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Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, 7th Edition: Snapshot: Protocol 18 - Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
Snapshot: Protocol 18 - Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, 7th Edition: Shoulder Dystocia
Snapshot: Protocol 56 - Shoulder Dystocia
L&D discharge profiles in the wake of COVID-19
The results of this retrospective study reflect experience with both vaginal and cesarean deliveries early in the pandemic, in comparison with similar periods in 2018 and 2019.
Maternal COVID-19 infection and placental abnormality
Findings from a retrospective study by researchers from NYU suggest that women with COVID-19 in pregnancy have an increased risk of placental abnormalities, regardless of whether their infection is symptomatic.
Having children at home and risk of COVID-19 in pregnancy
Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine say that women who have children at home may be at higher risk of severe COVID-19 in pregnancy.
Placental DNA may predict pregnancy complications
New research suggests that placental DNA may have potential as a biomarker for adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs).
Study links focal adenomyosis and primary infertility
A new study by French investigators shows that adenomyosis confined to the outer myometrium is associated with primary infertility—but not more diffuse disease.
Pilot study of novel technique for POP repair
A new technique for repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) appears to be associated with good short-term outcomes, based on results of a new pilot study.
Barriers to care for abnormal uterine bleeding
A new literature review suggests that several major barriers exist to care for the condition.
Physical activity in gynecologic cancer survivors
Findings from a new study by Australian researchers suggest that physical activity should be incorporated into cancer care during and beyond treatment.
SARS-CoV-2 detected in placenta and membrane samples
In a first-of-its-kind report, investigators from New York City have described identification of SARS-CoV-2 RNS in placenta and membrane samples at time of delivery.
Parental use and adolescent misuse of marijuana
In the United States, marijuana use by adults has increased in recent years.
Too many teen pelvic exams and Pap tests?
Results of a nationally representative study indicate that many young women receive bimanual pelvic exams (BPEs) and Pap tests that may be unnecessary, and not in compliance with the latest guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Domestic violence reports increase in two major cities during COVID-19
A new analysis by researchers who analyze crime statistics shows that in two major metropolitan areas, domestic violence reports increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inducing labor to reduce stillbirths
A nationwide study by Swedish researchers suggests that inducing labor at no later than 41 weeks could be one of the few interventions that reduce stillbirths.
Is hypothyroidism in pregnancy overtreated?
Results of new research suggest that in Canada, hypothyroidism in pregnancy may be overtreated.
Does adding a Foley to misoprostol lower risk of cesarean in obese women?
Risk of labor induction and cesarean delivery is increased in nulliparas who are obese, and use of misoprostol or insertion of a Foley balloon often fails in these patients, for reasons that aren’t fully understood.
Possible vertical transmission of COVID-19
What matters to women postpartum
Sexually transmitted infections and risk of ovarian cancer
A new study suggests that certain sexually trasmitted infections, such as herpes simplex virus 2, may have a role in the development of certain types of ovarian cancer.
Kangaroo Care and the infant brain
Results of a small study show that Kangaroo Care may positively affect infant neurophysiological development, particularly in the left front area of the brain.
Fertility and folic acid and zinc supplementation in men
A large-scale clinical trial of dietary supplementation in couples being treated for infertility shows that taking folic acid and zinc does not increase sperm quality or live birth rates
Hormone-modulating therapy for breast cancer, neurodegenerative disease
Results of a new study point to a link between exposure to tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors and reduced diagnoses of neurodegenerative diseases.
Opioids post-cesarean: Predicting use after discharge
Reviewing a patient’s intake of opioids after cesarean may help optimize pain management post-discharge, according to results of a new study.
Maternal smoking’s negative effect on infant body size
Finnish researchers say that maternal smoking during pregnancy leads to reduced infant body length and head circumference, effects that remain unchanged even if a woman stops smoking during the first trimester.
CDC guidance on coronavirus in pregnant, breastfeeding women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a FAQ on coronavirus in pregnancy and interim guidance on breastfeeding in women who have or are suspected to have COVID-19.
Does screening mammography reduce disparities in care for TNBC?
New findings shows that screening mammography that led to detection of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) resulted in similar outcomes for both white and African-American women.
Impact of Title X changes on family planning access for Texas teens
In-depth interviews with program administrators in Texas show that changes to Title X are decreasing access to services for teens and the quality of those services.
Genetics may play role in endometrial cancer risk
Six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) may be strongly associated with endometrial cancer risk, according to a new analysis of the latest evidence on genetics of the disease.
Cardiac changes around the final menstrual period
An analysis of data from SWAN underscores the importance of monitoring women going through menopause for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors.
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