Obs & Gynae

2018/04/25MEDICAL UPDATE

Length of lactation inversely related to diabetes development

By Bruce Sylvester Lactation duration appears to be inversely related to development of type 2 diabetes, researchers reported in the March 2018 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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2017/08/16MEDICAL UPDATE

Aspirin reduces rate of preeclampsia among at-risk pregnant women

Researchers report that treatment of at-risk pregnant women with low-dose aspirin (150 mg) resulted in  a significant reduction in pre-term preeclampsia.

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2016/02/24MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Ireland: Study predicts risk of Caesarean delivery

by Gary Finnegan: Researchers have developed a new scoring system that rates women’s risk of Caesarean section. The study combines a range of indicators to help maternity hospitals better manage patients and resources, and to prepare pregnant women for the possibility of surgery.

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2015/12/16MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters – Canada: Higher rates of preterm birth in black population

by Gary Finnegan: Black women in Canada have substantially higher risk of preterm birth than white women, according to a new study which mirrors disparities previously reported in the US population.

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2015/10/27MEDICAL UPDATE

Pre-pregnancy exercise reduces pelvic girdle pain

by Bruce Sylvester: Exercise prior to pregnancy appears to reduce pelvic girdle pain caused by joint and ligament changes during pregnancy, researchers reported online on October 7, 2015 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a British Medical Journal publication.

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2015/10/24MEDICAL UPDATE

Investigative vaccine eradicates precancerous lesions in some women

by Bruce Sylvester: Researchers report that a genetically engineered vaccine, VGX-3100/ Inovio Pharmaceuticals,  appears to eradicate high-grade precancerous cervical lesions in some women. The findings from a phase 2b trial were published online on Sept. 17, 2015 in The Lancet.

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2015/09/09MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters (The Netherlands): Hospitals safer than home births in poor areas

by Gary Finnegan: Home births lead to higher infant mortality than hospital births, at least for mothers living in poorer areas, according to a new Dutch study which is likely to spark debate on a topic of considerable controversy.

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2015/04/27MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Denmark: Better outcomes for IVF babies

by Gary Finnegan: Health outcomes for children conceived using assisted reproduction technologies (ART) have improved significantly over the past two decades, according to a Danish-led study. However, the paper adds to existing evidence that transferring a single embryo per cycle is safer than implanting multiple embryos.

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2015/04/03MEDICAL UPDATE

Spontaneous preterm delivery linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease

by Bruce Sylvester: Compared to women who deliver at full-term, women with a history of spontaneous preterm delivery appear to have a doubled risk of developing heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, according to findings published on Feb. 10, 2015 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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2013/11/15MEDICAL UPDATE

Metoclopramide treatment for nausea during pregnancy is not associated with increased risk of major malformations or stillbirth

by Bruce Sylvester - taken from JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association - A retrospective analysis of data on Danish women exposed to the nausea medication metoclopramide in pregnancy shows that the drug is not associated with a significantly increased risk of major congenital malformations, spontaneous abortion, and stillbirth.

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