The four out of ten women who use antibiotics during pregnancy can breathe easy, as a comprehensive new study shows that the two most often prescribed drugs have no adverse outcome on the child’s physical development.
Severely obese women who maintained or lost weight during pregnancy had healthier babies and lower health care costs, a recent study shows. The work compared 82 severely obese pregnant women with 85 healthy weight women. The obese mothers experienced more medical problems during pregnancy, higher medical costs and longer lengths of hospital stay compared to non-obese women. Twenty-six percent of the obese mothers maintained or lost weight during pregnancy and experienced lower medical costs and gave birth to healthier infants.
Computer-based modeling is helping to further reduce length of hospital stay and duration of treatment with opioids that are used therapeutically to wean babies born in withdrawal from drugs their mothers have taken. This condition is known as neonatal abstinence syndrome.
A group of researchers has found that p62, a host molecule, played an important role in exerting immune effects of an experimental pathogenic parasite toxoplasma-inactivated vaccine. This group’s achievement is expected to offer strategies for developing a toxoplasma-inactivated vaccine targeting p62 for treating toxoplasmosis.
Many transgender men who have the capacity to bear children are faced with barriers in the health-care system as a result of a lack of training, argue two experts in a new report.
Breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor negative, a large international study shows. Hormone-receptor-negative (HRN) breast cancers are more likely to be aggressive and life-threatening. This subtype is more commonly diagnosed in women under age 50.
Researchers studying banded mongooses in Uganda have discovered that pups born to females that experienced elevated stress hormones during the later stages of pregnancy are much less likely to survive their first month.
Until now, measuring cervical length has been used to help detect women with a high chance of premature labor — the shorter the cervix, the more likely labor is imminent. Now researchers suggests that a routine screening could help narrow the estimated date of delivery for pregnant women.
Washington, DC – As part of an effort to improve obstetric care, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today released two new documents focusing on operative vaginal delivery and the limitations of perineal lacerations as a measure of obstetric care. Among other objectives, these two documents aim to lower the rate of cesarean delivery in the United States.
Washington, DC — Organizations representing women’s healthcare providers today released a landmark document addressing the complex considerations around deliveries that occur during the periviable period.