A new study just was published on the use of Remeron (mirtazapine) for managing HG. Remeron affects serotonin levels so to avoid an excess of serotonin (serotonin syndrome**) which is dangerous, it generally replaces any existing doses of Zofran, Kytril, and other meds affecting serotonin levels (including antidepressants in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor category like Zoloft).
The HER Foundation is bringing the voices of HG women to a research conference at the University of Pittsburgh in early October. The Biology and Control of Nausea and Vomiting 2013 is targeted to both basic researchers and clinical investigators working in the field of nausea and vomiting. The conference will be useful for clinicians needing up-to-date information about treatments for nausea and vomiting, such as in patients suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).
One of the reasons the HER Foundation was created was to fund much needed research on HG. With the help of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine we have funded over $46,000 in research grants. Thanks to all of the HG moms who have participated in our research! Because of you, UCLA has been able to identify medications (antihistamines) and other factors (gestational hypertension, early symptoms) linked to preterm birth and low birthweight babies in hyperemesis pregnancies. See Table 5 for the list of over 35 medications/treatments used compared to pregnancy outcomes and effectiveness. Share this research with your medical providers so you can make informed decisions together on how to treat your HG.
The HER (Hyperemesis Education & Research) Foundation proudly presented a check for more than $46 thousand to Dr. Marlena Fejzo, geneticist, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on Friday, September 14th. The donation will fund continued groundbreaking research on a relatively unknown, debilitating pregnancy condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or HG.
Mel will receive a $200 gift card from Amazon thanks to her recruiting skills! Way to go Mel, thanks to your efforts and that of your friends the HER Foundation and USC/UCLA are closer to reaching thier research goal! We are looking for both HG and non-HG mom’s to be a part of the study, so please email email@example.com to join, it truly is the most important thing you can do to make a difference for HG moms in the future!
Time is of the essence as the budget crisis is likely to lead to cuts in NIH funding next year which will include our HG study if we don’t enroll and collect all our saliva samples before the cuts are in effect. Please participate (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) and please follow through with the HG study now.
An extreme form of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) takes a heavy toll on thousands of women each year and can lead to hospitalization and pregnancy termination. But this new research suggests pregnant women are not the only victims.
(Reuters Health) – A woman’s chances of experiencing severe nausea during pregnancy appear to be influenced, at least in part, by genetics, according to these new study findings.
- HG Genetic Study Needs Participants!
USC & UCLA are close to meeting their goal of 1,000 participants. The goal of this study is to understand the etiology of Hyperemesis Gravidarum so we can develop better treatments and improve the quality of life for patients suffering from HG and their offspring. (More information… or contact email@example.com )
- USC / HER Foundation Proposed Research Topics
($2.5 million required)