Show: September 9, 2012:
- Are laws restricting sugary snacks effective in fighting childhood obesity?
- What are the consequences of unintended pregnancies?
- What is the relationship between fitness and grades in adolescents?
- Is there value in adding ultrasound technology to routine mammograms?
- How does mobility affect the diagnosis of breast cancer?
- Can meditation combat loneliness?
- How can personal narratives serve to influence public health policy?
- Can the overuse of technology precipitate forms of mental illness?
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What are the consequences of unintended pregnancies?
Interview: Mary Applegate, M.D., MPH, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, University at Albany School of Public Health.
From 2006 to 2010, 37 percent of pregnancies were reported to be unplanned. Unintentional pregnancies have been found to affect the amount of prenatal care mothers receive and decrease the likelihood of breastfeeding. Mary Applegate, M.D., MPH, associate dean for public health practice at the University at Albany School of Public Health, who has an extensive background in family planning, shares the impact of these consequences on babies’ health and the value of education in decreasing the unintended pregnancy rate.