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Heatwaves linked to preterm births

PREGNANT women are up to twice as likely to have a preterm birth if they have been exposed to heatwaves in the last weeks of pregnancy, Australian research shows.

Experts reject new diagnostic criteria for GDM

CONSENSUS in Australia on controversial new international diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes has been further delayed after a US expert committee rejected the proposed changes.

Toxoplasmosis food-chain risk unknown

Toxoplasmosis food-chain risk unknown

HEALTH authorities in the UK have flagged concern over toxoplasmosis, saying not enough is known about the likelihood of acquiring the disease through eating contaminated meat.

SSRIs mostly safe in pregnant women

SSRIs mostly safe in pregnant women

PREGNANT women who present with their first episode of major depression or anxiety should be treated with an SSRI, other than paroxetine, according to new Australian recommendations.  The authors say the findings from their review of 35 meta-analyses, cohort and case-control studies refute existing guidelines recommending the use of tricyclic antidepressants over SSRIs.  The authors, from the Melbourne Perinatal Psychotropic Review Group, said although most medications remained relatively safe in pregnancy, a higher risk of neonatal adaption difficulties and congenital cardiac malformations following paroxetine use was concerning. The risk-benefit ratio for use of pharmacological therapies was ...

Iodine message not getting through

IODINE deficiency remains common among pregnant women, making awareness of the importance of iodine supplementation a public health priority, Australian experts say. A cross-sectional study involving 139 pregnant women, who attended antenatal clinics in the Illawarra region in NSW, showed only 14.5% had adequate iodine levels based on urine samples. The study, conducted in 2008, preceded the introduction of mandatory fortification of bread with iodised salt last year by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). At the time FSANZ warned that, while mandatory iodine fortification would provide sufficient amounts of iodine for most people, pregnant and ...

Weight loss between pregnancies may prevent pre-eclampsia

THE RISK of a recurrence of pre-eclampsia may be reduced by weight loss between pregnancies, research suggests. A US study of 17,773 women diagnosed with pre-eclampsia during their first pregnancy found those who decreased their BMI before their second pregnancy had lower rates of pre-eclampsia (12.8%) compared to women who maintained their weight (14.8%) or gained weight (18.5%).  The authors recommended that women with pre-eclampsia should be encouraged to engage in a postpartum weight management program.  “The recommendation to lose weight for all but underweight women before conceiving the next pregnancy can be made with assurance,” ...

Probiotic supplement in pregnancy halves eczema in children

THE prevalence of eczema can be almost halved if women drink milk with a probiotic supplement during and after pregnancy, a study suggests. Norwegian researchers randomised 415 women to receive either probiotic milk or placebo from 36 weeks’ gestation to three months postnatally during breastfeeding.  Children whose mothers were in the probiotic group had a 49% lower rate of eczema than the placebo group at two years of age.  However, probiotic supplementation had no significant effect on the incidence of asthma or atopic sensitisation in children. The study was “the first to show that certain ...

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