Blood pressure and body mass index may account for up to 77% of the extra cardiovascular disease risk for women who have a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, researchers reported in JAMA Cardiology. "Blood pressure plays a substantial role in driving the excess cardiovascular risk in women who experienced preeclampsia and an even larger role in women who experienced gestational hypertension," the study authors wrote.
A telehealth education and psychosocial support program developed for women with gestational diabetes was associated with improved blood glucose monitoring and appointment attendance, compared with usual care, researchers reported at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting. Both groups saw increased knowledge about gestational diabetes and there were no reported differences in delivery data and other clinical outcomes.
Data from 12 case studies showed lithium transfer from breast milk to an infant during breastfeeding varied, but overall there was not a demonstrated association with adverse effects, according to a study in the International Review of Psychiatry. Adverse events were found in three cases, but researchers said it was difficult to differentiate factors including concomitant medication use.
The US Preventive Services Task Force issued two final recommendations calling for HIV screening in pregnant women, adolescents, adults and those at increased risk, and preexposure prophylaxis for those at high risk of HIV. The recommendations, supporting evidence and an editorial were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Research published in the journal Circulation said increasing blood pressure treatment coverage by 70%, reducing sodium intake by 30% and eliminating trans fat consumption could prevent 94.3 million deaths globally by 2040. "Successful global implementation would require increased investment in health care capacity and quality of care in the primary health care sector, and increased efforts to reduce sodium and eliminate trans fat intake through regulation and health promotion campaigns as well," the authors wrote.
An infographic produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that, on average, per person health care spending among US women in 2015 was higher than among men. A 2017 survey showed 20% of women had not had a medical test or treatment in the past year because of the cost, compared with 15% of men.
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Breastfed babies who received early, limited formula supplementation had a similar likelihood of being breastfed at age 6 months but had reduced odds of still breastfeeding at age 12 months, compared with those who were exclusively breastfed, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. "The results suggest that using early, limited formula may not have a negative impact on infants, but it may alter maternal attitudes toward breastfeeding," said researcher Valerie Flaherman.
Seattle Children's Research Institute and Microsoft are working together to develop a genomics database for sudden infant death syndrome cases. Microsoft and Seattle Children's developed advanced modeling techniques to analyze how smoking during pregnancy and SIDS-related deaths are related, and they aim to use sequenced whole genome data for SIDS prevention.
The CDC has launched a new full-length course on preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies, Interprofessional Collaborative Practice as a Model for Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies. The course offers continuing education units and is available on the CDCs site for FASD training and resouces. Read more.
ACNM is updating essential information about midwifery in the United States through our all-important Core Data Survey. The confidential 15-minute survey enables ACNM to gather reliable and accurate workforce data that can support policymaking for women's health care services and midwifery workforce improvement. Read more.
Tomorrow, Friday, June 14, the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is presenting a new safety action series event, Practicing for Patients: Obstetric Drill Program for Postpartum Hemorrhage. The session, hosted from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern, will provide an in-depth overview and include an open Q&A. Read more.