European research confirms abortion increases risk of future preterm births

first_imgWorldMag 22 June 2015Studies leading up to a 2009 meta-analysis indicate the medical community has been aware for years of a link between abortions (induced and spontaneous) and subsequent preterm births. New research from Europe pinpoints surgical dilation and curettage (D&C) procedures as the culprit.A D&C is one of the most common methods of first trimester surgical abortion. A doctor may also perform a D&C after a miscarriage (also known as a spontaneous abortion) to remove the lifeless baby’s body.Last week in Lisbon, at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Dr. Pim Ankum of the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam presented his analysis of 21 cohort studies involving nearly 2 million women. He found women who had undergone a D&C after an abortion or miscarriage faced in a subsequent pregnancy a 29 percent higher chance of a preterm birth (defined as between 32 and 37 weeks) and a 69 percent greater chance of a very preterm birth (before 32 weeks).During natural labor, the cervix dilates and thins over the course of several hours. But in some D&C procedures, an abortionist expands the cervix with metal rods. The abortionist then uses a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette to kill and scrape out the preborn baby. Ankum suggested the traumatic dilation during a D&C may injure a woman’s cervix, made mostly of muscle, increasing the possibility it will open prematurely in a future pregnancy. The invasive procedure may also introduce certain genital tract infections known to cause premature birth.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 1 out of every 9 babies born in the United States is preterm. Many of them experience breathing or feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and hearing or visual impairments. In 2010, more than one-third of all infant deaths in the United States could be traced to preterm-related causes. read more

A new Page: After switching to defense, Page transforms Syracuse into title contender

first_imgKrista Page had played field hockey at Catawba College and decided to make the sport a part of her adult life by accepting the head coaching position at Cocalico (Pa.) Senior High School 13 years ago.Her daughter Jordan, though, originally wanted no part of field hockey. So when her mother dragged her and the Cocalico team to a summer field hockey camp run by former Old Dominion head coach Beth Anders, the younger Page was unwilling to leave the bleachers.But once Jordan built up the courage to join everyone on the pitch, Krista Page immediately knew which sport her daughter should pursue.“She really wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. It was either volleyball or cheerleading, and we decided to do field hockey,” Jordan’s mother said with a laugh. “She just started playing in the seventh grade and found some success in it, and here we are.”Now a junior, Jordan Page has established her role as a defensive anchor for the No. 3 Orange (14-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast). She has started every game this season, tallying seven assists and shutting down a number of skilled opponents along the way.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHowever, Syracuse is more than just a school or a team for Page. It’s her second home.“I really enjoy Syracuse, the atmosphere here, the coaching staff here and what the program represents,” she said. “Syracuse was the best fit for me.”It was the final destination of a journey that began in 2005.It all started during the summer of that year when Page finally picked up a stick at Beth Anders’ camp and trotted onto the field, not thinking her decision would completely alter her future.But as those in attendance would soon find out, she was a natural. Even Anders, who led Old Dominion to nine national championships during her illustrious coaching career, took notice immediately.“You could tell she was going to be good from the get-go,” Anders said. “She could see someone do something and repeat it on the spot.”It might have been the first time the two worked together, but it wouldn’t be the last.Page said her multiple visits to Old Dominion shaped her as a player. She received one-on-one lessons from Anders and saw what it was like to play for a powerhouse Division I program.“It was beneficial in the fact that I got to play, and I developed my skills a little bit quicker than others,” she said. “Not just my skills. My knowledge of the game is greatly owed to that.”That knowledge paid off in the high school ranks, as Page went on to score 66 goals for Cocalico.Her lone regret was failing to win a state championship, Cocalico’s closest opportunity being a finals appearance in 2010.That’s why Page had to choose a college team capable of winning a championship. Mother Krista said this desire, along with Jordan’s adulation for former Orange midfielder Shannon Taylor, led her daughter to Central New York.Anders was disappointed that Page didn’t pick Old Dominion, but she still wished her the best.“A player with her caliber, you would certainly want to coach on your team,” she said. “But that’s a family decision and I’m sure it was the right one for her.”Anders also said that Page is one of the most coachable players she has ever worked with, one that rarely repeats mistakes and does whatever it takes to help the team.Page’s current head coach, Ange Bradley, found that out when the junior accepted a position change earlier this season.“When we shifted her from a midfield to a back, that was the single most growing moment of our team system and style of play,” Bradley said. “It allowed us to go from being a good team to a great team, and that really made a lot of difference in the way we play.”Just as Page has been a catalyst for Syracuse in 2013, her family continues to be the biggest influence in her field hockey career. She said that none of her accomplishments would be possible without the support of her parents.“They gave up a lot of themselves to help me and have me succeed,” she said.Krista Page said her proudest moment as a parent came during Syracuse’s overtime loss to No. 1 Maryland on Oct. 18. It was during that game that, after watching Jordan develop as a player for the past eight years, she fully grasped how mature her daughter had become.“She played out of her mind in my opinion that day,” Krista Page said as she fought back tears. “There were national team players on that field, and there she is shutting them down.“It just brings tears to your eyes because you want nothing more than for your kids to do the best that they can do.”Even Jordan is amazed by how far she has come since she stood up from that aluminum bleacher seat in 2005 and began the next chapter of her life. Although her main objective has yet to be achieved, she still finds complete fulfillment in her ability to handle any bounce on the field.“We’re still striving to win a national championship here, which was an ultimate goal when I came to Syracuse,” Page said. “But it’s just going out, working hard, and seeing results happen. Just getting closer and closer to the ultimate goal that we all have here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2013 at 12:41 am Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edulast_img read more

DPS urges safety over weekend

first_imgHalloween is on the horizon. As students plan parties, don costumes and consume candy and other substances, the Dept. of Public Safety said it plans to keep a close eye on festivities.“It’s parent’s weekend, Halloween and there is a major home football game,” DPS Capt. David Carlisle said. “Add in the party at the Shrine, and I am confident DPS will have a busy weekend.”The Shrine is hosting the fourth annual HARD Haunted Mansion, an electric music festival, on Friday and Saturday.After attending HARD last year, Jackson Roddy, a then-freshman majoring in accounting, fell out of a window on the sixth floor of Birnkrant Residential Hall. Roddy sustained serious injuries, but is expected to return to USC in spring 2012, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson.“The vast majority of students are able to take care of themselves and remain in control, but students need to take care of each other and help each other out if necessary,” Jackson said.Carlisle said students should not hesitate to contact DPS or another emergency service if they need help.“From the time students attend freshman orientation until they are seniors, DPS encourages them to make smart decisions,” Carlisle said. “Smart decisions mean students who use alcohol use it responsibly, illegal drugs are avoided and students adhere to Trojans Care For Trojans. This means that students should not let their fellow Trojans make poor decisions.”Conner McMains, a sophomore majoring in health promotion and disease prevention studies and biological sciences, said he believes programs like Trojans Care For Trojans help keep students safe at raves and similar events like HARD, which does not classify itself as a rave.“I’ve attended a rave before and the keys to staying safe at these types of events are hydration and staying around people you know,” he said.Though McMains said he was alarmed when he first heard about Roddy’s fall, he said he will not avoid rave-like events because of it.“The bad stories are the ones you hear about, and they happen rarely,” McMains said. “If one is conscious, cautious and plans ahead, the event should be safe and fun.”Cliff Liu, a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism, said he plans to attend HARD but does not plan to take drugs or drink alcohol.“I don’t need to take any precautions — none,” Liu said. “I don’t do drugs or drink and it is not my problem for those students who go too far with alcohol and drugs. They should monitor themselves because it is their bodies that they are damaging.”Jackson, however, said students should watch out for each other at HARD and other Halloween parties.“DPS can only do so much to ensure student safety,” Jackson said. “It’s a matter of common sense. Go out and have fun, but keep your wits about you.”last_img read more

UWI to confer former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson, with honorary doctorate

first_imgSimpson Miller served as the seventh Prime Minister of Jamaica from 2006-2007 and 2012-2016, she was also the recipient of the Jamaican Order of the Nation in 2006. Outstanding contribution to public lifeThe university says the degree is being conferred in recognition of Simpson Miller’s “outstanding and meritorious contribution to public life, and of her phenomenal achievements as a woman from the working class community who, without the privileges of wealth, colour, class and respected profession, overcame those obstacles and emerged as the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica.” Commitment to regional integration“As Prime Minister, she emphasized her commitment to regional integration and cooperation. During her tenure, she used her considerable political and social skills to harness international and domestic support for the stabilization and growth of the Jamaican economy,” the UWI said in a statement. Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies (UWI), during an official ceremony scheduled for September 30.center_img The ceremony will be held at the UWI’s Mona Campus . The former Prime Minister is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, which is an international network of current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers whose mission is to advance women’s issues.last_img read more

Upcoming: Spring Fling Fundraiser

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisEvery year, the Thunder Bay Folk Society hosts their Spring Fling fundraiser. It’s a mini music festival that families and members of the community can enjoy.With a total of twelve different bands, prizes, food, and even free activities for the kids–there’s a lot to look forward too.“It’s a great family event, bring your children, dance, kick your shoes off- dance and have fun, even the children enjoy it.” Said Nichola Cornelius, TBFS board member. “I mean bring your families out it’s something to do in the community, its for the community…we need more like this I believe…music, laughter, fun.”Tickets are ten dollars at the door with 16 and under free. The event will take place this Saturday at the VFW from noon until midnight.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Allor Hosts “Coffee Hour” In Tawas CityNext Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Earth Day Bag Projectlast_img read more