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Dr. James Padbury Earns March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiative Grant
With the help of funding from the March of Dimes, James F. Padbury, MD, is one of five scientists whose work toward discovering the causes of and reducing the rates of prematurity will be supported by March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) grants in 2014. Details
Hypnotherapy reduces hot flashes in breast cancer patients
A team of researchers affiliated with the Program in Women's Oncology and Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently revealed study findings indicating that hypnotherapy effectively reduces hot flashes in breast cancer survivors by 80 to 85 percent. Details
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Co-Authors Obstetric Care Consensus
Dr. Dwight J. Rouse has co-authored the first in a new, joint series called “Obstetric Care Consensus” that is being introduced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). This issue addresses the rapid increase in cesarean birth rates and outlines a multifaceted approach that addresses indications for primary cesarean delivery. Details
Dr. Brenna Anderson Contributes to Clinical Expert Series on Group A Strep Infection in Pregnancy
Brenna Anderson, MD, director of the Women’s Infectious Diseases Consultative Service at Women & Infants of Rhode Island and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has published an article as part of a Clinical Expert Series in the April 2014 edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology, now available online. The article, entitled “Puerperal Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Infection: Beyond Semmelweiss,” offers a description of the recommended approach to diagnosing and treating GAS in pregnant and postpartum women.
Higher Risks Among Perinatal Women with Bipolar Disorder
Pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder more frequently have significant mental health and early mothering challenges than other perinatal women undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the lead author said.  Details

Targeted way to treat ovarian cancer discovered
Researchers at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island have developed a biologic drug that would prevent the production of a protein known to allow ovarian cancer cells to grow aggressively while being resistant to chemotherapy. This would improve treatment and survival rates for some women. Details

Clinical Opinion Published in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
A clinical opinion written by third year resident Maureen Hamel, MD, along with maternal-fetal medicine specialists Brenna Anderson, MD and Dwight Rouse, MD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been published in the January 10, 2014 online edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Details

Study Shows that Premature Infants Benefit from Adult Talk
Research led by a team at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been published in the February 10, 2014 online edition of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.The research indicates that premature babies benefit from being exposed to adult talk as early as possible. Details

Researchers to Try to Determine Which Premature Infants Are at Greatest Risk for Developmental Impairment
Women & Infants has earned a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to determine the efficacy of a neurobehavioral exam that may help to identify which infants are at greatest risk for developmental impairment.  Details
Cry Analyzer Seeks Clues to Baby's Health
Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants have developed a new tool that analyzes the cries of babies, searching for clues to potential health or developmental problems. Slight variations in cries, mostly imperceptible to the human ear, can be a "window into the brain" that could allow for early intervention. Details
Researchers Study Women Who Choose DNA Prenatal Screening Test
Researchers at Women & Infants have received an industry grant from Natera, Inc. to determine the level of information and education needed to offer a DNA-based prenatal blood test to all pregnant women to screen for Down syndrome and similar chromosome abnormalities. Details

Intervention can prevent PPD in adolescents
By targeting the factors that may play a significant role in the development of postpartum depression (PPD) in adolescent mothers, researchers at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island believe they have found a way to prevent it. Details 

Physician Earns NIH Grant
Kristen A. Matteson, MD, MPH, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has earned a $1.6 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH to study the effectiveness of treatment options for heavy menstrual bleeding. Details  

Women over 40 still need effective contraception
Women reaching the age of 40 tend to be less vigilant about birth control because they think the risk of pregnancy is low – or that birth control can cause health problems - but a review of the evidence by a team that includes a Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island physician recently underscored the need to be vigilant about contraception even in perimenopause. Details  

Abnormal Stress Response Seen in Toddlers Exposed to Meth in Womb
Some two-year-olds whose moms used methamphetamine during pregnancy may have an abnormal response to stressful situations, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Details

Oncologist expands HPV research to anal cancer
A basic connection of statistics lead a researcher at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island to question whether women should be screened for anal cancer during a regular visit to the gynecologist, and what technique is most effective. Katina Robison, MD, a gynecologic oncologist with the Program in Women's Oncology, has launched recruitment for her new study, "Anal cytology and HPV genotyping in women with lower genital tract neoplasia." Details  

Research Shows Connection Between Tubal Ligation, Cervical Cancer
Women who have a tubal ligation – the surgical tying or severing of fallopian tubes to prohibit pregnancy – have less frequent Pap smears, which puts them at an increased risk for cervical cancer, according to research recently released by a team that included Cara A. Mathews, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Details  

Researchers Study Cry Acoustics of Infants to Determine Risk for Autism
Understanding the importance of early diagnosis, researchers at Women & Infants' Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk in collaboration with researchers at University of Pittsburgh have been studying the cry acoustics of six-month-old infants.Their research has recently been published in Autism Research. Details 

Researchers study protein level-ovarian cancer link
Researchers with the Center for Biomarkers and Emerging Technologies (CBET) at Women & Infants Hospital are investigating whether the level of a specific blood protein fluctuates during a woman's normal menstrual cycle to help them furher diagnose a mass as ovarian or endometrial cancer. Details  

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