pregnancy

FDA: New assessment discourages morcellation for fibroidsAn updated review of evidence by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) underscores concerns expressed in 2014 by the agency about use of laparoscopic power morcellators (LPM) for treatment of uterine fibroids. Plus: Prescription habits show ob/gyns not well informed about opioids, according to a study. Also: Does ADHD medication use during pregnancy increase risk of congenital malformations?
Antidepressant Use in First Trimester Not Linked to ADHD or AutismAntidepressant use during the first trimester does not increase incidence of ADHD or autism spectrum disorder.
Trump’s new contraception coverage rules: 4 things to knowThe Trump Administration issued two rules rolling back the federal requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their group health plans. Here’s what you need to know.
Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy Linked to ADHDPrenatal exposure to the common medication was linked to an increased risk of ADHD.
Smoking May Be a Factor in Postpartum DepressionThree pharmacy students have found an increased risk of postpartum depression in women who smoke.
New ‘dipstick’ test for Zika, dengueA fast and cost-effective new dipstick test for Zika virus can distinguish between it and dengue viruses without cross-reactivity, according to a report in Science Translational Medicine. Also, results of a new randomized controlled trial—the largest of its kind to date—suggest that text messaging may help some pregnant women quit smoking.
Three reasons why maternal mortality rates are risingBetween 1990 and 2013, the maternal mortality ratio more than doubled in the United States. Find out what experts say can resolve the issue.
Sexual health and function in pregnancyPhysiologic changes during pregnancy affect the body’s hormonal milieu as well as a woman’s sexual desires, responses, and practices. In this review, we discuss knowledge gaps, the physiology of the female sexual response during pregnancy, types of sexual activity during pregnancy, and existing literature on anatomic and physiologic changes by trimester and postpartum.
Using ultrasound to recognize fetal anomalies: Part 1
Using ultrasound to recognize fetal anomalies: Part 1Like much of medicine, ultrasound diagnosis of fetal anomalies is both a science and an art. Part 1 of this article will detail, within the text and with images, the anomalies that should not be missed when performing ultrasound during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy.
Who is being tested for BRCA?A study looks at who is being tested for BRCA mutations as testing becomes more common. Also, a look at the impact of Zika virus on birth defects using benchmark data. Plus: How is the United States doing with infant mortality?