Increase in Drug Resistant UTIs: What Does This Mean for Pregnant Women?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a relatively common ailment, affecting about 50-60% of women in their lifetimes (1), and in many cases are easily treatable. However, if not effectively treated, they can lead to a variety of dangerous complications, especially in certain high-risk groups. One population particularly threatened by UTIs is pregnant women and their…

Could motion detectors help doctors diagnose motor impairments in young children?

Children with birth injuries, such as perinatal stroke or birth asphyxia, often develop motor impairments. In many cases, these impairments are not immediately obvious; rather, they only become apparent as the child ages and begins to show clear signs of developmental delays. In some cases, motor disabilities like cerebral palsy (CP) are not diagnosed until…

Obstetric fistulas: millions of women have experienced incontinence, shame, and isolation due to this preventable childbirth injury

Obstetric fistula is a serious health issue that disproportionately affects young women in developing countries. In this piece, we will discuss the medical, social, and emotional consequences of obstetric fistula, as well as what can be done to prevent and treat it. But first, a bit of background information: What is obstetric fistula? An obstetric…

Recent Study Finds Benefits of ECMO during Therapeutic Hypothermia for Infants with HIE

Babies with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) often experience respiratory problems. Because of this, they may require assistance with breathing after birth. This can be done through the urgent method of resuscitation, or the more long-term assistance of inhaled nitric acid, high-frequency ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) (1). These long-term practices are commonly used for neonates…

New Updates in Umbilical Cord Therapy for the Treatment of HIE

The standard treatment for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in infants is therapeutic hypothermia (TH). TH can have great benefits for babies affected by HIE, but there are certain criteria that must be met first (1): TH must be administered within six hours of birth TH is not appropriate for preterm babies TH is most successful in…