Labor and Delivery

Assay, Algorithm Promising for Detection of Trisomies 21, 18

A novel biochemical assay (Digital Analysis of Selected Regions [DANSR]) combined with an algorithm (Fetal-fraction Optimized Risk of Trisomy Evaluation [FORTE]) accurately identifies the risk of fetal trisomy 21 and 18 from maternal-blood cell-free DNA (cfDNA).

Ectopic Pregnancy Death Rate Spikes in Florida

Although Florida’s rate of ectopic pregnancy-related deaths was on a par with that of the rest of the nation in 2008, about 0.6 deaths per 100,000 births, the number jumped to 2.5 per 100,000 in 2009-2010.

Maternal Asthma Meds Not Linked to Most Birth Defects

Use of asthma medications in early pregnancy is not associated with most birth defects, but positive associations are present for a few specific defects, including isolated esophageal and anorectal atresia and omphalocele.

Makena approved for prevention of preterm birth

Hologic announced that the FDA has approved Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection), formerly known as Gestiva, to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth.