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No doctors, nurses or painkillers: surviving pregnancy in Venezuela

Yoli Cabeza was sent from one hospital to another before finally giving birth to her daughter Yusmari in the corridor of a maternity ward because her contractions came quicker than medical help. The 37-year-old was diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy but that didn´t spare her from Venezuela´s medical "roulette" — the practice of referring patients from hospital to hospital due to a lack of personnel, supplies or sanitary conditions. Cabeza told AFP she "did the tour of every hospital in" Ciudad Guyana, the biggest…

Week 34 of pregnancy reduces breast cancer risk: study

PARIS: Women's bodies undergo a "striking" change during a specific week of pregnancy that can significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer later in life, scientists said Tuesday. Previous research has highlighted how women under the age of 30 can reduce their risk of contracting breast cancer later in life by having a baby. But a new study by experts in Denmark and Norway claims to have identified the precise week of pregnancy when the change occurs. "If you deliver a child at week 33 you get the…

Pregnant Serena back in world number one spot

PARIS: US tennis star Serena Williams returned to the world number one spot in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, days after announcing her pregnancy. The 35-year-old moved up one place during a week dedicated to Fed Cup action ahead of Germany's Angelique Kerber with Czech Karolina Pliskova holding third spot. Williams, one of the greatest players of all time, revealed Wednesday that she is expecting her first baby and will not play again this year. Kelly Bush Novak, Williams' publicist, said this week…

Undersea mystery: seahorse genetic secrets unveiled

WASHINGTON: Scientists have unlocked some of the genetic secrets of the weird and wondrous seahorse including its exotic eccentricity of male pregnancy. Researchers said they have sequenced the genome of a seahorse species for the first time and identified the genetic underpinning for certain peculiarities in this equine-looking fish group that inhabits coastal waters around the world. Seahorses boast a host of oddities. Males, not females, carry and give birth to babies. They swim upright, not horizontally.…

Surgery during pregnancy carries low risk

Surgical procedures during pregnancy are generally safe, new research indicates. “Clearly, surgery during pregnancy should only be considered if absolutely necessary,” said Paul Aylin, study co-author and an epidemiologist at the Imperial College London in England. But when expectant mothers do need to undergo surgery, “the information provided in our analysis may give reassurance,” he told Reuters Health by email. Aylin and colleagues used England’s national hospital database to identify nearly 6.5 million pregnancies…

Brain-dead woman gives birth in Poland

WARSAW: A brain-dead Polish woman was kept alive for 55 days so that she could give birth, a hospital official said Tuesday, adding that the premature baby showed no signs of serious complications.