Women’s Health

  • Type 2 risk increases with number of GDM pregnancies

    on January 11th, 2017
    FROM OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) In women with prior mild gestational diabetes, subsequent pregnancies did not increase the frequency of metabolic syndrome but did increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a review of 426 women 5-10 years after a GDM pregnancy. The [...]
  • Antiplatelet agents reduce preterm birth risk in some groups

    on January 11th, 2017
    FROM OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY The use of antiplatelet agents in pregnant women at risk for preeclampsia reduces the risk of spontaneous preterm birth by about 7%, while moderate to very preterm birth at less than 34 weeks of gestation is reduced by 14%. Those are key findings from a meta-analysis[...]
  • USPSTF reaffirms need for folic acid supplements in pregnancy

    on January 10th, 2017
    FROM JAMA The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force continues to recommend that all women planning or capable of pregnancy should take a daily supplement of 0.4-0.8 mg of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects in their offspring. The task force “concludes with high certainty” that the benefits [...]
  • United States about to top 40,000 Zika cases

    on January 9th, 2017
    The number of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika infection jumped up a bit at the end of 2016, and the United States approached 40,000 Zika cases among all Americans at the beginning of the new year, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 18[...]
  • First-trimester blood glucose predicts congenital heart disease risk

    on January 6th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A single, random, first-trimester maternal plasma glucose measurement is superior to an oral glucose tolerance test later in pregnancy as a predictor of congenital heart disease in newborns, Emmi Helle, MD, reported at the Ameri[...]
  • Cardiovascular complications in pregnancy quickly boost future risk

    on January 5th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women who experience peripartum cardiomyopathy or any of a variety of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are at sharply increased risk of acute MI, stroke, or new-onset heart failure beginning within just a few years, Rima Arna[...]
  • Which maternal beta-blockers boost SGA risk?

    on January 4th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The use of labetalol or atenolol in pregnancy is associated with significantly increased risk of having a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) baby; metoprolol and propranolol are not. And none of these four beta-blockers are associa[...]
  • FDA warns of false-positive results with Zika IgM test

    on January 4th, 2017
    A test used to detect Zika virus is producing a larger-than-expected number of false-positive results, according to a safety alert issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The ZIKV Detect IgM Capture ELISA test is the first commercially available Zika serological IgM test – it was approved by t[...]
  • Preventing surgical site infections in hysterectomy

    on January 4th, 2017
    Surgical site infections are a major source of patient morbidity. They are also an important quality metric for surgeons and hospital systems, and are increasingly being linked to reimbursement. They occur in approximately 2% of the 600,000 women undergoing hysterectomy in the United States each yea[...]
  • Endoscopy during pregnancy increases risk of preterm, SGA birth

    on January 3rd, 2017
    Women who undergo an endoscopy during pregnancy are increasing the chances that their baby will be born preterm, or be small for gestational age (SGA), according to research published in the February issue of Gastroenterology (doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2016.10.016). “Research in pregnancy outcome in w[...]
  • Prepregnancy overweight boosts risk of depressive symptoms in pregnancy

    on December 27th, 2016
    AT OBESITY WEEK 2016 NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Prepregnancy overweight and obesity are associated with increased incidence and severity of depressive symptoms during pregnancy, independent of preeclampsia and other hypertensive pregnancy disorders or gestational diabetes, Satu Kumpula[...]
  • Counsel women against unnecessary prophylactic mastectomies

    on December 21st, 2016
    FROM JAMA SURGERY Women with breast cancer are much less likely to opt for contralateral prophylactic mastectomies if they know it won’t prolong their lives, according to a survey of 2,402 women with unilateral stage 0-II breast cancer. Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) – removing the [...]
  • Choline and prevention of prevalent mental illnesses

    on December 21st, 2016
    Advocating on behalf of the power of prevention in psychiatry has been my life’s work. I ran a world-class community mental health center with a strong wellness component; have taught, researched, written, and spoken extensively about the importance of prevention; and have incorporated preventive [...]
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