One thing I found very interesting to learn in my studies at ASU and in individual research and reading is the interconnectedness of human health and the system or environment in which they live.  I was sad to learn that not everything about an individual’s health outlook was determined by personal choices and genetic histories.  Instead, being born into a very poor neighborhood and dealing with everything that comes with it can have serious long-term, even multi-generational health impacts.

I was most recently reminded by this when a study in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth confirmed that, just like non-pregnant members of the population, obesity is higher among pregnant women from poor neighborhoods than among women from middle class neighborhoods.  The study was actually a decade-long initiative in Sweden, which found that obese pregnant women were much more likely to be from neighborhoods of lower economic status.  Because obesity during pregnancy can carry significant health risks for both mother and child, efforts to reduce its prevalence among women of childbearing age can have an important impact on the lives of thousands upon thousands of individuals.  Just like many other health initiatives, perhaps it is a good idea to concentrate obesity prevention or reduction efforts toward women of childbearing ages in neighborhoods of lower economic status.


Here are the links to other articles of mine that have been published on the internet, besides my work at, for which the most recent articles can be found through the article feed on the right.

As an assignment for a Science and Medical Writing class during my graduate studies at ASU, I focused on prenatal brain development and the importance of early nutrition and care for lifelong health.  Here is one of my articles written for this course: “Brain Care Should Begin Before Pregnancy is Known,” posted on the Cronkite School of Journalism’s blog, Cronkite Eye on Science.

Silobreaker has also promoted a few of my articles on their site for news, analysis, and insight.  Here is the page with an excerpt from my article on unique baby gifts.

Several articles I wrote for the Barrett Chronicle and one I wrote for the Triple Helix used to be available online, but have not been maintained on the websites where they were originally posted.  If someone is able to track down any of them online I would be most appreciative to have the link!  Thanks!

Cool news! An article I wrote for entitled “Prenatal Care Issues for Diabetic Pregnancies: Study Shows Women with Type 1 Diabetes Struggle with Health Concerns” was cited this month in an AC article entitled “Prenatal Care: When Diabetic Moms-to-Be Stop Oral Medications and Switch to Insulin” by B.A. Rogers. His article is an interesting resource for women who are diabetic and pregnant, and the challenging decisions they will face in making the switch from diabetes management medications to insulin injections. He has compiled very useful suggestions for women in this situation, and his advice and information must be a welcome resource for women in this situation.

It’s rare that something that tastes super good is also super good for you!  That’s the case with sweet potatoes, though!  The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranked it as the #1 healthiest vegetable around, as it is loaded with Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and carotenoids, among other good things!  So in honor of the sweet potato, here is a page with tons of delicious ways to cook it – it is excellent as a side, a casserole, or even a dessert.  So make the sweet potato an addition to your weekly shopping list, and enjoy trying the tasty sweet potato recipes!

A new article published in the BMC’s Pregnancy and Childbirth journal indicates that teaching women how to monitor fetal movements may reduce the likelihood of late-term stillbirths without medical interventions. The study was performed in Norway and shows some promise of reducing the frequency of unnecessary trips to the hospital, etc, when women are taught how to determine whether their baby is moving less than normal (which can indicate a complication). When babies stop moving in the womb altogether, it may even indicate fetal death. Check out the article here: “Reduction of late stillbirth with the introduction of fetal movement information and guidelines – a clinical quality improvement.” This will take you to the abstract – the link to the full-length article is in a pdf on the right side of the page.

Promising research!

The Best Resource Ever

August 14, 2009

Whether you’re writing papers for school or articles for money, the most reliable sources are typically peer-reviewed scientific or academic journals. Because many such journals charge access or subscription fees, it’s useful to know where you can get top-quality sources to cite and read for free. Many of my own posts and links may be based around stuff I’ve found through the Directory of Open Access Journals. Check it out for the whole list and links to tons of great journals!

Hello world!

August 14, 2009

Glad to begin blogging here at!  Please check back regularly for articles, links, comments, recipes, and videos that deal with pregnancy, nutrition, human development, scientific research and discoveries, and other fun tidbits!