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Miranda Hester
Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.
Does early menstruation increase risk of GDM?
A new study looks at whether who begin menarche early in life are more likely to develop GDM. Plus: USPSTF issues their final recommendations on pelvic exams. Also, a look at the efficacy of vaginal progesterone in preventing preterm birth in twin pregnancy.
Postpartum depression on the decline
A study examines whether postpartum depression is on the decline. Plus: Are women who develop preeclampsia at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who didn't? Also, a look at the impact of severe nutrition deficiency in pregnancy on the development of mental health disorders in offspring.
Is there a link between CVD and preterm birth?
A study looks at the impact of a preterm birth on the mother's future risk of cardiovascular disease. Plus: Do shift work and physical labor negatively impact a woman's fertility? Also, are women who get a false-positive mammogram more likely to delay their future screenings?
How quality measures can decrease cesareans
Can adopting quality measures decrease the cesarean rate? Plus: The Government Accountability Office issues a report on power morcellators and the FDA's system of evaluation. Also, does the volume of one type of heart fat indicate the risk of heart disease?
Does diet affect bone mineral density?
An analysis looks at the impact of diet on bone mineral density. Also, an examination of which antidepressants in pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects. Plus: Is the mortality rate of cervical cancer underestimated?
Brain volume, microcephaly on US associated with Zika
Research looks at the science showing associations between microcephaly and Zika virus. Plus: Can cervical pessaries help prevent preterm birth? Also, a study examines whether inadvertent HPV vaccination during pregnancy leads to adverse outcomes for mother and baby.
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.