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Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor May Prevent Defective Uterine Artery Remodeling

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) delivery selectively to the placental basal plate (PBM) may prevent maternal and neonatal impairments caused by defective uterine artery remodeling (UAR), according to a primate study recently accepted for publication in Endocrinology. Researchers led by Eugene Albrecht, PhD, a professor of medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive...
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ENDO 2019: Teresa Woodruff Charts the History of Reproductive Transplants in Sawin Lecture

teresa in the lab The 2019 Delbert A. Fisher Award recipient is Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, dean of The Graduate School and Chief of Reproductive Biology Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University in Chicago. Each year, the Delbert A. Fisher Research Scholar Award provides a $2,000 honorarium to a scholar demonstrating exceptional work in...
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Sexual Development Disorders May Be More Common Than Previously Thought

jes_cover Ambiguous genitalia in newborns may be more common than previously thought, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of the Endocrine Society. Disorders of sexual development (DSD) are a group of conditions that include anomalies of the sex chromosomes, the gonads, the reproductive ducts and the genitalia. Ambiguous genitalia is when a...
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Genetic Studies Provide Possible Mechanistic Link Between Endometriosis and Ovarian Cancer

Genetic breakthroughs from three recent whole-exome sequencing studies of endometrial and endometriotic epithelial cells provided some unexpected findings linking endometriosis and ovarian cancer, according to a paper recently published in Endocrinology. The paper, by Serdar E. Bulun, MD, of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, notes that while associations between endometriosis...
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Prenatal Precautions: Thyroid Function in Pregnancy

Thyroid dysfunction is fairly common among pregnant women and can often result in additional obstetric complications. A new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that thyroid screening — despite some controversy as to its usefulness — could help identify women who might benefit from additional prenatal care. Pregnancy places quite a...