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Gender role attitudes, awareness and experiences of non-consensual sex among university students in Shanghai, China

Non-consensual sex (NCS) among young people, an important subject with public health and human rights implications, was less studied in China. This study is to investigate the NCS awareness and victimization o...

Assessing the validity and reliability of self-report data on contraception use in the MObile Technology for Improved Family Planning (MOTIF) randomised controlled trial

A variety of different approaches to measuring contraceptive use have been used or proposed, either to assess current use or adherence over time, using subjective or objective measures. This paper reports an o...

Community approval required for periconceptional adolescent adherence to weekly iron and/or folic acid supplementation: a qualitative study in rural Burkina Faso

Iron deficiency remains a prevalent adolescent health problem in low income countries. Iron supplementation is recommended but improvement of iron status requires good adherence.

Temporal trends of preterm birth in Shenzhen, China: a retrospective study

Preterm birth is the leading cause of child mortality under 5 years of age. Temporal trends in preterm birth rates are highly heterogeneous among countries and little information exists for China. To address t...

A comprehensive mental health care program for women with polycystic ovary syndrome: protocol for a mixed methods study

Psychological health is related to the management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and is an essential component of self-efficacy and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Need assessment and plans to improve the p...

#Microblog Monday 186: Expand or Contract?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. We divide our trips into expansion trips (expand your mind or expand out into the world) and contraction trips (contract into a cozy cocoon of relaxation).  So going to London is an expansion trip, and […]

Unplugging Without Unplugging

I am fascinated by the story about the journalist who wrote about his experience unplugging, though he didn’t unplug at all.  It wasn’t a joke — he wasn’t trying to make a point about the untenable nature of unplugging. He believed that he had unplugged.  He didn’t consider things like tweeting dozens of times per […]

685th Friday Blog Roundup

I am sad that Toys R Us is closing.  The one that I went to as a child closed down years ago, so I can’t even jog through it one last time.  I’m sad for the people who will lose their jobs.  I hope the independent toy stores remain in business and aren’t squeezed out […]

Positive, Important, Frustrating

Modern Mrs. Darcy mentioned in her last newsletter a practice that she has been doing where she writes down one positive moment, one important moment, and one frustrating moment from every day.  She goes on to admit that seeing all the frustrating moments in her own handwriting was a bit demoralizing at first, but she […]

#Microblog Mondays 185: Post-it Note Life Audit

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Whoa. So I was surfing the web (remember ye olden days when we jumped from link to link vs. got spoon-fed content from our Facebook feed?) and somehow landed on this 2014 piece about taking […]

Write it Down. I Mean, Write it ALL Down.

A few days ago, I wrote about how I front load my week, and people commented that they had no clue what I was doing that required this type of to-do list.  So I thought I would (1) explain my schedule and (2) explain why I think you SHOULD write down things like “cook dinner.” […]

684th Friday Blog Roundup

Today is Random Act of Kindness Day. It was started years ago by an IF blogger to mark her son’s birthday.  He died one day after his birth, and since he was not going to be able to do all the random acts of kindness he would have completed if he had lived, his parents […]

Two Emotions

I was listening to the Science of Happiness podcast — the episode with the director of Inside Out — and Dacher Keltner mentioned that humans experience 21 or 22 distinct emotions.  So my first question: Is that more or less than you thought there would be? I assumed that there were many more emotions, but […]

Demand for family planning satisfied with modern methods among sexually active women in low- and middle-income countries: who is lagging behind?

Family planning is key for reducing unintended pregnancies and their health consequences and is also associated with improvements in economic outcomes. Our objective was to identify groups of sexually active w...

Barriers to reproductive health care for migrant women in Geneva: a qualitative study

Migrant mothers in developed countries often experience more complicated pregnancy outcomes and less fewer women access preventive gynecology services. To enlighten health care providers to potential barriers,...

Values clarification workshops to improve abortion knowledge, attitudes and intentions: a pre-post assessment in 12 countries

Women’s access to abortion care is often denied or hampered due to a range of barriers, many of which are rooted in abortion stigma. Abortion values clarification and attitude transformation (VCAT) workshops a...

Group antenatal care models in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic evidence synthesis

In high-income countries, group antenatal care (ANC) offers an alternative to individual care and is associated with improved attendance, client satisfaction, and health outcomes for pregnant women and newborn...

Research gaps and emerging priorities in sexual and reproductive health in Africa and the eastern Mediterranean regions

In-country research capacity is key to creating improvements in local implementation of health programs and can help prioritize health issues in a landscape of limited funding. Research prioritization has show...

Front Load the Week

I read a list of productivity ideas, and I put one into practice about a month ago: Planning the next week on Friday.  I actually took it a step further and plan my weeks Friday to Friday, which means that I’m actually planning my week on Thursday.  But… let me explain what happened. Every Thursday, […]

#Microblog Mondays 184: A Moment

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. In the same vein as learning about the history of lines, Atlas Obscura had a brilliant piece on the concept of a moment.  It begins by asking the length of a moment, since a moment […]

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