Pregnant people can safely take Paxlovid to reduce the risk of severe COVID-19, research shows

Findings from a Johns Hopkins Medicine research study published today in JAMA network opened provide strong evidence that people who are pregnant and infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can safely take the antiviral drug Paxlovid to reduce the risk of serious illness. Based on our results, we believe that the benefit … Read more

Approved and development of passive and active immunizations against respiratory syncytial virus in childhood and pregnancy

In a recent study published in Journal of Pediatricsresearchers investigated active and passive childhood vaccination against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Study: Current strategies and perspectives for active and passive immunization against respiratory syncytial virus in childhood. Image credit: ART-ur/Shutterstock Background Despite the global importance of RSV infections in children, only one monoclonal antibody, Palivizumab, has … Read more

The vaginal microbiome through the lens of systems biology

The human organism is a complex ecosystem of coexisting microbiomes, including those in the gut, skin and vagina in women. These play a crucial role in health and disease. However, there is still much to learn about them. A new article recently published online in Trends in microbiology magazine discusses the systems biology approach to … Read more

Is the transfer of placental antibodies after COVID-19 vaccination different from that after SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnant individuals?

In a recent study published in the JAMA network opened, researchers examined the placental transfer rates of anti-severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies in pregnant women. They did this in two cohorts of pregnant women; the first cohort had women suffering from natural SARS-CoV-2 infection and the other cohort had vaccination against coronavirus … Read more

Pregnancy and childbirth have long-lasting effects on the mother’s brain

Pregnancy and childbirth have profound, often long-lasting, effects on brain physiology, mood and behavior. New findings on the neurobiology of the maternal experience were presented at Neuroscience 2022, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of new news about brain science and health. Maternal mental illness is one of … Read more

Rebel Wilson has announced the birth of her daughter through a surrogate mother. This is the process in Australia for those seeking their own ‘beautiful wonder’

Actor and comedian Rebel Wilson has announced the birth of her daughter Royce Lillian via a gestational pregnancy. “I can’t even describe the love I have for her, she is a beautiful miracle!” the new mom was gushing on Instagram. “I… especially wanted to thank my beautiful surrogate who bore her and gave birth to … Read more

Children exposed to air pollution at a young age are more likely to develop food allergies

The modern world is highly industrialized and urbanized. An accompaniment to this lifestyle change is the rise of food allergies. A new research paper examines associations between food allergies and pre- or postnatal exposure to airborne pollutants, paving the way for future studies on the potential sensitization of the gut from skin or respiratory exposure … Read more

Pregnant patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection early in pregnancy and with active infection show altered vaginal and oral microbiota that is passed on to infants

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers investigated whether severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections during pregnancy (in the early or late stages) or active infection at delivery can alter the oral, intestinal and vaginal microbiomes and or infantile microbiomes are modified accordingly. Study: impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the … Read more

Is maternal caffeine consumption associated with child growth, and are such associations present in low consumption groups?

Caffeine consumption today usually comes in the form of tea, coffee, and caffeinated soda. With the energizing effect of coffee, most people find it difficult to cut back, despite concerns about its health effects. A new article published in JAMA network opened discusses the relationship between caffeine consumption during pregnancy and future offspring growth. Study: … Read more

Progesterone Recommended for Perimenopause

PARIS – During perimenopause, alternating periods of low and high estrogen levels, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not an option. Nevertheless, progesterone-only dydrogesterone (Duphaston) treatment, taken on 10 days a month, is recommended for women with irregular cycles to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer, which is linked to high estrogen levels, reported Sandrine Pérol, … Read more