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December 26, 2012
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Study: Early menopause may raise type 2 diabetes risk
    Women who went through menopause at a younger age had higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who were older when menopause started, according to a study in Diabetes Care. The findings suggest that women who enter menopause before age 40 "may be a high-risk group to target for diabetes screening," said epidemiologist Elsa Strotmeyer, who was not involved in the study. Medscape (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifetime cancer risk poised to rise
    The lifetime risk of developing cancer is expected to rise to 44% in women by 2027, U.K. researchers said. Survival rates are going up as well because of better therapies and screening techniques. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Low maternal vitamin D levels linked to low birth weight
    Women with low vitamin D levels during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy were more likely to have babies who weighed less than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers studied preserved blood samples of 2,146 pregnant women who participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Project from 1959 to 1965. Results would likely be different in a modern-day study, the researchers said. (12/22), (India)/Asian News International (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACOG: Obese women can safely gain less weight during pregnancy
    Gaining less than the recommended amount of weight during singleton pregnancy does not pose adverse effects in overweight or obese women, provided that the fetus is growing appropriately, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said. The group also urged these patients to continue with nutritional counseling and exercise and to undergo height and weight assessment during pregnancy. The recommendations appear in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. (free registration) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Clarifying link between birth weight and maternal body composition
    A new study casts doubt on revised Institute of Medicine guidelines for women's weight gain during pregnancy for preventing large-for-gestational-age babies. This large, prospective study published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology found a positive association between a mother’s fat-free mass -- or, her total body mass minus the fat -- with increased birth weight, while no link was found between maternal fat mass and birth weight. The researchers evaluated birth outcomes for 2,618 pregnant women whose body composition was measured in the first trimester using multifrequency segmental bioelectric impedance analysis. Previous evidence linking maternal obesity -- which is usually determined by body mass index (BMI) -- with increased birth weight is problematic, say the authors, because BMI does not measure distribution of fat or fat-free mass. The findings are important, conclude the authors, because in 2009, the IOM lowered its recommended gestational weight gain for obese women to 5-9 kilograms due to concerns that increasing maternal obesity rates would result in more high birth-weight babies. The authors note that previously shown links between maternal obesity and large-for-gestational-age babies may be the result of gestational diabetes, rather than maternal obesity itself. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • FDA approves wider use of flu drug oseltamivir
    The FDA expanded the approved uses of Roche Holding's flu treatment Tamiflu, or oseltamivir, to include the treatment of children ages 2 weeks to 1 year who have shown symptoms of flu for no longer than two days. The approval does not include the prevention of flu in this age group. Reuters (12/21), HealthDay News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • CDC develops fact sheet on CVD prevention among reproductive age
    Women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are about 3 times as likely to develop hypertension later in life and 2 times as likely to develop heart disease. Women who deliver early (before 37 weeks) or have a growth restricted infant face approximately 2 times the risk of developing CVD later in life compared to women who have normal weight infants born at term. Since pregnancy and birth outcomes can unmask increased future risk of CVD, the CDC has created a fact sheet to inform you of all the risk factors. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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