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Miranda Hester
Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.
New gene linked to breast cancer risk
Mutations in the PALB2 gene may be associated with a significant increase in the risk of breast cancer, according to a recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine. PALB2 binds to BRCA2—a gene that confers increased lifetime risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer—and likely permits its stable nuclear localization and accumulation.
Do older women benefit from mammograms?
According to a recent study in Radiology, women older than age 75 may still derive benefits from mammography screening.
Caffeine may fuel hot flashes
Menopausal hot flashes may be more bothersome in women who drink caffeine, according to results of a 6-year cross-sectional survey published in Menopause.
What’s the impact of hormone therapy on heart health?
According to a recent study in Annals of Internal Medicine, hormonal therapy in early menopause may improve some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, but not progression of atherosclerosis.
CDC reports teen HPV vaccination coverage still low
Rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in adolescents remain low, 8 years after the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine use of the vaccine in girls aged 11 to 12 years, according to a recent report in the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Could hormonal contraceptives increase risk of gestational diabetes?
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study of data from a single state suggests that there may be a connection between use of hormonal contraceptives prior to pregnancy and increased risk of developing gestational diabetes (GDM).
Does childhood sexual abuse affect adult CVD?
According to a new study in Stroke, women who were sexually abused during childhood may be more likely to have higher intima media thickness, suggesting that stressors in early life may have an impact on cardiovascular disease (CVD) later in life.
Does pregnancy loss mean future CVD risk?
Women who have a history of pregnancy loss, either miscarriage or stillbirth, may be at greater risk of postmenopausal cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a recent study in The Annals of Family Medicine.
Does maternal inflammation increase the chance of schizophrenia?
Maternal inflammation during pregnancy may be linked to a risk of schizophrenia in the woman’s offspring, according to a new study in The American Journal of Psychiatry based on analysis of data from a large Finnish cohort.
Can letrozole help infertile PCOS patients become pregnant?
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development suggests that letrozole may be more effective at helping women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) become pregnant than clomiphene.

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