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A new and inexpensive same-day test could help pregnant women learn if their developing fetus has genetic problems that increase their risk of miscarriage.

The Short-read Transpore Rapid Karyotyping (STORK) test can detect extra or missing chromosomes using samples collected from standard prenatal tests like

  • By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 18, 2022
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  • THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Using a lower threshold to diagnose pregnancy-related diabetes does not seem to reduce the risk of having a big baby, on average — but some women do benefit, a new clinical trial suggests.

    Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when a pregnant woma...

    Pregnant women with epilepsy battle anxiety and depression more often than their peers who aren't pregnant or don't have epilepsy, a new study reveals.

    "The good news is we did not find that pregnant women with epilepsy were any more likely to have episodes of major depression than the other two groups," said st...

    The most popular COVID-19 vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy, a large, new Canadian study has concluded.

    About 4% of pregnant women given an mRNA vaccine had a signif...

    Pregnancy significantly increases the odds of devastating outcomes from COVID-19, a new study confirms.

    Complications from the virus to pregnant women can include heart attack, arrhythmias, heart failure and

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 11, 2022
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  • Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health.

    Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants.

    Maternal death rates amo...

    President Joe Biden was poised to sign a new executive order on Wednesday that would make it easier for women to travel to another state to get an abortion.

    This ...

    Where you live may affect your fertility, a new study suggests.

    People who live in economically deprived neighborhoods are about 20% less likely to conceive, compared to people from areas with more resources, researchers said.

    Investments in deprived neighbo...

    A Minnesota jury is expected to decide by the end of this week whether a woman's human rights were violated when a pharmacist denied her request to fill a prescription for emergency contraception, sometimes called the morning-after pill.

    Though the case dates back to 2019, the issue is ...

    Seeing their doctors via telehealth instead of in person during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have been as good, and sometimes even better, for pregnant women and new moms.

    Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University reviewed 28 randomized clinical trials and 14 observational studies that included more than 44,000 women. The goal was to determine the effectiveness and any harms...

    THURSDAY, July 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Better have some savings stored up before you rush to the delivery room: A new analysis shows the average out-of-pocket expense for delivering a child in the United States is nearly $3,000, even if you're insured.

    Other studies have looked at the costs for specific services, such as

  • Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 21, 2022
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  • A COVID-19 infection might put pregnant women at risk of premature birth, but only if they're in their last trimester, Israeli researchers report.

    "The results are encouraging and reassuring that COVID-19 infection during pregnancy is not associated with any type of pregnancy loss," said Dr. Tal Patalon, head of the Kahn-Sagol-Maccabi Research and Innovation Center in Tel Aviv.

    Her ...

    In light of the Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, many ob/gyns around the country are welcoming a change that allows them to continue taking accreditation exams virtually.

    The tests, typically hosted in Texas, had been held virtually during the pandemic but there had been plans...

    Phthalates, chemicals that are typically used to strengthen plastics, are in millions of products people use every day, but a new analysis confirms their link to a higher risk for preterm births.

    The largest study to date o...

    Preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study.

    Preemies have a higher risk of doing poorly in math, reading and other academic skills, previous studies have shown. They're also at greater risk for ADHD.

    But starting them off with lots of breast milk appears to blunt this risk an...

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will limit cancer treatment options for pregnant women and put lives needlessly at risk, America's leading cancer societies warn.

    About one in every 1,000 women who are pregnant will wind up being diagnosed wi...

    For decades, birth control pills in the United States have only been available with a prescription, but an application filed Monday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an over-the-counter pill might change all that.

    The lates...

    For women who can't get pregnant because they don't have a uterus or the one they have no longer works properly, uterine transplants can indeed help these women become mothers, new research shows.

    Of 33 women who received a uterus transplant...

    Breast cancer survivors who would like to have a baby can take some reassurance from a new study that finds motherhood doesn't lower their future survival chances.

    Moreover, survival rates were no worse in younger women, those who had not been pregnant before or those with

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 7, 2022
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  • Death rates for U.S. pregnant women or those who had just delivered jumped sharply during the first year of the pandemic, new research shows.

    While U.S. death rates increased overall by 16% in 2020, for pregnant and early postpartum women it was officially even higher, at 18%, according to U.S. National Center for Health Statistics data.

    Yet, that's not the whole picture: Even high...

    If a national abortion ban follows a Supreme Court ruling overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. maternal deaths would likely increase by 24%, new research suggests.

    That assessment, based on newly released 2020 data, is a 14% increase over an earlier estimate based on 2017 d...

    Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can help protect both mother and baby.

    But does it matter which vaccine or at what stage of pregnancy a woman receives her shots? New research suggests it does, and that getting immunized earlier in pregnancy may be better.

    In t...

    Shortly after news broke in May that Roe v. Wade was in danger of being overturned by the Supreme Court, internet searches for abortion pills surged, a new study shows.

    On May 2, a leaked draft ruling indicated that the court was poised to strike down the 1973 ruling that guaranteed a woman's...

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the resulting media coverage is likely causing anxiety for many people, including children.

    On Friday, the high court's ruling on Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ostensibly kicked decisions about restricting or banning...

    Most people have heard that women can experience depression after the birth of a child.

    But the condition is not limited to moms: New dads can experience depression in the months after their baby is born, by all accounts an enormous life change. This can even happen simultaneously, and with consequences for each of them and their new baby.

    To better understand these experiences, res...

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's right to have an abortion marks a "very dark day in health care" that will leave patients at risk and doctors afraid to act, leaders of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said Friday.

    "It is a dark day indeed for t...

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion.

    "The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion... and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the high court said in its opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.<...

    A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother's gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth.

    The study compared oral inflammation and microbes in 33 women whose babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, considered

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 22, 2022
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  • The babies of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy may have developmental difficulties during their first year, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to have preterm births and infants with developmental problems. The greatest risk was in the third trimester,

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 10, 2022
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  • Children whose mothers had rising levels of depression during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of behavioral problems, researchers say.

    "Our findings suggest that increases in mother's symptoms of depression from preconception to postpartum contribute to children's lower attention and behavioral control, which can raise the risk of problems across the life span," said study lead...

    Women are more apt to use birth control when doctors treat it like a routine preventive health service, a new research review shows.

    The analysis of 38 past studies found that women were more likely to use contraception when doctors were proactive about counseling them on the options, and in many cases providin...

    With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.

    "Today, [America] is considered the most dangerous developed nation in the world in which to give birth," said St...

    Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.

    "The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes - including hypertension [high blood pressure] in pregnancy, preterm birth and a low birth weight infant - not only adversely influence both mom and ch...

    Giving antibiotics to a woman just before a cesarean delivery does not increase her baby's risk of asthma or eczema, a new British study says.

    C-section is common, but can put new mothers at increased of infection, so they're given preventative antibiotics.

    "Maternal infections, such as wound infection, can b...

    "I do not believe that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is where any of this will end."

    So warns Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships for Power to Decide, a contraception advocacy group dedicated to reducing the risk for unplanned pregnancies.

    Elisa Wells, co-director of Plan C, an organization focused on ensuring access to at-home abortion pills, agreed

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    Long-distance travel will likely prove a nearly insurmountable barrier to some women seeking abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned as expected, a new study concludes.

    Women who need an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay the procedure or decide to continue their pregnancy if they live 50 or more miles from a clinic, compared with women who live within 5 miles of a clinic,

    Nurses can be trained to detect postpartum depression in new mothers and could be crucial in spotting the condition early, researchers report.

    Postpartum depression affects about 15% of new moms and can cause persistent sadness, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness and wort...

    There's good news for women with a mental health condition: Taking antidepressants early in pregnancy doesn't increase a baby's risk of having epilepsy or seizures, researchers say.

    "The findings of this study are very important," said study co-author Ayesha Sujan of Indiana University Bloomington. "Pregnancy can be a trying time, and the addition of

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 12, 2022
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  • Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study warns.

    "This is the first time we've been able to measure the amounts of chemicals in such a large and diverse group of pregnant women - not just identify chemicals," ...

    High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

    "Women with a history of gestational hypertension or

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 10, 2022
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  • Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research suggests.

    "Mom's elevated psychological distress affects not just her, but her unborn baby's brain development," said st...

    There could be far fewer U.S. doctors trained to provide an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court in a decision that is expected by the end of June, researchers report.

    That's because nearly 45% of 286 obstetrics and gynecology residency programs across the United States are in the 26 states certain or likely to ban abortion if the court overturns

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 2, 2022
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  • Rates of high blood pressure among pregnant women in the United States are on the rise and now occur in at least one in seven hospital deliveries, a new government report warns.

    The overall rate of what are called hypertensive disorder...

    An experimental vaccine given during pregnancy has shown early promise for protecting infants from a potentially severe respiratory infection.

    The vaccine, being developed by Pfizer, aims to protect babies from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Most of the time, RSV causes nothing more than a cold. But it can lead to seri...

    Far fewer U.S. women lost health insurance coverage after giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic than in previous years, likely due to a federal law that prevented Medicaid from dropping people, researchers say.

    But they noted that the Fa...

    After childbirth, some women who received an epidural for pain will develop a debilitating headache. But minority women are less likely than white moms to receive the treatment that can provide relief, according to a new study.

    Researchers also found that even when women from minority groups received this care, it was more likely to be delayed.

    "There's a gap in the quality of care ...

    A Mediterranean-style diet is known to help protect the heart, and now new research suggests it can also lower an expectant mother's risk for life-threatening preeclampsia.

    Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine, or other problems during pregnancy, preeclampsia can cause serious he...

    Smoking during pregnancy does not directly cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a new paper that challenges a widely held belief.

    "Our systematic review shows that there is no causal effect between maternal prenatal smoking and offspring ADHD diagnosis," said lead...

    There was a 6.5% drop in premature births from cesarean sections and induced deliveries in the United States during the pandemic, likely because pregnant women made fewer visits to their doctors, researchers report.

    They said their findings raise questions about whether some decisions ...

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