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Category: Women’s Health

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April 12, 2016

Older women, especially blacks, receive targeted breast cancer trea...

The advent of targeted drugs for a specific type of breast cancer – HER2 positive – has dramatically improved survival rates for women with the disease. But a study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals low rates of use o

Breast Cancer, Social Justice, Treatment, Women's Health

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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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Illustration of a woman holding a baby on her lap.

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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May 9, 2014

Rex Encourages the Breastfeeding Journey

Breastfeeding is a hot topic these days. At Rex, our most important goal is that your baby is getting the nutrition he or she needs. We want to support EVERY Mom (and dad) and their feeding goals no matter what they are- as long as the baby is getting fed! With that being said, we do encourage breastfeeding as much as possible. Here are some things we at Rex do to help moms reach their breastfeeding goals...

Pregnancy

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Hormonal signals from a developing fetus help recruit special cells (shown here in green) that enlarge the mother’s blood vessels (black area)

May 1, 2013

Baby knows best: Fetuses emit hormone crucial to preventing preecla...

Listening to the hormonal ‘conversation’ between mother and fetus could reveal new opportunities for preeclampsia detection and prevention.

Innovation, Pregnancy, Research, Studies

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This image depicts the facial features of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).  Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

August 23, 2012

Imaging study sheds new light on alcohol-related birth defects

The new imaging study in a mouse model for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders could enhance the diagnoses of birth defects caused by alcohol exposure in the womb and it illustrates how the precise timing of that exposure could determine specific kinds of defects.

Pregnancy, Studies, Substance Abuse

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Blue filtered photo of a breast pump and milk bottle

June 14, 2012

Breast milk kills HIV and blocks its oral transmission in humanized...

New research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine demonstrates that breast milk in a humanized mouse model has a strong virus killing effect and protects against oral transmission of HIV.

HIV/AIDS, Innovation, Pregnancy, Research

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