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Ben Schwartz
Ben Schwartz is Associate Editor, Contemporary OB/GYN.
New data on vaginal ring support benefits for HIV prevention
Interim data from two studies of a dapivirine vaginal ring—DREAM and HOPE—lend further credence to the potential benefits of using the device for HIV prevention. Plus: FDA authorizes direct-to-consumer BRCA1/BRCA2 test. Also: A new Zika virus test extends window for accurate diagnosis.
Is waist-to-hip ratio a better predictor of MI than BMI?
According to research, the size of a woman’s hips and waist may be the best indicators of her risk of a heart attack. Plus: Adverse risks of pregnancy over 40. Also: Active surveillance of CIN2 is a viable treatment, according to a study.
Study: No association between prenatal ultrasound duration and autism
Contemporary OB/GYN Editorial Board member Joshua A. Copel, MD, provides expert perspective on a controversial retrospective study that looked at whether exposure to prenatal ultrasound is associated with diagnosis of autism. Plus: Can a placenta-on-a-chip be used to analyze placental perfusion? Also: More mothers receiving antihypertensives for preeclampsia and fewer are having strokes.
USPSTF: Ovarian cancer screening not recommended for low-risk women
In a new statement, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is recommending against ovarian cancer screening for women who have no symptoms and no hereditary cancer syndromes. Plus: Breast MRI screening results in higher biopsy rates, according to a study.
Drug used for menorrhagia may prevent postpartum hemorrhage
A drug that is low cost and easy to administer may help prevent maternal deaths, according to results of a randomized clinical trial. Plus: Does air pollution affect menstrual regularity? Also: According to a statement published by the American Heart Association (AHA), breast cancer patients may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Study: Rare type of stroke may be increasing in pregnant women
Preliminary data from a retrospective study suggest that incidence of spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (sSAH) may be increasing among pregnant women. Plus: Study finds lower risk of diabetes a benefit of breastfeeding. Also: Taking prenatal folic acid and multivitamins lowers the risk of autism, according to results of a new case-control study.
ARRIVE study: 39-week induction reduces frequency of cesarean in healthy women
Results of a large randomized clinical trial indicate that in low-risk nulliparas, elective induction of labor (IOL) at 39 weeks lowers rates of cesarean delivery (CD) without significantly increasing adverse perinatal outcomes. Plus, more coverage from The Pregnancy Meeting.
Can hormone therapy prevent depression in menopausal women?
Hormone therapy (HT) can prevent development of depressive symptoms among initially euthymic perimenopausal and early postmenopausal women, according to results of a study. Plus: Does prenatal choline exposure promote cognition in infants?
What impact does maternal obesity have on fetal growth?
Results of a study of fetal ultrasounds show that maternal obesity has an impact on fetal growth as early as 32 weeks’ gestation. Plus: Breast cancer risks increased by 21% in women who consumed more than 9 g of processed meat per day, according to a published study. Also: Does prenatal use of topiramate increase risk of cleft palate?
FDA: New assessment discourages morcellation for fibroids
An updated review of evidence by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) underscores concerns expressed in 2014 by the agency about use of laparoscopic power morcellators (LPM) for treatment of uterine fibroids. Plus: Prescription habits show ob/gyns not well informed about opioids, according to a study. Also: Does ADHD medication use during pregnancy increase risk of congenital malformations?