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Pregnant women who exercised three times per week shortened their labor time, on average, by 57 minutes and were less likely to get an epidural, according to a study in The European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. Women who were provided only nutrition and exercise advice had a higher weight gain during pregnancy than those in the exercise group.
ABC News (3/23)
A study presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting showed that women with polycystic ovary syndrome who received metformin until delivery experienced lower risks for preterm birth and late miscarriage and gained less weight during pregnancy, compared with those on placebo. The study included 487 pregnant women with PCOS from 14 centers in Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Medscape (free registration) (3/22)
The FDA approved a label update of UCB’s Cimzia, or certolizumab pegol, to include new data showing a negligible to low risk for drug transfer through placenta and a minimal risk for transfer through breast milk among pregnant women. The drug is currently approved as a treatment for adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis, moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis and active ankylosing spondylitis, as well as to ease the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and maintain clinical response in adult patients with moderate to severe active disease who do not respond adequately to conventional therapy.
Research in the journal Environmental Health showed 66 of 71 pregnant women in central Indiana had detectable levels of the herbicide glyphosate in their urine, which was linked to shorter gestation periods. Tests indicated the local drinking water likely was not the source of the herbicide, whose levels were associated with coffee drinking and rural residence.
Use of the PapSEEK genetic test on cells collected during a regular Pap test accurately detected 81% of endometrial cancers and 33% of ovarian cancers, researchers wrote in Science Translational Medicine. Results were improved when a Tao brush was used to collect tissue and when a patient’s blood was tested for tumor DNA.
HealthDay News (3/21)
A study published in Health Affairs found antibiotic-resistant infection rates have about doubled since 2002 and patient care costs exceed $2 billion annually in the US. Researchers said their figures underestimated true costs because the study did not include children or institutionalized patients.
Medscape (free registration) (3/23)
Researchers looked at data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis project for over 6,600 individuals and found those who had the highest scores on a screening test for depression and who used antidepressants had a more than 30% higher risk of atrial fibrillation than those who had normal scores and who did not use the drugs. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific session.
Fifty-three percent of pregnant women and new mothers said that adhering to updated early peanut introduction guidelines had no or limited importance, while only 31% expressed a willingness to introduce their children to peanut-containing foods before or at around age 6 months, researchers reported in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The findings also showed that only 49% were willing to let their infants receive peanut allergy skin testing, while only 44% would allow their children to undergo an oral food challenge for peanut allergy by age 1.
HealthDay News (3/23)
The rate of US singleton babies with low birth weight rose from 6.24% in 2014 to 6.34% in 2015 and 6.44% in 2016, following a steady decline between 2006 and 2014, due to higher rates of infants with moderately low birth weight from 2014 to 2016, according to a CDC study in the agency’s NCHS Data Brief. Researchers also found that low and moderately low birth weight prevalence increased across all races from 2014 to 2016, and blacks had a more than two times higher low birth-weight rate between 2006 and 2016, compared with whites.
Alyssa Craig, who is now completing her master’s degree in nursing, went back to school because she wanted to have a larger role in managing her patients and to become a certified midwife. “I was happy with my undergrad degree and was going to stick with that. But as I began to practice in the real world, I found that I loved the process of normal labor and that I wanted to take a larger role in managing my patients, which required me to go back to school and get a graduate degree,” Craig said.
U.S. News & World Report (3/22)
A study presented at an American Heart Association meeting found that use of antibiotics for at least two months among women ages 60 or older was associated with a 27% greater risk of all-cause mortality during an eight-year period and a 58% higher risk of cardiac disease-related mortality. The findings were based on data for more than 37,000 women.
HealthDay News (3/22)
A study in the International Urogynecology Journal found antibiotics reduced chronic lower urinary tract symptoms, such as bladder pain, in women. Researchers said urinary tract infections that are not detected by regular testing may be a factor in development of lower urinary tract symptoms.
United Press International (3/20)
Researchers reviewed data gathered by the World Health Organization for 312,281 pregnancies from 29 countries and found that pregnant women with severe anemia had twice the risk of maternal mortality. The findings were published in The Lancet Global Health.
Barriers to and Interventions that Increase Nurses’ and Parents’ Compliance With Safe Sleep Recommendations for Preterm Infants
The sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) mortality rate for preterm infants born at 24 through 32 weeks gestation is three times greater than that of their term counterparts, and the rate for infants born at 33 through 36 weeks gestation is more than two times greater. Safe sleep recommendations aim to reduce sleep-related deaths, including SIDS. In a Nursing for Women’s Health article, authors identify interventions that increase compliance of nurses and of parents with safe sleep recommendations for premature infants. Read the abstract in Nursing for Women’s Health.
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that 12% of infants with bronchiolitis younger than 12 months who took high-flow oxygen therapy underwent escalation of care due to treatment failure, compared with 23% of those who received standard therapy. The findings show similar lengths of hospital stay and therapy duration between the groups.