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A FREE Live Webcast “Health Below the Belt” on September 30

It’s a fact: one in three women older than 45 suffers from a pelvic floor disorder (PFD). Common causes of PFDs include pregnancy and childbirth, hormonal changes after menopause, obesity and conditions such as chronic cough, which can strain the pelvic floor.

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Effect of Magnesium Sulfate During Pregnancy on Very Preterm Infants

Magnesium sulfate given intravenously to pregnant women at risk of very preterm birth was not associated with benefit on neurological, behavioral, growth, or functional outcomes in their children at school age, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

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September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month - Jefferson Expert Available

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Can I Drink While Pregnant? Brain Imaging Expert Weighs In

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During the month of August, two publications delved into the decades-old debate questioning exactly how drastically a mother’s alcohol consumption while pregnant affects her child in the future. We asked Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory to share her thoughts:

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Halving the Risk of Preterm Birth for Some Twin Pregnancies

International research involving the University of Adelaide has found that the risk of preterm birth could be halved for a specific group of "super high-risk" twin pregnancies.

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UCLA-Led Study Identifies Genetic Factors Involved in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis

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UCLA researchers were part of a team that has discovered the interplay of several genetic factors that may be involved in the development of early-onset ulcerative colitis, a severe type of inflammatory bowel disease. The early research findings in mice suggest possible new targets for prevention and treatment strategies to address the inflammation generated by early-onset ulcerative colitis. The rare disease affects infants and young children and can lead to early development of colon cancer and an increased risk of liver damage.

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White, Straight Women Leading Surge in Infertility Treatments

Heterosexual white women are twice as likely as racial or sexual minority women to obtain medical help to get pregnant, according to a recent study published by the American Psychological Association.

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‘Science’ Features PRB, WSU, DMC Advances in Preterm Birth

The Aug. 15 edition of the prestigious journal Science features a major article about the most important problem in obstetrics: preterm labor. The article, “Preterm labor: one syndrome, many causes,” delivers a powerful message: preterm birth is not one condition, but many, and provides a framework for meeting this challenge.

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Vitamin D Deficiency May Reduce Pregnancy Rate in Women Undergoing IVF

Women with a vitamin D deficiency were nearly half as likely to conceive through in vitro fertilization (IVF) as women who had sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Pregnancy Pain Focus of Loyola Study

Researchers at Loyola University Health System (LUHS) have a study under way to determine if an injectable anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy can more effectively treat pregnancy-related pelvic pain than physical therapy alone. They are looking for English-speaking pregnant women between the ages of 21 and 50 who develop certain forms of pelvic girdle pain in their second trimester and who are not currently receiving treatment.

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