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Earlier Menopause Linked to Everyday Chemical Exposures

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Women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings are reported online Jan. 28 in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Researchers Pinpoint Two Genes That Trigger Severest Form of Ovarian Cancer

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Researchers create first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma using data from human cancer genome atlas. They show how when the genes ARID1A and PIK2CA are mutated in specific ways, the result is ovarian cancer 100 percent of the time. They show that a known drug can suppress tumor growth.

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Decisions on Future Childbearing in Women Diagnosed with a Meningioma

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43% of surveyed female meningioma survivors aged 25–44 yrs stated they were warned that pregnancy was a risk factor for meningioma recurrence. Nevertheless, these women were more likely to want a baby (70% vs 54%) and intend to have a baby (27% vs 12%) than same-age women in the general population.

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BPA Exposure during Pregnancy Causes Oxidative Stress in Child, Mother

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Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.

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New Recommendation for Cervical Cancer Screening, Using HPV Test Alone

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HPV testing alone is an effective alternative to current cervical cancer screening methods that use a Pap smear, or Pap smear-plus HPV test.

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Nearly 1 in 5 Women Who Undergo Hysterectomy May Not Need the Procedure

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Study indicates that alternatives to hysterectomy are being underused and that treatment guidelines are often not followed.

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First Baby of the New Year Race is Real, Says Loyola OB/GYN

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As the countdown for the new year begins, so does the race for the first baby of the new year. “The race to have the first baby is something all hospitals share enthusiasm for, especially in large cities like Chicago, and, unfortunately, not all hospitals play fair,” said Karen Deighan, MD, OB/GYN, director of OB/GYN at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System.

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Experts Draw Lessons from Philadelphia's Large-Scale Ob Unit Closures

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What is the impact on expectant mothers and hospitals when there are large-scale closures of maternity units? A new study provides views from hospital staff members in Philadelphia, where 13 out of 19 obstetric units closed in a 15-year period.

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Vitamin E Deficiency Linked to Greater Risk of Miscarriage Among Poor Women

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Pregnant women in Bangladesh with low levels of the most common form of vitamin E are nearly twice as likely to have a miscarriage than those with adequate levels of the vitamin in their blood, according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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C-Section Deliveries Associated with High Household Income, Few Minorities, Below-Average Education

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Embargoed research from APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 15-19