Category: Health

NCI Panel: Stop Calling Low-Risk Lesions ‘Cancer’

A group sanctioned by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has published a 5-point proposal; one big idea is to reclassify indolent and low-risk lesions and drop the term cancer.

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ACOG Issues New Practice Bulletin on Gestational Diabetes

The new document reviews recent clinical trial data but concludes that the management of gestational diabetes should remain the same. However, it does propose a new performance measure for physicians.

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HPV Vaccine Use Stalls in US Girls

HPV vaccination rates in US girls aged 13 to 17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012, which has US federal health officials concerned.

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‘Caution’ Warranted if Consuming Artificial Sweetener

All sweeteners, even those without calories, are associated with increased risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease, according to an expert.

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HPV: Less Than a Third of Patients Vaccinated

The reality of HPV vaccination does not match the professional support for the prevention strategy.

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Similar Outcomes with Oral and IUD Hormonal Therapy for Endometrial Neoplasia

For women with endometrial hyperplasia or early cancer who require or prefer a nonsurgical approach, hormone therapy yields similar outcomes whether delivered orally or via an intrauterine device (IUD), a new study shows. Overall, however, women with early adenocarcinoma had considerably fewer complete responses to primary hormone therapy compared to women with hyperplasia, the researchers…

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Endometrial Ablation Effective for Irregular Bleeding

Women with heavy, irregular bleeding can be treated with endometrial ablation as effectively as women whose cycles are heavy but regular, according to new research. “Most of the literature is on endometrial ablation for heavy bleeding — menorrhagia. Some people counsel their patients away from getting ablation if they have irregular bleeding because there’s no…

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US Task Force Urges Gestational Diabetes Testing at 24 Weeks

The US Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft statement earlier this week that recommends screening asymptomatic pregnant women at 24 weeks for gestational diabetes, based on what it says is solid evidence. It also calls for the public to visit its Web site and comment on this draft during the next month. “In 2008,…

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Sex Improves With Vaginal Atrophy Treatment, Survey Finds

Local estrogen therapy (LET) may help postmenopausal women reclaim their sex lives, according to the results of a survey published online June 3 in Menopause. An online poll of more than 1000 couples revealed that women using LET to combat vaginal atrophy/dryness reported having less painful sex (56%), more satisfying sex (41%), and an improved sex life (29%),…

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CDC: HPV Vaccine Is Lowering Infection Rates In Teen Girls

The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in adolescent girls in the United States has declined significantly since the human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil, Merck) was introduced in 2006, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates. The study, published online June 19 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, reveals that vaccine-type HPV prevalence…

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