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Pregnant women are not screened adequately for gestational diabetes.

Nearly one-third of pregnant women are not being screened by a simple laboratory test for gestational diabetes mellitus (gestational diabetes), according to a study of more than 900,000 American women published online in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study, conducted by scientists at Quest Diagnostics, suggests that a large number of women are not being screened according to medical guidelines and may unknowingly put themselves and their babies at risk for complications from gestational diabetes. The investigators found that in the study population, 4.9% of women between the ages of 18 and 40--or about 41,000 women nationally--had gestational diabetes.

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Title Annotation:New studies
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2011
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