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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Imagine that: TIME omits data from its report

Sloppy reporting from TIME? For peer-reviewed scientific conference proceedings and journals, such an omission would mean a rejection of your paper.

style="font-style: italic;">Seven peer-reviewed research studies published in respected medical journals including Human Reproduction (March 2004), British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (April 2005), Obstetrics Gynecology (Dec. 1999), International Journal of Epidemiology (2000), American Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology (1981), New England Journal Of Medicine (1986) and UK's Lancet (1983) have found that prior induced abortion "increases the risk of preterm births, particularly extremely preterm deliveries."
How could TIME have missed them? How indeed?

I don't suppose that this glaring conclusion had anything to do with it:

style="font-style: italic;">Researchers found that "women who reported having previous abortions [more than one] had a 70% higher risk of delivering an infant before 28 weeks gestation, compared with women who had never had an abortion." Those with at least one prior abortion almost doubled the risk of giving birth "very prematurely" [defined as born before 33 weeks gestation].

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