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Category: Pregnancy

July 10, 2017

Pregnant women should be included in Zika virus vaccine research, n...

The inclusion of pregnant women in Zika virus vaccine research is crucial to solving the international health crisis, according to new guidance published by UNC’s Center for Bioethics and two other universities.

Babies, Children, Contagions, Fertility, Pregnancy, Research, Vaccines, Zika

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Hazel B. Nichols

March 23, 2017

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

UNC Lineberger's Hazel Nichols, PhD, Chelsea Anderson, MPH, and their colleagues report that women diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely, and to babies whose weights were below normal. Cancer survivors also had a slightly higher rate of cesarean section deliveries.

Cancer, Pregnancy, Research

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Anne Lyerly

August 17, 2016

Roadblocks to research: UNC bioethicist addresses lack of HIV studi...

With a $3 million NIH grant, Anne Lyerly, MD, MA, leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers to determine what barriers prevent investigators from studying the virus in pregnant women.

HIV/AIDS, Pregnancy, Research

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Illustration by Christ-Claude Mowandza-Ndinga/UNC Health Care

July 5, 2016

The Bigger the Bottle, the Bigger the Baby?

A new UNC School of Medicine study shows that the size of a bottle may contribute to greater weight gain and size for formula-fed infants, putting them at greater risk for obesity later in life.

Nutrition, Pregnancy

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Samantha Meltzer-Brody

March 21, 2016

Novel iPhone Study to Investigate Genetic Risks of Postpartum Depre...

Genetics ResearchKit study invites women to provide DNA samples to help researchers analyze genomic signature of postpartum depression.

Genetics, Mental Health, Pregnancy, Research

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J. Victor Garcia

February 16, 2016

Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces HIV in the Female Reproductive Tract

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine, studying ways to prevent HIV transmission, also found that immune cells show up late to a battle against HIV immediately following viral transmission.

HIV/AIDS, Pregnancy, Research

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Image produced in collaboration with Alyssa Schoenwaelder.

April 8, 2015

Functional brain organization of newborns altered by prenatal cocai...

A new study of newborns with prenatal drug exposure finds cocaine-specific disruptions in a part of the brain circuitry thought to play an important role in arousal regulation.

Neurology, Pregnancy, Research, Substance Abuse

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Andrea Azcarate-Peril

February 5, 2015

Another breastfeeding benefit: preparing baby’s belly for solid food

A close examination of gut bacteria reveals that exclusively breastfed babies are better equipped for the transition to solids and potentially an early life with fewer stomach woes

Gastroenterology, Pregnancy

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Martin McCaffrey

January 29, 2015

In Good and Caring Hands

Martin McCaffrey, MD, CAPT, USN (Ret), has taken the lessons he learned in the Navy and applied them to helping military families as they cope with the challenges of having a newborn in the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Hospitals.

Pregnancy, UNC Stories, Veterans

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Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody

January 16, 2015

Women who experience postpartum depression symptoms before giving b...

Postpartum depression (PPD) may have a diverse clinical presentation and this has critical implications for diagnosis, treatment and understanding the underlying biology of the illness, a new study finds.

Mental Health, Pregnancy, Studies

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