Childhood cancer survivors are not more likely to terminate their pregnancies

Female childhood cancer survivors face a lower likelihood of becoming pregnant than women in the general population, but once pregnant, they are not more likely to undergo an abortion. The findings come from a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Cancer survivors might be reluctant to […]

New research highlights the importance of the thymus in successful pregnancies

IMAGE: Magdalena Paolino, assistant professor and team leader at the Department of Medicine Solna, Karolinska Institutet. view more  Credit: Ragnar Söderberg Foundation How the immune system adapts to pregnancies has puzzled scientists for decades. Now, findings from an international group of researchers, led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, reveal important changes that occur in […]

The thymus as key to healthy pregnancies

IMAGE: The thymus as key to healthy pregnancies. view more  Credit: @IMBA/Kulcsar Female sex hormones instruct the thymus, a central organ of the immune system, to produce specialized cells called “Tregs” to deal with physiological changes to arise during pregnancy, the study revealed. The researchers also found that RANK, a receptor expressed in a part of […]

Expanded birth control coverage may help reduce disparities in unplanned pregnancies

Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, and there’s a wide gap between the most affluent women who are likely to have access to the most reliable forms of birth control and those from lower income households. But removing out-of-pocket costs for contraception may help reduce the income-related disparities that play such a […]