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Malaria during pregnancy can alter babies’ immunity

Mothers infected with the mosquito-borne parasite during pregnancy can pass more of their own cells to their offspring and change their babies’ risk of later infection, new study shows

May 8, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study looks at how malaria can alter the mother-child cell sharing that happens during pregnancy — and how that cell sharing can affect the baby's risk of infection later in life.

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Being pregnant — and diagnosed with cancer

Inaugural retreat explores painful issues, unanswered questions surrounding cancer, fertility and pregnancy

April 22, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Emily Cousins was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, when she was nine months pregnant. On Thursday, 13 years after that wrenching period of her life, Cousins joined a group of cancer researchers, fertility specialists, survivors and patient advocates to discuss the unique issues at the intersection of cancer and reproduction at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s inaugural cancer and pregnancy retreat.

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The microbiome’s murky role in pregnancy loss and complication

The same vaginal bacteria linked to promotion — and prevention — of various pregnancy complications, studies find

Aug. 21, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A study published recently by scientists at Temple University and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that the very same bacteria can have entirely different effects on women’s risk of premature delivery or miscarriage. And that dichotomy — one bacteria causing help and harm — has researchers both baffled and intrigued.

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Fertility after cancer: Young women less likely to be told about options

New study finds young male cancer patients twice as likely to be counseled on preserving fertility

July 27, 2015 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

A new nationwide study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s reveals that young male cancer patients were twice as likely as young women to be counseled on ways to preserve their fertility, such as freezing sperm or eggs.

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Births raise risk of ‘triple-negative’ breast cancer

Study finds the more times a woman gives birth, the higher her risk of rare, aggressive breast cancer, while never giving birth offers protective effect

Feb. 28, 2011 | By Kristen Woodward

Full-term pregnancy has long been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, but a new study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center finds that the more times a woman gives birth, the higher her risk of “triple-negative” breast cancer, a relatively uncommon but particularly aggressive subtype of the disease. Conversely, women who never give birth have a 40 percent lower risk of such breast cancer, which has a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancer and doesn’t respond to hormone-blocking therapies such as tamoxifen.

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Pregnancy may lower rheumatoid arthritis risk

Mothers nearly 40 percent less likely to have the disease

April 12, 2010 | By Colleen Steelquist

A new study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists finds that women who give birth may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than women who remain childless, but the potential protective effect seems to fade over the years.

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