Women's Health

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

UNC Researchers Awarded Emerging Challenges Grants

UNC Researchers Awarded Emerging Challenges Grants

UNC School of Medicine, UNC Medical Center, and NC TraCS Institute awarded $50,000 to two teams of researchers led by Jill Bates, PharmD, Alison Stuebe, MD, and Ana Whitney, MS, to study pharmacogenomics and social determinants of maternal health.

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Investigational Treatment for Postpartum Depression Consistently Reduced Symptoms Across Three Trials, Supporting Submission for FDA Approval

Investigational Treatment for Postpartum Depression Consistently Reduced Symptoms Across Three Trials, Supporting Submission for FDA Approval

The findings of the integrated analysis from one phase 2 and two phase 3 pivotal trials were published today in The Lancet. Lead author Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, of the UNC School of Medicine said the promising results mark a major step forward in women’s health care.

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Review of scientific evidence on effectiveness of fertility awareness-based methods for contraception underscores need for higher quality studies

Review of scientific evidence on effectiveness of fertility awareness-based methods for contraception underscores need for higher quality studies

The systematic review led by UNC’s Rachel Peragallo Urrutia, MD, was published this week in Obstetrics and Gynecology. It reviewed 53 studies of the effectiveness of fertility awareness-based methods and rated the studies for their quality.

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UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis

UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis

A study led by UNC’s Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies in the U.S. to determine if the Tdap vaccine given to a mother will reduce the chances of her child developing pertussis during the first 18 months of life. The results show a decrease in overall cases of pertussis, and most notably, in pertussis hospitalization in infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy.

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Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, was recently awarded grant funding totaling more than $800,000 to further her research on the underlying biological factors that may influence the development and mortality of endometrial cancer in both Caucasian and African-American women.

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Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

A new case report led by UNC's Maya Styner, MD, describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure.

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UNC researchers present study about family history and postpartum mental health at national APA Conference

UNC researchers present study about family history and postpartum mental health at national APA Conference

Anna Bauer, PhD, and Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, were chosen by the APA to present findings from their recently published study about a new mother’s risk of postpartum psychiatric conditions when she has an immediate family member with a psychiatric disorder.

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Pope Foundation donates $10 million to UNC-Chapel Hill

Pope Foundation donates $10 million to UNC-Chapel Hill

Carolina received a $10-million commitment from the John William Pope Foundation to provide support for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC Horizons, the track and field program, and the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program.

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Lyerly co-authors article in Science about ethics of Zika human challenge trial

Lyerly co-authors article in Science about ethics of Zika human challenge trial

The policy forum piece co-authored by Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, explores the question of whether a Zika human challenge trial (intentionally infecting people with Zika to address the science and vaccine development process) could be ethically justified.

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Three SOM faculty named TBJ Health Care Heroes

Three SOM faculty named TBJ Health Care Heroes

At the annual Triangle Business Journal Health Care Heroes awards dinner, three UNC School of Medicine faculty were honored, as well as four other UNC Health Care employees.

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UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

The UNC School of Medicine ranks 16th overall in NIH funding; 6th among public universities. The department of cell biology and physiology is the highest ranked at 2nd overall.

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Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Research conducted by Susan Girdler, PhD, and David Rubinow, MD, and published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first to conclude that a year of hormone therapy can effectively prevent the onset of depressive symptoms for women during the menopause transition.

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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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