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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy

Pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa with malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher prevalence of anemia than pregnant women without infections, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

For pregnant patients, number of clinic visits not tied to risk of getting COVID-19

In the spring of 2020, as Massachusetts experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Boston area, four area hospitals conducted universal testing among all pregnant patients at the time of admission for SARS-CoV-2, the virus ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Women's wellness: Cervical cancer screening guidelines updated

Cervical cancer used to be one of the top causes of cancer for women in the U.S. But over the past decade, rates have been declining. As a result, the American Cancer Society recently updated its guidelines about when women ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Sharp jump in stillbirths during COVID lockdown

A four-fold increase in stillbirths in a large UK maternity hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic might also be replicated in Australia due to guidelines which have discouraged face-to-face antenatal visits in recent months.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

After stillbirth, new genetic analyses may give parents answers

Columbia researchers have uncovered an array of new genes that cause stillbirth, significantly increasing the understanding of the condition's genetic foundations. The findings suggest that genetic analysis could be used ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Maternal weight tied to early-onset neonatal bacterial sepsis

(HealthDay)—Risk for early-onset neonatal bacterial sepsis (EOS) increases with maternal overweight and obesity, particularly in term infants, according to a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Research finds women often overprescribed opioids after childbirth

Excessive opioid prescriptions following childbirth may lead to higher rates of addiction within communities, according to a new report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. A significant correlation exists ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to a greater risk of autism

In the largest study of its kind, Ottawa researchers found that children whose mothers reported using cannabis during pregnancy were at greater risk of autism. The incidence of autism was 4 per 1000 person-years among children ...

Oncology & Cancer

The importance of estrogen cycles

Oral contraceptives are implicated in slightly increasing breast cancer risk. This birth control method contains forms of estrogen, a hormone that binds ERalpha (estrogen receptor alpha), to alter the reproductive cycle. ...