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Image: An illustration of Zika virus in the blood (Photo courtesy of SPL).

Zika Infection in Pregnancy Linked to Joint Deformities

A new study suggests that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may be related to a severe birth defect called arthrogryposis, wherein the joints are deformed. More...
25 Aug 2016

Appendectomy and Tonsillectomy Associated with Increased Fertility

Women who have their appendix or tonsils removed have higher subsequent pregnancy rates and shorter time to pregnancy, according to a new study. More...
18 Aug 2016
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Image: The IVF insemination procedure (Photo courtesy 123rf.com).

IVF Does Not Elevate Long-Term Breast Cancer Risk

Women undergoing ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment do not have an increased risk of breast cancer (BC), according to a new study. More...
11 Aug 2016
Image: A new study suggests over one-third of pregnant women have an iron deficiency, putting them at an increased risk of thyroid disorders and pregnancy complications (Photo courtesy of BBC).

Iron Deficiency Places Pregnant Women at Risk of Complications

Researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) and Centre Hosptilalier Universitaire Saint Pierre (HUSP; Brussels, Belgium) conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 1,900 pregnant women in their first trimester. The researchers measured blood ferritin levels and the presence of antibodies against thyroid peroxidase (TPO), thyroid hormone free thyroxine (FT4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). More...
04 Aug 2016

Tissue Resector Helps Remove Uterine Polyps

A disposable hand-held and hand-driven device combines the benefits of basic manual devices and complex electromechanical systems in uterine polyp removal. More...
13 Jul 2016
Image: A new study describes a novel index that quantifies net bone formation and resorption, which may help identify women that experience fast bone loss across the menopause transition (Photo courtesy of UCLA).

Novel Index Could Identify Rapid Bone Loss Risk

Developed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA; USA), and the University of Tokyo (Japan), the Bone Balance Index (BBI) estimates the relationship between resorption (urinary N-telopeptide) and formation (osteocalcin) markers. To create the index, the researchers used data from a cohort of 685 women between the ages of 42 and 52 as they went through menopause. The women were either premenopausal or in early perimenopause when they enrolled in the study, and had their final menstrual period during the follow-up period. More...
05 Jul 2016
Image: The vaginal probe device, designed for cervical cancer screening (Photo courtesy of Biop Medical).

Optical Scanner Advances Cervical Cancer Screening

A new technology optimizes the cervical cancer (CC) screening process into a single, three-minute painless optical scan. More...
02 Jun 2016


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