Past abortions have impact on mortality

first_img What Ms. Foss did not point out is that abortion is linked to an increased risk of pre-term birth and that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (2009), black women abort at three times the rate of white women. In an article on abortion and premature birth, Dr. Martin McCaffery, an associate professor in the Neonatal Perinatal Department of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, cited a study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, which reviewed 41 prior studies on the subject.Dr. McCaffery relates, “The study determined that a single prior induced abortion increases the risk of a future very pre-term birth (less than 32 weeks) by 64 percent.”Although black women of child-bearing age make up on 13 percent of all the female population according to the U.S. Census Bureau (2013), they account for 30 percent of all abortions (Guttmacher Institute May 2010). It seems to me that the much higher abortion rate may help to explain both the increased incidence of pre-term birth and of infant mortality as discussed by Ms. Foss.Lastly, the risk of pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage, both mentioned in her article, are also increased by prior abortion.Sheila BlaschColonieMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Thank you to Sara Foss for her enlightening Nov. 12 article on infant mortality and its connection to race. Ms. Foss stated that black infants are two-and-a-half times more likely to die in the first year after birth than are white babies, and also that premature birth is a leading cause of infant mortality. She also stated that black women had a 48 percent higher rate of pre-term birth than all other women.last_img read more

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Trump exploits DWI victim for own gain

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIs there any depth that Donald Trump is unwilling to descend in advance of his political agenda? Recently he chose to exploit the tragic death of Indianapolis Colt linebacker Edwin Jackson. Trump tweeted that Jackson’s death was a preventable tragedy and that he was killed by a person illegally in our country. He used the incident to promote his immigration policies. Jackson was killed in a crash with a drunk driver. The fact that the driver was in the United States illegally was not the cause of the crash. Drunk driving caused it. In 2015, there were 10,265 people who died in alcohol related crashes. Who knew that the solution to this problem was simply the building of a wall. Shame on you, Donald Trump, for once again twisting events for your political gain.William McPhersonBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Nov. 21

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionElderly need help getting to dentistsThe toughest task for our elderly folks is having a bedridden spouse and find she urgently needs dental treatment. With someone disabled who cannot stand or walk on her own, it’s very difficult to find a dental clinic or dentist who will take her, plus the transportation needed to take her.I searched online for dental clinics and dentists who were taking new patients and I came up empty. I searched for an ambulance or cab company. One ambulance would charge me $2,300 for the one-mile trip to St. Clare’s dental clinic. St. Clare’s’ lead dentist already agreed to accept my wife. None of the van or cab companies would take her. This was a dental appointment, not an emergency.Finally my insurer agreed to pay for an ambulance, declaring it an emergency. Mohawk Ambulance transported her to the clinic. Staff did a full-mouth x-ray exam and told me several teeth needed work. They gave me a list of oral surgeons to pull her teeth but didn’t expect to do that themselves.I think my wife could endure having a tooth pulled, but not having them drilled. Only if the pain got so great would we justify taking her. The clinic was helpful, but there isn’t any satisfactory solution when people who can’t walk need this care.      Roy E. NevilleSchenectadyTrump is responsible for his own troublesTo those who feel President Donald Trump is being vilified, look no further than he, himself.His continued insistence that he knows all regardless of what educated advisers have tried to tell him is egregious.President Clinton was impeached for much, much less — lying under oath about an affair. Trump more or less trying to bribe Ukraine in order to dig up dirt on Joe Biden for his own personal reasons was so wrong on many levels. And to try and say after the fact that it was about corruption and election interference in 2016? Again, let’s cover for Russia.Our intelligence agencies have all concluded it was Russia. But he continues to do Russia’s bidding. Why?This is about Ukraine, yes. But what conversations has Trump had with Putin? They are locked up in a coded server that only very few have access to.Never has a president had a meeting with an adversarial head of government without a cabinet member present. In Helsinki, they met for over an hour, with only an interpreter. And to date, there’s no transcript to be found. Where’s the interpreter?Stop bringing up Hillary and Obama. They’re not president, Trump is. The buck stops at his Oval Office desk.Mary BakerPerthMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Comment: build or lose out

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Winchester

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Offices E-commerce flexes its muscles

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A rural renaissance?

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Private rentals are set to double

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A question of sport

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Bristol office take-up breaks 1m sq ft barrier

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