Category: Obstetrics and Gynecology Research

Learn more about recent research into obstetrics and gynecology from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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How a Global Partnership Could Save the Lives of Women and Children in Africa

Young women and expecting mothers are one of the most-affected groups, and research has shown that HIV/AIDS can significantly increase the chances of both maternal deaths and still births. One Massachusetts General Hospital Discovery Foundation Fellow has witnessed the disease’s impact first-hand and is determined to help and give back to her community.

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Helping Mothers Recover When the Psychological Trauma of Giving Birth Lingers

Sharon Dekel, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Harvard Medical School and a researcher and psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is studying childbirth-related posttraumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD), a condition that may affect as many as 5-11% of postpartum women.

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More than Just Hindering Fires – Can Flame Retardants Interfere with Fertility?

In a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a team of researchers investigated the potential connection between exposure to flame retardant chemicals found in household products— called PFRs — and pregnancy. While we can’t conclude from the results that products like yoga mats cause infertility, the findings bolster pre-existing research suggesting an association between […]

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Potentially Dangerous Pregnancy Complication Leads to Significant Health and Cost Burdens for Mothers and Their Babies

What should be a joyous and exciting time for soon-to-be parents can sometimes take a turn for the worse if the mother develops a blood-pressure related condition called preeclampsia. Globally, preeclampsia and other related disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. Because little is known about the extent […]

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Women’s Health Week 2017

In honor of National Women’s Health Week this week, we put together a few highlights of the many Massachusetts General Hospital researchers who are investigating important topics pertaining to women’s health: Eve Valera, PhD, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, is working to learn more about the traumatic brain injuries suffered by […]

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Eating Soy May Help Women Undergoing IVF

Bisphenol A, also referred to as BPA, is a chemical found in many common food containers including plastic water bottles, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that more than 96% of Americans have BPA in their bodies. It can mimic estrogen, an important female sex hormone, with 100 previous studies linking BPA to numerous health problems, […]

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