It's hard not to get excited when you read that headline. And then you remember that it's April 1st and you're probably having your leg pulled. Before you consider yourself an "April Fool," consider these other headlines, pulled directly from media sources around the world over the last month or two:
"Faulty gene that causes pre-eclampsia discovered."
"Gene study lifts hopes on pregnancy."
"New gene linked to preeclampsia discovered."
"First genes linked to pre-eclampsia and immune system disorders."
Reasons to get excited? Safe to trust the news source?
Many investigators are using genomics - the study of our genes - to discover areas of our genome responsible for specific pregnancy functions that seem to go awry in preeclamptic women. The problem with headlines that suggest "the" gene has been found is that experts mostly agree that preeclampsia is a multifactoral disease, meaning that preeclampsia may have multiple causes with ...
Who can stay "heart healthy" when they're trapped inside looking at a blanket of snow? Hey, unplug the snow blower and get out your shovel... or better yet, grab a sled and revel in it! In all seriousness, we wish our friends across the preeclampsia universe warm cups of hot cocoa. And for those in the warmer climes, yours truly included, there will be no boasting about too much sunshine!
Thanks to St. Valentine's Day, February has been embued with images of hearts and emotions. The women's heart movement has adopted the month and we would be wise to pay heed to those healthy heart messages. After all, preeclampsia survivors - particularly repeat offenders - have double the risk of developing heart disease in the next 5 to 15 years of our lives. If your physician hasn't asked you about your pregnancy history, make sure you let her or him know all about your pregnancies - the good, the bad and the ugly. It ...
The end of the year always brings with it the joys and blessings (and sometimes challenges) of the holiday season, the nostalgia of closing out another year, and the enthusiasm of looking forward to a new year of anticipated goals. For the Preeclampsia Foundation, as we close out 2010, we close the door on our first decade as THE patient advocacy organization fighting to end the devastating impact of preeclampsia. It has been a very full ten years, beginning with the tumultuous first steps of any start-up organization and moving into the more recent years of growth and success. Last month, we published “Preeclampsia: A Decade of Perspective | Building a Global Call to Action”. This 40-page publication captured our milestones as we celebrated our 10th anniversary, reported on the state of preeclampsia, and suggested a call-to-action for ...
It is fitting that November is the month of thanks-giving. At the Preeclampsia Foundation, we have many people and much to be thankful for, starting with the launch of our new website. If you haven't yet, please visit our new home. Same address - www.preeclampsia.org - but with a complete renovation that allows us to include more content and address our ever-expanding mission into areas such as advocacy, international support, and research communications.
The team including Dan Verakis, Amit Jesani and a host of developers literally spanning the globe, are to be commended for leading us through this complex process. Please bare with us as we will inevitably hit some unforeseen snags in our database or in the website itself. Rest assured, security and your privacy have not nor will ever be compromised. Your trust in us is paramount.
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In April, a New York Times article cited a study from the medical journal The Lancet that indicated for the first time in decades, researchers are seeing a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth, to about 342,900 in 2008 from 526,300 in 1980.
Several reasons were noted for the improvement: lower pregnancy rates in some countries; higher income, which improves nutrition and access to health ...
The Preeclampsia Foundation recently “signed on” to a letter to Congress that was generated by the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research. You may know that we are members of “Friends of NIH (National Institute of Health)” and it is through that association we are able to make our voice heard in such matters. Make no mistake about it, we are friends of NIH . . . but as most of us know, even the best of friends can have disagreements. However, before I go there, let’s address the areas in which the Preeclampsia Foundation strongly supports the NIH.
These are clearly tough economic times, and it seems there is a “bail out” or “recovery package” (depending on whom you are talking to) for almost everyone, and we want to make sure that NIH is not left in the cold. Accordingly, we have supported the recommendation that an additional $1.9 billion be allocated for NIH in the current economic packages that are being debated in Congress. Now, before you get ...
“I have learned through bitter experience this one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger. And as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled, can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.” The quote above is from Mohandas Gandhi. I think it captures a very real component of human nature and gives us pause to examine our own behaviors and actions. Tragedy and sadness of any sort can fuel a torrent of emotions—among them anger.
Anger is a reasonable response for a woman who has had preeclampsia and perhaps lost a child or suffered debilitating damage to her body. Anger seems most rational for the husband who finds he is a single parent because of preeclampsia. Anger is almost logical for parents of a premature baby who may face a lifetime of physical and developmental challenges because of preeclampsia.
I get angry too ...