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Isotretinoin

Pregnant Women Taking Isotretinoin Known To Cause Birth Defects

Isotretinoin (also known by its former brand name as Accutane or Roaccutane) is an extremely effective acne medication; that can help patients whose severe acne has not responded to other drugs. But the drug is also a potent teratogen if a woman takes isotretinoin while pregnant; even for a short period of time, the risk…

Prepregnancy

Maternal Prepregnancy Surgery: Risk Of Opioid Withdrawal In Newborns

Prepregnancy surgery is associated with the risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome in future pregnancies. Prescription opioids for postsurgical pain may result in opioid use disorders during future pregnancies; inadvertently increasing the risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome in offspring. Many women are first introduced to opioids after surgery through prescriptions for postoperative pain control; but the…

Gestational Diabetes

Diet And Exercise Do Not Reduce The Risk Of Gestational Diabetes

The assumption that minimizing weight gain in obese pregnant women is advantageous for avoiding gestational diabetes; has not been borne out. This study is conduct by MedUni Vienna’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Indeed, it might even be detrimental; to the mother and the unborn child to restrict carbohydrate intake during pregnancy. These results have…

Pregnancy

High-Risk Pregnancy Due To The Interferon Effect

High-risk pregnancies occur frequently, and have multiple causes. It is estimated that 10 to 20 % of pregnant women miscarry during their first trimester of pregnancy. Slow fetal growth may also arise as a result of maternal infection with certain microbes; parasites or viruses (such as toxoplasmosis or infection with rubella virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes or…

High-fibre diet 

Preeclampsia Risk May Be Reduced By A Healthy High-Fibre Diet

A healthy high-fibre diet  is generally recommend; but new research shows it could be even more important during pregnancy; to promote the well being of the mother and child. Plant-based fibre is broken down in the gut by bacteria; into factors that influence the immune system. Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre;…

Hospital

In-Hospital Maternal Mortality Down In Pregnancies With Lupus

Although pregnancy in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) carries a high risk for mother and fetus, outcomes may be improving. In-hospital maternal mortality decreased from 1998 to 2015 in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and non-SLE pregnancies, with a greater decline for SLE pregnancies, according to a study published online July 9 in the Annals of Internal…

Pregnancy

War On Women Due To Pregnancy Monitoring Technology

Biometric technology in particular, which uses biological information to track, monitor and collect data; has potentially punitive and far-reaching potential to enhance the surveillance of women’s reproduction. Enter the Owlet Band, the “world’s first consumer pregnancy monitor”coming in late 2019, which offers surveillance in sleek consumer packaging. Technology plays a growing role in the ongoing “war…

Cannabis Smoking

Cannabis Smoking During Pregnancy May Cause Premature Birth

Pregnant women should refrain from smoking cannabis to prevent their infants from being born early, a new study warns. A team of researchers in Ontario, Canada have found that women who use cannabis; or marijuana during pregnancy face a double risk of going into labor prematurely. The study, which was publish in the Journal of…

Stillbirth

New Stillbirth Risk Figures Help Women’s Decisions On Timing Delivery

With every week that a pregnancy continues past term (37 weeks), the risk of stillbirth increases; according to an analysis of more than 15 million pregnancies led by Queen Mary University of London. The results, published in the journal PLOS Medicine; also include a small but significantly increased risk of stillbirth in mothers who continue;…

Pre-Eclampsia

Pre-Eclampsia May Carry Long-Term Heart Risks For Women

Pre-eclampsia is a potentially dangerous condition characterize; by high blood pressure that arises in some pregnant women; but a review of publish studies indicates that its effects on cardiovascular health can persist well after pregnancy. Pre‐eclampsia is a disease of pregnancy characterize by the manifestations of multi‐organ dysfunction. Buthe recent use of transthoracic echocardiography in…

Nutrition

Nutrition Program Improves Health Of Pregnant Women And Children

A major 2009 revision to a federal nutrition program for low-income pregnant women; and children improved recipients’ health on several key measures, researchers at UC San Francisco have found. The study is the first to analyze the health effects of the changes to the U.S. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women; Infants and Children (WIC),…