Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending December 18, 2022. 

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Women’s health tech

Israeli women have developed a new design for IUDs that is more comfortable, easier to insert, compatible with more women’s anatomy, and can be adapted as an intrauterine drug delivery vehicle. There are plenty of other “femtech” startups in the country, including one for embryo selection in IVF and one that allows pregnant women to do their own ultrasounds at home with their phone. Read more here.

This is important for you because only 4% of life science investment worldwide goes to women’s health.

Pre-birth treatment

Doctors have been performing surgery on fetuses for decades. Fetuses have even been given blood transfusions through the umbilical cord. But for the first time, a fetus was just given medication that treated her genetic condition. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is just hands down amazing.

Who are egg and sperm donors?

Do they want you to know? And do you actually want to know? Read more here.

This is important for you because Colorado just opted to outlaw anonymous donations so the resultant kids could have access to their medical histories. This seems like a big deal, except that in our age of direct-to-consumer DNA testing, anonymity is kind of an illusion anyway.

Elephant twins

Very few elephant twins are born, and of those, few survive. But Asian elephant twins were recently born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. They’re the first elephant twins to survive in the US. Read more here.

This is important for you because cute, cute, cute, cute, cute.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Occupational Hazards for Pregnant People in the Beauty Industry. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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