Advances in genetics may lead to eradicating schizophrenia. Or future schizophrenics.
A recent headline in the Washington Post proclaimed "Scientists open the 'black box' of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery."
While the headline may be a little hyped, what actually happened has the potential to be, as the saying goes, a "game changer" — only not in the way the article would have us believe. more >>
Roman Catholic Church leaders in Latin American countries dealing with the outbreak of the Zika virus are pushing back against groups that are promoting abortion for women who are pregnant.
The Zika virus, which is transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitos, was once confined to parts of Africa and Asia, but has now spread to 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean. Symptoms from the virus are suspected to cause neurological birth defects such as microcephaly, a brain deformity, but medical researchers have yet to confirm the link.
Auxiliary Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner of the Catholic Church in Brazil, a nation with hundreds of confirmed cases of Zika, denounced a recent call from the United Nations to loosen abortion restrictions to allow women who've contracted the virus to abort their pregnancies in the first, second or third trimesters. more >>
A major pro-choice organization is boycotting hospitals with maternity wards because they "humanize fetuses."
The National Abortion Rights Action League tweeted recently that they were opting to boycott all hospitals that provide maternity care for treating fetuses like they were babies.
"We'll boycott All Maternity Wards for they use #antichoice scheme of humanizing fetuses to convince mothers to love children — #NotBuyingIt," tweeted NARAL. more >>
This week, a coalition of pro-life and faith-based groups — most based in Texas — are coming together under the banner Texas Loves Life. We're not doing it for press conferences, lobbying or other common reasons. The coalition Texas Loves Life exists solely to pray for the Supreme Court, believing for life to be upheld as the court considers an important Texas pro-life law in the current session.
Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group based in Round Rock, Texas, addressed pro-life faith leaders on our first conference call (recording now online) this past Monday.
"We recently surveyed our network of 183 life-affirming pregnancy centers in Texas, who reported increases as high as 300 percent of women using our ultrasound and other services," said Everett. more >>
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency over the growing spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and parts of the Caribbean.
During their analysis of the level of threat, the Emergency Committee concluded that there was a viable association between the mosquito-borne virus and pregnant women bearing children with microcephaly or other neurological abnormalities.
Fifty cases of Zika virus have now been reported in five U.S. states, prompting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a nationwide alert and certain states including Texas to launch a task force to coordinate a statewide response. more >>
Most parents of children under the age of 25 can remember that first glimpse into the previously hidden, impenetrable darkness of the womb.
The ultrasound technician would point to grainy black and white dots and expertly point out the features of a tiny human and the mother would coo, "My baby!" and the reality of impending parenthood would be immediate and present long before the kicks against her ribs would convey the undeniable presence of her offspring awaiting entry into the world.
During Super Bowl 50, which many people admit they only watch for the commercials, a seemingly innocuous (and some might say hilarious) ad for Doritos snack chips ignited controversy on Twitter. The commercial was the winning entry in the "Crash the Super Bowl" ad contest run by Doritos for the past nine years. more >>