Category Archives: Prevention

How Pregnancy Provides a Window to Future Health and Eliminating Some Chronic Disease

Physicians with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a paper today that provides significant insight into future health conditions that women are likely to experience, and that can be detected early based on information relating to the course of pregnancy.  The paper, Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health: The development of complications in pregnancy provides a new window of opportunity for early heart disease risk screening and intervention for women, acknowledges that, for most women, the demands of pregnancy on the cardiovascular and metabolic systems are some of the highest the body will endure.

Study Finds That Caloric Restriction and Exercise Help to Prevent Weight Gain and Other Pregnancy Complications in Obese Women

In a study to be presented on February 15 between 1:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will report findings that suggest that consistent physical activity and healthier lifestyle changes beginning in a woman’s first trimester can prevent excessive weight gain in obese pregnant women (with a Body Mass Index greater than 30), helping to avoid preterm delivery, hypertension and gestational diabetes.

Comprehensive Maternal Hemorrhage Protocols Improve Patient Safety

In a study to be presented on February 16 between 8 a.m., and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will report findings that suggest comprehensive maternal hemorrhage protocols reduce utilization of blood products and improve patient safety.

MOD Award Abstract: Study Shows Progesterone Shots Do Not Reduce Preterm Delivery in Twin Pregnancies

In a study to be presented on February 14 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 33rd annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, researchers will report findings that suggest that 17P, a form of progesterone, is not effective in preventing preterm birth among women with twin pregnancies — and may possibly be harmful.

REVISED: Preemptive Treatment of Severe Morning Sickness Decreases Suffering for Moms-to-Be

In a study to be presented on February 14 between 1:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, California, researchers will present data showing the effectiveness of preemptive treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum and severe morning sickness.

Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Recognizes Medical Advancements on World Prematurity Day

Improved screening and effective treatments for prevention of preterm birth are saving infants

In the last five years, multiple medical advancements have led to a decline in the nation’s premature birthrate. On Nov. 17, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) will celebrate World Prematurity Awareness Day to raise global awareness of the problems with premature birth

Study Finds That Anti-diabetic Medication Can Prevent the Long Term Effects of Maternal Obesity

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Study Finds That Anti-diabetic Medication Can Prevent the Long Term Effects of Maternal Obesity

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that show that short therapy with the anti-diabetic medication Pioglitazone can prevent the long term effects of maternal obesity on offspring.

Study Finds Elevated Levels of Cell-Free DNA in First Trimester Do Not Predict Preeclampsia

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Study Finds Elevated Levels of Cell-Free DNA in First Trimester Do Not Predict Preeclampsia

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that  indicate that elevated levels of cell-free DNA in the first trimester do not predict the subsequent development of preeclampsia.

Study Finds Preterm Labor Diagnostic Markers Not Universal, Diagnosis and Interventions Should Not Be Generalized

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Study Finds Preterm Labor Diagnostic Markers Not Universal, Diagnosis and Interventions Should Not Be Generalized

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that preterm birth interventions should be tailored for underlying risk factors and pathways.

Study Finds Residence in U.S. a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

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Study Finds Residence in U.S. a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

 In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that duration of stay in the United States is associated with increased risk of preterm birth for Hispanic women.

Study Finds Some Medications May Interact with Common Anti- Recurrent Preterm Birth Medication

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Study Finds Some Medications May Interact with Common Anti- Recurrent Preterm Birth Medication

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that prescription medications may affect the body’s ability to metabolize 17-alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-OHPC), the only FDA approved medication for the prevention of recurrent preterm birth.

2011: Study finds that preterm birth clinic attendance leads to significant reduction in infant disability

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that when women at high risk for preterm birth participated in a preterm birth prevention clinic, more women delivered full term babies and there were fewer cases of infant morbidity.

2011: Study finds that use of magnesium sulfate may offer protection from cerebral palsy induced by maternal inflammation

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that showed that in rats, the use of magnesium sulfate (Mg) significantly reduced the neonatal brain injury associated with maternal inflammation or maternal infection.

2011: Study finds that use of 17-Hydroxyprogesterone does not reduce the rate of preterm delivery or neonatal complications in twins

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that the use of the hormone 17-Hydroxyprogesterone does not reduce the rate of preterm delivery or neonatal complications in twins.

2011 March of Dimes Award Abstract: New research helps explain how progesterone prevents preterm birth

Research presented today at the 31st Annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) ― The Pregnancy Meeting™ has found that three proteins known as XIAP, BID, and Bcl-2 are responsible in part for the success of progesterone treatments in the prevention of preterm labor. They may also play an important role in triggering normal labor.

2011: Surgery on fetus reduces complications of spina bifida

NIH study shows surgery reduces rate of disability, increases preterm birth risk

A surgical procedure to repair a common birth defect of the spine, if undertaken while a baby is still in the uterus, greatly reduces the need to divert, or shunt, fluid away from the brain, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health and four research institutions.

2010: Maternal-fetal medicine subspecialty expands due to increasingly complicated pregnancies, emerging technologies and rises in preterm birth

SMFM Report Highlights Growing Need for Specialists

The rate of preterm birth (before 37 weeks) in the United States has steadily increased over the last two decades; reaching one in eight babies (12.7%) in 2007. There are over 500,000 preterm births each year in the U.S. Another frightening statistic is that stillbirths account for 58% of all perinatal deaths before 28 days of life and 48% of all deaths in the first year of life.

2010: Study finds screening for spinal muscular atrophy not cost effective

In a study presented this past February at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that showed that it is not cost effective to screen for spinal muscular atrophy.

2010: Acupuncture found effective against depression during pregnancy

In a study presented this past February at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that showed that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for depression during pregnancy.

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