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Recurrent PID Linked to Infertility, Chronic Pelvic Pain

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  • November, 14 2011

Recurrent pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is associated with an increased risk for infertility and chronic pelvic pain (CPP), according to a study published in the September issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Compared with women without recurrent PID, those who did have a recurrence were 80% more likely to experience fertility and 4 times as likely to have common…

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VTE Prophylaxis in Gynecologic Surgery: Effective but Underused

For the majority of women having gynecologic surgery for benign conditions, intermittent pneumatic compression provides sufficient protection against venous thromboembolism (VTE). Women at increased risk for blood clots, including older women with cancer or a history of VTE, will need pharmacologic prophylaxis as well. The findings are from a systematic review of randomized clinical trials…

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Women at Midlife and Beyond Have Unique Health Needs

Troy Brown conducting: An Expert Interview With Ivy M. Alexander, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN Editor’s note: Women at midlife have health issues that go far beyond hot flashes and symptoms of menopause. Many women find symptoms of menopause, which include hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal atrophy, to be quite bothersome, whereas other women barely notice…

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Smoking Increases Women’s Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

Among initially healthy women, smoking for even a short time is a potent risk factor for symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the June 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. “This study showed that—as has been previously shown for heart attacks and for lung cancer—that smoking…

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High Carb Intake in Pregnancy Linked to Gallbladder Disease

A high carbohydrate intake in pregnancy raises the risk of developing gallstones, according to investigators at the University of Washington, Seattle, who presented their findings here at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2011. The study involved 3070 women in their first trimester of pregnancy. Results showed that the risk for gallbladder disease was significantly higher among…

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Earlier Pap Smears Best for At-Risk Adolescents

Young women who have multiple partners or a history of sexually transmitted disease would benefit from cervical cancer screening before age 21, according to new research presented earlier this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. “The patient population that we looked at is of lower socioeconomic status, they…

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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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Women With High Vitamin D Had Lower Risk for Early-Onset AMD

High vitamin D blood levels appear to be associated with a decreased risk for the development of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) among women younger than 75 years, according to the results of a study reported in the April issue of theArchives of Ophthalmology. “…AMD, a chronic, late-onset disease that results in degeneration of the…

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ACOG Updates Routine Well-Woman Annual Screening Guidelines

The Committee on Gynecologic Practice of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated guidelines for routine screenings, laboratory tests, and immunizations for the annual examination visit of nonpregnant adolescents and women, according to a Committee Opinion published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. “The purpose of the annual ob-gyn visit is…

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Older Women Also Need Pap Smears

Women aged 70 and over should continue to get regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer, a study suggests. The study was presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Researchers found that women aged 70 and over account for more than one in 10 cases of cervical cancer in…

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