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Opening the OB/GYN Door for Sexual and Gender Minority Patients
In Contemporary OB/GYN, Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS, found that OB/GYNS who are open, accepting and supportive of the SGM community can help eliminate critical health disparities and also reap benefits for their practices.
Predicting and Preventing Preterm Births
Over the last decade, Stanford’s top obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, microbiologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, health policy experts and bioengineers have been investigating the basic science of preterm birth. They’re explaining how it is triggered and what factors put a pregnancy at risk for ending early.
$6 Million Grant to Support Study of Preeclampsia, Atherosclerosis Links
Mark Hlatky, MD, and Virginia Winn, MD, PhD, were recently awarded a $6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the links between preeclampsia in pregnant women and the subsequent risk of atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in and on artery walls, in women as they grow older.
Visible and Valued: Stanford Medicine’s First-ever LGBTQ+ Forum
A “chosen family” is how some of the speakers described their colleagues here during the first-ever Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ Forum.
A Look at How California Lowered Maternal Mortality Rates
Elliott Main, MD, the collaborative’s medical director, explains how his team identified and changed the approach to preventable maternal deaths.
Paul Blumenthal on Contraception in India
Stanford researchers and their colleagues have tested a new contraceptive device that they say could provide broader access to long-acting contraception in developing countries.
Blood Test for Pregnant Women Can Predict Premature Birth
A Stanford-led team has shown measuring RNA fragments in a pregnant woman’s blood gives a reliable estimate of the baby’s due date and can predict if the baby will arrive prematurely.
Funding Awarded to Create 3D Human Placental Development Model
Stanford’s departments of obstetrics and gynecology and bioengineering will be able to combine their expertise in human embryology, placental development, clinical infertility, biomaterials and tissue engineering to generate an in vitro model system to characterize the earliest steps in human placenta formation.
Sheila Dolezal Wins Amy J. Blue Award
Sheila Dolezal, director of finance and administration in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, was honored May 15.
For Pregnant Soldiers, Recent Deployment Linked to Higher Risk of Premature Delivery
Giving birth soon after military deployment is linked to greater risk of premature delivery, a Stanford study of U.S. servicewomen found, but deployment history itself does not raise prematurity risk.
Sleep Quality Improves with the Help of Incontinence Drug
A drug used to treat incontinence in women also shows promise in decreasing poor sleep.
Immune System Changes During Pregnancy Are Precisely Timed
A woman's immune system changes throughout a normal pregnancy in a highly orchestrated manner, Stanford researchers found. The finding lay the groundwork for tests to predict preterm birth.
Elective Freezing of IVF Embryos Linked to Higher Pregnancy Rates in Some Cases
A study led by Stanford and a biotechnology company found that women who high progesterone levels when their eggs are retreived benefit from waiting to see embryos.
Easy-to-Use IUD Inserter Could Aid Women Who Lack Access to Birth Control
The study of the new device, which is the copper variety, found that both health care providers adn women who had just given birth were satisfied with the experience.
Study Finds Benefits of Device for Inserting IUDs Shortly After Birth
A Stanford researcher helped devise a simple IUD inserter for use in developing countries to help women seeking contraceptive options after delivery.
Eight Ways to See Inside: A Sampler of Diagnostics Emerging from Stanford
Stanford researchers collaborate on using imaging technology to select the best invitro-fertilized embryos to transfer into a patient.