Women's Health

Breast Milk Nutrient Test Receives FDA Clearance

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A new medical device that measures macronutrient levels in breast milk has received clearance for clinical use from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first testing system of its kind, the Miris Human Milk Analyzer (HMA) aims to improve neonatal health by facilitating rapid, on-site evaluations of breast milk samples.

Why Are Women Still Suffering Through Menopause?

By Decker Weiss, NMD, Contributing Writer

Why do some women seem to move easily through menopause while others suffer greatly? Why do some menopausal women respond well to hormone therapy while others get little relief? The answer may have less to do with sex hormones and more to do with imbalances in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-thyroid (HPAT) axis.

Prenatal Multivitamins May Reduce Autism Risk

By Jessica Waller, Contributing Writer

It’s long been known that maternal diet can influence pregnancy outcomes, and the effects of nutritional supplementation during pregnancy can have far-reaching benefits. A recent population-based observational study by an international team of American, Swedish and British researchers suggests that prenatal vitamin use (with and without folic acid) reduces risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

Why Probiotics Should Be Part of Pregnancy Care

By Belinda Reynolds, Contributing Writer

In recent years, microbiome researchers have uncovered a wealth of new information about how beneficial microbes promote fertility, pregnancy, and postnatal child health, all of which suggests that probiotics should become a routine part of prenatal healthcare.