Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Shayne Lamas-Richie, daughter of the actor Lorenzo Lamas and a reality TV star herself, has miscarried her child and been hospitalized for complications, PEOPLE.com reports:
“We are so grateful that my daughter, Shayne Lamas-Richie, is conscious and stable. She is not in a coma, however she did miscarry the child she was carrying,” Lorenzo Lamas told PEOPLE Monday after reports broke that the former E! and The Bachelor star, 28, was in a coma. “We are so very grateful to the hospital personnel and the doctors who saved her life last night.”
His statement continued: “Shayne is aware of her condition and that her family and her husband are here with her and love her so much. She will be remaining in the hospital until her doctors determine that she can be released.”
Lamas, who was carrying her second child with husband Nik Richie, apparently collapsed in her Orange County, Calif., home and was taken to the hospital, where doctors said she was bleeding internally around her uterus.
Following an operation, Lamas lost her child. She was 16 weeks into her pregnancy. The couple’s older daughter Press is 2.
Image: Shayne Lamas-Richie, via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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Friday, February 7th, 2014
A new study from British researchers have identified a chemical, secreted by healthy embryos, that signals the womb to make itself receptive to implantation and pregnancy. The findings have far-reaching implications for women who are struggling to achieve and sustain a pregnancy. More from the researchers at Warwick Medical School:
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Before implantation, human embryos are genetically very diverse. Some embryos will contain no normal cells at all while others contain a mixture of normal and abnormal cells. Hence, no two human embryos are the same at this early stage of development.
The article, published today in Scientific Reports, shows that high quality human embryos secrete a chemical, trypsin, which renders the lining of the womb supportive of implantation. This chemical signal is deregulated in low quality embryos and causes an alarm response in the womb, which leads to either rescue or elimination of the embryo.
Professor Jan Brosens explained, “This is important, because if the lining of the womb is not well prepared for pregnancy you may find that abnormal embryos will implant or high quality embryos will not be supported. Both scenarios can lead to pregnancy loss or even late pregnancy complications, such as foetal growth restriction or preterm birth.”
“Speaking in terms of an entrance exam; a poorly prepared womb will either make the test too rigorous or too lax – decreasing the chances of a successful pregnancy.”
Approximately 15% of clinically recognised pregnancies miscarry, attributed to the invasive nature of the human embryo and prevalence of chromosomal errors.
Professor Siobhan Quenby said, “This work adds to a growing body of evidence that assessment and optimisation of the lining of the womb may be the only effective way in preventing infertility and pregnancy complications.”
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Despite improving science and public awareness campaigns around fertility issues and ways to treat them, fewer women are seeking help when they are having trouble becoming or remaining pregnant, according to an analysis of federal data. In fact, the analysis shows, the number of women who are seeking help for infertility or recurrent miscarriages is actually on the decline. More from the Detroit Free Press:
“There’s always been this perception these things are on the rise when the data have never supported that,” says Anjani Chandra, lead author of the report, out Wednesday from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Findings are based on a survey of 22,682 men and women, ages 15-44, conducted from 2006 to 2010, but much of the focus is on ages 25-44, because that’s when the report says “infertility service use may be more prevalent.”
In that age group, 17% of women had ever used any infertility service, which the report says is “a significant decrease from 20% in 1995.” Among childless women of those ages who have current fertility problems, the drop from 56% in 1982 to 38% most recently is “significantly less” than in 1982.
Kurt Barnhart, president of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, says the report confirms what he already knows.
“Fertility services are underutilized and not reaching everybody,” says Barnhart, an OB-GYN at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Image: Negative pregnancy test, via Shutterstock
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Monday, January 13th, 2014
Country music star Joe Nichols and his wife Heather are expecting their third child, PEOPLE.com is reporting:
There’s another baby on the way for the country crooner and his wife Heather, his rep confirms to PEOPLE. In addition to the couple’s 20-month-old daughterDylan River, Nichols is also dad to Ashelyn, 15.
“Joe, Heather and Dylan are very excited to be welcoming a new baby by summer,” his rep tells PEOPLE.
Nichols, 37, announced the news Thursday on Twitter.
“Aaaaaaand we’re pregnant again! Another baby Nichols on the way in 2014!” he wrote.
This is especially happy news as the couple, who have been married since 2007, has been open about their difficulty carrying a baby to term. Heather suffers from an auto-immune condition which led to five miscarriages before fertility treatments and a number of specialists helped her to successfully deliver Dylan.
Image: Joe Nichols, via DFree / Shutterstock.com
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Monday, December 30th, 2013
Dreonna Breton, a Pennsylvania nurse, is alleging that she was fired from her job after refusing a flu shot because of concerns that the vaccine would cause her to suffer a miscarriage. CNN.com has more on the story, which emerged even as a growing number of states are reporting widespread flu activity to the CDC:
“I’m a healthy person. I take care of my body. For me, the potential risk was not worth it,” Dreonna Breton told CNN Sunday. “I’m not gonna be the one percent of people that has a problem.”
Breton, 29, worked as a nurse at Horizons Healthcare Services in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when she was told that all employees were required to get a flu shot. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention advises that all health care professionals get vaccinated annually.
She told her employers that she would not get the vaccine after she explained that there were very limited studies of the effects on pregnant women.
Breton came to the decision with her family after three miscarriages.
The mother of one submitted letters from her obstetrician and primary care doctor supporting her decision, but she was told that she would be fired on December 17 if she did not receive the vaccine before then.
Horizons Healthcare Services spokesman Alan Peterson told CNN affiliate WPVI that it’s unconscionable for a health care worker not to be immunized and that pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu.
The CDC website states that getting a flu shot while pregnant is the best protection for pregnant women and their babies.
Image: Pregnant woman about to get vaccine, via Shutterstock
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