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4 Women With Lives Scarred by Genital Cutting: Could a Surgeon Heal Them?

­PHILADELPHIA — She called it her “deepest, darkest secret,” one she had never even shared with her husband. When Saffiatu Sillah was growing up in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, her clitoris was cut off in a ritual circumcision. She was left with scar tissue that caused pain during sex and agony during… Read More »

FDA draft guidance seeks better safety data for pregnant women

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing recommendations on how to better design studies to assess pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to FDA-regulated drugs and biological products. The new guidance includes sections on obtaining information from databases and electronic health records systems. According to the agency, its recommendations replace 2002 guidance issued to industry—which has… Read More »

Nearly 12% of Women Report Consuming Alcohol During Pregnancy

While different countries may have different attitudes toward the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has taken a firm stand against the use of alcohol during pregnancy. In the report entitled “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” the AAP identified prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects… Read More »