Recruitment Open for LVHN ‘Pregnant and Parenting Teen Study’

pregnancy classIf you are a woman between ages 13-19 and you are pregnant or are already parenting a child, you may qualify to be part of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Pregnant and Parenting Teen Study. Please note, if you are under the age of 18, you must seek permission from a parent or guardian in order to participate.

The study is designed to help caregivers better understand the decisions young women make concerning pregnancy and parenting. With information gained from study participants, LVHN will be able to better design pregnancy support and prevention programs in Allentown. Read More »

Category: Research

Bed Rest Effects on Premature Labor Called into Question

Albert Sarno, MD

Albert Sarno, MD
Maternal fetal medicine

A news report this week summarized a study that’s questioning whether bed rest actually helps prevent premature birth during high-risk pregnancies – or if it causes more problems.

In the study, 37 percent of the women with some level of bed rest had a premature baby, compared to 17 percent who continued their regular activity levels. A report on the research is published in the latest issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Like other experts quoted in the report, Lehigh Valley Health Network maternal fetal medicine specialist Albert Sarno, MD, says the study is flawed because it wasn’t conducted in a randomized way to test whether bed rest increases or reduces the risk of pregnancy complications. Thus it fails to draw a causal relationship between bed rest and premature labor.

Nevertheless Sarno is hopeful the research will prompt further testing about whether bed rest should be a treatment for women at risk for preterm labor.

“It is good to see that some of the things that we have taken for granted as far as treatment regimens over the years are finally being studied in a scientific way,” Sarno says. “We do need to question some of the things we’ve been doing for years without scientific reason.” Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center in Philadelphia Announce New Affiliation

Resistance to therapy in advanced melanoma is just one of the cancer studies to be conducted jointly by Lehigh Valley Health Network and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center in Philadelphia under a new affiliation announced by the two organizations. “This affiliation is an important step in our ongoing efforts to bring more hope and more options to people in the Lehigh Valley faced with cancer,” said Ronald Swinfard, MD, the health network’s president and chief executive officer. Read More »