Thursday, March 01, 2007

Donating a Chance to Conceive

Country's First Transplanted Ovary Gives Woman a Chance at Pregnancy After Cancer

Ever since they were little, sisters Joy Lagos and Maeapple Chaney have been close.

"She was always standing up for me," Lagos said of her sister. "She was always making sure that I was taken care of."

While they have shared much over their lives, a recent pair of operations has brought them even closer.

When Lagos suffered from cancer, Chaney donated the bone marrow needed to save her life.

And when the cancer treatment rendered her sister sterile, Chaney donated an ovary to give Lagos a chance at conceiving.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Sherman Silber, director of the Infertility Center of St. Louis at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., and author of the book "How to Get Pregnant."

This operation, performed on Feb. 5, is believed to the first whole-ovary transplant ever done in the United States. And the fact that Lagos and Chaney are not identical twins makes the surgery even more remarkable.

While Lagos will have to wait three months to see whether the transplanted ovary allows her to ovulate and conceive normally, Silber and other fertility experts are already looking at the advancement as a possible therapy for more women in years to come.

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Pregnancy diet may affect child's allergy risk

Study links what mom eats to baby's development of eczema in first 2 years What a woman eats during pregnancy may influence the odds that her child will develop allergies, a new study hints.

Dr. Joachim Heinrich, of GSF-Institute of Epidemiology, Neuherberg, Germany, and colleagues studied associations between maternal diet during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy and allergies and eczema in offspring at age 2 years.

They analyzed data from 2,641 children. Overall, 17.7 percent of all children had doctor-diagnosed eczema at age 2. A total of 9.3 percent were sensitized to food allergens, most commonly milk and eggs, and 4.8 percent were sensitized to inhaled allergens.

After adjusting for potentially confounding factors, positive associations were observed between high maternal intakes of margarine and vegetable oils during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy and eczema during the first 2 years in the offspring.

On the other hand, eating a lot of fish late in pregnancy seemed to offer some protection against eczema in offspring.

The study also found that children born to moms who ate a lot of celery and citrus fruit were at increased risk for sensitization to food allergens. Sensitization to inhaled allergens was also associated with high maternal intakes of deep-frying vegetable fat, raw sweet pepper and citrus fruit.

Despite these apparent associations, the researchers say “before any recommendations can be made, randomized clinical intervention trials should be performed to confirm the cause-effect relation observed in the present study.”


Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pregnancy Weekly Guest Writer- Samantha

Worry? Worry? Me? Worry was not a part of my vocabulary until I was 6 weeks pregnant. I had just had a conversation with one of my co-workers about the joys of being pregnant. The frequent urination and morning sickness just to name a few. I stopped in the bathroom on my way back to my desk take part in one of the many joys (Frequent urination) and there it was. The word all pregnant women dread. Spotting. My entire world changed from that moment on. I got back to my desk and reached for my phone. I could barely dial the number as I sat there shuddering. I told the nurse what I had seen. "It was brown,” I said over and over again. She said I needed a blood test so that they could check my hormone levels to see if the pregnancy was viable. It sounded so cold. So I rushed down to the lab with my husband to take the test. Tears were flowing. I just knew it was going to be bad. As I felt the prick of the needle in my arm, I could feel the pit in my stomach get deeper and deeper. I had to wait 48 hours to see if my hormone levels had doubled. How was I going to function for the next 48 hours? So I did what a rational person in my situation would do. I called in sick and sat in my bed trying to hold on to the little life in my belly. No one could take away the uncertainty I felt. No hugs or kisses from my wonderful husband. No word of encouragement from my friends. How could anybody understand how I felt? I was scared about what was going to happen if I was miscarrying. When would it happen? Would it hurt? I felt alone. I just wanted the phone to ring. After an eternity it did finally ring. It was my results. My hormone levels had doubled! Yes! The little life in my belly was still growing. "Just take it easy for the next couple weeks", the nurse said. "You can count on it", I told her. And I did just that and today I am happy to say that I am now 6 months pregnant with a healthy and ACTIVE little girl we plan on naming Emily. Now I’m not saying all the worry is gone. It is still very much there. Just not as sharp as it was those first few weeks but I truly believe that all the anxiety I felt for those first painful weeks made me a stronger person. Worry can be an obstacle that keeps you from seeing the little light and the end of the tunnel. Or in my case the “little life” at the end of the tunnel.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pregnant Women Face High Rate of Serious Injury

Pregnant women suffer injuries requiring hospitalization more often than previously thought, a new nationwide study shows.

To decrease the number of these hospital admissions, injury prevention messages need to be stressed more during prenatal care visits, Dr. Cassie Kuo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and colleagues write in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In their analysis of 2002 data on injury hospitalizations of pregnant women aged 15 to 44, the researchers found 4 such cases occurred for every 1,000 deliveries — about twice as many as were found in a previous study using data from Washington State.

Among the 16,982 hospitalizations for injury included in the study, fractures, strains, sprains and dislocations were the most common injury type, followed by poisoning or bruises, crushing injuries and other superficial injuries. Motor vehicle accidents and falls were the most common cause of the injuries.

Many of the poisonings were self-inflicted. Given the high risk of depression among pregnant women, this points to a need for "prenatal mental health screening in addition to postpartum mental health screening," the researchers note.

Information should also be provided on safe use of medications in pregnancy, to prevent accidental poisoning.

Delivery of the baby occurred in 37.7 percent of the cases.

Delivery was more than four times as likely to occur when the injury was related to some type of overexertion, the researchers found. Overexertion, such as lifting heavy objects, is particularly risky late in pregnancy because pregnant women have looser joints, putting them in greater danger of injury, the researchers point out.

They say women should be encouraged to "follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' recommendations concerning exercise during pregnancy."


Monday, February 26, 2007

Introducing Heaven Rain Charvet

Brooke Burke and fiance David Charvet introduced their daughter Heaven Rain Charvet in the March 5th issue of In Touch Weekly. Brooke and David welcomed their first child together, who will be called Rain, on Monday, January 8th at 2 p.m. at St. John's in Santa Monica (the same hospital Suri Cruise and Grier Henchy were born at). Source