Pregnancy and COVID-19: Lessons so far

The outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China has rapidly become a public health threat (Li et al. 2020). On March 11 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognised COVID-19 as a pandemic since it affected 114 countries with 118,000 cases and 4,291 deaths...

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Simple and safe: preventing preterm birth with aspirin

This commentary was originally published in The Lancet By Julie A Quinlivan   Preterm birth is one of the most common causes of death and disability in children in high-income and low-income countries around the world. Wealthy nations have targeted the problem with expensive interventions, including ultrasounds of the cervical...

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Syphilis diagnosis and treatment during antenatal care: the potential catalytic impact of the dual HIV and syphilis rapid diagnostic test

This post was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 355 000 adverse pregnancy outcomes occur annually due to syphilis,1 two-thirds of which result in stillbirth or neonatal death.2WHO launched the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis initiative in 2014.3However, antenatal syphilis screening...

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