January 25th 2023
A study finds certain employment types may be associated with higher rates of pregnancy loss, including early abortive outcomes, stillbirths, and no live births.
January 19th 2023
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) ends late-stage HIV vaccine trial; mothers in states with abortion bans are almost 3 times more likely to die before, during, and after birth; Sanofi hopes to release a drug for hemophilia A in 2023.
January 16th 2023
Most influencers on YouTube are promoting the discontinuation of hormonal birth control and promoting inaccurate medical information, according to a recent study.
January 11th 2023
Expanded health coverage sees an increase in enrollments; Antiabortion activists protest against CVS and Walgreens; $26,500 Alzheimer’s drug limits affordability
January 9th 2023
Expanded Medicaid coverage reduced hospitalizations by 17% in the first 60 days of the postpartum period, a study found.
Frequency of Condomless Sex Among Women Using Reversible Methods of Contraception
A substudy of the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes trial, which compared 3 highly effective, reversible methods of contraception, concluded that women assigned either a copper intrauterine device or the levonorgestrel implant may have had condomless sex more frequently than women assigned to intramuscular depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate.
Limited Appointment Availability and Cost Largest Obstacles to Women’s Mental Health Care
In the last 2 years, half of women reported needing mental health services compared with only 35% of men. Women who needed mental health care cited provider availability and cost, especially for those who are uninsured, to be 2 major barriers to receiving care.
ICYMI: Highlights From SABCS 2022
Our top coverage from this year’s San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) included updated data on tamoxifen and trastuzumab deruxtecan, treatments long proven effective in the breast cancer space.
Top 5 Most-Viewed Women’s Health Content of 2022
This year’s most-read articles on women’s health surrounds racial inequalities, barriers to care, and other topics that affect a woman’s quality of life.
What We’re Reading: Spurring Development of Antibiotics; Legislation to Protect IVF; Vaccine Misinformation Poses Threat
Bipartisan lawmakers aim to pass bill that could incentivize development of new antibiotics; the right to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be enshrined in law; CDC director says that vaccine misinformation is a public health threat.
Can Sleep Quality Affect the Results of In Vitro Fertilization?
The recently published study may shed light on a potential connection between sleep quality and IVF success.
Review: Infertility Associated With Depression, Anxiety, and Emotional Distress
Infertility and mental health have a complex relationship, with the impact of mental distress in evaluating for infertility and fertility treatments being quite significant.
Egg Donors and Recipients With PCOS
No difference was shown regarding pregnancy and childbirth outcomes among patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who receive oocytes from women with or without PCOS.
Genealogical Study of Primary Ovarian Insufficiency Suggests Strong Genetic Component
The population-level, mutigenerational study found that both near and distant relatives of women with primary ovarian insufficiency were at a higher risk of the condition compared with matched controls.
Early Mental Health Screening May Improve Infertility Outcomes
Infertility and mental health are intertwined, and individuals and couples trying to conceive should have support, according to a recent review.
Women With CKD Receiving Fertility Treatment Have Similar Birth Rates to Those Conceiving Naturally
Researchers underscore a need for prospective data, noting that women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) tended to have higher rates of preterm delivery and lower birthweight.
Unintended Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Postpartum Depression, Study Finds
The risk of experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression may be higher in women who give birth after unintended pregnancies vs those who get pregnant intentionally, according to a recent study.
Review Highlights Need for Further Research, Individualized Treatments for Endometriosis-Associated Infertility
Although there is a clinically recognized association between endometriosis and infertility, the mechanisms behind the association are not fully understood.
Biomarker Ratio Could Predict Development of Severe Preeclampsia
A new study found that an imbalance of 2 placental proteins, serum soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and placental growth factor, could predict the risk of a severe form of preeclampsia.
Female Physicians Report Insurance Barriers to Fertility Treatment
Female physicians identified cost and access barriers to fertility care, which are especially relevant as more US women are choosing to delay childrearing.
Study Examines Maternal Health Care Disparities by Immigrant, Medicaid Status
Exclusions from Medicaid eligibility based on immigration status may be linked with increased health care disparities among immigrant women compared with US-born women, a study suggested.
Environment May Influence Hormonal, Metabolic Differences in US Women Living With PCOS
Hormonal and metabolic differences between Alabama and California women living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) suggest that environment may impact the disease.
What We’re Reading: Experts Advise on Pregnancy Drug; Novavax COVID-19 Booster Approved; Allergy Medication and Opioids
Experts advised the FDA to withdraw a preterm birth treatment from the market; the Novavax booster for COVID-19 was approved by US regulators on Wednesday; allergy medication was found to be commonly present in those who died of an opioid overdose.
What We’re Reading: Biden Biodefense Strategy; Racial Disparities in Fertility Medicine; Global Leaders Pledge to End Polio
The White House launched a national biodefense strategy to protect the country from future pandemics and biological threats; researchers found racial disparities in infant deaths following fertility treatments; global leaders pledged a total of $2.6 billion toward the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2022-2026 Strategy.
Contributor: In the Misdiagnosis of Menopause, What Needs to Change?
Menopause symptoms are not being recognized, leading to misdiagnosis and improper treatment.
Women Report Greater Psoriasis QOL Impact, Reduced Treatment Satisfaction With Biologics
Efficacy of biologics was observed in both men and women with psoriasis, although female patients reported a greater impact from the disease on quality of life (QOL) and lower treatment satisfaction.
Psoriasis May Increase Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy, a Driver of Maternal Morbidity
Risk of ectopic pregnancy, the leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in the first trimester of pregnancy, was significantly associated with psoriasis in Danish women, especially those with moderate to severe disease.
Contributor: Helping Women of Color Achieve a Healthier Future
To achieve health equity, experts from CVS Health discuss why we must invest in programs that improve access to health care for historically marginalized communities, address social determinants, boost health education, increase representation in all levels of health care delivery, widen access to clinical trial research, and more.
What We're Reading: Out-of-State Abortions for Texans; Lingering COVID-19 Effects; Muscle Strengthening Health Benefits
A significant increase has been observed in Texas residents traveling out of state for abortion care; nearly a third of people who previously had COVID-19 cited lingering symptoms up to 1 year after infection; muscle strengthening exercises linked with lower risk of disease and early mortality.
Maternal STIs Linked With Increased Risk of Preterm Birth
Results of a nationwide retrospective cohort study show maternal infection with syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia was associated with an increased risk of preterm birth.
Achieving Equitable Breast Cancer Care: Clinical Trials, Mental Health, and Digital Therapeutics
Discussions regarding health equity and access to care have long been implicated in breast cancer. Here, key opinion leaders discuss the latest progress in clinical trial access, digital therapeutics, and other efforts that aim to ameliorate these care gaps.
What We're Reading: Disproportionate Vaccine Access; Mental Health Apps for Men; Stillbirth Risk in Pregnant Women With COVID-19
Low- and middle-income countries that hosted completed COVID-19 vaccine trials received disproportionately fewer doses than high-income counterparts; mental health apps indicated to increase uptake in underserved men; CDC report finds notable stillbirth risk in pregnant women with COVID-19.
What We’re Reading: Delta Variant in Nursing Homes; Financial Burden of COVID-19 Hospitalization; Heat Wave Impact During Pregnancy
Analysis finds significant spike in deaths among nursing home residents due to the Delta variant; hospitalization charges for patients with COVID-19 vary widely; spotlighting the threat of heat waves and extreme weather conditions for pregnant women.
Study Suggests Diet Could Mediate Link Between Sleep Quality, Obesity in Women
Women with poor sleep quality were found to be at more than 2 times greater risk of obesity, with this association occurring only in those who did not meet recommended dietary standards.
Race, Ethnicity, and Education Factor Into HPV Diagnosis Gap, Study Suggests
The findings of this study suggest possible poor communication about human papillomavirus infection (HPV), the authors said, since they do not align with epidemiologic evidence.
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