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Vitamin D's role in preventing asthma studied in pregnant women
A group of pregnant women who have asthma or allergies will get extra vitamin D as part of a study to determine if the vitamin can prevent their children from developing asthma. (2009-10-01)
NIH stem cell guidelines should be modified, UCSF team reports
A UCSF team, led by bioethicist Bernard Lo, M.D., recommends that the National Institutes of Health ethics guidelines for embryonic stem cell research be modified to better protect the rights of individuals donating egg or sperm to patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. (2010-02-18)
New strategy helps reduce errors in obstetrical care
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have implemented patient safety enhancements to dramatically reduce errors and improve the staff's own perception of the safety climate in obstetrical care. (2008-02-02)
Ob/Gyn experts recommend 'ultrasound first' for imaging the female pelvis
Ultrasound technology has evolved dramatically in recent years. A group of noted obstetricians and gynecologists maintain that ultrasound is more cost-effective and safer than other imaging modalities for imaging the female pelvis and should be the first imaging modality used for patients with pelvic symptoms. (2015-03-31)
Progesterone therapy could prevent thousands of preterm births
Nearly 10,000 preterm births could have been prevented in 2002 if all high risk pregnant women eligible for progesterone treatment had received it, according to a March of Dimes study published today in Obstetrics & Gynecology. (2005-01-31)
Row over study puts Korea's scientific community under scrutiny again
This week's BMJ investigates a bitter row over a scientific paper that is putting Korea's scientific community under scrutiny once again. (2007-04-05)
Doctors named 'top' in reproductive endocrinology
Three physicians on the staff at the Center for Reproduction and Infertility at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island were recently named to the U.S. (2011-11-09)
MFM specialist provides viewpoint in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
To eat fish or not to eat fish? That is the question for pregnant and breastfeeding women. (2014-11-06)
Low-tech operation could dramatically reduce maternal deaths
Teaching doctors in Africa a low-tech operation to cut the cartilage of the symphysis pubis could save the lives of women in obstructed labor and their babies, according to an Essay in the open access journal PLoS Medicine. (2007-03-26)
Study validates two-protein test for spontaneous preterm birth prediction
In a study to be presented on Feb. 4 at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers will present findings from the Proteomic Assessment of Preterm Risk study with the title Clinical validation of a two-protein test for spontaneous preterm birth prediction in a large multicenter prospective study of asymptomatic women. (2016-02-01)
Women & infants to participate in project to reduce primary cesareans
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, has been accepted into the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Reducing Primary Cesareans Project. (2016-10-24)
UT Southwestern researchers find protein breakdown contributes to pelvic organ prolapse
A gynecologist and a molecular biologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center have collaborated to show for the first time that pelvic organ prolapse -- a condition in which the uterus, bladder or vagina protrude from the body -- is caused by a combination of a loss of elasticity and a breakdown of proteins in the vaginal wall. (2011-05-24)
Hormone-like gel causes speedier deliveries, study suggests
Use of a special medical gel, placed into the cervix of a pregnant woman, can enhance the natural birth process by shortening both the time until labor begins and the time to delivery, new research suggests. (1999-10-26)
Study finds HIV-infected men at risk for spreading HIV despite taking HAART
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Fenway Health have found that highly active antiretroviral therapy does not completely suppress HIV in the semen of sexually active HIV-infected men who have sex with men. (2012-03-27)
Womb natural killer cell discovery could lead to screening for miscarriage risk
For the first time the functions of natural killer cells in the womb have been identified. (2017-12-14)
Study finds no benefit, but possible harm, from drug used to prevent preterm births
A drug commonly prescribed to pregnant women with a history of delivering babies early provides no benefit. (2017-03-14)
Effects of progesterone on Alzheimer's disease
The first study on progesterone and Alzheimer's disease has found no clear preventive benefit for the widely prescribed hormone in an animal model. (2007-11-27)
AIUM to host Annual Convention
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) will host its 2007 Annual Convention and Preconvention Program over St. (2006-11-09)
Oxidative stress produces damage linked with increased risk of preterm birth
A group of scientists led by Ramkumar Menon at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has gained new insights into what factors lead to preterm birth. (2017-09-20)
Obstetrician-gynecologist training in Sub-Saharan Africa bolstered by new collections
A new project provides free access to educational materials to support obstetrician-gynecologist training in Africa and improve maternal and newborn care. (2015-04-06)
New women's health researcher brings $6.8 million in funding to MSU
Michigan State University has become the new home for a $6.8 million Center for Women's Health and Reproduction Research. (2010-04-28)
Addressing addictions
A new study by Queen's University researcher Susan Brogly has revealed that 25 percent of women suffering from a prenatal opioid dependence were not being treated for their addiction. (2017-04-05)
Gene Therapy May Suppress Uterine Fibroids
Research from the University of Michigan Women's Health Program suggests that gene therapy may someday control a condition responsible for nearly half the 550,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States each year. (1998-05-29)
Extra copies of EGFR gene signal poor prognosis for vulvar cancer
Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Service report that women with vulvar carcinoma whose tumors have extra copies of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene are at increased risk of dying from their cancer. (2008-09-30)
Should Doctors Perform An Elective Caesarean Section On Request?
Rates of Caesarean section are rising and mothers' requests for elective Caesarean section in an uncomplicated pregnancy are common. (1998-08-14)
Research highlights problems of predicting birthweights in obese mothers
Obesity is a risk to mother and baby, but American researchers have found a method that tackles the problem of predicting birth weights when mothers have a BMI of more than 30, making ultrasound measurements difficult at full term. (2008-07-09)
Specialists: Laparoscopy can help infertile women avoid months of unnecessary treatments
New research indicates that many women with infertility due to ovulation problems who do not become pregnant after using the fertility pill clomiphene citrate should undergo a laparoscopy prior to further treatment. (2004-02-23)
New method of managing risk in pregnancy leads to healthier newborns, better outcomes for moms
Penn researchers have found an alternative method for obstetric care that leads not only to healthier newborns, but better outcomes for moms as well. (2008-06-02)
Understanding the placenta likely key to preventing stillbirth
The key to reducing the number of stillbirths is likely to be development of novel screening tests based on better understanding of normal and abnormal function of the placenta. (2007-11-15)
Genital pain linked to increased pain sensitivity throughout the body, UMHS researchers find
Women with a condition called vulvodynia process pain differently, and these women are more sensitive to pain at other points in their body, researchers at the University of Michigan Health System found. (2004-07-12)
Research: Pregnant teens want to go to college, need support
A study recently released by researchers at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island shows that pregnant teens have aspirations and dreams to go to college and get a good job. (2011-02-09)
Breakthrough in the early diagnosis of preeclampsia
Results from an international multicenter study have demonstrated that the ratio of certain messengers in the blood of pregnant women can be used to reliably rule out preeclampsia, and to predict the risk of complications. (2016-01-08)
Small cuts, big outcomes
A move by The Ottawa Hospital to promote less invasive surgeries for women with severe gynecological problems has sped up patient recovery, led to fewer complications and saved the hospital money, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. (2016-03-08)
Study weighs risks and benefits of birthing facilities
In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that the risk of obstetric intervention is lower for women who deliver or intend to deliver outside of hospitals, but there are some higher risks for newborns intended for home births compared to hospital births. (2012-02-10)
Genetic mutations may contribute to preterm birth risk
Genetic mutations in an enzyme related to amino acid metabolism called MTHFR and coagulation protein Factor V appear to have significant association with blood clots and tissue injury to the placenta and developing baby, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences report. (2008-01-31)
Breast cancer survivors who experience pain during intercourse may benefit from lidocaine
Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University report that breast cancer survivors who experience pain during sexual intercourse, a common side effect of breast cancer treatment, may achieve comfort when liquid lidocaine is applied strategically to prevent pain. (2015-07-27)
Better outcome for frozen embryo replacement vs IVF
Perinatal outcomes of frozen/thawed embryo replacement better compared to fresh IVF, but worse than non-IVF general population. (2013-02-11)
UTHealth research looks at nanotechnology to help prevent preterm birth
Using nanoparticles to engineer a special drug, a team of researchers from McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has demonstrated in preclinical trials a new way to both reduce preterm birth and avoid the risks of medication in pregnancy to unborn babies. (2016-02-04)
Number of births may affect mom's future heart health, UT Southwestern cardiologists find
Women who give birth to four or more children are more likely to have cardiovascular changes that can be early indicators of heart disease than women who have fewer children, new research by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists finds. (2015-03-23)
UC Davis researchers find decrease in hysterectomy complications
UC Davis researchers who studied hospital discharge records for nearly 650,000 California women over a 13-year period have found that complications from hysterectomies have significantly declined. (2008-09-17)
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