New study: Asymptomatic coronavirus infections among pregnant women may be less common than feared
A new study suggests that asymptomatic coronavirus infections among pregnant women may be less common than previously feared – at least outside of New York City. An earlier report found that more than 13% of admitted pregnant patients at two New York City hospitals had asymptomatic infections, which made the case for universal testing of women before childbirth. The new study, though, looked at more than 750 pregnant women who were admitted to hospitals in southern Connecticut without symptoms in April. 22 of those women tested positive for the virus.Source: CNN
Carocari Gift to Support Dr. Schwartz’s Ovarian Cancer Research
Deborah Carocari was only 36 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of advanced but low-grade ovarian cancer. At that time she received a prognosis of several months to a year from her physician, Peter Schwartz, MD, now the John Slade Ely Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Vice Chair, Gynecology. Debbie went on to defy those odds and battle the cancer for the next two decades. Although she ultimately succumbed to the disease, a generous gift from her estate is now making possible further ovarian cancer research by Dr. Schwartz.
Taylor Receives the “Distinguished Scientist Award” from Society for Reproductive Investigation for 2020
The 2020 Society for Reproductive Investigation “Distinguished Scientist Award” is given to Hugh S. Taylor, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale.
Innovations and Discoveries on the Horizon
On the evening of November 20, Dr. Hugh Taylor welcomed just over 20 guests to an intimate event at the Boyer Center, focusing on the department’s advances for women in gynecological cancer research and infertility. It was an inspiring opportunity for all the guests to gain a more nuanced understanding of the many contributions the Department has made—and is poised to continue make—in these critical aspects of women’s health.
Doctors working on better HPV vaccination coverage for pre-teens and teens
The vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus, according to recent studies, is working better than expected, even though vaccination rates in both Connecticut and the country are stagnating well below the target rate. To increase those rates, health experts are recommending doctors urge parents to get the vaccine for their pre-teens and teenagers as part of a back-to-school checkup.Source: Fox 61
Dr. Vikki Abrahams receives the 2019 American Society for Reproductive Immunology Award
Previously known as the Blackwell Munksgaard Award, the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology Award is presented annually to a senior investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the area of reproductive immunology. Contributions can be in the area of clinical or basic research.