterol and Cognitive Performance

News Release – March 22, 2005

BOSTON UNIVERSITY TEAM FINDS LINK BETWEEN HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND BETTER COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE

(Boston) — What’s bad for your ticker may be good for your bean, according to research from a team of scientists at Boston University.

The team looked at 18 years of data from the long-running Framingham Heart Study and found an association between naturally high levels of blood cholesterol and better mental functioning. The results were recently published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Challenging the Vaccination Dogma

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO
July 15, 2007
NewsWithViews.com

A chilling, consistent pattern exists in stories told by parents:

“My child was happy, healthy and normal. He was walking, learning to talk and interacting with his siblings. He was normal in every way?until his one-year well-baby check up. The doctor said it was time for his next round of shots. Unquestioning, the shots were given. Within weeks, he was autistic.â€?

The reports vary slightly in content and timing, but the descriptions of thousands of children who suddenly regress into the isolated world of autism are eerily the same.

What is dogma?

Webster’s defines dogma as “a doctrine; a positive arrogant assertion of opinionâ€? and medical dogmas certainly abound. Many have existed for decades simply because a claim of effectiveness was made and never disputed. Over time, the allegations were melded into medical jargon, presumed to be facts.

An early example of dogma in the vaccine industry occurred in 1913 when Dr. Simon Flexnor held out that polio was a disease caused by a virus entering the body through the nose and mouth. He postulated that paralysis arose when the virus traveled directly from the sinuses to the brain and the spinal cord. Flexnor’s assertions about the mode of paralysis were never reproduced and it is now known that polio is a gastrointestinal virus, not a respiratory virus.

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