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January 2020 Briefing – OBGYN & Women’s Health

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women’s Health for January 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Premature Natural Menopause May Up Risk for Multimorbidity

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Premature menopause is associated with development of multimorbidity, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in Human Reproduction.

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Work-Related Trauma Common Among Ob-Gyns

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to work-related trauma is common among obstetricians and gynecologists, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

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Maternal Depression Tied to Atopic Dermatitis in Offspring

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Maternal depression in the postpartum period and beyond is associated with higher odds of atopic dermatitis (AD) for the child throughout childhood and adolescence, according to a study published in the January/February issue of Dermatitis.

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Mood Disorders Common With Rheumatoid Arthritis

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Depression and anxiety are common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online Jan. 6 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

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CDC Releases First Data on Maternal Mortality Since 2007

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics has released the first national data on maternal mortality since 2007. The data are presented in three National Vital Statistics Reports.

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Risk for Obesity in Child Higher With GDM Plus Preeclampsia

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and preeclampsia is associated with an upward trajectory in childhood body mass index (BMI), according to a study published in the Jan. 21 issue of the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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2017 to 2018 Saw Increase in Life Expectancy in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2017 to 2018, there was an increase in life expectancy in the United States and a decrease in age-adjusted death rates, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Fracture Rate Up in Infants With Prenatal Smoking Exposure

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Prenatal exposure to maternal smoking is associated with an increased fracture rate before age 1, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in The BMJ.

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U.S. Spends More on Health Care, but Has Worse Life Expectancy

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The United States spends substantially more than any other wealthy nation on health care, yet it has a lower life expectancy and a higher suicide rate than other wealthy nations, according to a January data brief released by the Commonwealth Fund.

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Social Support Linked to Mortality in Older Women With CRC

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For postmenopausal women with colorectal cancer (CRC), low social support is associated with elevated overall and CRC-specific mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in Cancer.

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Dietary Flavonols May Reduce Risk for Alzheimer Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Higher dietary intake of flavonols seems to be associated with a reduced risk for incident Alzheimer dementia, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in Neurology.

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Depression Screening Lacking for Perimenopausal Women

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Practicing gynecologists largely fail to screen women for symptoms of depression during perimenopause, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Menopause.

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Survey: Most Americans Think of Themselves as Healthy

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Seven out of 10 Americans rate their health-related behaviors and attitudes as good or excellent, according to a survey released Jan. 27 by the American Osteopathic Association.

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Gender Gap Persists in Starting Salary for Physicians

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The gender gap in starting salary for physicians persists, although it is unclear which factors account for this gap, according to a report published online Jan. 22 in Health Affairs.

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Health-Related Quality of Life Lower for Women With PCOS

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) report low health-related quality of life (HRQoL) beyond the reproductive years, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Clinical Features ID’d for First 2019 Novel Coronavirus Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As of Jan. 2, 2020, 41 patients were admitted with laboratory-confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), all of whom had pneumonia, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in The Lancet.

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Unmet Need for Physician Care Not Improving With More Insured

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Most measures of unmet need for physician services in the United States have not improved since 1998 despite gains in health insurance coverage, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Wealthy Pay Most to Finance U.S. Health Care

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Health care payments in the United States are more regressive than previously thought, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Health Services Research.

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Tdap or Td Vaccine May Be Used for Decennial Td Booster Doses

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Either tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine or tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine may be used for Td booster doses every 10 years or when indicated for tetanus prophylaxis in wound management, according to research published in the Jan. 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Parity, Breastfeeding Inversely Tied to Early Natural Menopause

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Both parity and breastfeeding are inversely associated with the risk for early natural menopause, according to a study published online Jan. 22 in JAMA Network Open.

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Updated Guidelines Issued for ER, PgR Testing in Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In an American Society of Clinical Oncology/College of American Pathologists updated guideline, published online Jan. 13 in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Oncology, recommendations are presented for estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER/PgR) testing in breast cancer.

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Nearly Half of U.S. Smokers Not Advised by Doctors to Quit

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Too few American smokers are advised by their doctors to quit, according to a report released Thursday by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D.

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Low-Dose Aspirin Cuts Preterm Delivery in Nulliparous Women

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Among nulliparous women with singleton pregnancies from low-income and middle-income countries, the incidence of preterm delivery before 37 weeks is reduced for those receiving low-dose aspirin versus placebo, according to a study published in the Jan. 25 issue of The Lancet.

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Prenatal Surgery Yields Lasting Benefits for Myelomeningocele

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For myelomeningocele, prenatal surgery does not improve adaptive behavior but is associated with improved mobility and independent functioning in school-aged children, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Pediatrics.

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Sexual Frequency Linked to Age of Onset of Natural Menopause

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Sexual frequency is associated with age of natural menopause (ANM), with a lower likelihood of experiencing menopause for women reporting having sex monthly or weekly, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Royal Society Open Science.

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Prenatal Exposure to Both Alcohol, Cigarettes Ups SIDS Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Infants prenatally exposed to alcohol and tobacco cigarettes beyond the first trimester have an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a study published online Jan. 20 in EClinicalMedicine.

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Major Insurers Offer $55 Million to Lower Generic Drug Costs

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A nonprofit that develops and sells cheaper drugs will receive a $55 million investment from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and associated organizations to create cheaper versions of expensive generic drugs.

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CDC: HIV-1/HIV-2 Differentiation Test Increasingly Used in U.S.

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2010 to 2017, use of the HIV-1/HIV-2 differentiation test increased, but the number of HIV-2 diagnoses remained very low, according to research published in the Jan. 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Fewer Than Half of Clinical Trials Comply With Reporting Laws

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 is low, with only 40.9 percent of trials reporting results within one year, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in The Lancet.

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Elagolix Cuts Heavy Menstrual Bleeding in Women With Fibroids

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For women with uterine fibroids, elagolix with add-back hormonal therapy is associated with a reduction in heavy menstrual bleeding compared with placebo, according to a study published in the Jan. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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JumpstartMD Commercial Program Seems Effective for Weight Loss

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The commercial low-calorie, low-carbohydrate JumpstartMD program is effective for weight loss, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in the Journal of Obesity.

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Fast-Track Review of ACA Lawsuit Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A fast-track review of a lawsuit that threatens the Affordable Care Act was rejected Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Anti-Müllerian Hormone Predicts Time to Final Menstrual Period

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Measurement of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels in blood can help predict the time to final menstrual period (FMP), according to a study published online Jan. 22 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Low-Carb, Low-Fat Diets Not Tied to Mortality Overall

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Overall, low-carbohydrate diet and low-fat diet scores are not associated with total mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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ACP: Medicare for All Needed to Fix ‘Ill’ U.S. Health Care System

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The American College of Physicians (ACP) says the U.S. health care system “is ill and needs a bold new prescription” that includes coverage for all Americans and lower costs.

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Food Insecurity May Increase Risk for Premature Death

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Adults with food insecurity are more likely to die prematurely than food-secure people, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Fish Oil Supplement Intake Linked to Better Testicular Function

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For young men, fish oil supplement intake is associated with better testicular function, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in JAMA Network Open.

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Americans Lack Knowledge About Eye Health

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Americans’ lack of knowledge about eye health may put their vision at risk, according to a survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Cancer Survivors Have Substantial Medical Financial Hardship

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Many cancer survivors have substantial medical financial hardship and make financial sacrifices, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Decline in Mortality Seen in Diabetes Patients in Hong Kong

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2001 to 2016, mortality declined among people with diabetes in Hong Kong, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in Diabetologia.

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CDC: Many Americans Are Inactive, With Southerners Faring Worse

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More than 15 percent of American adults are physically inactive, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

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2003 to 2017 Saw Drop in Infant Mortality Due to Birth Defects

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2003 to 2017, there was a decrease in infant mortality attributable to birth defects (IMBD) overall, although considerable differences were seen in the decreases by maternal and infant characteristics, according to research published in the Jan. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Single-Payer System Would Likely Save Money

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — There is near consensus across 30 years of economic analysis of single-payer plans that a single-payer system would reduce health expenditures in the United States, according to a review published online Jan. 15 in PLOS Medicine.

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Lack of Insurance Tied to Later Stage of Breast Cancer at Diagnosis

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Insurance status and access to care play an important role in racial disparities in stage of breast cancer at diagnosis, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in JAMA Oncology.

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History of Falls Predicts Future Fractures in Postmenopausal Women

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A history of falls, especially injurious falls, predicts subsequent fractures in postmenopausal women, according to a study recently published in Osteoporosis International.

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ACA Tied to Narrowing of Disparities in Access to Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The Affordable Care Act has reduced disparities in access to health care among black, Hispanic, and white adults, according to a January data brief released by the Commonwealth Fund.

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Cesarean Rates No Higher for Diabetes Patients Induced in 38th Week

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In women with prepregnancy type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus (PDM), induction of labor (IOL) is not associated with increased cesarean section rates compared with expectant management beyond 39 weeks, but it is associated with certain neonatal adverse outcomes, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

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Ageism Predicts Significantly Worse Health Outcomes

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Ageism predicts significantly worse health outcomes, according to a review published online Jan. 15 in PLOS ONE.

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FDA: Weight Control Drug Lorcaserin May Raise Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The prescription weight control medicine lorcaserin (Belviq, Belviq XR) may increase the risk for cancer, according to the results of a clinical trial assessing the safety of the drug, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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CDC: Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Over

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — It is safe again to buy and eat romaine lettuce grown on farms around Salinas, California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

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BP Measures Progress More Rapidly in Women Than Men

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Blood pressure (BP) measures progress more rapidly in women than in men, starting in the third decade and continuing through the life course, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Many Women Have Posttraumatic Stress After Early Pregnancy Loss

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Many women meet the criteria for posttraumatic stress and have moderate/severe anxiety and moderate/severe depression one month after early pregnancy loss, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Maternal Distress May Affect Brain Development in Fetuses With CHD

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Psychological distress, including stress, anxiety, and depression, is prevalent among women carrying fetuses with congenital heart disease (CHD), and this distress can affect fetal neurological development, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Evolution of Approval, Regulation Processes for Drugs Explored

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. approval and regulation processes for pharmaceutical agents have evolved during the last four decades, according to a study published in the Jan. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Notification Laws May Not Increase Knowledge of Dense Breast Risks

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — State dense-breast notification (DBN) laws are not associated with increased understanding of the clinical implications of breast density, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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2001 to 2016 Saw Drop, Stall in IQ Losses From Chemicals

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2001 to 2016, there was a decrease or stagnation in IQ losses from exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), methylmercury, and lead, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology.

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Vaccine Program Recovery Difficult After Public Scares

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Misinformation in the Danish media between 2013 and 2016 led to a 50.4 percent drop in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations among girls in Denmark, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in Vaccine.

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Doctor Replacement Ratios Higher in Largest, Hospital-Owned Practices

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2009 to 2016, more physicians entering the Medicare program worked at large group or hospital-owned practices than small group or independent practices, according to a research letter published online Jan. 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Physicians Spend >16 Minutes Per Encounter on EHR Use

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Physicians spend a considerable amount of time using electronic health records (EHRs) to support care delivery, with wide variation seen in the distribution of time within specialty, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Mortality Risk in Oropharynx Cancer Varies Based on HPV Status

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For patients with oropharynx cancer, the rates of head and neck cancer (HNC) mortality and competing mortality vary depending on human papillomavirus (HPV) status, with increased risks for HNC mortality and competing mortality in HPV-negative patients, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Cancer.

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Burnout in Med Students Tied to Perceived Stress, Phone Behavior

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Higher levels of perceived stress, poorer sleep quality, and smartphone addiction contribute to burnout in osteopathic medical students, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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Black and Latina Mothers Face Higher Rates of Severe Maternal Morbidity

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Within the same New York City hospital, black and Latina women are at higher risk for severe maternal morbidity than white women, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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California May Start Producing Its Own Medicines

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A proposal for California to contract generic drug companies to make medications would make the state the first in the country to produce its own medications.

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Uterine Balloon Tamponade for Postpartum Bleeding Seems Safe

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) has a high success rate for stopping bleeding among women with severe postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) unresponsive to uterotonics, according to a review published online Jan. 6 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Recruitment Satisfactory for Foreign-Educated Health Providers

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Foreign-educated health professionals (FEHPs) in the United States are overall satisfied with their recruitment experience, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing.

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Many With History of Anxiety Report Complete Mental Health

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For persons with a previous diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), factors associated with being in complete mental health (CMH) include female gender, older age, being married, and reporting good to excellent physical health, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

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Neighborhood Disadvantage Impacts Hospital Quality Ratings

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Hospitals caring for neighborhoods with high levels of disadvantage may have lower hospital ratings due to social risk factors (SRFs) in the community, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in Medical Care.

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Neural Tube Defect Prevalence 7.0 Per 10,000 in HIV-Exposed

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs) is 7.0 per 10,000 live births in HIV-exposed pregnancies, which is similar to the prevalence in the general population, according to research published in the Jan. 10 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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CDC Warns of Tough Flu Season Ahead

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations have risen sharply since October, with at least 6.4 million reported cases and 55,000 hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 2,900 Americans have died from the flu, the CDC reported late last week.

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Second U.S. Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus From Deceased Donor

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The second U.S. baby born from a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor was delivered by cesarean section in November, it was announced Thursday.

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IBD May Increase Risk for Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) more often have gestational diabetes and preterm premature rupture of membranes, according to a review published online Jan. 7 in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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Adherence to Ideal Pathway in Pregnancy Reduces Risks in RA

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), adherence to an ideal clinical pathway during pregnancy is associated with a reduced risk for miscarriage and complicated birth, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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Large Gap Found in Health Administrative Spending for U.S., Canada

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — There is a large and widening gap in health administrative spending between the United States and Canada, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Cancer Mortality Continuing to Drop, With Lung Cancer a Driver

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Cancer mortality is continuing to decline, driven by progress in lung cancer, although mortality reductions have slowed or stopped for some cancers, according to findings included in Cancer Statistics, 2020, the American Cancer Society’s latest annual report on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. The report was published online Jan. 8 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Folic Acid, Zinc Supplements in Men No Benefit in Infertility

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For couples seeking infertility treatment, folic acid and zinc supplementation compared with placebo for male partners does not significantly improve semen quality or live birth rates, according to a study published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: Young Adults Who Ever Received HPV Vaccine on the Rise

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2013 to 2018, there was an increase in the percentage of adults aged 18 to 26 years who received one or more doses or the recommended number of doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Use of Powder in Genital Area Not Linked to Ovarian Cancer

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Use of powder in the genital area does not appear to be significantly associated with incident ovarian cancer, according to a study published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2008 to 2015 Saw Out-of-Pocket Spending Up for Maternity Care

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Between 2008 and 2015, there was an increase in the average out-of-pocket spending for maternity care among women with employer-based insurance, according to a report published in the January issue of Health Affairs.

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Price Hikes for Hundreds of Medications

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — U.S. drug companies have started the new year by raising the prices of hundreds of medications.

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Many Pelvic Exams, Pap Tests Unnecessary in Teens and Young Adults

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More than half of bimanual pelvic examinations (BPEs) and more than 70 percent of Papanicolaou (Pap) tests performed among adolescent girls and women younger than 21 years in the United States are unnecessary, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Poll: Older Adults Frequently Use Online Physician Ratings

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Older adults commonly use online ratings to choose a doctor, according to a report published online Jan. 6 based on the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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More Education Needed on Breast Density and Screening Choices

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Being a resident in a state with a dense breast notification law does not appear to help women know more about breast density, according to a study published online Dec. 2 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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3-D Tattoo Device Aids With Nipple Reconstruction

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A new device allows plastic surgeons to perform three-dimensional nipple tattoos as part of breast reconstruction, according to a study published in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Guidance Developed for Providing Quality STD Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In a report published in the Jan. 3 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, recommendations are presented for providing quality sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinical services.

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Leisure-Time Physical Activity Linked to Lower Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Leisure-time physical activity at recommended levels is associated with a significantly lower risk for seven cancer types, according to a study published online Dec. 26 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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AI System Outperforms Radiologists in Breast Cancer Prediction

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An artificial intelligence (AI) system can reduce false positives and false negatives in prediction of breast cancer and outperforms human readers, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in Nature.

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Patient Experiences Modestly Worse After Hospital Acquisition

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Modestly worse patient experiences are seen following hospital acquisition by another hospital, according to a study published in the Jan. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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