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Stephen Padilla, Yesterday
Pregnancy attenuates the risk of endometrial cancer regardless of whether it ends shortly after conception or at 40 weeks of gestation, a study has shown. A biological process occurring within the first weeks of pregnancy drives this risk reduction, as shown by pregnancies terminated through induced abortions having similar risk reductions as those ending in childbirth.
Natalia Reoutova, Yesterday

A recent retrospective study of 542 primiparous women in Hong Kong showed that most obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS) detected by endoanal ultrasound (U/S) were not detected clinically.

Pearl Toh, 2 days ago
Children born to women receiving dolutegravir-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV since conception have an uptick of neural-tube defects compared with those whose mothers took non-dolutegravir ART at conception, additional follow-up data from the Tsepamo surveillance study show.
3 days ago
Having identified the prevalence and increased risk of masked hypertension in pregnant women, a recent study suggests that an office blood pressure (BP) of at least 125/75 mm Hg in the second half of gestation may be appropriate to indicate out-of-office measurements in high-risk pregnancies.
17 Aug 2019
Lower age at onset of first menstruation poses an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) later in life, possibly driven by adult body mass index (BMI), whereas later menarche is associated with reduced diabetes risk, a study has found.
Audrey Abella, 14 Aug 2019
The immunotherapeutic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine tipapkinogen sovacivec (TS) provided complete histologic resolution of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 2/3, offering a potential nonsurgical option for cervical precancerous lesions which could stretch to other HPV-associated precursors or cancers in the future, a new study shows.
10 Aug 2019
Women who have premature ovarian insufficiency and are receiving hormone therapy (HT) appear to have poor sleep quality, taking longer to fall asleep and experiencing greater fatigue, according to a recent study.
Special Reports
12 Jun 2019
Urogenital infections remain a major reason for women to visit their family physician and their subsequent referral to obstetrics and gynaecology or urology specialists. The association between abnormal vaginal microbiota and an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as an increased rate of preterm labour, indicates the need to better understand and manage urogenital health in women. Probiotics are “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”. As such, there is a sound rationale for using probiotics to maintain female vaginal and bladder health.
01 Sep 2018

Gangliosides and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) play critical roles in early childhood brain development. 

21 Mar 2018
During the Kuala Lumpur International Neonatology Conference held in conjunction with the World Prematurity Day 2017, Dato Dr Musa Mohd Nordin spoke on the importance of immunizing children with the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-inactivated poliovirus-Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP-IPV-Hib) vaccine. He highlighted the role of Hexaxim® as a fully liquid, ready-to-use, 6-in-1 (including hepatitis B) vaccine for the primary and booster vaccinations of infants and toddlers. Meanwhile, Dr Yong Junina Fadzil discussed the benefits of quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) in providing children with broader protection against influenza B viruses.
21 Mar 2018
Dr Elizabeth Carpenter, Principal Scientist of Dairy Goat Co-operative (DGC) in New Zealand, spoke to MIMS about goat milk as a source of protein in childhood nutrition. Below are highlights from the interview.
22 Jan 2018
The human body is home to an estimated 100 trillion microbial cells and a quadrillion viruses, which are collectively known as the human microbiota. Recently, the human microbiota has gained the attention of the scientific fraternity for its roles in health and diseases, with some quarters referring to it as the 'forgotten organ'. Imbalances in the usual composition of commensal or symbiotic species in a localized area of the body is known as microbial shift or dysbiosis, and this condition may result in infections caused by opportunistic pathogens, thereby impacting the natural defence mechanism of the human body.
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Incorporating polygenic risk scores based on 18 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) into risk stratification for breast cancer will improve screening results, says an expert.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Making genetic testing mainstream, allows more patients to be tested, identifies more carriers and enables appropriate stratification of treatment and outcomes, says an expert.

Conference Reports
Elvira Manzano, 01 Aug 2019
Delaying the transfer of embryo until the blastocyst stage during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) increased obstetric complications and twin births in a Nordic study. This finding is particularly important as there’s a spike in assisted reproduction technology (ART) treatments being performed with blastocyst transfer (BT) in recent years, according to the investigators.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 25 Jul 2019

Patients undergoing assisted reproduction for non-male factor infertility do not derive greater benefit from intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) over in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a study presented at ESHRE 2019.

Elaine Soliven, 23 Jul 2019
Children who were born after frozen embryo transfer (FET) showed comparable growth outcomes during their first 5 years of life as those who were born after fresh ET, according to a study presented at ESHRE 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 22 Jul 2019

Likelihood of pregnancy following artificial insemination by donor (AID) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) was not negatively affected by using sperm that had been cryopreserved for up to 15 years, according to a study from China.

Elaine Soliven, 19 Jul 2019
Women who underwent immediate frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) following a stimulated in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle were more likely to have ongoing pregnancy and live birth compared with those who underwent delayed FET, according to a study presented at ESHRE 2019.
Pearl Toh, 18 Jul 2019
The increasingly adopted strategy to freeze all IVF* embryos for transfer in a later cycle offers no improvement in ongoing pregnancy rates over the conventional strategy of fresh embryo transfer among normo-ovulatory women, thus calling into question a general freeze-all strategy in a growing number of clinics.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 18 Jul 2019

The likelihood of pregnancy following in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is significantly reduced when male partners are aged 51 years and older, according to a retrospective study from the UK.

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