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Released: 2-Dec-2021 2:25 PM EST
WashU Expert: Roe v. Wade reflects neutrality that Kavanaugh seeks
Washington University in St. Louis

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh suggested the court should take a neutral position on the divisive question of abortion during oral arguments in an abortion case Dec. 1. In fact, Roe v. Wade does exactly that, said an expert on reproductive rights at Washington University in St. Louis.

Newswise: Unlocking the Cause of UTI-Induced Delirium
Released: 2-Dec-2021 11:20 AM EST
Unlocking the Cause of UTI-Induced Delirium
Cedars-Sinai

Older women are among the most susceptible to developing UTIs, an infection of the bladder and urethra that causes urinary urgency and pain. UTIs also can cause delirium in older people, resulting in a sharp decline in mental abilities that triggers disoriented thinking.

30-Nov-2021 1:05 PM EST
Does Cancer Immunotherapy Work Differently in Men Vs. Women?
Thomas Jefferson University

New Research shows that women treated for melanoma have twice the mortality rate of men when given two immunotherapies at one time.

Released: 2-Dec-2021 10:15 AM EST
Are pandemic-related stressors increasing young women’s vulnerability to STIs?
University of Illinois Chicago

Researchers will study how pandemic-related stressors influence sexual behavior and risk of sexually transmitted infections among girls and young women in Kenya, where a dramatic increase in infections has been revealed in preliminary data, compared to 12-18 months prior.

Released: 1-Dec-2021 5:05 PM EST
Integrating SMS Text Messages Into a Preventive Intervention for Postpartum Depression
Palo Alto University

Perinatal women report barriers that interfere with their ability to advocate for their mental health needs, often expressing a lack of knowledge regarding psychological symptoms or help-seeking resources [13], as well as mental illness stigma or not fulfilling the role of motherhood.

Released: 1-Dec-2021 10:00 AM EST
Study finds parental stress as a contributing factor linking maternal depression to child anxiety and depressive symptoms
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A secondary analysis of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (Fragile Families) found a bi-directional relationship where a mother’s mental health symptoms impacted the child’s mental health symptoms and vice versa, according to researchers with Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).

Released: 1-Dec-2021 8:05 AM EST
African American Women Are Under-Represented in Social Media for Breast Reconstruction
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

African American women are less likely to be pictured in social media posts showing the outcomes of breast reconstruction, reports a study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Released: 1-Dec-2021 7:00 AM EST
Leading Expert in High-Risk Pregnancies Named Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Obstetrics at NYU Langone Health
NYU Langone Health

Ashley S. Roman, MD, MPH, has been named vice chair for Clinical Affairs—Obstetrics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and service chief for Obstetrics at NYU Langone Health

Released: 30-Nov-2021 5:10 PM EST
Study recognizes best way to communicate the importance of vaccinations during pregnancy
Boston University School of Medicine

Vaccine hesitancy is considered one of the top 10 threats to public health by the World Health Organization.

Newswise: FDA Approves “Glowing Tumor” Imaging Drug to Better Identify Ovarian Cancer Cells Using Approach Pioneered by Surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania
Released: 30-Nov-2021 1:40 PM EST
FDA Approves “Glowing Tumor” Imaging Drug to Better Identify Ovarian Cancer Cells Using Approach Pioneered by Surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

FDA approved an imaging drug known as Cytalux (pafolacianine), which is attracted to ovarian cancer tissue and illuminates it when exposed to fluorescent light, allowing surgeons to more easily find and more precisely remove the cancer.

Newswise: Wistar Scientists Identify Genes Critical to Protecting Ovarian Cancer from the Immune System
29-Nov-2021 6:00 PM EST
Wistar Scientists Identify Genes Critical to Protecting Ovarian Cancer from the Immune System
Wistar Institute

Scientists at The Wistar Institute have identified two genes that play a critical role in protecting ovarian cancer from the immune system.

29-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Transgender women may be more likely to have type 2 diabetes than cisgender women
Endocrine Society

Transgender women may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes compared to cisgender women, but not to cisgender men, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Released: 29-Nov-2021 11:45 AM EST
NYC Has Some of the Nation’s Largest Disparities in Cervical Cancer Rates
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The rate of cervical cancer among women living in neighborhoods with the lowest socioeconomic indices is nearly two times higher than the rate among those who live in areas with the highest indices.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What you need to know about epilepsy
Released: 23-Nov-2021 8:50 AM EST
The Medical Minute: What you need to know about epilepsy
Penn State Health

Epilepsy, affecting some 3.5 million children and adults in the U.S., is a brain disorder characterized by recurring seizures. With a combination of the right medical care and a healthy lifestyle, most patients can effectively manage their epilepsy and enjoy a high quality of life.

Newswise: Atlantic Health System Cancer Care Awarded $80,000 Grant for American Cancer Society Return to Screening Initiative
Released: 22-Nov-2021 9:45 AM EST
Atlantic Health System Cancer Care Awarded $80,000 Grant for American Cancer Society Return to Screening Initiative
Atlantic Health System

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has announced an $80,000 partnership with Atlantic Health System Cancer Care to help encourage more New Jersey women to get screening mammograms, as part of the national Return to Screening (RTS) initiative. Atlantic Health System is part of an overarching cohort with more than 51 institutions across the country to drive quality improvement processes and interventions in order to deliver cancer screenings appropriately, safely, and equitably during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Atlantic Health System is the only New Jersey health system chosen to participate in the initial RTS cohort. The $80,000 grant will be divided among four Atlantic Health System sites.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Giving social support to others may boost your health
Ohio State University

When it comes to your health, being willing to give social support to your spouse, friends and family may be just as important as receiving assistance, a new study suggests.

Newswise: Age, sex and waning COVID-19 antibodies
Released: 19-Nov-2021 12:30 PM EST
Age, sex and waning COVID-19 antibodies
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

As widely-anticipated decisions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters roll out from U.S. agencies today, insights from an independent study underscore why boosters are important for all adults.

Newswise: Jersey Shore University Medical Center Ranked in the Top Ten Percent Nationally in Newborn Feeding Practices
Released: 18-Nov-2021 5:30 PM EST
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Ranked in the Top Ten Percent Nationally in Newborn Feeding Practices
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center ranked in the top ten percent of hospitals across the nation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2020 mPINC Survey.

Released: 18-Nov-2021 12:05 PM EST
Local Budgets May Cause Severe Consequences for Maternal Outcomes in New Jersey
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Life-threatening outcomes of labor and delivery are associated with the amount of funding municipal governments spend on services ranging from fire protection and ambulance to parks, recreation and libraries, according to a new Rutgers study that found better maternal outcomes in the northern part of New Jersey.

Released: 18-Nov-2021 9:40 AM EST
Bloomberg School’s Gates Institute Awarded Two Grants Totaling $71.3 Million to Scale Up Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions Across 170 Cities Worldwide
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This next-generation funding will enable The Challenge Initiative to continue its support of city governments implementing evidence-based, high-impact interventions that improve access to contraception and family planning services.

Newswise: Single-dose HPV vaccine highly effective, researchers say
Released: 18-Nov-2021 8:35 AM EST
Single-dose HPV vaccine highly effective, researchers say
University of Washington School of Medicine

A randomized controlled trial of 2,275 women in Kenya showed that a single dose of the HPV vaccine was highly effective. The current standard for women is three doses. This news could greatly hasten the pace of vaccinations and brings renewed energy to make cervical cancer the first cancer to be wiped out.

Released: 17-Nov-2021 11:15 AM EST
Maternal Depression Associated with Long-Term Economic Instability
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Maternal depression after childbirth affects a mothers’ economic welfare and financial stability up to 15 years later, according to a Rutgers study.

Newswise: World Health Organization Taps Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Global Fight Against Cervical Cancer
Released: 17-Nov-2021 10:50 AM EST
World Health Organization Taps Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Global Fight Against Cervical Cancer
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Recognizing Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s enduring commitment to addressing the inequities that perpetuate cervical cancer in South Florida and beyond, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday designated the University of Miami institution as the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Cervical Cancer Elimination.

Released: 15-Nov-2021 5:15 PM EST
Budtenders, healthcare providers seek more training as cannabis use rises sharply in perinatal women
Washington State University

In the absence of consistent counseling from healthcare providers, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are getting information on using cannabis from the retail marijuana workers known as budtenders, according to a study led by Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, vice-chancellor for research at Washington State University Health Sciences.

Released: 11-Nov-2021 4:35 PM EST
Moderate Amounts of Caffeine Not Linked to Maternal Health Risks
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Consuming a low amount of caffeine during pregnancy could help to reduce gestational diabetes risk, according to researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Released: 11-Nov-2021 12:25 PM EST
Brain Changes During A Unique Spiritual Practice Called Orgasmic Meditation
Thomas Jefferson University

In a first-ever study, a unique spiritual practice called orgasmic meditation, has been found to produce a distinctive pattern of brain function.

Released: 9-Nov-2021 3:35 PM EST
Rutgers Launches IMPOWER HIV Prevention Studies in Newark
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Research with a Heart is recruiting participants for the MERCK– IMPOWER studies to assess an HIV prevention oral medication on sexual minority groups.

Newswise: Fat-Secreted Molecule Lowers Response to Common Cancer Treatment
Released: 9-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Fat-Secreted Molecule Lowers Response to Common Cancer Treatment
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Leptin, a molecule produced by fat cells, appears to cancel out the effects of the estrogen-blocking therapy tamoxifen, a drug commonly used to treat and prevent breast cancers, suggests a new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

Released: 9-Nov-2021 8:50 AM EST
Pregnancy stretch marks cause stress and emotional burden, study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Stretch marks cause pregnant women and individuals substantial embarrassment that can negatively impact pregnancy and quality of life, a new study found. The lesions, and concerns for developing and permanency, may be contributing factors for depression or anxiety in the perinatal period, which affect up to one in seven women during pregnancy and postpartum. Researchers say this should bring new focus on stretch marks and identifying mental health disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Released: 8-Nov-2021 2:40 PM EST
Does Estrogen Protect Against the Risk of Brain Shrinkage?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A new study found that people with higher cumulative estrogen exposure over their lifetime had greater brain volumes and fewer indicators of brain disease on their brain scans in midlife . The research is published in the November 3, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

7-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Research Reveals Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Pregnancy Outcomes of Patients with Lupus
Hospital for Special Surgery

While investigators have known that maternal and fetal outcomes of pregnancy among women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have improved over time, it is unknown whether the improved outcomes are shared equally among different racial and ethnic groups. Lupus has been shown to disproportionately affect minorities of childbearing age. A new study that includes researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented today at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting shows that pregnancy outcomes in women with lupus have improved in all racial and ethnic groups over the past decade, but disparities still exist.

3-Nov-2021 1:15 PM EDT
Social inequities perpetuate breastfeeding disparities for Black women
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

The institutionalized racism Black women continually experience has a direct impact on their breastfeeding rates and experiences, according to a new article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

5-Nov-2021 5:00 PM EDT
HSS Study Identifies Risk Factors for “Long-Haul” COVID-19 in People with Rheumatic Diseases
Hospital for Special Surgery

A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City demonstrates over half of patients with rheumatic diseases who contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic and completed a COVID-19 survey, experienced so-called “long-haul” COVID, or prolonged symptoms of the infection, including loss of taste or smell, muscle aches and difficulty concentrating, for one month or longer.

3-Nov-2021 8:50 AM EDT
Forecasting the Future Alcohol Burden: Binge Drinking Rates to Converge in Young Men and Women, and Increase Among 29- to 30-year-olds, by 2040
Research Society on Alcoholism

A study has revealed important gender and age differences in forecasted future levels of binge drinking, and highlighted key factors underlying these trends.

Newswise: Penn’s Florencia Greer Polite, MD, Named to 2022 Carol Emmott Fellowship Class
Released: 5-Nov-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Penn’s Florencia Greer Polite, MD, Named to 2022 Carol Emmott Fellowship Class
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Florencia Greer Polite, MD, chief of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected for the 2022 Carol Emmott Fellowship class by the Carol Emmott Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving gender equity in healthcare leadership and governance.

1-Nov-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Pregnant Women with Penicillin Allergy Label Should be Tested to Reduce Antibiotic Exposure
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

A new study being presented at this year’s ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting showed the majority of pregnant women with a penicillin allergy label who were tested were not allergic and could tolerate penicillin during labor.

1-Nov-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Las mujeres embarazadas con etiqueta de alergia a la penicilina deberían evaluar su alergia para reducir la exposición a antibióticos
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Un nuevo estudio que se presenta en la Reunión científica anual del ACAAI de este año mostró que la mayoría de las mujeres embarazadas con una etiqueta de alergia a la penicilina a las que se les hizo la prueba no eran alérgicas y podían tolerar la penicilina durante el parto.

Released: 4-Nov-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Renowned Physician-Scientist With Expertise in High-Risk Pregnancies Named Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai Health System
Mount Sinai Health System

Joanne L. Stone, MD, a leading physician-scientist in women’s health with special expertise in fetal imaging and caring for high-risk pregnancies, has been named the Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Stone currently serves as Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Fellowship Program for the Mount Sinai Health System, Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion of the OB/GYN Department, and immediate past President of the Faculty Council.

Newswise: Mercy Medical Center’s Sister Helen Amos, RSM, to Receive William Donald Schaefer Award for Public Service
Released: 2-Nov-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Mercy Medical Center’s Sister Helen Amos, RSM, to Receive William Donald Schaefer Award for Public Service
Mercy Medical Center

The University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy has announced that Sister Helen Amos, RSM, Executive Chair, Mercy Health Services Board of Trustees, will receive the 2020 William Donald Schaefer Award.

Newswise: UTEP Awarded $6.1 Million Grant for Cancer Research and Detection
Released: 2-Nov-2021 1:10 PM EDT
UTEP Awarded $6.1 Million Grant for Cancer Research and Detection
University of Texas at El Paso

he University of Texas at El Paso is leading new research into Hispanic cancer disparities and early cancer detection with $6.1 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Newswise: Chemo helps breast cancer cells get their ‘foot in the door’ to the lungs
Released: 2-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Chemo helps breast cancer cells get their ‘foot in the door’ to the lungs
Ohio State University

A new study adds to the evidence that chemotherapy enhances cancer’s spread beyond the primary tumor, showing how one chemo drug allows breast cancer cells to squeeze through and attach to blood vessel linings in the lungs.

Released: 1-Nov-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Pregnant Women with Takayasu’s Arteritis and Their Babies at High Risk for Serious Complications
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that pregnant women with Takayasu’s arteritis appear to have a high prevalence of serious maternal and fetal adverse outcomes

Released: 1-Nov-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Chemicals found in everyday products found to be harmful to fertility
University at Albany, State University of New York

Three studies found that a group of chemicals found in many plastic products are harmful to women who are pregnant and to couples planning a pregnancy – yet the products are often not on the list of things to be avoided.

Newswise: The 5:2 diet - a good choice for gestational diabetes
Released: 1-Nov-2021 8:25 AM EDT
The 5:2 diet - a good choice for gestational diabetes
University of South Australia

Weight loss after gestational diabetes can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Yet finding the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off can be a challenge, especially for mothers with a new baby. Now, new research from the University of South Australia suggests that the popular 5:2 or intermittent fasting diet ¬is just as effective as a conventional energy-restricting diet, enabling women greater choice and flexibility when it comes to weight loss.

Released: 29-Oct-2021 4:10 AM EDT
U of U Health leads national studies of “long COVID” in adults and during pregnancy
University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health scientists are on the leading edge of a pair of large studies investigating the long-term effects of COVID-19. The nationwide studies, supported by the National Institutes of Health, will attempt to answer key questions about the lingering effects of the viral disorder on pregnant individuals and their infants, as well as why some people develop post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC), including “long COVID,” and others don’t.


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