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This Week in Sex: RIP Virginia Johnson, HPV Rates Stall, and Smoking During Pregnancy Worse Than Thought

Virginia Johnson, half of the pioneering sex research team Masters and Johnson, dies at age 88.

This week, Virginia Johnson, half of the pioneering sex research team Masters and Johnson, died; it was reported that HPV vaccination rates have stalled; and new research said smoking during pregnancy causes behavioral issues in kids.

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Sensationalizing Drug Use in Pregnant Women: How the Media Perpetuates Racist and Ineffective Policies

The prosecution of drug use in pregnant women does nothing to fulfill a legitimate policy goal and in fact seems to be racially motivated—at least in the implementation—rather than spurred by a concern for children.

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When Getting Baked Means More than Just a Bun in the Oven

The majority of pregnant women will experience some nausea or vomiting. For a some the extreme, nausea and vomiting is unrelenting. For an unlikely few, that condition becomes extreme – requiring an IV and treatment to ward off potential malnutrition.  Some women turn to marijuana for relief – and evidence shows it works. But can we have a “real” conversation in this country about the risks vs. benefits of illegal drug use during pregnancy?

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Breath-Testing Pregnant Women in UK

UK health officials want health providers to test the breath of pregnant women for carbon monoxide levels so they can tell the women smoking is bad for their health. Rather than, you know, asking the women directly if they smoke.

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