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Judith M. Orvos, ELS
Judith M. Orvos, ELS, is a a BELS-certified medical writer and editor and an editorial consultant for Contemporary OB/GYN.
Endometriosis and cancer-driver mutations
A genomic analysis of endometriotic lesions shows that a disease associated with almost no risk of malignant transformation may harbor mutations associated with cancer. The findings, published in NEJM, provide a rationale for characterizing all endometriosis subtypes, say the authors.
Elagolix dosage and impact on endometriosis
New research on two different dosages of elagolix show that both doses improved dysmenorrhea and nonmenstrual pelvic pain in women with endometriosis. The findings, published in NEJM, add to data from previous studies of the drug, which showed that it produced partial to nearly full estrogen suppression.
Is cervical insufficiency a true diagnosis?
A debate at ACOG 2017 looks at whether cervical insufficiency should be abandoned as a diagnosis. Plus: A study presented at ACOG 2017 examines whether human papillomavirus is linked to preterm birth?
Quiz pits senior fellows against young physicians
One of the most-anticipated sessions at the conference pitted senior ob/gyns against young physicians in a quiz that had both teams at times scratching their heads.
Natural estrogen/progesterone HT capsule shows promise
A first-of-its-kind capsule combining natural 17β-estradiol and progesterone has promise for menopause-related hot flushes, according to results of a Phase 3 multi center trial.
Egg freezing debate gets warm reception
A debate on the pros and cons of routine egg freezing emphasized that earlier counseling about egg freezing by ob/gyns rather than reproductive endocrinologists should be routine, if not the procedure itself.
Preeclampsia as a harbinger of longer-term cerebral damage
A study looks at the long-term impact that preeclampsia can have on mothers' brains. Plus: A study examines the impact of maternal obesity on a child's risk of childhood epilepsy.
Who is being tested for BRCA?
A study looks at who is being tested for BRCA mutations as testing becomes more common. Also, a look at the impact of Zika virus on birth defects using benchmark data. Plus: How is the United States doing with infant mortality?
Does ART failure signal CVD risk?
A study looks at the impact of failed ART on the cardiovascular health of women. Plus: Does a pregnancy near the time of breast cancer lead to worse outcomes. Also, a look at how many women may have little to no access to fertility services.
Does early menstruation increase risk of GDM?
A new study looks at whether who begin menarche early in life are more likely to develop GDM. Plus: USPSTF issues their final recommendations on pelvic exams. Also, a look at the efficacy of vaginal progesterone in preventing preterm birth in twin pregnancy.

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