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  • Preeclampsia Increases Risk of Developing Kidney Disorders Later in Life

    Preeclampsia Increases Risk of Developing Kidney Disorders Later in Life0

    Women who had preeclampsia in at least one pregnancy are at higher risk of developing end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). For these women, the likelihood of developing ESKD increases five times, compared with women who had never had preeclampsia. The findings were published this Tuesday, in Plos Medicine. What is preeclampsia? Characterised by an increase in

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  • Putting a Price on Life: Why and How

    Putting a Price on Life: Why and How0

    Public and private spending on health care has risen steadily worldwide over the past decades1. Take, for instance, the country where I live. In the Netherlands, the health care system is publicly funded through mandatory health insurance. The Dutch expenditure on health has increased at a higher rate than the gross national product2 in many

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  • The Rebirth of Placenta Rituals

    The Rebirth of Placenta Rituals0

    A few days after giving birth at her home in southeast Australia, Emily Burns sat in her yard and watched as her husband and 2-year-old son dug a hole. In her arms, she cradled her sleeping newborn; beside her was a small container holding her placenta. It was a beautiful October day in 2008. When

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