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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidance aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by the mothers’ opioid use. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

New guidelines address rise in opioid use during pregnancy

Oct. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

Opioid use in pregnancy has prompted new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by their mothers’ drug use. The number of affected women and infants has increased in recent years but they often don’t get effective treatment, and the...

Crosses bearing tags with names are seen a graveyard of the Flaminio Cemetery, in Rome, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up on crosses over graves for the fetuses in a Rome cemetery.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Italy probes why women's names mark aborted fetuses' graves

Oct. 20, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up on crosses over graves for the fetuses in a Rome cemetery. Rights groups have denounced the grave markings as a gross violation of the...

Officials fired: Problems with 2nd birth at Florida jail

Oct. 15, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two officials at a county jail in South Florida have been fired following problems surrounding a second birth at the facility in just over a year, authorities said Thursday. The more recent Broward County jail birth took place Sept. 27, nearly three months after the state...

FILE - This Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 photo shows tablets of ibuprofen in New York. On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration said that pregnant women should avoid a group of common pain relievers including Advil and Aleve for the last four months of pregnancy, expanding the warning from three months. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain relievers

Oct. 15, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant women should avoid a group of common pain relievers including Advil and Aleve for the last four months of pregnancy, federal health officials said Thursday, expanding the warning from three months. The Food and Drug Administration said the fever-and-pain-reducing drugs can cause...

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Day 2 of Barrett confirmation hearings wraps

Oct. 13, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is finished after nearly 12 hours. GOP senators are moving at a breakneck pace to...

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, as the justices continue arguments in a new term without their colleague, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Politics has way of finding Supreme Court eager to avoid it

Oct. 9, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court might prefer to avoid politics, but politics has a way of finding the court. President Donald Trump wants the court to keep his taxes from being turned over to New York's top prosecutor and allow his administration to exclude non-citizens from the census count. He wants...

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, as the justices continue arguments in a new term without their colleague, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Justices say women can get abortion pill by mail, for now

Oct. 8, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would for now continue to allow women to obtain an abortion pill by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. The action came over the dissent of two conservative justices who would have immediately granted a Trump administration request to reinstate the...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, a doctor examines a pregnant woman at the district women's hospital, in Allahabad, in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. The World Health Organization, UNICEF and partners said there are about 2 million stillbirths every year, according to its first-ever global estimates published on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The U.N. health agency said that last year, three in four stillbirths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia; it defined a stillbirth as a baby born with no signs of life at 28 weeks of pregnancy or later. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

2 million stillbirths every year, pandemic might worsen toll

Oct. 7, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization, UNICEF and partners said there are about 2 million stillbirths every year, mostly in the developing world, according to the first-ever global estimates published Thursday. The U.N. health agency said that last year three of every four stillbirths occurred in...

Zimbabwe judge orders facilities reopened for pregnant women

Oct. 7, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean judge on Wednesday ordered authorities in the capital, Harare, to reopen health facilities for pregnant women that were closed due to a strike by workers demanding better pay and personal protective equipment. The closures resulted in pregnant women losing babies or...

Dutch hospital: Gynecologist fathered at least 17 children

Oct. 6, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A gynecologist who worked at an artificial insemination program at a Dutch hospital fathered at least 17 children using his own sperm without informing the parents, the hospital announced Tuesday. Gynecologist Jan Wildschut, who has since died, worked at the Sophia Hospital,...