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Judith M. Orvos, ELS
Judith M. Orvos, ELS, is an editorial consultant for Contemporary OB/GYN.
USPSTF updates guidelines preeclampsia prophylaxis
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a new report supporting prophylaxis with low-dose aspirin (81 mg/d) after 12 weeks’ gestation in women at high risk of preeclampsia.
Medicaid reimbursement impacts Pap, mammography screening
An analysis of data from 46 states and the District of Columbia shows that the level of Medicaid reimbursement for office visits has an impact on likelihood of patient screening with Pap tests and other diagnostics for cancer.
African-American women with low birth weight infants at risk of diabetes
An ongoing study of African-American women with more than 16 years of follow up suggests that those who deliver very low birth weight or low birth weight infants may be at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Use of contained power morcellation shows promise
A small four-institution study shows promise for use of an insufflated isolation bag as a way of reducing risks of power morcellation while retaining the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. The authors caution, however, that their results are observational and represent outcomes in the hands of high-volume surgeons.
Rate of labor inductions on the decline
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of induced deliveries is on the decline after almost 20 years of increases. The data are taken from the Natality Data File from the National Vital Statistics System and represent births in singleton deliveries, which are the majority of newborns.
Is vitamin D deficiency linked with infertility?
A prospective Italian study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests that low levels of vitamin D [25(OH)D] may contribute to infertility. The finding, which the authors acknowledge does not confirm causality, could point to possible therapeutic benefits of the vitamin in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Does recent OC use impact breast cancer risk?
A National Cancer Institute-funded case control study suggests that some current formulations of oral contraception (OCs) may increase risk of breast cancer.
Do hysterectomy patients fare better with high-volume surgeons?
A single-institution retrospective study published in JSLS, The Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons suggests that operative times may be shorter and blood loss lower when hysterectomy is done by high-volume surgeons.
Could hormonal contraceptives increase risk of gestational diabetes?
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study of data from a single state suggests that there may be a connection between use of hormonal contraceptives prior to pregnancy and increased risk of developing gestational diabetes (GDM).
New light on prevalence of uterine cancer in morcellation cases
An analysis of minimally invasive hysterectomies performed at multiple institutions over a 7-year period shows that one in every 368 women who underwent morcellation had uterine cancer. According to the investigators, the study also reveals an association between advanced age and increasing prevalence of underlying cancer and endometrial hyperplasia in these patients.