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Judith M. Orvos, ELS
Judith M. Orvos, ELS, is a a BELS-certified medical writer and editor and an editorial consultant for Contemporary OB/GYN.
Does gender make a difference in sleep patterns?
A study looks at whether women are at greater risk of sleep problems than their male counterparts. Also, are cesarean deliveries increasing the risk of childhood obesity? Plus: A study highlights the need for further research in postpartum psychosis.
Are MRI scans safe during pregnancy?
A study examines the safety of MRI scans during pregnancy. Plus: Researchers at Florida State University identify several compound that could combat Zika.
Hemolytic disease in ABO-incompatible preterm infants
A study looks at the incidence of hemolytic reactions in preterm newborns.
Do antipsychotics increase risk of congenital malformations?
A study looks at the potential link between antipsychotic medication and congenital malformations. Also, are current prenatal screening standards as good as expanded carrier screening? Plus: How much do overweight and obesity increase the risk of certain cancers.
Is Zika linked to another birth defect?
A retrospective case study in Brazil examines whether the Zika virus has ties to a birth defect other than microcephaly. Also, the USPSTF issues recommendations on screening for genital herpes. Plus: Does soy reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease in women with PCOS?
Does ospemifene increase vasomotor symptoms?
A study examines if ospemifene is linked to increased hot flashes. Plus: Do certain cerclage sutures increase the risk of preterm birth? Also, do pregnancy delays actually decrease the risk of microcephaly as a result of congenital Zika infection?
Should women over 65 be screened for cervical cancer?
A study questions the existing guidance saying only women over 65 years who have risk factors should be screened for cervical cancer. Also, do placental syndromes increase the risk of cardiovascular disease? Plus: A look at Gardisil 9's safety profile.
Can HRT help prevent Alzheimer’s?
A new study looks at the impact of hormone replacement therapy on preventing Alzheimer's. Plus: Are breast density readings actually accurate?
USPSTF seeks comment on pelvic exam recommendations
The US Preventive Services Task Force is seeking comments on the latest analysis on pelvic exams. Plus: A Swedish study looks at the impact of smoking on the effectiveness of breast cancer treatments. Also, a new multidrug-resistant strain of Candida has been found.
Long-term impact of breastmilk on preterm babies
What are the long-term benefits of breastmilk for preterm babies? Also, a first-of-its-kind study looks at maternal folate levels and BMI and the role they play in the child's risk of obesity. Plus: What are the adverse neonatal outcomes of untreated depression in the mother?

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