Women's Health

The latest women's health news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

UNC bioethicists analyze new CDC interim guidelines for Zika testing in pregnancy

UNC bioethicists analyze new CDC interim guidelines for Zika testing in pregnancy

Elana Jaffe and Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, are co-authors of a JAMA Viewpoint article arguing that patients and providers across the country should be aware of the ways in which these guidelines shift more responsibility into their hands.

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Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

The calculator will provide policy makers and advocates with an approximation of the return on investment for interventions that enable women to breastfeed.

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Group led by UNC physician writes patient safety bundle for hypertension in pregnant women

Group led by UNC physician writes patient safety bundle for hypertension in pregnant women

Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH, director of maternal-fetal medicine at UNC, was lead author on the commentary, which makes 14 specific recommendations on how best to address the needs of pregnant and recently postpartum women who face a sudden spike in blood pressure.

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Pregnant women should be included in Zika virus vaccine research, new guidance says

Pregnant women should be included in Zika virus vaccine research, new guidance says

The inclusion of pregnant women in Zika virus vaccine research is crucial to solving the international health crisis, according to new guidance published by UNC’s Center for Bioethics and two other universities.

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UNC bioethicist pens ‘cautionary tale’ for Zika vaccine development and pregnancy

UNC bioethicist pens ‘cautionary tale’ for Zika vaccine development and pregnancy

UNC’s Anne Lyerly, MD, published an opinion piece in JAMA Pediatrics that urges scientists to use lessons learned during the Rubella outbreak as they work to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus, specifically as it relates to the ethics of including pregnant women in vaccine trials.

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UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

A phase 2, double-blind study of the investigational medication, brexanolone, in the treatment of women with severe PPD published in The Lancet. Clinical trials are currently underway at UNC.

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UNC Health Care notifies prenatal patients of possible information breach

Women seen for prenatal appointments between 2014 and 2017 may have filled out an informational form that was erroneously sent to the health department in their county.

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UNC researcher finds safer, less-invasive method of staging endometrial cancer

UNC researcher finds safer, less-invasive method of staging endometrial cancer

Using dye to map cancer metastases, Emma Rossi, MD, and UNC collaborators lead large study to help patients avoid complications from surgery.

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A miracle for the Millers

A miracle for the Millers

As survivability of many cancers increases, so does the opportunity to help survivors live the lives they’d imagined. Manda Miller thought bouts of Hodgkins Lymphoma at 19 and 27 had taken her chance to have children, but Jennifer Mersereau, MD, at UNC Fertility offered an innovative option for the Millers' miracle baby — a donor egg.

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Study demonstrates positive impact of azithromycin prior to cesarean delivery

Kim Boggess, MD, professor of maternal-fetal medicine, and fellow investigators of the Cesarean Section Optimal Antibiotic Prophylaxis (C/SOAP) study, have discovered that administering the antibiotic, azithromycin, alongside the standard recommended antibiotic regimen, cefazolin, reduces infection rates by 50 percent for women who have a non-elective cesarean delivery.

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 ACNM names UNC Midwives a Triple Aim practice

ACNM names UNC Midwives a Triple Aim practice

This is the second consecutive year UNC Midwives has received this designation.

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UNC researchers awarded pilot grants for Zika research

UNC researchers awarded pilot grants for Zika research

UNC investigators will study diagnostics, transmission, and neurological effects of Zika, which has been reported in 62 countries and territories.

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 N.C. Women’s Hospital recognized for excellence in infant safe sleep practices

N.C. Women’s Hospital recognized for excellence in infant safe sleep practices

The purpose of the award is to recognize hospitals that are proven leaders in infant safe sleep policy, practice and education.

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Bioethicists Will Explore the Issues and Lessons of the Zika Crisis

Bioethicists Will Explore the Issues and Lessons of the Zika Crisis

With new funding from the Wellcome Trust, an interdisciplinary team of scholars will focus on issues of ethics and research in pregnancy and women of reproductive age, beginning with the current Zika context and later expanding to general public health research. Anne Lyerly, MD, Associate Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, is co-principal investigator of the project.

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Novel iPhone Study  to Investigate Genetic Risks of Postpartum Depression

Novel iPhone Study to Investigate Genetic Risks of Postpartum Depression

Genetics ResearchKit study invites women to provide DNA samples to help researchers analyze genomic signature of postpartum depression.

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UNC Hospitals’ care earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency for Five Service Lines

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina ranked UNC Hospitals’ bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee & hip replacement, spine surgery, maternity and complex & rare cancer service lines highly as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program

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