Things We’ve Read: Week of June 16th, 2014

Pregnancy Researchers Unlock Key to Triggering Labour (Hunter Medical Research Institute): A potassium channel in the uterine muscle functions as a electrical switch – when turned off, it allows labor contractions to occur. However, this switch tends to stay on in overweight women, leading to difficult labors.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Raising a Toddler (HuffPost): Life after having a child explained by comics.
Tiny robotic arm could operate on babies in the womb (CNN): Scientists are developing a tiny robotic arm to perform surgeries on babies in the womb to correct complications and conditions, such as spina bifida, before the babies are born.
EU Court Supports Rights of Pregnant Workers (Courthouse News Service): The EU High Court has rules that pregnant women who stop working during the late stages of pregnancy can receive public benefits as long as they return to work soon after giving birth.
Airport Screening Machines During Pregnancy: Is It Safe? (CafeStir): Airport screening machines are low risks for dangerous radiation exposure, but there are alternatives, such as the traditional metal-scanner or a pat-down, for women who want to stay safe.
These Popular Plastic Bottles May Be Messing With Your Hormones (Mother Jones): A study tested BPA-free plastic containers and found that these products leaked hormone-altering chemicals after being exposed to heat.