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Miranda Hester
Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.
Secondhand smoke increases risk of pregnancy loss
According to a new study in Tobacco Control, women exposed to secondhand smoking (SHS), particularly those with no history of smoking, have a higher risk of spontaneous abortions, ectopic pregnancies, and stillbirths than women with no such exposure.
In-hospital formula cuts likelihood of breastfeeding
First-time mothers who use formula supplementation in the hospital are likely to breastfeed for a shorter time, even if their intention is to exclusively breastfeed, according to a new study in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Teens likely to request early IUD removal
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are an effective form of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) with low complication rates, yet adolescents are more likely than adult women to request early removal of the devices, according to a new study in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Can daily aspirin cut ovarian cancer risk?
A daily regimen of low-dose (<100 mg) aspirin may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 20%, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Mental illness tied to adolescent pregnancy rates
Having a major mental illness triples the risk that an adolescent will become teenaged mother, according to a study in Pediatrics. The research is the first to look at fertility trends in adolescents with mental illnesses.
Have curves for spontaneous labor really changed?
Rates of cesarean delivery have risen, and with them, interest in determining what influence—if any—progress and management of labor have on the uptick. A retrospective chart review presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: The Pregnancy Meeting suggests that labor curves are unchanged and a better understanding of labor management is needed to reverse the cesarean trend.
Perioperative antibiotics may improve outcome of cerclage
Administration of perioperative antibiotics and indomethacin may significantly prolong gestation after second-trimester cerclage, according to a study presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: The Pregnancy Meeting.
Hispanic women more likely to suffer from vulvodynia
Hispanic women are twice as likely as their Caucasian counterparts to suffer from vulvodynia, according to results of a longitudinal population-based study in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Survival better with lumpectomy—not mastectomy—for early breast cancer
According to a recent observational study in JAMA Surgery, women with early-stage invasive breast cancers have higher rates of disease-specific survival when they undergo breast-conserving therapy (BCT) than women who undergo mastectomy.
Sedentary lifestyle increases mortality risk
The less a postmenopausal woman moves, the higher her risk of mortality, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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