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Postpartum Stroke Risk Increased Among Women With Infection During Delivery

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Women diagnosed with an infection during delivery were found to be at an increased risk for postpartum stroke, according to preliminary research results presented at the American Stroke Association’s 2019 International Stroke Conference, held February 6-8, 2019, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The findings of this study resulted from the examination of 3.5 million delivery hospitalizations from…
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Universal Prenatal Hepatitis C Virus Screening Improves Health Outcomes

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Universal prenatal hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening was found to be cost-effective and improved health outcomes in women diagnosed with HCV infection and identification of HCV exposure in neonates, according to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. A research team used a stochastic microsimulation model to analyze the health outcomes and cost-effectiveness of universal…
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Probiotics Not Beneficial for Preventing Gestational Diabetes in Overweight, Obese Women

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In overweight and obese women, administering probiotics during the second trimester of pregnancy did not reduce the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Researchers conducted the Study of Probiotics In Gestation (SPRING), a prospective,double-blind, randomized controlled trial of probiotics vs placebo, to analyze whether probiotics prevented GDM…

Serum Estradiol Levels Predictive of Fractures During Menopausal Transition

Measuring serum estradiol (E2) during the menopausal transition might help identify women at higher risk for fractures, according to study results published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. To determine whether physicians can better predict fracture incidence by measuring annual hormone levels during the menopausal transition, researchers followed 2960 women (average age, 46.4 years) during…

Low Birth Weight, Obesity Associated With Pregnancy Complications

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Women who were born at a low birth weight and currently are overweight or obese were found to be at increased risk for complications of pregnancy, including preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study published in Obesity. Researchers recruited women from the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (SCOPE) study between November 2004 and February…
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