Health

Birthing mat tracks blood loss

In Bangladesh, a birthing kit now includes a mat that absorbs up to 500ml of blood. If there is more blood than that, it may be a hemorrhage requiring attention. Economist http://econ.st/114YoBI

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Make Condoms More Pleasurable

A Gates Foundation Grand Challenge seeks ideas for making condoms more pleasurable. If men wore condoms more, HIV and pregnancy rates would plummet. NY Times http://nyti.ms/14TAzmv

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New 'Morning After' Pill Works Five Days Later

A new pill called ulipristal (inaccurately referred to as a "morning after" pill ) works up to five days after unprotected sex (Plan B is less). Half of pregnancies in the US are unintended. NPR http://ow.ly/1Xurz

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Birth Certificates for All

Half a billion children have no birth certificate, blocking access to health care, education and welfare support. Universal Birth Registration seeks to remedy this problem. http://bit.ly/6Om2OZ

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Inflatable female condom

New female condom uses small inflation bladders and pumps (think Nike technology) to improve effectiveness. Wired feature http://wrd.cm/1fTbhcs .

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Thinner, stronger, faster: Gates Foundation Condom Contest

11 winning ideas from 812 submitted to the Gates Foundation for the next generation condom. NYTimes http://nyti.ms/19WfDKl

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Government

Subsidize IUDs

Brookings scholars, looking at effective policy for poverty alleviation, recommend wider IUD usage. 5% of US women use IUDs. 40% of Chinese women do. Economist http://econ.st/1vCzvAT

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Instant Birth Control

Through the use of online tools, Washington state public health officials have eliminated the need for a doctors appointment to receive a prescription for hormonal contraception. A Changemakers.com winning idea 2007. http://bit.ly/862fnj

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