Monthly Archives: July 2016
IVF does not increase breast cancer risk
A new study should ease concerns of some women considering fertility treatment: in vitro fertilization (IVF) does not increase the risk of breast cancer. A Dutch study of more than 25,000 women found no “significant increase in the long-term risk … Continue reading
Could herpes explain unexplained infertility?
A new study may have found a possible explanation for so-called unexplained infertility. A little-known member of the human herpes virus, known as HHV-6A, was found in the lining of the uterus of nearly half of women with unexplained infertility, … Continue reading
Dads matter to kids!
Fathers are involved in their children’s lives more than ever, and mounting evidence shows that the way they speak and interact with kids reaps huge health rewards that can be unique and complementary to the mother’s role. Yet dads still … Continue reading
Hitting the road—safely—while pregnant
Now that we’re deep into summer, many of us are hitting the road, or sky, for distant vacations. And most of the time, pregnant women can travel without worry. As long as you clear any travel with your doctor first, … Continue reading
Staying cool in the summer heat
Being pregnant in the summer can be a mixed blessing. You don’t have to deal with heavy coats and snow boots, and you don’t worry about slipping on the ice and snow. Then again, the heat and humidity can really … Continue reading
FDA warns about an antifungal drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to doctors and patients to use caution when prescribing the antifungal drug fluconazole during pregnancy. The drug may raise the risk of miscarriage, the FDA warns. Fluconazole (sold under the … Continue reading
Ask for—and get—fertility help
A recent study out of Great Britain highlights an important fact for Americans. Treatments can help those with fertility problems—but too many people don’t seek them out. The British survey of 15,000 adults, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found that … Continue reading
Pregnant? Watch your step!
It can be amusing to watch a pregnant woman try to move around while carrying that extra passenger. But it can also be dangerous. A new study finds that pregnancy really does increase a woman’s risk for falls. Pregnant women … Continue reading
Poor diets can affect three generations
It is well known that eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet in pregnancy raises risks for stillbirth, congenital anomalies, future obesity, and heart disease for the unborn child. But a new study in the journal Cell Reports suggests the risks do not … Continue reading
New warnings about high blood pressure
Pregnant women who experience “prehypertension”—blood pressure in the upper ranges of normal—may be at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome and increased cardiovascular risk after giving birth, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. Current blood pressure … Continue reading