New from CDC
Launch of CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health Twitter Account
The CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) Twitter channel is a professional and consumer focused social platform for reproductive, maternal and infant health information. Through the handle @CDC_DRH they will share important health information and updates from CDC covering topics such as maternal morbidity and mortality, preventing SIDS and SUIDS, healthy pregnancy, opioid use disorder among pregnant women, assisted reproductive technology, and more!
Preventing Teen Dating Violence
Teen dating violence (TDV), also referred to as “dating violence,” affects millions of teens in the U.S. each year. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. Unhealthy or violent relationships can have severe short and long-term effects on a developing teen. During the pre-teen and teen years, it is important for youth to begin learning the skills needed to create and maintain healthy relationships.
Characteristics and Health Status of Informal Unpaid Caregivers — 44 States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2015–2017
Informal, unpaid caregivers provide important support to family members, friends, and the health care system and might compromise their own health to provide this support. Fifty-eight percent of caregivers were women in 44 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. Because caregiving is a public health issue of increasing importance as the U.S. population ages, the health status of caregivers warrants special attention.
Pregnancy Outcomes among Women Receiving rVSVΔ-ZEBOV-GP Ebola Vaccine during the Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola
Little information exists regarding Ebola vaccine rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP and pregnancy. The Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (STRIVE) randomized participants without blinding to immediate or deferred (18–24 weeks post-enrollment) vaccination. Pregnancy was an exclusion criterion, but 84 women were inadvertently vaccinated in early pregnancy or became pregnant < 60 days after vaccination or enrollment. Among immediate vaccinated women, 45% (14/31) reported pregnancy loss, compared with 33% (11/33) of unvaccinated women with contemporaneous pregnancies (relative risk 1.35, 95% CI 0.73–2.52). Pregnancy loss was similar among women with higher risk for vaccine viremia (conception before or < 14 days after vaccination) (44% [4/9]) and women with lower risk (conception > 15 days after vaccination) (45% [10/22]). No congenital anomalies were detected among 44 live-born infants examined.
About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. In this episode, Single Black Motherhood chats with Jazmyn Moore, MSc, MPH, a Public Health Scientist in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at CDC. Dr. Moore discusses ways to prevent birth defects and steps women can take to increase her chance of having a baby with the best health.
Dr. Gina Lundberg of Emory University joins hostess Chris Stallman to discuss high cholesterol in pregnancy. Cholesterol can come in many forms and be problematic during pregnancy. Dr. Lundberg addresses taking cholesterol medication and other topics during this podcast.