Drug Overdose Deaths in Pregnancy Rose 81% in Recent Years

Drug overdose deaths in pregnancy or the postpartum period increased sharply in the U.S. in recent years, with the rise most pronounced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, researchers reported. From 2017 to 2020, overdose deaths in this population rose from 6.56 to 11.85 per 100,000 individuals, representing an 81% increase.

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Maternal-assisted caesareans, an experience some mothers crave

If the concept of a maternal-assisted caesarean – when the birthing mother reaches her gloved hands down to lift her baby out of her abdomen and on to her chest – is news to you, and perhaps slightly shocking, it shouldn’t be.

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New MRI imaging detects pregnancy complications as early as 10 weeks

Recently, researchers developed a new imaging method using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess placental health. They found that their new method could strongly predict pregnancy outcomes linked to placental insufficiency.

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Interventional Radiology Makes Childbirth Safer

Innovative, interventional radiology treatments are making childbirth safer for women who have C-sections that are complicated by extreme bleeding and for those who suffer from the pregnancy condition of “invasive” placenta. The results of two studies detailing the effectiveness of minimally invasive treatments for pregnant women were released at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 34th...

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UNC study introduces a novel opportunity to democratize obstetric ultrasound

Source: Establishing accurate gestational age with ultrasound early in pregnancy is essential to delivering high-quality care. Yet, the high cost for equipment and the need for trained sonographers limits its use in low-resource settings.

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Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: Navigating the Spectrum in Primary Care

Source: Early diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in childhood presents challenges for the primary care provider. Many of the difficulties in diagnosis arise from an overly simplistic view of this complex problem. In contrast to the rare patient with a completely dislocated hip, most patients will have more subtle variations of this...

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