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Advancing toward Cytomegalovirus vaccination

It’s among the most common infectious diseases, difficult to detect and is the leading cause of deafness in children. This relatively unknown disease is called Cytomegalovirus (CMV). If a pregnant woman contracts this virus, her newborn will have high risk of conditions like cognitive delays and deafness. But new research from UMN is helping experts move closer to developing a vaccination.

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World Breastfeeding Week: Tips, tricks and benefits

To help bring attention to World Breastfeeding Week, Health Talk spoke with Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, to learn more about some of the tips, tricks, and benefits of breastfeeding.

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New study suggests prenatal vitamins are not worth the money

For years, pregnant women have been advised to take prenatal vitamins in order to ensure proper growth and nutrition of the fetus.

However, a recent report by the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin says that prenatal vitamins are an unnecessary expense and are not as effective as doctors have made them seem.  

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UMN Expert: Antidepressant use later in pregnancy linked to autism

A recent Star Tribune article highlighted a study published in JAMA Pediatrics that found, “Women who took a class of widely used antidepressants during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy were roughly twice as likely as those who did not to have a child who would later receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, says a new study.”

Health Talk spoke with Jean Moon, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, to find out what this means for pregnant women who are taking antidepressants, specifically SSRIs that include medications like Prozac, Zoloft and Lexapro.

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Research snapshot: Rural women with higher risk pregnancies likely to give birth at non-local hospitals

Approximately half a million women living in rural areas give birth in U.S. hospitals each year, making ready access to high quality services a priority for both low-risk and high-risk pregnant patients. A recent study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health investigated where rural patients give birth, including whether or not they give birth locally.

“We conducted this study to better understand current patterns of local or non-local childbirth for rural patients and to lay a groundwork for operationalizing maternal levels of care in rural areas,” said lead author, Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Public Health.

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Research Snapshot: Vulvodynia has minimal effect on decision to conceive

In a recent study at the University of Minnesota, researchers found that despite painful symptoms associated with vulvodynia, the disorder ultimately had little effect on a woman’s decision to conceive.

Vulvodynia is a chronic disorder that causes pain to the vulvar area and is often difficult to diagnose. Considering the methods of treatment and effectiveness vary from woman to woman, researchers expected this arduous treatment process would significantly alter childbearing decisions.

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