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Susan C. Olmstead
Ms. Olmstead is the Editorial Director of Contemporary OB/GYN.
Link between high cholesterol, infertility studied
Couples who have high cholesterol may have a harder time conceiving, according to a study released in May by The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Placental, oral microbiomes may be similarly populated
The placenta, historically thought to be sterile, actually harbors a unique microbiome, say researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Notably, they found that the placental microbiomes they studied are most akin to the human oral microbiome, strengthening the proposed association between maternal dental health and certain fetal outcomes.
Higher maternal BMI linked to fetal death, stillbirth
A meta-analysis has shown that even small increases in a mother's BMI can increase the risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and neonatal, perinatal, and infant death.
Women with diabetes less likely to have mammograms
A Canadian study shows that women with diabetes are significantly less likely to have mammograms, even after adjustment for socioeconomic status and other factors.
Patience: The answer to the cesarean epidemic
“The c-section you do today impacts the future health of the woman you’re caring for.” So said Aaron B. Caughey, MD, of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, in his lunch-and-learn “The Cesarean Epidemic: Etiologies, Outcomes and Potential Solutions” on Monday. What’s more, he pointed out, “the c-section you do today leads to the repeat … [which] leads to the repeat … [which] leads to the accreta in 8 years.” But Caughey did not place blame for the so-called epidemic with either doctors or patients.
FDA approves HPV test for first-line screening
Contemporary OB/GYN editorial board member Ilana Cass, MD, offers perspective on the recent FDA approval of the first-ever alternative to Pap smear cytology cervical screening.
Women, type 2 diabetes, and stroke: What’s the association?
Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, prospectively investigated stroke risk among 10,876 male and 19,278 female patients with type 2 diabetes. The goal of the study, which appeared in the journal Diabetologia, was to better understand the relationship between glycemic control and stroke risk. The researchers note that more women than men tend to die from stroke in developed countries. In 2010 in the United States, 77,109 women and 52,367 men died from stroke, according to the study.
A link between hormonal contraception and MS?
A study scheduled to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th annual meeting in April suggests a possible connection between use of hormonal contraception and risk of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Some institutions and groups defining stances on morcellation
Some societies and institutions are developing formal policies on morcellation in response to an increase in public concern over the possibility of this procedure spreading and upstaging undetected cancer in the uterus.
Surrogacy in India: Boom or bane?
Gestational surrogacy in India is on the rise. How will this help or harm American couples and Indian surrogates?

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