Tag: awareness

ACOG Advises Ob-Gyns to Promote Vaccinations to Patients

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends its members encourage their patients to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus virus (HPV), influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, according to new guidelines published on the ACOG Web site March 21. Committee Opinion number 558, to be published in Obstetrics & Gynecology on April 1, is the work of the Immunization…

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safe in Early Pregnancy, Study Confirms

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Dec 20 – A new study provides additional reassurance on the safety of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine during the first trimester of pregnancy, say researchers with the Vaccine Safety Datalink team in a paper published today. “We found no increased risk of spontaneous abortion during a four-week exposure window after vaccination….

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What’s Hot at 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

A variety of important studies — but no stunning headliner — will be presented at the 35th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), being held December 4 to 8 in Texas, according to one of its codirectors. “It’s a little less obvious this year,” said Peter Ravdin, MD, PhD, about which studies will garner the…

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Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Disrupts Brain Development

Heavy prenatal exposure to alcohol may disrupt proper brain development during childhood and adolescence, new research suggests. An international, multisite study of 133 children and youth showed, through the use of structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, that those who had mothers who drank heavily during pregnancy had significantly decreased brain plasticity compared with the…

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Physicians Worry About Misinformed Patients in Internet Age

The Internet puts solid health information at a patient’s fingertips, but 2 new studies suggest that too many of those fingertips stray into questionable territory. In a survey from Wolters Kluwer Health, 78% of physicians said that lack of time is one of the most common challenges for physician-patient communication. The next biggest problem in this regard…

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Are Endometrial Polyps Overtreated?

A metaanalysis of women who have had polypectomies suggests that postmenopausal status and abnormal bleeding are negatively associated with endometrial neoplasia. However, a second prospective analysis of patients diagnosed with polyps who were referred for follow-up rather than immediate intervention suggests that “watch and wait” might be the most prudent course in a majority of…

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Persons With Asymptomatic Genital Herpes Still Shed Virus

Persons with herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) infection but without symptoms shed virus in the genital tract less often than symptomatic individuals, but even in asymptomatic individuals, genital HSV shedding was often not associated with a lesion, suggesting a high risk for transmission from persons with unrecognized HSV-2 infection. Anna Wald, MD, MPH, senior author…

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