Prenatal benzodiazepine exposure not directly associated with ASD and ADHD
A recent study found that while children exposed to benzodiazepine during pregnancy had a greater risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), siblings without exposure saw similar risks of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Increase of steroid exposure in newborns
After the Antenatal Late Preterm Steroid (ALPS) trial showed a decrease in respiratory complications following steroid administration, steroid exposure among newborns increased.
Infant UTI and IBI prevalence decreased during COVID-19 pandemic
In a recent study, rates of urinary tract infections and invasive bacterial infections in infants aged under 60 days saw a downward trend monthly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Preterm births increasing in United States
According to the 2022 March of Dimes report card, it was reported that maternal and infant outcomes have worsened, with the preterm birth rate reaching 10.5% in 2021.
Dostarlimab shows positive results in phase 3 trial for endometrial cancer
GSK plc has announced positive results for safety and tolerance of dostarlimab (Jemperli; GSK plc) in treating women with endometrial cancer.
Maternal influenza vaccination during pregnancy protects infants
In a recent study, infants born from mothers vaccinated against influenza were less likely to be hospitalized from the disease than those born to unvaccinated mothers.
Updates on FDA drug approvals
At ACR Convergence 2022, Amit Golding, MD, PhD, outlined drugs recently approved by the FDA, and discussed the requirements for biosimilars to meet approval.
How the FDA prevents drug shortages
At ACR Convergence 2022, Hyun Son, PharmD, discussed the role of the FDA’s Drug Shortage Staff in preventing and mitigating drug shortages.
Caffeine consumption during pregnancy could stunt childhood growth
A recent study found that children born to mothers who had consumed caffeine during pregnancy often had a reduced height during childhood compared with those born to mothers who had not consumed caffeine.
COVID-19 transmission during pregnancy rare
Infants born to mothers with COVID-19 infection during pregnancy often experienced positive birth outcomes from April 2020 to October 2020, and COVID-19 transmission was rare.
Prenatal care limited among immigrant groups
In a recent study, immigrant women were less likely to receive access to timely prenatal care than women born in the United States.
Maternal obesity and excessive weight gain increase ADHD risk in offspring
A recent study independently associated maternal obesity with ADHD risk in offspring, with a significant risk observed in joint obesity and excessive weight gain.
Severe COVID-19 rare in infants
In a recent study, severe COVID-19 made up 8% of cases among neonates aged less than 28 days.
How changes in diet can manage gestational diabetes
In a recent presentation the NPWH 25th Annual Premier Women's Healthcare Conference, Jenny Madrid, MPH, RD, CDCES, BC-ADM, discussed medical nutrition therapy, a type of treatment plan for managing gestational diabetes by adjusting to an appropriate diet.
Caring for the gynecologic needs of the adolescent patient
In a recent presentation at at the Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) 25th Annual Conference, Carri Holton, MSN, WHNP, discussed gynecological complications that adolescents may face and offered practical treatment options.
How environmental exposures affect women’s health
In a presentation at the Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) 25th Annual Conference, Katie Huffling DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN, explained how different cases of environmental exposure are impacting women’s health.
COVID-19 vaccine associated with increased menstrual cycle length
In a recent study, participants who had received a COVID-19 vaccine saw an average increase in menstrual cycle length of less than 1 day.
Child abuse and mandatory reporting policies decrease visits to prenatal care
Investigators found that women in states with child abuse or mandated reporting policies were less likely to visit prenatal care and postpartum health care.
Study: COVID-19 reduced contraceptive access
In a recent study, it was found that access to contraceptive services declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cesarean section increases risk of Crohn’s disease
In a recent study, offspring delivered through cesarean section were more likely to develop Crohn’s disease than those vaginally delivered.
Air pollution associated with adverse birth outcomes
Prenatal exposure to industrial air pollutants increases risk of adverse birth outcomes in infants.
Prenatal cannabis exposure increases risk of mental disorders
In a recent study, prenatal cannabis exposure was associated with greater risk of behavioral problems and mental health disorders in children.
Assisted reproductive technology increases childhood cancer risk
A recent study has associated the use of assisted reproductive technology in birth with an increased chance of developing childhood cancers.
Diabetes not associated with breastfeeding ability
Investigators found minimal difference between breastfeeding rates less than 1 week postpartum of women who had diabetes pre-pregnancy, gestational diabetes only, and no history of diabetes.
Maternal vaccination reduces risk of infant COVID-19 hospitalization
Infants of fully vaccinated mothers had fewer cases of hospitalization from COVID-19 than those unvaccinated.
Inflammatory bowel disease treatment costs reduced with IFX biosimilar
Although further studies are needed to confirm the long-term effects, recent studies have shown the infliximab biosimilar to be a safe, effective, and cost reducing treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases.
In-utero opioid exposure increases risk of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome
Investigators found that opioid use during pregnancy increases the relative risk of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome in newborns.
Antenatal corticosteroid treatment associated with psychological developmental disorders
Researchers have found that maternal antenatal corticosteroid treatment can lead to increased risk of psychological developmental and neurosensory disorders in children.
Triptan use during pregnancy does not increase ADHD risk
A recent study showed no correlation between prenatal exposure to triptans and diagnosis or symptoms of ADHD in children.
Gestational diabetes mellitus rate increased from 2016 to 2020
Data from the US Department of Health and Human Services has shown an increase in GDM rate from 2016 to 2020, with a greater increase observed from 2019 to 2020.
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