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Pregnancy Outcomes Can Help Predict Long-term Health In Women
2011-09-14 09:44:13

  The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine looks at pregnancy as a window for future health "A woman's pregnancy outcome can be an indicator of future health conditions," stated George R. Saade, M.D., president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Saade gave a compelling presentation to SMFM members on the links between pregnancy outcomes and women's long-term health. He...

2011-03-31 01:52:31

FDA announcement allows continued compounding of drug The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) weighed in on today's FDA announcement to continue to allow pharmacies to compound hydroxyprogesterone caproate, also known as 17P. This FDA announcement comes in response to an outcry from SMFM, ACOG and others regarding the costs of the just-released pharmaceutical version of the drug. The new drug, Makena, made by KV Pharmaceuticals, is being sold at $1,500 per dose as opposed to the...

2011-02-21 08:11:04

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Breaking a first-time mother's water when her labor is induced can shorten delivery time by 10-percent, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 585 participants who were induced at or beyond 37 weeks of pregnancy. The women were randomized to early amniotomy or standard management. An amniotomy involves the artificial rupture of membranes, which is typically performed by a midwife or doctor. Results showed early amniotomy (performed when the woman was 4...

2011-02-14 14:53:32

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that prove that the use of fetal heart rate monitors lowers the rate of infant mortality. There have been a handful of small studies conducted in the past that looked at the effectiveness of fetal heart rate monitors, but none of them were large enough to be conclusive. "There was some...

2011-02-14 08:37:34

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Researchers have identified three proteins that are partly responsible for the success of progesterone treatments in the prevention of preterm labor. The proteins -- known as XIAP, BID and Bcl-2 --prevent preterm birth by hindering apoptosis (the normal, orderly death of cells) in fetal membranes. Stronger, thicker fetal membranes are less likely to rupture prematurely and lead to premature delivery, according to the study authors. More than half a million babies are...

2011-02-14 08:36:36

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Something as simple as magnesium may protect against cerebral palsy (CP). A new study in mice shows consuming magnesium sulfate significantly reduces brain injury associated with maternal inflammation or infection. Magnesium sulfate is sometimes used during preterm labor to reduce the risk of neonatal brain injury. In 2010, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists along with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine issued a statement saying that "available...

2011-02-11 14:16:17

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that despite fetal pulmonary maturity, babies delivered at between 36 to 38 weeks, still have a significantly increased risk of neonatal morbidities. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that fetal pulmonary maturity be documented for scheduled...

2011-02-11 14:12:07

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that many women are having different test results for Group B streptococcus (GBS) between their routine third trimester screening and a rapid test performed at the time of labor. GBS early-onset sepsis is a leading cause of neonatal infection. GBS is a bacterium that normally...

2011-02-11 14:07:37

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that when women at high risk for preterm birth participated in a preterm birth prevention clinic, more women delivered full term babies and there were fewer cases of infant morbidity. The National Center for Health Statistic reports that in 2008, 12.3% of babies were born...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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