Medical Monday: Breaking News from the World of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

There is some sobering news in this week's collection. 

Findings from Sweden published in the Lancet indicate that babies from women who gained a large amount of weight in pregnancy are at increased risk of stillbirth and infant death compared to others. This work is an impetus to study the issue in more depth, since there is no clear indication of why this is it the case. 

A study presented at the World Diabetic Congress has shown that about 10 % of teens with type 2 diabetes in the study got pregnant over at 6.5 year period. Any women with diabetes in pregnancy are at high risk for complications. Pregnant teens with diabetes are at especially high risk. It was noted that these pregnancies frequently have poor outcomes. 

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Electrophysiology has indicated that women who were overweight at age 18 have a greater risk of sudden cardiac death. This persists irrespective of later weight loss. Those with a body mass index (BMI) in the high 20s have a 33% greater risk.. Those with  BMI over 35 quadruple their risk. 

New research indicated that 62% of all Ob/Gyns are now women ! That even counts the old ones : )  

Speaking of doctors, new research published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that about 29 % of all medical residents have depressive symptoms or depression during their training. The general population comes innate about 6.7 %. Of course this is all about long stressful work, sleep deprivation but also about hierarchical structures and bullying. In my opinion, a lot would have to change for this to be different. 

Omigosh this post is so dismal it is sounding like a parody but I kid you not, researchers from Oxford, namely statisticians and medical epidemiologists, have now asserted that happiness has no direct effect on mortality. They say the idea that unhappiness causes illness is a really a case of illness causing unhappiness. 

Data crunching at the CDC has concluded for 2010 and from 1976 until 2010 pregnancy and abortion rates have fallen to record lows. 

Dame Sally Davies (Yes, ladies she is a Knight of the British Empire ), the Chief Medical Officer in England, has declared obesity the greatest threat to women’s health and to that of future generations. She has declared it a national priority. 

Finally, in a bit of progress, the FDA has updated the required pregnancy and breastfeeding labelling for prescription medications. 

Maybe the world's researchers wanted to get all the bad news out of the way before the holidays. I can't wait for next week. Stay tuned. You can't make this stuff up.