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My Year As an Abortion Doula

Welcome to Ovaries Week — the Cut's exploration of the female reproductive system, in its many confusing, intense, sometimes challenging, sometimes funny, often surprising facets.  My first patient ever stares at me blankly when I say the doctor will see her soon. Her two small children treat the waiting room chairs like monkey bars; they’ve been sitting around for hours. Dee (some names have been changed throughout) is here to get laminaria inserted, the small seaweed sticks positioned in the cervix that expand upon contact with moisture, producing enough dilation to enable a second trimester abortion, which will happen tomorrow. I know I’m not succeeding at giving her the warm, confident assurance I’ve practiced in the mirror.I stand by her head as she spreads her legs. She begins to moan, softly and then without control. “You’re doing great,” I tell her, clenching my jaw, smiling still. Through her moans I hear one doctor tell the other that there’s too much blood. They call for a hospital transport and tell her they’re going to do the abortion today, right now. Then we’re running across the hospital floor as the doctors yell for people to move out of the way. It’s my first day, but I know enough to know that this is serious. I keep my hand on Dee’s, murmuring words of support. Once she’s under anesthesia, I get out of the way, stand in the back, hope that I can handle this. I&...  

China growth worries rattle Asian stocks, Aussie dollar

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian stocks stumbled to a five-week low on Monday after a batch of disappointing data out of China raised the specter of a sharp slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. The Australian dollar, considered a liquid proxy for China plays, also took a hammering and slumped to a six-month low.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS slipped 0.4 percent to its weakest level since the middle of August. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO shed 0.7 percent, while South Korea's KOSPI .KS11 fell 0.4 percent.Japanese financial markets were shut on Monday for a public holiday.Data released on Saturday showed China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August, while growth in other key sectors also cooled. "This confirms a slowdown in growth momentum in Q3 following the Q2 rebound," analysts at Barclays wrote in a note to clients, adding they have cut their 2014 growth forecast for China to 7.2 percent from 7.4 percent."Notably, it comes just after recent remarks by Premier Li that the government was comfortable with the current pace of growth, that its focus was on employment instead, and that it would maintain 'prudent' policies."Indeed, there are worries that Beijing may be reluctant to provide additional stimulus for now, although many suspect the Chinese authorities will be forced to do should growth threaten to undershoot the official 7.5 percent target significantly. The bearish Chinese data ha...  

Fall music preview: Your required listening list

Album sleeve for Chris Brown's new 'X,' out Sept. 16, 2014.(Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel)As album sales continue to tumble, music's biggest artists keep trying harder to make a big impression when they unveil new titles. Last December, Beyoncé put out a surprise album. Garth Brooks launched his own digital-music service to hawk his upcoming release. U2 introduced Songs of Innocence by giving it to a half-billion iTunes users. Still, album sales are down 15% this year compared with the same point in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with only the Frozen soundtrack selling more than a million copies. Can the sales year be saved? USA TODAY's music team examines the fall albums that could put up big numbers and boost the recording industry's bottom line.Chris BrownX (Sept. 16)The tabloid staple frequently finds himself on the wrong side of the law, but he's managed to do right by fans, who snatched up 135,000 copies of fifth album Fortune the week it debuted in 2012. Brown could very well score another No. 1 effort with X, bolstered by smash collaboration Loyal with Lil Wayne and Tyga, which peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot 100. First set for a July 2013 release, the R&B singer's latest has repeatedly been pushed back amid legal woes (including anger management rehabilitation and a prison sentence), but will finally see the light of day this month. And with Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz and Jhené Aiko heading the guest list, his train back to the top of the charts coul...  

Feminism Has Conquered the Culture. Now Comes the Hard Part

Hi Judith,I don’t think that in my lifetime (I’m 39) I’ve ever seen public, popular feminist discourse more robust than it is now. When I was in high school, college, and first in the professional world, feminism—or any open interest in what was once called “the women’s movement”—was totally scorned. I was raised in deep backlash days. Sassy-style feminism lurked on the margins, but there was little larger acknowledgment by my peers, and certainly not within mainstream popular culture or in politics, that gender inequity remained a relevant issue. When I was in college in the mid ’90s, you could be attending the vegan potluck for the Campus Leftists, and if you asked whether anyone there identified as a feminist, not a hand would go up. It felt like the stereotype of the hirsute, humorless activist had fully won out in the wake of the Second Wave.These days, I never stop being stunned by the number of young women I see wearing “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE” t-shirts. I know one high school student who recently read aloud a class essay on the gendered double standards of hooking up, another who acts in a feminist theater troupe. I should clarify that these young women are not the daughters of Feminist Friends I met at Feminist Education Camp: They’re just teens who have grown up in the early twenty-first century. And tuned-in young women don’tjust dwell in Brooklyn and Berkeley. I...  

Blood cancers to increase as population gets older

CASES of the most common type of blood cancer are set to increase as Scotland’s population gets older, experts warned as campaigners increased efforts to highlight symptoms of the disease. Lymphoma affects over 1,000 people in Scotland a year, killing almost 500, but many people remain unaware of the disease or the signs they could have it.Consultant haematologist Dominic Culligan, based in Aberdeen, said that while lymphomas could affect all ages, their development was also linked to the ageing population, making it important people were aware of the possible symptoms so they could seek help.Marking the start of Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week today, the Lymphoma Association highlighted its own research which showed that half of the people they questioned had never even heard of lymphoma – cancers of the lymphatic system, which is part of immune system.Dr Culligan said the most common type of lymphoma was Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, with around 15 cases per 100,000 population, which was more likely to affect older people. The less common Hodgkin lymphoma, with about three cases per 100,000, is most common in young adults aged 18-35.Dr Culligan said: “The incidence of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma has been increasing in the Western world since the 1970s, whereas the incidence for Hodgkin lymphoma seems pretty level. The main reason for that increase is the increasing age of the population.”Population projections suggest Scotland, like ot...  

RG3, Charles among big names injured in Week 2

(Photo: The Associated Press)After a tough week off the field, the NFL got back to playing — and the focus turned to big-name players who were injured all over the league.Robert Griffin III, Jamaal Charles, DeSean Jackson, A.J. Green and Knowshon Moreno all left their games on a busy Sunday for team trainers and medical staffs.Griffin dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter of Washington's 41-10 victory over Jacksonville, putting his season in jeopardy. The Redskins quarterback was scheduled for X-rays and an MRI to determine more about the injury. He and coach Jay Gruden did not offer a timetable for a return, but the injury typically sidelines NFL players for at least two months."Moments like this," Griffin said, "you just have to keep the faith."If there is also a fracture, Griffin will need surgery and will almost certainly be done for the year. He was hurt when he landed awkwardly on his ankle as he finished the throw and then tumbled out of bounds. The pass was caught by Jackson for an 11-yard gain."It's an excruciating pain," Griffin said. "Anytime you look at your ankle and it's going in a strange direction, you don't want to get up."Jackson also left the game shortly after he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in the first quarter. He hoped to be able to play next week against Philadelphia, his former club.Other Redskins players injured included running back Roy Helu (strained quadriceps), guard Shawn Lauvao (sprained right knee) and fullback Da...  

EuroBeat: Crazy back-heel in 5-4 epic

MAURO Icardi scored his first ever hat trick as Inter Milan thrashed 10-man Sassuolo 7-0 on Sunday for its first win of the fledgling Serie A season, while AC Milan beat Parma 5-4 in a highly entertaining match at the Stadio Tardini, which saw both teams reduced to 10 men. New signing Paolo Osvaldo netted twice and Mateo Kovacic also recorded his first league goal for Inter, while Fredy Guarin capped off a fantastic day for the Nerazzurri.SUNDAY EUROBEAT: NEYMAR RESCUE BARCA WITH BRACEMADRID DERBY: ATLETICO FRUSTRATES REAL AGAINSassuolo, which lost at home by the same scoreline in its first meeting with Inter last season, also had forward Domenico Berardi sent off for an elbow on Juan Jesus. AC Milan's Jeremy Menez of France, right celebrates. Source: AP “I never scored a hat trick, either with Sampdoria or with Inter,” Icardi said. “Today is the first and it’s something nice, because I managed to do it at San Siro. This hat trick is for my family, which is always with me.” Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, of Argentina, scores his side's third goal. Source: AP Jeremy Menez scored the pick of the night and took his tally to three goals in two matches as Milan won both its opening fixtures for the first time in eight years - that season it was also against Lazio and Par...  

Asian cinema icon Shirley Yamaguchi dies, aged 94

Asian cinema icon Shirley Yamaguchi has died, aged 94.The film icon, whose real name was Yoshiko Yamaguchi, was one of the most celebrated Asian actresses in the 1940s and 1950s. Yamaguchi passed away from heart failure on September 7, Japanese broadcaster NHK confirmed.The actress starred in many Chinese-language films during World War II, attracting considerable controversy and legal rebukes from the post-war government. A scene from Japanese War Bride After the war, she appeared in legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's 1950 classic Scandal, the romantic epic Escape At Dawn and the Hollywood film Japanese War Bride.She began a political career in 1974, after she was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. She served until 1992....  

Security Council deplores 'heinous' murder of British aid worker by Islamic ...

A wide view of the Security Council in session (file photo). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 14 September 2014 – Members of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of David Haines, a British humanitarian aid worker, by the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press. According to media reports, Mr. Haines, 44, was seized in Syria last year. He was being held by ISIL which had already killed two United States hostages, and a video of his death was released on Saturday night. Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of the United Kingdom as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL. “The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” said the statement. They further emphasized that such “continued acts of barbarism” perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst govern...  

LG G2 KitKat Update Android 4.4.2 OTA Rollout Extends in US [Verizon]

LG G2 is set to be upgraded on Verizon very soon. This news comes on the brink of the VoLTE service launch Verizon customers have long been waiting for, and it’s likely the Android 4.4.2 update is connected to the service launch Verizon is planning “in the following weeks”.The Android 4.4.2 update brings a large number of improvements, bug fixes and performance enhancements to look forward to. If you haven’t been prompted to update, you can check if there is one available by going in Settings -> About -> Check for Software Updates. Always make sure you have plenty of storage space when you upgrade your operating system, and make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network to prevent eating up your monthly data plan. This is highly recommended as the update will likely be over 500MB in size.LG G2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update changelogThis update should improve your LG G2 greatly, bringing an improved Advanced Calling 1.0 which is basically HD Voice and in-call Video Calling specific to VoLTE. The upgrade also improves the auto-correct feature to make it less annoying and more accurate. You will now be able to remove cancelled meetings from the calendar too. The Mobile Hotspot UI prompt to connect has also been corrected, and many of Google’s apps have been improved on too (Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Google Plus, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Music, Drive, Photos, YouTube, etc), as well as the native L...  


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