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According to the "Twelve-Year Follow-Up of American Women's Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Barriers to Heart Health" conducted in 2009 by the American Heart Association, "awareness of CVD as the leading cause of death among women has nearly doubled since 1997 but is stabilizing and continues to lag in racial/ethnic minorities." Read more »
Study links maternal BMI to perinatal mortality risk
Higher maternal body mass index before or during early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth and infant death. Read more »
Task force draft recommends aspirin to prevent preeclampsia
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends use of low-dose aspirin after 12 weeks of pregnancy in women who are at high risk for preeclampsia. Read more »
Research links preconception stress with infertility risk
Women with high levels of alpha-amylase are 29% less likely to get pregnant each month and are more than twice as likely to meet the clinical definition of infertility. Read more »
Cardiac arrest during childbirth more frequent than believed
The main causes of cardiac arrest during the study period included bleeding, heart failure, amniotic fluid embolism and sepsis. Read more »
Gestational diabetes might raise risk of early heart disease
A history of gestational diabetes may be a risk factor for early atherosclerosis in women during midlife before the onset of diabetes and metabolic diseases. Read more »
Watchdog: Rate of early elective deliveries continues to drop
The national rate of maternal early elective deliveries dropped for the third year in a row and hit the target rate of less than 5% for the first time, the Leapfrog Group said. Read more »
Acetaminophen use while pregnant linked to ADHD in offspring
Children of women who used acetaminophen during pregnancy appear to be at higher risk of behavioral problems resembling ADHD and of hyperkinetic disorders. Read more »
Groups urge steps to cut back on primary cesareans
Allowing most women with low-risk pregnancies to spend more time in the first stage of labor may avoid unnecessary cesareans, the groups wrote. Read more »
Many women don't follow recommendations for postpartum MD visits
Slightly fewer than half of women make or keep recommended postpartum appointments, according to a single-state study. Read more »
USPSTF recommends universal screening for gestational diabetes
In a final recommendation statement, the task force advised that all women be screened for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Read more »


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