Understanding how a fetus protects itself from the mother's immune system has lead Medical College of Georgia researchers to a fundamental discovery about how the body's immune system can be turned off, which could someday apply to a host of immune problems and to organ transplants.
The problem of "crack babies" has grabbed headlines and even prompted the state of South Carolina to jail women who use cocaine while pregnant. But in a study published today, a researcher at Duke University Medical Center showed that smoking is a far bigger problem than cocaine during pregnancy and that nicotine causes more fetal brain damage than cocaine. Doctors in Augusta say the study should serve as a call for all doctors to counsel young women to quit smoking and points to a problem so far left out of the public debate.
Americans began hearing about the "French abortion drug," RU-486, almost a decade ago. Now, after a U.S. study showing the drug is effective and safe, many health experts anticipate a new era in which abortions are completed earlier in pregnancy, with safety, privacy and, possibly, less controversy.
CHICAGO -- Three widely used antidepressants -- Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft -- do not appear to cause birth defects, a study found. The findings, based on data from nine medical centers in the United States and Canada, agree with research in animals and with previous studies of Prozac among pregnant women. An expert not associated with the research said the findings are reassuring, but because the study looked at only 267 expectant mothers, it was far too small to establish that the drugs are safe during pregnancy.
Dr. W.G. "Curly" Watson will be honored by his alma mater with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award during graduation at Georgia Health Sciences University. But it took an intervention just to get him there.
Rena Bronson of Macon comes home from work and makes a pot of coffee before sneaking off to the bathroom to feed her habit. She pulls out a plastic baggie full of hard, crumbling white chunks and then pops a piece in her mouth. "I eat dirt with the door closed," she said, laughing and a little embarrassed because she is a nurse at the Bibb County Health Department. "I just call it eating dirt. That's what I do. Every day that God sends that's what I do. Technically, I guess I'm supposed to be crazy for eating this stuff?"
Sit around in a wet bathing suit and you're almost asking for a yeast infection, says Augusta gynecologist Peter Grossman. Yeast infections are the No. 1 reason women visit their gynecologists, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. And they're at their peak during these hot, humid months, when folks are sweating more, Dr. Grossman says. "The organism thrives in a moist environment," Dr. Grossman says. Dr. Bipin Chudgar, of Associates of Augusta Women's Group, sees one to six yeast infections every day, he says.