There’s very little research on whether medications are safe and effective in pregnant and lactating women, but an expert panel has ideas for how to close that information gap — and it’s calling on the federal government to take action in a new report that could stir change

Quick Read

“A lot of women don’t understand just how poor the evidence base is,” said Carleigh Krubiner, PhD, a research scholar at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Ethics. “It really is shocking when you think about how poorly the research enterprise has done.”

Quick Read

The exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from an effort to vaccinate people exposed to the Ebola virus in the current outbreak is wrong, indefensible, and should be reversed, three Johns Hopkins public health experts wrote Monday in an opinion article published in STAT.

Quick Read

Clinical trial will compare three antiretroviral drug regimens. It will provide data on the use of these newer drugs during pregnancy, helping to ensure that women living with HIV and their infants receive the best available treatments

Quick Read

A federal task force is now trying to help

Quick Read

Ethics guidance on priorities, inclusion, and evidence generation – enriched with additional links and resources, and broken into expandable sections for ease of reading and reference

Quick Read

Earlier this year, when Emily Chodos was about 25 weeks into her pregnancy, she woke up one night feeling horrible. “My hands were tremoring, my heart racing, ” recalls Chodos, who lives near New Haven, Conn. She couldn’t take a deep breath. “I’d never felt so out of control of my body.”

Quick Read

Some vaccine developers are taking steps to include them, in line with bioethicists’ urging, but it will likely take years before any expectant mothers are enrolled

Quick Read