NIH study suggests the importance of preconception vitamin D in maintaining pregnancy.
Among women planning to conceive after a pregnancy loss, those who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were more likely to become pregnant and have a live birth, compared to women with insufficient levels of the vitamin, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. This study appears in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
“Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy,” said the study’s principal investigator Sunni L. Mumford, Ph.D., in the Epidemiology Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
The authors note that a few studies have shown that women who have higher levels of vitamin D before undergoing in vitrofertilization have higher pregnancy rates than those with lower levels. However, little research has been done on pregnancy rates and pregnancy loss in women attempting to conceive without assisted reproductive technologies.
“America’s Workforce: Empowering All”
WASHINGTON, DC - In keeping with the U.S. Department of Labor’s commitment to ensuring an American workforce for Americans of all abilities, this year’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be “America’s Workforce: Empowering All,” the Department announced today.
“President Trump’s administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs. A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Over the past year, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has significantly declined. Continued steady job creation will provide even more opportunities for all Americans to get hired and provide for their families.”
Oath, National Disability Leadership Alliance and Getty Images Launch New Disability Image Collection
New York, NY – May 17, 2018 – Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and a global media and technology company, today announced a partnership with the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA), a cross-disability coalition led by 17 national organizations headed by people with disabilities, and Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, to launch The Disability Collection – a growing collection of images that more accurately portrays individuals with disabilities and breaks stereotypes. To expand and grow the Collection, Oath, the NDLA and Getty Images developed comprehensive set of guidelines for how to authentically reflect people with disabilities in photography, which will be shared and promoted across Getty Images' global network of photographers, launching today on Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
The 2018 meetings of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities will be one day, face-to-face meetings, as follows:
All meetings are scheduled from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, at PA Department of Education’s Heritage Room, located at
333 Market St. Harrisburg.
If you have any questions, please contact Devon Grant at 717-783-4287, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lisa Anastasi at 717-346-4381, email@example.com.
Support and self-advocacy groups are one way for individuals and families to stay connected to each other. ASERT provides and interactive map to help you locate an active group in your region. Recently, over 25 new groups were added to the interactive map. There are many different types of groups for individuals, parents, and siblings currently operating in Pennsylvania. To use the interactive map simply click on your county to see a list of support groups available in your area! If you know of a support group not listed on the site you can let them know by calling 877-231-4244 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Access the Support Groups interactive map by clicking here.