Women’s Health

  • Zika vaccine development expected to last through 2020

    on February 24th, 2017
    FROM AN ACIP MEETING Progress continues to be made on creating a Zika vaccine, but taking any of the current candidates all the way through clinical trials and into production could take another few years, according to the latest information presented at a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control [...]
  • Following infection, semen is Zika’s last refuge

    on February 24th, 2017
    AT CROI SEATTLE (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Zika virus RNA lingered longer in semen than in any other body fluid but was cleared by 95% of men after 3 months, according to investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings support the agency’s recommendation that men [...]
  • Early delivery by morbidly obese moms improves outcomes

    on February 24th, 2017
    AT THE PREGNANCY MEETING LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Delivery at 38 weeks’ gestation is linked with improved perinatal survival among singleton infants born to morbidly obese mothers in a retrospective review of more than 2 million U.S. births. “If reasonable, consider delivery at 38 [...]
  • Term ultrasound shown unreliable for diagnosing macrosomia

    on February 23rd, 2017
    AT THE PREGNANCY MEETING LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Fetal macrosomia can be challenging to detect by ultrasound performed just before delivery, which had 41% sensitivity and 58% positive predictive value in a prospective study of more than 2,300 pregnancies. The results also showed that [...]
  • Pregnancy medical home reduces hospital visits, overall costs

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT THE PREGNANCY MEETING LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women and their newborns who received care through a pregnancy medical home model used the emergency department less and had fewer inpatient stays, resulting in significant cost savings to a state health insurance plan. In the single-ce[...]
  • Weekend births linked to higher maternal-fetal mortality

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT THE PREGNANCY MEETING LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Weekend deliveries were associated with a significantly increased risk of maternal-fetal morbidity and death, according to a review of all U.S. deliveries over the past decade. “Maternal morbidity and mortality were increased on weeke[...]
  • Oral contraceptive use confers long-term cancer protection

    on February 21st, 2017
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY New findings from a cohort study with more than 4 decades of follow-up show that, while women who have ever used combined oral contraceptives see an increased risk of breast and cervical cancer, the risk disappears within about 5 years after sto[...]
  • Zika slowing, but not going away

    on February 17th, 2017
    New cases of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection were down for the 2 weeks ending Feb. 7, with a big drop in the U.S. territories offsetting an increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There we[...]
  • Zika slowing, but not going away

    on February 17th, 2017
    New cases of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection were down for the 2 weeks ending Feb. 7, with a big drop in the U.S. territories offsetting an increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There we[...]
  • Overweight, obesity linked to pelvic organ prolapse risk

    on February 17th, 2017
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Older age and parity are established risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse, but the role of obesity has not been precisely determined. Results from a new meta-analysis show that overweight and obese women are significantly more likely to experi[...]
  • High continuation rates for IUDs, implants at 2 years

    on February 16th, 2017
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY The large majority of women who start using a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) find it acceptable and cost effective enough to continue using the method for at least 2 years, findings from a retrospective cohort study suggest. Inves[...]
  • Quality group endorses new contraception measures

    on February 16th, 2017
    The National Quality Forum has endorsed – for the first time – a set of quality measures related to the prescribing of contraception. The three new measures are intended to help reduce unintended pregnancies by ensuring that women aged 15-44 years are offered effective birth control options. “[...]
  • CDC: More preterm births after fertility treatments

    on February 16th, 2017
    FROM MMWR SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES Infants conceived through assisted reproductive technology (ART) represented less than 2% of all children born in the United States in 2014, but they experienced disproportionately large shares of adverse perinatal outcomes, according to the Centers for Disease Contr[...]
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