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Eating fast food hurts women's chances of getting pregnant, increases infertility, study says

Eating fast food hurts women’s chances of getting pregnant, increases infertility, study says

USA Today (5/4) A study in Human Reproduction found women who ate fast food at least four times a week saw their risk of infertility rise from 8% to 16%, and they took nearly a month longer to become pregnant. The findings, based on data from 5,598 women in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, showed women who ate fruit no more than three times a month were slower to become pregnant by half a month, and those who ate the least fruit saw risk of infertility rise from 8% to 12%.

 

Liletta remains safe, effective for pregnancy prevention after 5 years

Liletta remains safe, effective for pregnancy prevention after 5 years

The intrauterine device Liletta 52 milligrams was a safe and effective contraceptive five years after implantation, researchers reported at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists annual meeting. The Phase III study included 1,568 women ages 16 to 35 and 146 ages 36 to 45.

Healio (free registration) (5/4)

 

Bill requiring inmates to be checked for pregnancy advances in Connecticut

Bill requiring inmates to be checked for pregnancy advances in Connecticut

The Connecticut Legislature passed and sent to Gov. Dannel Malloy a bill requiring the Department of Correction to determine whether female inmates are pregnant before they enter prison and provide those who are pregnant with prenatal and postpartum care. At least one prison health care provider would have to have training in pregnancy and childbirth, and shackling pregnant women during labor would be prohibited.

WTIC-TV (Hartford, Conn.)/The Associated Press (5/4)

 

Some antipsychotics may increase gestational diabetes risk

Some antipsychotics may increase gestational diabetes risk

Pregnant women who took the antipsychotics olanzapine or quetiapine were at higher risk of gestational diabetes than those who stopped treatment during pregnancy, according to a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry and presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. Women who continued the drugs while pregnant had greater comorbidity and longer antipsychotic use.

Healio (free registration)/Psychiatric Annals (5/7)

 

Reproductive Markers Associated With Risk of Diabetes

Reproductive Markers Associated With Risk of Diabetes

Researchers found that women who had experienced menarche at or before age 10 and had a body mass index of at least 25 kg/m2 were at 18% higher risk of developing diabetes than those who experienced menarche at age 13. The findings in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, based on 126,721 middle-aged women, also revealed an association between an increased diabetes risk and a history of hysterectomy/oophorectomy.

Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (5/3)

 

Earlier Mammograms May Mean Less Need for Aggressive Treatments

Earlier Mammograms May Mean Less Need for Aggressive Treatments

Research that included more than 1,100 women with breast cancer found earlier mammography may lead to the detection of smaller tumors and result in less aggressive treatments. The study, prepared for the American Society of Breast Surgeons meeting, did not prove cause-and-effect, but Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Society said it is consistent with other evidence showing the value of early detection.

HealthDay News (5/3)

 

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

Social Media Negatively Affects Body Satisfaction in Women

A study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual meeting linked the time women spend using Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to higher scores on thin-ideal internalization, objectified body consciousness and motivation to exercise. If social media time exceeded one hour daily, the associations were stronger.

Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (5/4)

 

HIV Strains Transmitted to Infants Found Resistant to Mother's Antibodies

HIV Strains Transmitted to Infants Found Resistant to Mother’s Antibodies

A study of 16 women with HIV and their infants suggests that the viral variants that are passed to infants are immune to the mother’s antibodies in the blood. Researchers said in the journal PLOS Pathogens that a vaccine that increases maternal immune response could decrease already low rates of transmission with antiretroviral therapy.

MD Magazine online (5/3)

 

Blanchfield nurse helps local hospital grow fetal monitoring program

Blanchfield nurse helps local hospital grow fetal monitoring program

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital certified nurse midwife Carol Lindsey trained Tennessee-based Clarksville Tennova Healthcare nurse educators on fetal monitoring so they can teach staff and expand their program.

Army.mil (5/3)

 

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

A US Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation would call for clinicians to screen women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence and provide or refer to support services those who screen positive. The task force said there was not enough evidence to assess the harms and benefits of screening all older or vulnerable adults for abuse and neglect.

AAFP News (5/4)

 

Screening insufficient for newborns exposed to hepatitis C virus

Screening insufficient for newborns exposed to hepatitis C virus

Only 30% of children born to mothers with hepatitis C virus infections were screened for HCV as part of well-child care from 2006 through 2014, even though HCV infection prevalence among pregnant women rose by 60% during the same period, according to a study in Pediatrics. Maternal opioid use disorder, but not maternal tobacco use or other substance abuse, was associated with improved accuracy in determining the need for pediatric HCV testing.

2 Minute Medicine (5/2)

 

AI outperforms experts at detecting leading cause of childhood blindness

AI outperforms experts at detecting leading cause of childhood blindness

A study in JAMA Ophthalmology showed that artificial intelligence technology was 91% accurate when used to analyze images from infants’ eyes and diagnose retinopathy of prematurity. Eight physicians who specialize in the condition achieved 82% diagnostic accuracy, and the researchers say their findings “may change the way ROP is diagnosed in the future and are broadly relevant to other medical fields that rely primarily on subjective image-based diagnostic features.”

United Press International (5/4)

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Jaelin Stickels

Jaelin married her high school sweetheart (Ted) in 1984 and is the proud mother of 3 grown children (2 boys & a girl). She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown and holds several other professional certifications related to health and wellness; currently, she is working on her Doctorate degree. Jaelin works as a Midwife and Nurse Practitioner with her business partner Andie Wyrick at Holistic Heritage Homebirth in the Woodlands Texas.