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Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar

A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new apps and websites now make it possible to get prescription contraceptives without going to the doctor.

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May 13, 2016

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Emily S

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A Woman Realized She Was Pregnant After She Saw Weird Data On Her Fitbit

A couple from NYC says they found out an important piece of data from a Fitbit: They are expecting their first child.  David told BuzzFeed News that he and his wife, Ivonne, started trying to have a baby a few months ago.  “I knew it was a possibility at any point,” David said of his wife’s...

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Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App

With mothers and medical providers clamoring for answers about postpartum depression, scientists are beginning a major effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of mood disorders that afflict millions of women during and after 

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Sep 11, 2015

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Emily S

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Meet Deep Genomics, a start-up bringing the power of deep learning to genomics

Twelve years ago was a low point for Brendan Frey. His wife at the time was pregnant, but genetic counselors told the couple that something was wrong with the baby.  “There was a problem, but they really couldn’t tell us how serious it was,” Frey recalled to me. “It was sort of a genetic problem...

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Jun 18, 2015

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Christy

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Your Health Insurer Wants to Know Exactly When You Get Pregnant

Having a baby isn't just expensive for parents. Insurance companies spend $18,329 on the average natural birth in the U.S., and that cost goes up for Caesarian sections, multiple births, pre-term deliveries, or complications.

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Jun 9, 2015

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Deirdre

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Why you'll soon be tracking your reproductive health with an app

If you browse HealthKit, Apple's health-tracking app, you might think that its female users don't menstruate. The app, after all, includes dozens of metrics like blood type, body temperature and exercise, but not a single way to track one's period. When HealthKit debuted in the spring, critics...

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May 11, 2015

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Maggie

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Does Mom's Cellphone Startle the Fetus?

The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellphone and beeper use among more than two dozen resident physicians while they...

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Apr 2, 2014

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Maggie

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Dr. Facebook gives contraceptive advice

Social media are particularly popular among young women; thus, a new study investigated whether providing young women with contraceptive advice via social media, specifically Facebook, would be effective for increasing their contraceptive knowledge and use. The study was published in the April...

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Mar 25, 2014

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Maggie

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Hear Your Unborn Baby's Heartbeat? There's an App for That

Bellabeat, the company behind the iPhone-enabled fetal heart-rate monitor, updated its iOS app on Thursday. The latest version includes a new feature to help expectant mothers track changes in their mental health, in addition to the tools for keeping tabs on their own physical health and their baby...

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