Category Archives: In the News

Kristin wins the PECASE

We are honored to be recognized for our work in pregnancy biomechanics!  See the Columbia SEAS press release.


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We were on NPR!


Photo Credit: Adrienne Grunwald for NPR

Check out our NPR Health Story:




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Columbia News Features Myers Lab

Please check out the Columbia News article on our research.

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Why Mothers Deliver Early

Our preterm birth research is featured in the Fall/Winter 2015 Columbia Medicine Alumni Magazine along with all of our Columbia colleagues working towards understanding and reducing the burden of preterm birth.

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Preterm Birth Statistics – Updated Nov. 2014

The World Health Organization released new statistics on the rate of preterm birth around the world. The bottom line is preterm birth rates are still high. About 15 million babies are born preterm every year. In 2013 almost 1 million babies died from complications related to preterm birth. Increased knowledge on the cause of preterm and better solutions to prevent it from happening are much needed.

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WSJ Article on Bed Rest and Preterm Birth

A recent Wall Street Journal Article (published: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013) discusses the possible detrimental effects of long-term bed rest during pregnancy. Often bed rest is prescribed to prevent preterm birth due to premature cervical dilation (aka cervical insufficiency). However, since not much is known about the mechanics of cervical remodeling and dilation, the efficacy of bed rest to prevent preterm birth is unknown.



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New Data on Preterm Birth Rates Around the World

A new study by the World Health Organization released this month reports that preterm birth rates are on the rise around the world. The causes of these premature births and the reasons for their rate increase are multifactorial and location specific. In the US, despite advances in prenatal care, the preterm birth rate is among the highest at 12%, with over half a million babies born premature each year. This study highlights the need to further understand pregnancy and the mechanisms that keep the mother and baby healthy.

Click on the links for a copy of the report from the WHO and an interactive map on the March of Dimes website.

[World Health Organization – Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth]

[March of Dimes – Interactive Map of Preterm Birth Rates]

[New York Times – U.S. Lags in Global Measures of Preterm Birth]

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