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Friday, September 18, 2015

Woman's Health:Pollutants in early pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes ♦ New approach to mammograms could improve reliability ♦ Vaccine clears some precancerous cervical lesions

Women exposed to organic pollutants in early pregnancy have more than four-times increased risk of gestational diabetes New research shows that a 10-times increased exposure to organic pollutants in early pregnancy is associated with a 4.4 times increased risk of a pregnant woman developing gestational diabetes.
New approach to mammograms could improve reliability Detecting breast cancer in women with dense mammary tissues could become more reliable with a new mammogram procedure that researchers have now tested in preclinical studies of mice. Scientists describe injecting gold nanoparticles in mammary tissue to enhance the imaging of early signs of breast cancer.
No long term effects of antidepressant use during pregnancy The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has no long term neurodevelopmental or behavioral effects on the child, however they may be associated with an increased risk of postpartum haemorrhage.
Vaccine clears some precancerous cervical lesions Scientists have used a genetically engineered vaccine to successfully eradicate high-grade precancerous cervical lesions in nearly one-half of women who received the vaccine in a clinical trial. The goalwas to find nonsurgical ways to treat precancerous lesions caused by HPV.

Grieving Before Conception May Be a Risk Factor for Infant Mortality An elevated infant death rate may be linked to mourning experienced by women in the months before they become pregnant.

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