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A report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics showed that 7.2% of pregnant women in the US smoked during pregnancy in 2016. The findings, based on data from the National Vital Statistics System, also showed that maternal smoking during pregnancy was most prevalent among those ages 20 to 24, those who completed high school, those in West Virginia, and American Indians or Alaska Natives.
Median first trimester thyroid-stimulating hormone levels were higher in pregnant women who had a miscarriage or preeclampsia compared with those who did not, according to a study in Clinical Endocrinology. Higher TSH levels were associated with a higher risk for perinatal loss.
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Pregnant women with hepatitis B who had higher viral loads had a greater risk of transmitting the virus to their child, researchers reported in Hepatology Research. The risk of mother-to-child transmission also was dose-dependent.
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Dehydroepiandrosterone supplements may increase the likelihood of achieving pregnancy for women in their later reproductive years, according to a study in Fertility and Sterility. Researchers said additional studies are needed to determine if this treatment could help women who are struggling to conceive.
There are many apps related to women’s health and pregnancy, and interest is increasing in those that help women monitor their health and communicate with providers, said Katherine Chen, a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. App capabilities and quality vary, and the increasing number of choices can cause overload for patients and providers.
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A study in JAMA Cardiology linked being obese with a shorter lifespan, along with higher risks of developing cardiovascular disease at an earlier age and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Researchers analyzed data from 10 studies and found obese men had a 67% higher risk of developing cardiovascular conditions, compared with people of normal weight, while obese women had an 85% higher risk.
Women diagnosed with cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia grade 2 may be monitored instead of immediately treated because these abnormal cells may not progress to cancer and can return to normal, researchers reported in The BMJ. Data from more than 3,000 women over two years showed 50% of lesions had regressed, 32% persisted and 18% progressed to more serious stages.
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Children whose mothers took monthly sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine and two doses of azithromycin to treat infections during pregnancy had 6 to 11 percentage points lower stunting prevalence at ages 12 months to 36 months and 13 percentage points lower cumulative stunting incidence over five years, compared with those whose mothers only received sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, Finnish researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed 3.8 percentage points higher mean developmental scores and lower mortality rates among those whose mothers received the antibiotic combo.
Fish oil and probiotic supplements for pregnant mothers may decrease children’s risk of getting allergies, study says
Children whose mothers took fish oil supplements daily after the 20th week of pregnancy and during the first three to four months of breastfeeding were 30% less likely to develop egg allergies, while those whose mothers received probiotic supplementation from 36 weeks to 38 weeks’ gestation had a 22% lower likelihood of developing eczema, UK researchers reported in PLOS Medicine. The findings also showed that lack of maternal peanut, egg and dairy intake didn’t significantly affect childhood allergy or eczema risk.
Surveys have found about 25% of nurses have been physically assaulted at work and about 40% have been physically or verbally abused by patients or their families, and workplace violence appears to be increasing, American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano says in this interview. “We have been very clear that we believe the need to prevent violence is a true partnership between employers and their staff and it really starts with leadership,” Cipriano said.