Women's Health

Dr Joseph Biggio Discusses Ochsner Health's Connected MOM Program, COVID-19 Pregnancy Challenges

September 15, 2020

At Ochsner Health, the largest nonprofit academic health care system in Louisiana, providers are leveraging the system’s Connected Maternity Online Monitoring (MOM) digital medicine program to minimize expectant mothers’ risks of contracting COVID-19.

Early-Onset Breast Cancer Possibly Linked to Preeclamptic Pregnancy, High Birth Weight

September 06, 2020

With little research on the subject, the investigators sought out a connection between certain perinatal factors and risk of young-onset breast cancer in a sister-matched case-control study.

Maternal Antidepressant Use Linked to Some Specific Birth Defects

September 01, 2020

Associations between maternal antidepressant use and specific birth defects exist, particularly among mothers taking venlafaxine, according to a recent case-control study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Predictive Index for 90-Day Postoperative Outcomes Following Gynecologic Surgery

July 10, 2020

Increasing LACE+ index score is a significant predictor of greater risk of unplanned readmission, emergency department visits, and reoperation after gynecologic surgery.

Did ACA Implementation Enable Victims of Intimate Partner Violence?

July 07, 2020

Between 2002 and 2015, data showed an increase in the percentage of intimate partner violence (IPV)–related emergency department claims paid by private insurance in the United States. This finding suggests the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have increased women’s willingness and ability to seek medical attention for IPV-related injuries and disclose IPV as the source of the injuries, according to a study published in Women’s Health Issues.

How Does Migraine With Aura Compare With Other CVD Risk Factors?

June 18, 2020

Compared with traditional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, such as obesity and high triglycerides, migraine with aura is associated with a higher incidence rate of CVD among female health professionals aged at least 45 years, according to a study published in JAMA.

Racial Disparities Persist in Maternal Morbidity, Mortality and Infant Health

June 14, 2020

American women die in childbirth at a higher rate than in any other developed country, while non-Hispanic Black women are more than 3 times more likely to have a maternal death than white women in the United States, according to a review presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 80th Scientific Sessions.

What We're Reading: Cancer Survivors Fear Job Switch; Pandemic Disrupts Malaria Prevention; COVID-19 Birth Complications

April 24, 2020

A new survey found around 20% of cancer survivors are reluctant to switch jobs for fear of losing health insurance; the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is disrupting anti-malaria campaigns in Africa; pregnant women and newborns may face pandemic complications at birth.

What We're Reading: Horizon Waives Some Insurance Requirements; Native Americans and COVID-19; STI Rates in Pregnant Women

March 26, 2020

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield has temporarily waived its "actively at work" requrement for group policies; Native American populations, some of the nation's most vulerable, are ill-equipped to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic; rates of sexually transmitted infections increase among pregnant women.

Yoga Could Aid Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients With LAM, Study Finds

March 24, 2020

Yoga may be used as a safe intervention for pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), according to a study published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. The exercise could also potentially improve patients’ exercise capacity.