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Miranda Hester
Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.
Intimate partner violence can lead to pregnancy termination
Women exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) are likely to terminate a pregnancy, according to a recent study in PLoS Medicine. Intimate partner violence was also associated with a woman not wanting her partner to know about the pregnancy’s termination.
More teens lack HSV-1 antibodies
An increasing number of American adolescents lack herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 antibodies, making them more susceptible to genital herpes following sexual debut, according to a recent study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Romosozumab associated with bone density increase
Results of a Phase II study suggest that romosozumab significantly increases bone mineral density (BMD) in the lumbar spine, total hip, and femoral neck. Exploratory analyses showed the BMD increases in the lumbar spine and hip were significantly higher with romosozumab than alendronate sodium and teriparatide in postmenopausal women with low BMD.
Fear of birth can increase risk of PPD
Women with a diagnosed fear of childbirth are at an increased risk of postpartum depression (PPD), according to a new study in BMJ Open.
Longer maternity leave reduces depression risk
Women who take maternity leave for 6 or more months had a lower risk of developing postpartum depressive symptoms than their counterparts who return to work more quickly, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law.
No significant link between SSRIs, autism
According to a new Danish study, use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy showed no significant association with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study is the largest to date on the potential connection.
Timely progestin prophylaxis reduces preterm births
According to a new retrospective cohort study in Obstetrics & Gynecology, timely initiation of progestin in women with a history of preterm delivery is associated with a reduction in spontaneous preterm delivery.
Pre-pregnancy diabetes raises risk of fetal/infant death
Risk of fetal and infant death is substantially increased in women with pre-existing diabetes, according to results of a new study in Diabetologia. The population-based analysis is one of few to exclude the effect of congenital anomalies and suggests that the association is largely influenced by glycemic control.
PTSD can lead to obesity, study says
Women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more quickly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women who are not suffering from the disorder, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. The study was the first to look at the relationship between obesity and PTSD over time.
Obesity is a risk factor for hearing loss
According to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine, obesity can increase risk of hearing loss, and the risk increases with body mass index (BMI).

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