Rachel Zimmerman worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 10 years, most recently at the Boston bureau covering health and medicine. She’s also written for The New York Times, the (now-defunct) Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the alternative paper, Willamette Week, in Portland, Oregon, among other publications. She is the co-author of The Doula Guide To Birth (2009), published by Bantam/Random House. In 2008, she spent the year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Rachel lives in Cambridge with her two daughters.
The American Association of Pediatricians is calling for better, more comprehensive pain relief measures for this vulnerable group, and for more research on effective treatments.
“Women wanting a pregnancy should be advised to stop drinking at the same time contraception is discontinued,” the CDC report says.
One expert says any woman thinking about becoming pregnant should make sure her health is as good as it can be — in terms of nutrition, weight, infection — all of these are factors can can affect risk of autism in children.
“If you are in your 40s and looking towards menopause, avoid the 12-15 pounds that most women gain by increasing your activity level now,” one expert says.
The task force recommends that all adults older than 18 be “routinely screened for depression,” including pregnant women and new mothers.
“Hospitals can be cold, scary, lonely places,” said Dr. Annie Brewster, an MGH internist. “SharingClinic aims to build community and to lessen this sense of isolation.”
A new study adds “to the growing awareness of the immense public health crisis represented by the huge number of children growing up in poverty and the likely long-lasting impact this experience has on brain development and on negative mood and depression,” researchers write.
Additionally, the agency will now require vaginal mesh manufacturers to submit “a premarket approval application to support the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh for the transvaginal repair” of pelvic organ prolapse.
Stanley’s 2014 donation of $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was billed as “the largest ever donation toward psychiatric research.”
In a study of Swedish twins, researchers found an association between anxiety and increased risk of dementia.
New research says most women under 50 don’t need routine mammograms. That’s confusing news to a 45-year-old woman whose recent mammogram turned up a calcification.