Case Report on Portal Vein Thrombosis Linked With Pregnancy, Iron Deficiency Anemia After C-Section in Patient With PV

As one of the 3 main classic disorders of Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-MPNs), polycythemia vera (PV) develops in an estimated 15% of women of childbearing age (15-45 years), with an anticipated rate of roughly 0.3 per 100,000 people. Due to pregnancy, and most commonly due to iron deficiency, PV may not always present with its … Read more

COVID vaccines and first boosters provided protection to pregnant women during Omicron surge

COVID vaccines and first boosters provided significant protection to pregnant women against severe complications and death, even after the arrival of the new Omicron variant, according to a study published this week in The Lancet medical journal. This study “demonstrates a vaccine effectiveness in preventing severe complications of severe COVID-19 of 76% following vaccination and … Read more

Female Doctors Have Higher Infertility Rates: What Can Be Done?

In 2021, Eugene Kim, MD, division director of pediatric surgery and vice chair in the department of surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, gave his presidential address to the Association for Academic Surgery. “Presidents tend to give a message of hope or inspiration; I probably took it in a different way,” he said. … Read more

Prenatal MRI helps visualize SARS-CoV-2 infection-induced abnormalities in the placenta and fetuses

In a recent study published in The Lancet Regional Health – Europe, researchers performed a prospective case–control study in pregnant women with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They used prenatal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on their fetuses and extra-fetal structures, including the placenta. … Read more

Cardiovascular disease risk after pre-eclampsia manifests at young ages and early after delivery

Women with pre-eclampsia have a higher likelihood of heart attack and stroke than their peers within just seven years of delivery, with risks remaining elevated more than 20 years later. The study in more than one million pregnant women is published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the ESC. The … Read more

Researchers solve an 80-year-old medical mystery that causes kidney damage in children

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have solved an 80-year-old medical mystery that causes kidney damage in children and can be fatal in babies. Those affected by the condition cannot metabolize vitamin D properly, causing a build-up of calcium in the blood and leading to kidney damage and kidney stones. It led to a … Read more

Research evaluates neonatal outcomes of pregnancies complicated by maternal obesity

Obesity is linked to many adverse health outcomes, including in pregnancy. However, there is little information on the effect of maternal obesity on neonatal mortality and illness. A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Maternal-Fetal Medicine discusses the association of maternal body mass index (BMI) in pregnancy with neonatal outcomes. … Read more

Maternal and perinatal outcomes of women infected with SARS-CoV-2 during the Omicron wave in Italy

In a recent study published in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectionresearchers assessed the impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccination on pregnant women during the Omicron wave. Study: Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy during the Omicron wave: the prospective cohort study of the Italian obstetric surveillance system. Image Credit: GolF2532/Shutterstock Background During … Read more

Prenatal folic acid may lower the risk of obesity among children born small for gestational age

Data has shown that children born SGA — those with a birth weight below the 10th percentile for babies of the same gestational age — have a higher tendency to develop obesity. To examine the joint effects of prenatal folic acid, iron and multivitamin supplementation on the risk of obesity in preschoolers born SGA, a … Read more

Smoking during pregnancy reduces childhood brain growth in very preterm babies

Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of injuring brain development in their babies. Earlier research showed that the size of the brain was reduced in preterm babies born to such mothers when they reached what would have been full term, compared to babies born to non-smoking mothers. A new study extends this finding … Read more