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Top 5 Pregnancy Facts from SMFM 2017

Every January, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine hosts their annual conference, "The Pregnancy Meeting." I was honored to be able to join the party this year in Las Vegas, where hundreds of brilliant OBGYNs and MFM specialists came together to summit on the latest research pertaining to pregnancy. Naturally, I dutifully collected the most interesting factoids for my blog and Twitter friends. Below are the five most popular findings, as voted by the awesome @Elmtreemedical Twitter community.

12/16/16 Poo, Voice Recognition, & Zika After Pregnancy: Top 5 Health Articles

Who would have thought that, by far, the most popular health article this week is entitled "Poo Saves"?! It's been another interesting week in health articles. This week's topics include fecal transplants, voice recognition software, Zika testing after pregnancy, risks to infants from maternal infections during pregnancy, and cervical cancer screening interval extension to 10 years.

12/9/16 Weekly Top 5: Vasopressin, Conception, & Delivering Bad News

This week the Florida governor reported that Florida is now free of Zika transmission. Hopefully that statement holds true once winter is over. In the meantime, here are this week's Top 5 Women's Health Articles, covering vasopressin for cesarean section, odds of conception depending on age, effects on patients and doctors after stillbirth, progesterone for preterm labor, and the annual MD&M conference.

12/2 LARC, Healthcare, & Fertility Ethics: Top 5 Women's Health Articles

In addition to celebrating the wonders of leftover Thanksgiving dinner (how is it possible everything tastes even better 4 days later?), this week was marked by some excellent Women's Health articles. This week's most popular health articles include: ultrasound and IUDs, the Commonwealth Fund healthcare report, ethics and ART, sales reps in the OR, and vaccination requirements.

3 New Scientific Reasons to Be Grateful for Being Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving to my blogosphere friends and your families! I hope you are all recovering from an overdose of turkey and pumpkin pie. In honor of my favorite holiday, today’s blog post highlights three recent scientific studies that highlight how healthful and fulfilling it is to be grateful. I’ll start, of course, with a study about prenatal wellbeing and stress.

11/18/16 This Week's Top 5 for World Prematurity Day

This week marked the annual World Prematurity Day (Nov. 17) in which parents, providers, researchers and others come together to work towards advancements in preventing preterm births. As the number one cause of neonatal death, prematurity is one of the biggest challenges facing obstetrics. Read on for the Top Five facts about prematurity from this week.

11/11/2016 This Week's Top Health Articles

No matter how we spent this past week, we can all agree on one thing: sometimes a hug is all we need to feel better. By far the favorite health article of the week is applicable for men and women: hugs were associated with 32% decreased risk of getting a cold. Other popular article topics for the week included: birth control for men, the cost of healthcare in America, preterm labor & multiples, and the TOLAC calculator.

11/4/2016 This Week’s Must-Read Women’s Health Articles

Welcome to November! It’s hard to believe the fall is coming to a close, especially here in San Francisco where the weather has been sunny! This week’s most popular women’s health articles are all pregnancy and obstetrics-related.  Three of the articles seek to explain risk factors for preterm birth: obesity and prior cesarean delivery. The fourth article provides an update on the fight to curb the spread of Zika, and finally we take a “sunny-side-up” look at OP fetal positioning.

10/28/16 This Week's Must Read Women's Health Articles

Perhaps mirroring the fact that we're heading into cold and flu season, this week's most popular articles centered on the common cold and the flu vaccine. In obstetrics and gynecology news, this week's Must Read articles cover research on choline supplements in pregnancy for preventing schizophrenia, breastfeeding and blood pressure, and UTIs. Finally, an annual report on mental healthcare in America reveals some serious deficits.

10/14/16 This Week's Must Read Women's Health Articles

I'm trying out a new feature for the Friday blog post this week in the hopes that I can pack more cutting edge women's health updates into your inbox! Four times a day I feature highlights from the top women's health stories on Twitter @elmtreemedical. Here, I'll feature the top 5 most interesting and loved stories from the week with a brief summary for your skimming pleasure. This week's topics include: over-screening risks of mammography, acupressure for labor induction, no-strings-attached prenatal financial support, Kaiser's quiet digital health revolution, and timing of delivery for vasa previa. I hope you enjoy the new format!