Women’s Health

  • Multimodal breast cancer treatment linked with greater risk of lymphedema

    on April 27th, 2017
    FROM ASBS 2017 Chemotherapy, radiation, and higher body mass index are strongly associated with increased risk of lymphedema in breast cancer patients who have undergone sentinel node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection, according to analysis of data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project. Jud[...]
  • Risk of recurrence outweighs risk of contralateral breast cancer for DCIS patients

    on April 27th, 2017
    FROM ASBS 2017 LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The risk of ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence was greater than the risk of contralateral breast cancer at both 5 and 10 years following diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), investigators report at a press conference in advance of the a[...]
  • Just over half of ob.gyns. accept Medicaid

    on April 27th, 2017
    Medicaid acceptance was nearly 55% among ob.gyns. in the 2017 edition of an ongoing survey conducted in 15 large cities by physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins. It was up from almost 46% in the previous survey, conducted in 2014, but lower than the average of 68% for ob.gyns. in 15 midsized ci[...]
  • For girls with Turner syndrome, experimental fertility preservation may offer the hope of a baby of their own

    on April 26th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM ENDO 2017 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Fertility preservation techniques pioneered in young cancer patients may someday allow some women with Turner syndrome to give birth to their own children, without relying on donated eggs. Spontaneous conception and live birth are e[...]
  • In PCOS, too much sitting means higher glucose levels

    on April 26th, 2017
    AT ENDO 2017 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Prolonged time spent sitting was associated with higher post–glucose tolerance test blood glucose levels among less-active women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The trend toward this effect persisted even after researchers controlled for age[...]
  • How to reduce the open hysterectomy rate

    on April 25th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM SGS 2017 SAN ANTONIO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – About a decade ago, the Northern California Permanente Medical Group realized it had a problem: There were too many open hysterectomies being performed. “We had a large number of low-volume surgeons doing a lot of open hysterec[...]
  • USPSTF says check BP at each visit to screen for preeclampsia

    on April 25th, 2017
    FROM JAMA Blood pressure should be checked at every prenatal visit to screen for preeclampsia, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The USPSTF commissioned a review of the current literature to update its initial recommendation regarding preeclampsia screen[...]
  • CORRECTION: Beyond Residency: No more black and white

    on April 21st, 2017
    In an article titled “Beyond Residency: No more black and white,” published April 21, 2017, the drugs prescribed for the patient were misstated. She received thrombopoietic agents and steroids.[...]
  • Beyond Residency: No more black and white

    on April 21st, 2017
    The obstetrics and gynecology written board exam made everything seem cut and dry. A patient with fibroids causing heavy bleeding? Management options include hormone treatment, minor surgical procedures, or major surgical procedures like myomectomy or hysterectomy. A pregnant patient in labor with a[...]
  • States consider abortion ‘reversal’ bills

    on April 21st, 2017
    Legislation requiring doctors to tell their patients that a medication abortion can be reversed is cropping up across the country. Already in 2017, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, and North Carolina have introduced versions of the so-called abortion reversal legislation. In March, Utah became the[...]
  • FDA warns against use of codeine, tramadol in children

    on April 20th, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration is restricting the use of two opiates – codeine and tramadol – in children, and also warns they are potentially dangerous to infants of breastfeeding women. Codeine is approved to treat pain and cough; tramadol is approved to treat pain. “We understand that the[...]
  • Liposomal bupivacaine cut need for opioids after gyn surgery

    on April 18th, 2017
    AT SGS 2017 SAN ANTONIO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Liposomal bupivacaine reduced pain after midurethral sling surgery, compared with placebo in a randomized trial, but because of its cost it may be best to keep it in reserve for women who can’t, or shouldn’t, take opioids, said lead investigat[...]
  • Trump overturns Title X family planning rule

    on April 18th, 2017
    President Donald Trump has signed a resolution that could strip public funding from U.S. clinics that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood. The April 13 action overturns a rule imposed by the Obama administration regarding how states can distribute Title X funds, money that assists low-in[...]
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