Blog Archive (52)

Oct 31 2010

Pope cautions the young about love as shown on Internet at packed Vatican rally for children

By The Associated Press (CP)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI cautioned young people Saturday about the presentation of love on the Internet, saying they risk losing respect by pursuing affection being pitched like "merchandise." "Much love is proposed by the media and Internet, but this isn't love but selfishness," Benedict told some 100,000 Catholic children from throughout Italy.

Catholics sexually abused by clergy as children planned to hold a rally on Sunday. Organizers said earlier in the week that the Vatican refused to allow them to gather in St. Peter's Square, so they will hold it a few hundred yards (meters) away in Rome.

Oct 31 2010

Aging Women Successfully Produce Eggs for Freezing as Alternative to Embryonic Cryopreservation: Presented at ASRM

By John Otrompke DENVER -- October 30, 2010

Women concerned about fertility preservation may successfully produce oocytes to be frozen, through the use of a procedure still considered experimental, researchers noted here at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). The procedure is an alternative to the more widely practiced procedure of embryonic cryopreservation, noted Jason Barritt, PhD, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, presenting here on October 26. Dr. Barritt explained that water has to be removed from the egg prior to freezing. "The procedure had to be adjusted for taking the extra water out of the biggest cell in the body: the oocyte.

The embryo has the same volume as the oocyte, but the oocyte is one big cell, so we have to take all the water off of one large membrane, which is much more difficult," he stated. "Prior to use, we have to slowly rehydrate it. We have to be patient, and to wait a few hours before we inject the sperm," Dr. Barritt added. In the study, about one-third, or 178 out of 519 women presenting for new patient consultations initiated a total of 236 cycles. Of the cycles, 24 (9.6%) were cancelled due to poor ovarian response or self-withdrawal. In 212 cycles, the mean number of mature oocytes cryopreserved was 13.5 +- 8.8. Of the cycles, 24 took place in women under the age of 35 years, while 69 were in women between the ages of 35 and 37 years. Women between 38 and 40 years of age were responsible for 92 of the cycles, and the remaining 26 cycles occurred in women over 40 years of age. In a previous small study of the technique, 3 out of 4 women became pregnant, 2 of them with twins, Dr. Barritt noted.

Oct 31 2010

Christian couple challenge fostering 'ban'

Published Date: 31 October 2010

By Rosa Silverman

A CHRISTIAN couple who say they have been barred from fostering because of their "traditional" views on homosexuality are to take their case to the High Court.

Oct 27 2010

Cardinal Ratzinger's letter to the U.S. bishops, that they must refuse Holy Communion to pro-abortionists and those in obstinate sin...

"When a man has stepped over the threshold and allowed himself to fall into mortal sin, he must be purified by trial, but he must also, My children, be purified by the rule of penance and confession.

"What manner of evil is being set now upon mankind that compels him to lose his soul by rejecting the Sacraments, by no longer confessing to his confessor, but coming to receive My Son in sacrifice, while his soul is degraded by sin of mortal nature!" - Our Lady of the Roses, September 7, 1976

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion. General Principles

Oct 20 2010
Oct 18 2010

Homosexual Activists Confront Archbishop at College Mass

BY TIM DRAKE, REGISTER SENIOR WRITER

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — When St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt was invited to celebrate Mass at St. John’s University’s Abbey Church on Sept. 26, the last thing he expected was a protest. A protest is what he got.

In response, the archbishop upheld Church teaching, just as his predecessor Archbishop Harry Flynn did, by denying homosexual activists holy Communion and choosing to bless them instead.

Oct 05 2010

Popular Birth Control Pills Can Cause Serious Side Effects?

Popular Birth Control Pills (Yaz and Yasmin) Can Cause Serious Side Effects?

By Brett Emison

Fifty years ago, in May 1960, the birth control pill was introduced to America. "The pill" gave women more control over their bodies, but not without certain health risks.

One set of contraceptive pills - Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella - have been found to have particularly dangerous side effects. These drugs are marketed under different names, but are chemically the same. The problem lies primarily with their key chemical ingredient, Drospirenone.

Aug 30 2010

The Pill's Deadly Affair with HIV/AIDS

Written by Joan Claire Robinson TUESDAY, 20 APRIL 2010 14:24

The world's deadliest killer, HIV/AIDS, and the Birth Control Pill have been carrying on a secret and deadly "love affair" for decades. While women swallowed their “freedom” with the morning orange juice, studies that should have made global headlines yellowed in medical journals, unknown to the general public. Only doctors learned about the pills deadly affair with HIV/AIDS, and they were too busy writing prescriptions for hormonal contraceptives to talk.

More than 50 medical studies, to date, have investigated the association of hormonal contraceptive use and HIV/AIDS infection. The studies show that hormonal contraceptives—the oral pill and Depo-Provera—increase almost all known risk factors for HIV, from upping a woman's risk of infection, to increasing the replication of the HIV virus, to speeding the debilitating and deadly progression of the disease.1

Aug 30 2010

Condom failure and the transmission of HIV Infection

John Kelly FRCS FRCOG

Reproduced with permission from Catholic Medical Quarterly, XL111 no 1, August 1992, p32 Dr Kirkman, a Senior Lecturer in Family Planning, and colleagues, in an article in the British Journal of Family Planning 1990[1], described the results of their survey with experienced condom users from a large family planning clinic in Manchester. They reported:-'52% of the respondents had experienced condoms bursting or slipping off in the previous 3 months'. The authors went on to say 'We were surprised to find how commonly our clients had experienced "accidents", even those who apparently relied on condoms as their method of choice for contraception... It is routine practice to give clients information about correct use of sheaths before their first prescription'. Dr Kirkman's article went on 'The pregnancy rate reported by Vessey (1982)[2] of 6 per thousand woman years for women aged 25 to 34 years belonging to a particularly stable and well motivated clinic population, supports our findings that slipping off and rupture of sheaths is common even among experienced users. This has implications for the advice we give about avoidance of sexually transmitted disease'. In the Lancet 1990 [3] Dr Kirkman wrote 'I was surprised that the Lancet had reproduced the London Rubber Company's statement that 'most condom failure is due to incorrect usage, without exercising the same critical evaluation that applies to the rest of your journal. We have shown that 52% of those who had obtained condoms from our Family Planning Clinic had one or more either bursts or slips off in the 3 months before our survey. As might be expected, regular users reported more accidents than occasional users, and I do not believe that most of these failures were due to snagging with fingernails, use of oil-based lubricants, or use of out-of-date stock'. Dr Kirkman went on 'While supporting the general move towards the use of barrier methods of birth control, we do the public no favours by promoting the idea among medical staff that it is all the fault of the user when things go wrong'.

Pregnancy can only occur as a result of intercourse during a relatively short phase of a woman's total menstrual cycle whereas AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted diseases can be transmitted at any time of the cycle.

Jan 01 2011

What's New in 1.5?

This article deliberately archived as an example.

As with previous releases, Joomla! provides a unified and easy-to-use framework for delivering content for Web sites of all kinds. To support the changing nature of the Internet and emerging Web technologies, Joomla! required substantial restructuring of its core functionality and we also used this effort to simplify many challenges within the current user interface. Joomla! 1.5 has many new features.

In Joomla! 1.5, you''ll notice:

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