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2013-11-08 16:24:43

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury today jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans. The final rule issued today implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and ensures that health plan features like co-pays, deductibles, and...

2013-10-15 11:14:17

Multiple courses of prenatal corticosteroids, compared with a single course, taken by pregnant women to help prevent preterm birth was associated with no increase or decrease in the risk of death or disability for their children at age 5, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. Preterm birth (between 24 and 33 weeks) is a significant health problem and a single course of prenatal (also known as antenatal) corticosteroid therapy is recommended for...

2013-07-10 11:56:24

The link between previous termination of pregnancy (abortion) and preterm delivery in a subsequent pregnancy has disappeared over the last 20-30 years, according to a study of data from Scotland published in this week's PLOS Medicine. The study, led by Gordon Smith from the University of Cambridge, found that abortion was a strong risk factor for subsequent preterm birth in the 1980s but over the next 20 years, the link progressively weakened and was no longer present among women giving birth...

2013-02-11 13:46:10

In a study to be presented on February 14 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in San Francisco, California, researchers will report findings suggesting an increased risk of early (less than 35 weeks) preterm birth when intra-amniotic debris is present in nulliparous women with a short cervix. The babies born to women with debris had worse outcomes than those born to women without debris, likely due to the earlier...

2012-09-10 22:59:36

Pregnant women who have had prior preterm births may avoid a subsequent early birth if given progestogens, which are natural or synthetic forms of progesterone, a female hormone that naturally increases during pregnancy, a Vanderbilt analysis shows. Women who have had prior preterm births and are given progestogens while expecting a single child show some benefit from additional hormone, Vanderbilt researchers reported in a systematic review released on Thursday in Obstetrics &...

2012-08-30 10:33:04

One of the largest studies to look at the effect of induced abortions on a subsequent first birth has found that women who have had three or more abortions have a higher risk of some adverse birth outcomes, such as delivering a baby prematurely and with a low birth weight. The research, which is published online in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction today (Thursday), found that among 300,858 Finnish mothers, 31,083 (10.3%) had had one induced abortion between...

2012-08-07 06:26:19

CHICAGO, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment President and CEO Michael Darcy joined parity champions the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the Honorable Jan Schakowsky and the Honorable Mike Quigley as well as treatment providers, local advocates and concerned citizens to testify regarding mental health and substance abuse parity inadequacies at the Chicago Congressional Field Hearing held on August 6, 2012, at the Union League Club. The Mental...

2012-05-02 06:24:05

15 Million Babies Born Too Soon Every Year, Including Half Million in U.S. WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preterm babies are born at a higher rate in the United States than in 130 other countries of the world, including many poorer nations, according to the just-released report Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth. The report, containing the first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country, was published today by The March of...

2012-01-26 15:42:25

Women have long bemoaned the fact that as they have more children, their weight gain from pregnancy becomes more difficult to lose. A new study using a mouse model that mimics the human effects of multiparity (giving birth more than once) has found that mouse moms who gave birth four times accrued significantly more fat compared to primiparous females (those giving birth once) of similar age. The study also found significantly more inflammation in the livers of multiparous animals....

2011-06-21 12:15:18

Cervical ripening that instigates preterm labor is distinct from what happens at the onset of normal term labor, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. The findings challenge the conventional premise that premature cervical ripening and remodeling is likely just an accelerated version of the term labor process, and that normal term ripening is caused primarily by activation of inflammatory responses. Cervical remodeling is the process by which the cervix is transformed to...