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Women’s Health News

Many women struggle with menopausal symptoms and opt to take hormone replacement during this time. Hormone replacement consists of estrogen and progesterone and it can be taken orally, via patches, and as creams and gels. There are always many questions regarding hormones, given how difficult the perimenopause and menopause can be, and with the various […]

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who start out their pregnancy obese have a significantly higher risk of having babies with birth defects. Some of these abnormalities include neural tube defects, spina bifida, heart abnormalities, cleft lip and palate, and brain abnormalities. Fortunately, the overall risk of […]

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Two studies just released in the British Medical Journal both found ways to effectively treat and prevent postpartum depression without antidepressant medications. One study found that patients who received counseling from a trained nurse had significantly less postpartum depression at 6 months postpartum than the group that did not receive any special counseling.

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Researchers in this study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that in overweight and obese women, weight loss of about 17 lbs significantly reduced urinary incontinence symptoms.  This study may help to ease some women’s fears about incontinence during exercise. Weight loss, of course, has many health benefits in those overweight, including reduction […]

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that elective repeat cesarean delivery before 39 weeks increases the risks to the newborn. Risks can include respiratory problems, infection, low blood sugar, and prolonged hospitalizations. The good news is that the current standard of care is not to schedule elective cesarean deliveries before 39 […]

Researchers found an association with sleeping less than 7 hours a night and an almost 3 times risk of catching the common cold virus than those who slept 8 hours or more. Those who slept less and had poorer sleep quality had the highest risk. Sleep may play a role in the body’s response to […]

Women with preterm labor who were given intravenous magnesium sulfate were found to have newborns with a lower rate of cerebral palsy. Fortunately, magnesium sulfate is a commonly used medication in the U.S. to stop preterm labor in hospitalized patients, and this is a promising finding. Doyle LW, et al “Magnesium sulfate for women at risk of […]

A small study showed that pregnant women who had a Vitamin D deficiency at delivery had a higher chance of delivering via cesarean section than those who were not deficient. There are many factors that can lead to a cesarean section and currently Vitamin D levels are not checked during pregnancy. However, I am a […]

This study found that adolescents who take abstinence pledges are not less sexually active than other adolescents but they are less likely to use condoms and birth control.  Take home message: Teaching abstinence is commendable but adolescents should also be aware of pregnancy chances and sexual transmission of infections with sexual activity. Rosenbaum. Pediatrics 2008; […]

Breast feeding has been established to have numerous health benefits including protection from neonatal infections and this study found that children who were breast fed for 4 months or longer had better lung function at age 10 than those who were not.  Hmmm…maybe Michael Phelps nursed until he was 5? Ogbuanu et al. Thorax 2008.