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Ben Schwartz
Ben Schwartz is Associate Editor, Contemporary OB/GYN.
CDC issues interim guidance on congenital Zika infection
New interim guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the need for standard screening and monitoring of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection plus hearing screening and specific testing and evaluation in three clinical scenarios. Plus: Are at-risk women commonly tested for rectal gonorrhea, chlamydia? Also: According to a study, ovarian cancer may originate in fallopian tubes.
Study: Racial disparity in breast cancer mortality, rates
A new report from The American Cancer Society shows that in every US state, breast cancer incidence rates are higher in non-Hispanic white (NHW) women than in non-Hispanic black (NHB) women, but rates of death from the disease, however, are higher in NHB women than in NHW women. Also: Is second-stage labor longer with epidural analgesia? Plus, a study finds that ovarian reserve biomarkers are not associated with fertility.
Study: Early-term births linked to poorer CRF through young adulthood
Longitudinal data from a prospective cohort study indicate that being born early term may negatively affect a child’s cardiorespiratory fitness. Plus: Is there a difference in PTB rate between branded and compounded 17P? Also, a review analyzes whether or not there are any benefits to placentophagy.
Meta-analysis on oocyte donation and perinatal outcomes
A systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that in pregnancies conceived via assisted reproduction, risk of adverse perinatal outcomes may be higher with donated than with autologous oocytes. Plus: Do post-cesarean antibiotics reduce infections in obese women? Also: Researchers believe they have identified the genes associated with preterm delivery.
Study: Annual ob/gyn visits declining
Researchers note that the number of women who annually visit an ob/gyn has steadily declined since 2000. Plus: MAb may reduce risk of fracture in women with osteoporosis. Also, a study shows that postmenopausal hormone therapy is not associated with risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, or total cancer mortality.
How effective is the 9-valent HPV vaccine?
One study looks at how successful the 9vHPV vaccine is in preventing HPV-related cervical, vaginal, and vulvar diseases. Plus: FDA approves first neonatal MRI. Also, researchers note that obstetric services in rural areas severely lacking.
Uro Pipeline: Supplemental application submitted for advanced RCC treatment
Other pipeline developments include an agent to control pain in IC/BPS patients, an antibody to treat prostate and bladder cancer, an injectable OAB treatment, and more.
New products: Holmium laser increases stone ablation volume
Other products discussed include cancer tests, an app to connect patients with specialists, a revenue management system, and more
Uro Pipeline: Phase IIb study begins for intraprostatic localized PCa drug
Other pipeline developments include a new company formed to develop OAB treatments, a phase III urothelial cancer study meeting its primary endpoint, the formation of a partnership to study RCC treatment, and more.
New Products: Nasal spray to treat nocturia receives FDA approval
Other products discussed include catheter sets to make the ordering process easier, a micro-US/MRI fusion application for prostate imaging, an international prostate registry for HIFU and more.

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