December 15, 2011

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1 Link Between Stillbirths and Outside Temps

A study from Queensland U of Technology has found a link between the incidence of stillbirth, shorter pregnancies and temperature increases. The study analyzed 101,870 births over a 4-year period and recorded weekly temperatures, humidity and air pollution levels for each pregnancy. "Our estimated numbers were at 15°C (59 F) there would be 353 stillbirths per 100,000 pregnancies, as compared with 610 stillbirths per 100,000 pregnancies at 23°C. (73.4 F),” says researcher Adrian Barnett who adds, “Increased temperatures shortened gestation times, which means more preterm babies who often have serious long-term health problems such as cerebral palsy and impaired vision and hearing." As global temperatures rise, the study could have serious public health implications, says Barnett.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Left Side Sleeping May Reduce Stillbirth Risk

Tags: Climate Change, Pregnancy, Premature Birth, Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Stillbirth, Adrian Barnett

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2 HPV Test Best for Cervical Cancer Detection

A study conducted in Amsterdam has determined that the human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test is better at catching precancerous cervical lesions and cervical cancer than Pap smears. Approximately 45,000 women between the ages of 29 to 65 had either a Pap smear or both a Pap smear and the HPV test at the beginning of the study. Five years later, the same screening found that four women in the HPV test group had cancer compared to 14 in the Pap smear-only group. Eighty-eight women who had the HPV test had high-grade cervical lesions while 122 women who only had a Pap smear had similar lesions. Researchers conclude that this is evidence that the HPV detecting precancerous cervical lesions earlier so they could be removed before they transformed into cancer.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Merck Donating HPV Tests and Shots to Rwanda

Tags: Cervical Cancer, Human Papillomavirus, Precancerous Lesions, HPV DNA Test, Pap Smear, High Grade Cervical Lesions

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