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.
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.
In the first months of life, newborns rely on their mothers’ immune systems to protect them from infections like pertussis. Pertussis infection, known as whooping cough, has become more common in infants who are too young to be vaccinated and thus protected against the illness. For these infants, their best defense is the Tdap vaccine given during the third trimester of pregnancy. Given the rising incidence of pertussis in newborns, OBGYNs have become interested to know exactly when during pregnancy is the best time to give the Tdap vaccine.