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Judith M. Orvos, ELS
Judith M. Orvos, ELS, is an editorial consultant for Contemporary OB/GYN.
FDA discouraging use of power morcellation
A safety communication discouraging use of power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for fibroids has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of concern about risk of inadvertent spread of unsuspected cancer to abdominal and pelvic cavities.
Ankle fracture may signal risk of subsequent fracture
New research suggests that ankle fractures should be considered in the same category as forearm fractures when it comes to assessing risk of bone breaks in postmenopausal women. The findings were presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Seville, Spain.
Hyperimmune globulin doesn’t prevent congenital CMV
A randomized controlled trial (RCT) calls into question the benefit of administering hyperimmune globulin to pregnant women with primary cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) as a way to prevent intrauterine transmission. CMV is a major cause of morbidity and mortality.
‘The Grown-Up’s Guide to Vaccinations’
Featured on the home page of Ladies Home Journal’s Health section, this article offers guidelines for Tdap, influenza, herpes zoster, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis B vaccination in adults. No information is included on vaccination in pregnancy.
‘Your Birth Control Could Be Messing With Your Libido’
Expert Mary Jane Minkin, MD, is quoted in an article in Women’s Health that profiles a study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
‘9 Foods That Fight Hot Flashes’
A study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the basis for this article in Woman's Day. A link to the North American Menopause Society’s website is offered in the introduction, but not one to the study abstract itself.
Are multiparous women at risk of CVD?
Data from a study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session raise the intriguing question of whether multiparity raises the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. The report, by researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern, suggests that plaque in the heart and arterial thickening may be more prevalent in women who give birth four or more times than in those with two to three live births.
Teens, suburbanites getting prenatal care from non-ob/gyns
A first-of-its-kind report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) suggests that many teens and women in small towns or suburbs or who lack health insurance are receiving routine prenatal care from providers who are not ob/gyns.
FDA panel recommends HPV DNA test as first-line cervical cancer screening
FDA panel recommends HPV DNA test as first-line cervical cancer screening
In a unanimous vote, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has recommended that the agency give premarket approval to a human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test as first-line screening for cervical cancer.
NIH study links male exposure to phthalates with decreased fertility
Women whose male partners have been exposed to three common environmental chemicals may have a harder time getting pregnant, according to the results of a prospective study published in Fertility & Sterility by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other institutions.

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