Issues in Law & Medicine

Journal covering legal and ethical issues in the delivery of medical care.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, Fall

Abortion and Breast Cancer: Recent Evidence Confirms a Robust Link
Published evidence of a link between induced abortion and future breast cancer risk dates back to 1957, when a nation-wide study in Japan showed that women with breast cancer had had 3 times as many pregnancies that ended in induced abortion, compared...
Brain Development in Adolescents: New Research - Implications for Physicians and Parents in Regard to Medical Decision Making
Objectives:Provide Overview of Adolescent B rain DevelopmentAdolescence is a time of rapid physical growth and should be the healthiest time of life. However, morbidity and mortality rates increase 200-300% between childhood and late adolescence, primarily...
Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer
Biology of the Abortion Breast Cancer LinkThe basic human biology of breast maturation through pregnancy is the basis of the abortion breast cancer link. The protective effect of a full-term pregnancy on breast cancer risk has been known since the Middle...
Is Misoprostol Equivalent to Oxytocin for Postpartum Hemorrhage?
The Problem of Postpartum HemorrhagePostpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of pregnancy-related death in developed and developing countries, followed by high blood pressure in pregnancy, anemia, infection, and malaria and dengue infection....
Levonorgestrel "Emergency Contraception" How Does It Work?
In 1999, the Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B as an "emergency contraceptive." Plan B® consists of the progestin hormone levonorgestrel, and can be administered in two different regimens: Levonorgestrel 0.75mg tablet within 72 hrs of unprotected...
OPTIONS for Clinical Intervention in Sexual Decisionmaking
As Far As We Can Tell, Two Powerful Brain Events Always Occur with Sexual Experience:* Attachment (bonding) to the sexual partner* Desire for repetition of sex acts (addiction)Sex may not always lead to permanent attachment or uncontrolled addictive...
Practicing Medicine with Integrity in a Hostile Culture
In the middle of last year, Poland witnessed a case related to obstetrics care, abortion and physicians' conscience clause. The case illustrates a struggle between the civilization of life and the civilization of death. I was involved in it and would...
Preface
This edition features a report of the Division 48 Presidential Task Force of the American Psychological Association, which examines the relationship of abortion and violence against women. From the perspective of peace psychology, the role of abortion...
Risk of HIV Infection in Depot-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA) Users: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
IntroductionThe HIV-AIDS epidemic continues to spread in the developing world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. While advocacy of condom use has been persistent and pervasive, family planning advocates have also pursued advocacy of steroidal contraceptives,...
The Impact of Physician Compromise
The two major medical-ethics struggles of our day (abortion and euthanasia) have an impact on Christian physicians regardless of their stated beliefs. Those Christian physicians who have participated in these practices may experience regret. A voluntary...
The Myth That Abortion Is Safer Than Childbirth: Through the Looking Glass
I. Abortion Mortality: Mythology and MethodologyRecent publications continue to put forth the same un-scientific and unsubstantiated claim that "The risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than with abortion."1 However,...
The Neuroanatomy and Physiology of Pain Perception in the Developing Human
The human experience of pain is one that becomes more complex with time. The cerebral cortex continues to develop for 25 years after birth, making the human response to pain as variable as each unique individual. As the cortex develops, the response...
The Relationship of Abortion and Violence against Women: Violence Prevention Strategies and Research Needs *
IntroductionIn recent decades, the United Nations and other human rights organizations have drawn attention to a specific form of violence, gender-based violence. The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defined violence against...
The Reversal of Mifepristone with Progesterone
Actions of ProgesteroneProgesterone has the following physiological actions:* Prepares the endometrium for implantation of the embryo.* Promotes decidua development (placental component).* Inhibits myométrial contractions.* Promotes growth of breast...
The Use of Isomolecular Progesterone in the Support of Pregnancy and Fetal Safety
IntroductionProgesterone support in pregnancy has been in use for over 60 years, having received its start in the 1940s. Its initial use was in patients who had habitual spontaneous abortion caused by luteal phase deficiency. More recently, the administration...
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