New AJOG study on Cerebral Palsy: no reduction in CP last 50 yrs, despite 6-fold increase in CS rate

by faithgibson September 28, 2017

Cerebral palsy: causes, pathways, and the role of genetic variants Alastair H. MacLennan, MD, FRANZCOG; Suzanna C. Thompson, MBBS, FRACP; Jozef Gecz, PhD Cerebral palsy (CP) is heterogeneous with different clinical types, comorbidities, brain imaging patterns, causes, and now also heterogeneous underlying genetic variants. Few are solely due to severe hypoxia or ischemia at birth. […]

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AJOG: 1984 ~ Perinatal and maternal mortality in a religious group avoiding obstetric care.

by faithgibson May 28, 2017

Perinatal and maternal mortality in a religious group avoiding obstetric care. Editor’s Synopsis: This paper focuses on childbirth-related mortality in essentially healthy middle-class pregnant women who were members of a Christian fundamentalist group that did not believe in the use of ‘modern’ medicine under any circumstances. In such circumstances, death is to be ‘accepted’ as God’s […]

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Autism Studies at UCSF & Stanford shows environment causes more than genetics

by faithgibson April 8, 2017

UCSF, Stanford autism study shows surprises Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer San Francisco Chronicle July 4, 2011 04:46 PM  Tuesday, July 5, 2011 San Francisco — Environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism than previously assumed and, surprisingly, an even larger role than genetics, according to a new study out of UCSF […]

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Designing better systems to document refusal of interventions by laboring women; addressing subsequent staff disapproval of these patients & their birth attendants

by faithgibson March 1, 2017

PubMed abstract Synopsis & the study’s take-home message: This peer-reviewed study by the Australian College of Midwives describes a plan by hospitals to create a formal documentation process for informed consent/decline conversations when childbearing families refused standard intrapartum protocols or interventions believed necessary by the staff. Take-home message #1: The study found the new and more robust method […]

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Eating during labor — interesting but not very useful info, since its conclusions will not lead to policy changes

by faithgibson February 14, 2017

Health News | Thu Feb 9, 2017 | 5:59pm EST Eating during labor may be safe – even beneficial – for womenBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Women may be able to eat more than just ice chips during labor without risking complications, according to a new review of previous research. In fact, women […]

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