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Image: A new study claims that inducing labor one week early benefits both healthcare systems and patients (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Induced Labor No Costlier than Spontaneous Labor

A new study calculates that inducing labor at 39 weeks costs healthcare systems the same as waiting for spontaneous labor. More...
22 May 2019
Image: A new study shows that ttopping smoking before and during pregnancy reduces preterm delivery risk (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Quitting Smoking during Pregnancy Reduces Premature Birth Risk

A new study shows that giving up smoking early in pregnancy is associated with reduced risk of preterm birth, even for high-frequency cigarette smokers. More...
01 May 2019
Image: A 3D image US image generated from 2D frames (Photo courtesy of Aaron Fenster/ SPIE).

3D Ultrasound System Guides Gynecologic Brachytherapy

A new study describes how a reconstructed three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound image can aid implant placement during interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy procedures. More...
22 Apr 2019
Image: The Cerene cryotherapy device is designed to reduce menstrual bleeding (Photo courtesy of Channel Medsystems).

Cryotherapy Device Treats Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

A novel nitrous oxide (N2O) cryotherapy device freezes the lining of the uterus in order to significantly reduce future menstrual bleeding. More...
16 Apr 2019
Image: A new study claims uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a good treatment option for uterine fibroids (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Results in Fewer Complications

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) can treat uterine fibroids with fewer complications than surgical myomectomy, according to a new study. More...
11 Apr 2019
Image: Statistics show Cesarean section is 100 times more dangerous in developing countries (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Caesarean Section Death Higher in Developing Countries

Maternal and perinatal deaths following caesarean section (CS) are disproportionately high in low and middle-income countries (LMIC), claims a new study. More...
10 Apr 2019
Image: EMMI mapping of uterine contractions (Photo courtesy of WUSTL).

3D Imaging Technique Detects Uterine Contractions

A new study suggests that electromyometrial imaging (EMMI) could help identify and prevent preterm labor. More...
25 Mar 2019
Image: A temperature monitoring app cen detect fertility (Photo courtesy of Natural Cycles).

Digital Contraceptive Provides Natural Birth Control Method

A novel mobile application uses a smart algorithm that is sensitive to subtle patterns in a woman's cycle to determine daily fertility, based on basal body temperature (BBT) and period data. More...
21 Mar 2019
Image: A new study shows home births entail triple the risk for newborns (Photo courtesy of iStock Photo).

Home Births Prove More Risky Than Hospital Deliveries

A new study shows that women who give birth in non-hospital settings are three times more likely to encounter complications and perinatal mortality compared with hospital births. More...
14 Mar 2019
Image: The RAPTER electrochemical analysis system (Photo courtesy of Nature Communications).

Robotic Sensor Technology Diagnoses Reproductive Health Issues

New robotic sensors can measure hormones that affect fertility, sexual development, and menstruation in real-time and at less cost than current methods. More...
07 Mar 2019
Image: A new biosensor could someday detect fetal Down syndrome DNA in pregnant women’s blood (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Ultrasensitive Sensor Detects Down Syndrome in Womb

A new biosensor could someday be used to detect fetal Down syndrome DNA in pregnant women's blood, according to a new study. More...
28 Feb 2019
Image: A new study asserts that delaying cutting of the umbilical cord improves myelination (Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto).

Delayed Cord Clamping Advances Early Functional Development

A new study suggest that a five-minute delay in umbilical cord clamping results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development. More...
27 Feb 2019
Image: Many young women undergoing breast reduction surgery have unneeded mammography (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Superfluous Mammography Prevalent Prior to Breast Reduction

A new study reveals that nearly one-third of young women underwent mammography before cosmetic breast reduction surgery, despite the fact that no professional society recommends routine screening before age 40. More...
21 Feb 2019
Image: A new study reveals that industrial chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta to accumulate in fetal tissue (Photo courtesy of NewsMedicalNet).

Environmental Contaminants Infiltrate Placenta during Pregnancy

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Rigshospitalet, and Copenhagen University conducted a study to measure the concentrations of distinct PFAS in human embryos and fetuses and corresponding placentas and maternal serum samples derived from elective pregnancy terminations and intrauterine fetal death cases. More...
14 Feb 2019
Image: Professor Mark Prausnitz holds an experimental microneedle contraceptive skin patch (Photo courtesy of Christopher Moore/Georgia Tech).

Microneedle Patch Delivers Long-Acting Contraceptive

A new study shows how a long-acting contraceptive designed for self-administration could provide a new family planning option, particularly in developing nations. More...
31 Jan 2019
Image: The EVA3 mobile colposcope, with smartphone attached (Photo courtesy of MobileODT).

Machine Learning Algorithm Detects Cervical Cancer

A novel colposcope uses an automated visual evaluation (AVE) algorithm to detect cervical cancer from even a single image. More...
24 Jan 2019
Image: A disparity exists between self-reported and actual CVC screening (Photo courtesy of Corbis).

Cervical Cancer Screening Rates Declining in Younger Women

A new study concludes that the percentage of women screened for cervical cancer (CVC) may be far lower than self-reported data suggests. More...
21 Jan 2019
Image: New research suggests how women give birth can affect future pelvic disorders (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Pelvic Floor Disorders Associated with Childbirth Delivery Method

A new study suggests that vaginal childbirth substantially increases the probability a woman will develop a pelvic floor disorder, such as incontinence, later on in life. More...
02 Jan 2019
Image: A new study shows increased substance use during pregnancy (Photo courtesy of Dreamstime).

Use of Amphetamine and Opioid During Pregnancy Rising

An increasing incidence of amphetamine and opioid use among pregnant women is adversely affecting gestational outcomes, claims a new study. More...
13 Dec 2018
Image: Research shows that muscle stimulation can reduce incontinence (Photo courtesy of Atlantic Therapeutics).

Pelvic Floor Muscle Stimulator Treats Urinary Incontinence

An externally worn stimulation device treats the root cause of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), rather than just managing the symptoms. More...
29 Nov 2018
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