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Progesterone May Not Help Prevent Repeat Miscarriage, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Taking progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy may not improve the odds of motherhood for women with a history of miscarriage, a new study finds. Researchers found that among more than 800 women with one or more unexplained miscarriages, those who received the hormone in early pregnancy were no less likely to miscarry than those who received a placebo. The live birth rate was 65.8 percent among women taking vaginal progesterone and 63.3 percent in those taking a placebo, the researchers found. "After more than 60 years of debate, we now know that progesterone treatment in early pregnancy isn't the answer for women with unexplained recurrent losses," said lead researcher Dr. Arri Coomarasamy, a professor of gynecology at the Institute of Metabolism and System Research at University of Birmingham in England. Researchers can now direct their ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Ready for Pregnancy

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-- A fetus is vulnerable to harm in its very early stages, before you may know you are pregnant. For women of childbearing age who are thinking of becoming pregnant, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Avoid smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs. Eat nutritious food, and get plenty of folic acid. Maintain a healthy body weight. Get regular exercise. Be careful using appliances such as hot tubs. Avoid potentially harmful chemicals. Read more

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1 in 6 Female College Freshmen Raped While Incapacitated: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – More than one in every six freshmen women are raped during their first year at college while too drunk or drugged to fend off their attacker, a new U.S. study reports. Even worse, about the same proportion say they entered college having already been raped while incapacitated by drink or drugs, the research revealed. Incoming freshmen with a prior history of "incapacitated rape" are the ones most at risk of another sexual assault during their first year at college, the researchers concluded. Freshmen women also have a higher risk of rape while drunk or drugged if they believe that heavy drinking can enhance a person's sexual experience, said lead researcher Kate Carey. Carey is a professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. Although Carey and her colleagues identified risk factors that may ... Read more

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Once-a-Week Sex Makes for Happy Couples: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – An active sex life is important to couples' happiness, and they don't have to go at it like rabbits – those who make love once a week are happiest, a new study suggests. More frequent sex isn't a buzzkill for a relationship. It just doesn't pack the same punch, Canadian researchers report Nov. 18 in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. "Our research suggests that couples do not need to aim to engage in sex as frequently as possible but instead aim to maintain a connection with their partner," said study lead author Amy Muise, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The findings are based on three studies involving more than 30,000 people in all. At issue: How does sexual frequency affect well-being? Not surprisingly, the research showed that sex is good, and more sex is better, Muise said. Regularly having sex ... Read more

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First Uterus Transplant Planned in U.S.

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FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 – Crossing new frontiers in infertility treatment and organ transplantation, Cleveland Clinic doctors hope to transplant a uterus from a deceased donor into a woman without one. The innovative procedure – tentatively scheduled for the next few months – would enable a woman with ovaries but no uterus to become pregnant and deliver a child. Eight women have reportedly started the screening process. These women were either born without a uterus – a condition that affects 1 of every 4,500 newborn girls – or have had their uterus removed or it is damaged, according to The New York Times. The clinical trial, a first in the United States, was announced Thursday, a year after the first live birth from a uterine transplant occurred in Sweden. In Sweden, however, live donors are used. The Cleveland Clinic doctors decided on deceased donors to avoid putting healthy women ... Read more

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Many U.S. Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – A large number of American mothers-to-be gain more weight than is good for them or their baby, federal health officials reported Thursday. Just 32 percent of pregnant women across the United States gained the recommended amount of weight during their pregnancy, the analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The study looked at 2013 data for women delivering full-term, singleton infants in 41 states, New York City and the District of Columbia, and additional 2012 pregnancy risk data for another five states. While gestational weight gain varied by states, at least 50 percent of pregnant women in 17 states gained above the recommended amount, the report said. "Eating for two shouldn't translate to eating without limits," said the report's co-author, CDC epidemiologist Andrea Sharma. "It should translate to eating twice as healthy." "A ... Read more

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Study Links Having Children to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – The more children a woman has, the lower her risk of ovarian cancer may be, a new study suggests. The study also found that the risk is lower in women whose fallopian tubes have been tied – a procedure called tubal ligation. British researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 women to determine risk factors for the four most common types of ovarian cancer: serous, mucinous, endometrioid and clear cell tumors. "In the last few years, our understanding of ovarian cancer has been revolutionized by research showing that many cases may not in fact come from the ovaries. For example, many high-grade serous tumors – the most common type – seem to start in the fallopian tubes, while some endometrioid and clear cell tumours may develop from endometriosis," lead researcher Kezia Gaitskell said in a Cancer Research U.K. news release. Compared to women with no ... Read more

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More Belly Fat in First Trimester Linked to Diabetes Risk Later in Pregnancy

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Women with high levels of abdominal fat in their first trimester are at increased risk for diabetes later in pregnancy, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 500 women, aged 18 to 42, who had ultrasounds to assess their abdominal fat at 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Those with higher levels of fat were more likely to develop diabetes at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. But the study only showed an association, and not a cause-and-effect relationship, between belly fat and diabetes risk in pregnancy. The study was published Nov. 2 in the journal Diabetes Care. "This study highlights the potential to screen patients in their early stages of pregnancy, and use abdominal fat to predict the development of diabetes," study author Leanne De Souza, from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, said in a hospital news release. De Souza is research program manager at St. ... Read more

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Teens Do Listen to Parents' Advice About Sex: Study

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Teens whose parents talk with them about sex are more likely to wait to have sex and to use birth control and condoms when they do, a new study finds. Although a parent's voice is only one in the mix of influences, it does have a significant, though small, role in helping their kids avoid sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies, the researchers said. And the effect was slightly stronger when moms were the ones doing the talking, the study found. "Communicating about sex can be uncomfortable for both parents and teens, but these conversations are a critical component of helping teens make safe and healthy decisions," said lead researcher Laura Widman, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. "What parents say to their kids about sex matters," she said. Although the study found an ... Read more

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Giving Birth, Breast-feeding May Help Women's Long-Term Health

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – Having babies and breast-feeding may extend a woman's life, new research suggests. Other beneficial factors appear to include starting menstruation at a later age and using birth control pills. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 323,000 women in 10 European countries who were followed for an average of about 13 years. During that time, more than 14,300 of the women died. Nearly 6,000 died of cancer and more than 2,400 from circulatory system diseases. The study found fewer deaths among women who gave birth between the ages of 26 and 30 than among those who were older or who gave birth at age 20 or younger. Women who breast-fed also lived longer than those who did not. The risk of cancer death was lower in women who had given birth than among those who had not, and was lower among those who gave birth to two or three children than among those with one child. ... Read more

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Study Sees No Link Between Antibiotics in Early Pregnancy and Birth Defects

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – A new Canadian study did not find any association between two common types of antibiotics taken during pregnancy and a higher risk of adverse effects to the baby. Four out of 10 pregnant women are prescribed antibiotics, with azithromycin and clarithromycin being the most common. They belong to a class of drugs called macrolides. "With penicillin, macrolides are amongst the most used medications in the general population and in pregnancy. However, debate remained on whether it is the infections or in fact the macrolides used to treat them that put women and their unborn child at greater risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including birth defects," said study co-leader Anick Berard, a professor of pharmacy at the University of Montreal. "We therefore aimed to estimate the risk of major congenital malformations after fetal exposure to the two most commonly used ... Read more

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Study Says Tdap Vaccine Safe During Pregnancy

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Even if a woman gets a tetanus-containing shot before she conceives, it is still safe to give her the tetanus-containing Tdap vaccine while she is pregnant, new research indicates. As it stands, federal guidelines state that the Tdap vaccine, which also guards against diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough), is recommended for every woman during every pregnancy. However, there has been a lack of research on the safety of giving the vaccine during pregnancy, the researchers noted. And some women have often balked at the recommendation. "Pregnant patients are often reluctant to take medications, especially vaccinations," explained Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who was not involved with the study. "Recent recommendations for Tdap vaccines are often met with resistance from patients. Some of the foremost ... Read more

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Newborns Vulnerable to Common Staph Infections: Study

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 – Bloodstream infections in newborns are rare, but when they occur, normal staph infections are just as dangerous as antibiotic-resistant ones, a new study finds. "Just because a bug responds well to antibiotics doesn't mean it's any less deadly," senior investigator Dr. Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, said in a Hopkins news release. "If not detected and treated early, invasive bloodstream infections with garden-variety staph can wreak just as much damage on a newborn's body as antibiotic-resistant forms," he warned. Public health experts tend to focus on drug-resistant infections. But the researchers behind the new study found that non-resistant staph infections occur more than twice as often in newborns as resistant strains, and they have nearly as high a death rate. For the study, the ... Read more

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No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy, Doctors Say

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 – While some studies have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians' group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant. "The only guarantee of having no effects from alcohol is no prenatal alcohol exposure," said Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It's likely, she added, that future research will continue to show that "alcohol has subtle yet important lasting effects on academic performance, attention, behavior, cognition, memory, language skills, and visual and motor development." Physicians and researchers have been warning about the hazards of alcohol use during pregnancy for decades. Yet almost half of all women of childbearing ... Read more

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Study Ties Essure Birth Control Implant to Greater Need for Reoperation

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – New research raises concerns about Essure, an implanted long-term birth control device that's already the focus of controversy. Researchers found a 10-fold higher risk of needing a reoperation during the first year for women who choose the Essure device compared to those who had minimally invasive surgery for sterilization. Essure works to prevent conception by blocking the fallopian tubes with metallic coils. This isn't the first time the device, first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002, has come under scrutiny. In September, an FDA panel reviewed the safety of the device after receiving complaints of complications from users. Abdominal pain was the side effect most often reported by women to the FDA, followed by heavier menstrual periods. The panel said that while complications have been reported, they haven't increased since the ... Read more

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