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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

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

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

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Ovarian Cancer Patients May Benefit From Pelvic Radiotherapy

Pelvic radiotherapy (RT) may help treat a rare form of ovarian cancer that can recur in women after surgery and chemotherapy. These findings were published by researchers from Loyola University Health System in the latest issue of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

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Reported Opioid Abuse in Pregnant Women More Than Doubles in 14 Years

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The number of pregnant women who abuse or are dependent on opioids (narcotics) jumped 127 percent in 14 years, leading to an increased risk of maternal death and stillbirth among other serious problems, according to a review of more than 57 million American women admitted for delivery. The results were published in the December issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®).

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Anti-Leukemia Drug May Also Work Against Ovarian Cancer

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An antibody therapy already in clinical trials to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia may also prove effective against ovarian cancer – and likely other cancers as well, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

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UTHealth Research Shows Mushroom Extract, AHCC, Helpful in Treating HPV

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A Japanese mushroom extract appears to be effective for the eradication of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a pilot clinical trial at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

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High-Dose Vitamin D Not Effective for Helping Women with Repeat Reproductive Tract Infections

Vitamin D appears not to be effective for treating repeat occurrences of bacterial vaginosis (BV), the most common reproductive infection among women worldwide. While earlier studies have shown a correlation between low vitamin D levels and BV, new research shows the difficult-to-treat and frequently symptom-free reproductive infection isn’t altered by high dose vitamin D supplements. The findings underscore the need to confirm findings from observational studies through randomized controlled trials. Effective treatments for recurrent BV are urgently needed, because BV can cause spontaneous abortions and increase the risk of contracting HIV.

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Researcher Finds Key Signaling Pathway in Cause of Preeclampsia

A team of researchers led by a Wayne State University School of Medicine associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology has published findings that provide novel insight into the cause of preeclampsia, the leading cause of maternal and infant death worldwide, a discovery that could lead to the development of new therapeutic treatments.

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Study Finds No Increase in Pregnancy-Related Death for African American Women

In contrast to national trends, a study performed at Alabama's largest hospital finds no racial difference in the risk of pregnancy-related death between African American and Caucasian women, reports the November issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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