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Women's Health Prevention Brief: The Built Environment

Published Date: 
Wed, 2012-05-30

CityMatCH & the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) have released a Women' s Health Prevention Brief that highlights the importance of addressing the built environment to improve maternal health and birth outcomes. This brief is the last in a series of issue briefs highlighting the priority areas (injury and chronic disease, health disparities, reproductive and maternal health, and healthy lifestyles) identified in the AMCHP/CityMatCH Women 's Preventive Health Framework. Previous briefs have focused on Women 's Mental Health and Women' s Health Equity.

C-section May Double Risk of Child Obesity

Published Date: 
Wed, 2012-05-30

Cesarean section deliveries already linked to an increased risk of childhood asthma may double the risk of preschool child obesity, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Susanna Huh of Childrens Hospital in Boston and colleagues said the study involved 1,255 mother-and-child pairs. A Cesarean section delivery was associated with a doubling in the odds of obesity by the time the child was age three, irrespective of birth weight and after taking maternal weight and several other influential factors into account.
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IUDs, Implants Far More Effective at Preventing Pregnancy Than the Pill

Published Date: 
Wed, 2012-05-30

A large study of birth control methods in the U.S. found that women using pills, skin patches or vaginal rings were 20 times more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy than women who used intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants placed under the skin of the upper arm. Participants were provided with reversible contraception of their choice at no cost. The failure rates were highest among teenagers and young women.
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