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August 2013 Briefing - OBGYN & Women's Health

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for August 2013. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

More Women in Emergency Room for Kidney Stones

FRIDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Since 2006, more women have been going to the emergency department with kidney stones, while the cost of visits has steadily increased and hospitalization rates have remained stable, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in The Journal of Urology.

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Review Finds No Evidence for Restricting Food, Fluid in Labor

FRIDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- For women in labor there is no evidence of benefits or harms of food and fluid restriction, according to research published online Aug. 22 in The Cochrane Library.

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CDC: Most Teen Immunizations on the Rise

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccination coverage in youths for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) has been increasing since 2009, but there is still a ways to go before achieving the Healthy People 2020 targets for adolescents, according to a report published in the Aug. 30 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Hormone Test May Indicate Risk of Gestational Diabetes

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Low serum concentrations of adiponectin prior to pregnancy may identify women at high risk for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to research published online Aug. 29 in Diabetes Care.

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New Diagnostic Criteria Reduce Sex Disparity in Depression

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- In analyses combining traditional and alternative symptoms of depression, the prevalence of depression is comparable for men and women, according to a study published online Aug. 28 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Young Women's Drinking Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming alcohol between menarche and first pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and proliferative benign breast disease (BBD), according to a study published online Aug. 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Alcohol Consumption Tied to Endometriosis Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol consumption seems to be associated with increased endometriosis risk, according to a meta-analysis published in the August issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Starting 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act, which calls for each individual to have basic health insurance coverage, will be implemented, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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Oral Fluconazole in Pregnancy Not Linked to Most Birth Defects

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Commonly used low doses of fluconazole during pregnancy do not increase the risk of most birth defects but may confer an increased risk of tetralogy of Fallot, according to a study published in the Aug. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Tamoxifen, Age Influence Chemo-Induced Amenorrhea

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Use of tamoxifen and age at treatment for breast cancer predict chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea among premenopausal women, according to research published online Aug. 26 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Early accountable care organization initiatives correlate with lower spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily with improved quality, according to a study published in the Aug. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Provisional Guidelines Issued for Lifting in Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Provisional guidelines derived from lifting criteria established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) can be applied to pregnant women, according to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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ATF3 Has Key Role in Host Cell Enhancement of Breast CA Mets

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3), at the center of the cellular adaptive response network, plays a key role in host cell enhancement of breast cancer metastasis, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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DCIS Terminology Impacts Patient Treatment Choice

TUESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The terminology used to describe ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) impacts treatment choices, according to a research letter published online Aug. 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Preterm Infants Studied

TUESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- All extremely preterm infant survivors have a substantial likelihood of developing moderate to severe impairment; however, the risk of neurodevelopmental impairment declines with increasing gestation, according to a meta-analysis published online Aug. 26 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Weight Maintenance Program Effective in Black Women

MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A medium-intensity behavioral intervention that focuses on maintaining rather than losing weight is effective for preventing weight gain among overweight and obese black women, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Early Auditory Learning May Begin in the Womb

MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The brain is capable of auditory learning before birth, which may have implications for language acquisition and disorders such as dyslexia, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Two-Step Screening Detects Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer

MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A two-step screening process using the Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm (ROCA) followed by transvaginal ultrasound (TVS) for those at high risk, shows high specificity in early detection of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Cancer.

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Calcium + Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Joint Symptoms

MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Calcium plus vitamin D supplementation does not reduce the frequency or severity of joint symptoms in women, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Most Drugs Safe to Take While Breastfeeding

MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Most medications are safe to take while breastfeeding, according to updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published online Aug. 26 in Pediatrics.

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Obligate Anaerobes Can Be Transferred Via Breastfeeding

FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Gut-associated obligate anaerobes can be transferred from mother to neonate via breastfeeding, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in Environmental Microbiology.

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Reference Pricing Changes Consumers' Choices

FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Consumer cost sharing resulting from reference pricing redirects patient volumes and reduces hospital prices for orthopedic surgery, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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CDC: Circumcision Rates for Male Newborns Down From 1979

THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Trends in circumcision rates among male newborns performed during birth hospitalization fluctuated from 1979 to 2010, with changes generally reflecting changing guidance on routine circumcision, according to a report published Aug. 22 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Midwife-Led Care Improves Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes

THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Unless they have substantial medical or obstetric complications, most women should be offered the midwife-led continuity model of care for the benefits it provides in pregnancy and birth outcomes, according to research published online Aug. 21 in The Cochrane Library.

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Pregnancy Linked to Sleep Apnea, Especially With GDM

THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy is associated with sleep disturbances and with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially in the presence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study published online Aug. 21 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed

TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Research on health disparities in the United States, the policy implications of these disparities, and suggestions for improvement of disparities are discussed in "Health Policy Brief: Health Gaps," published Aug. 15 in Health Affairs.

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Increasing Operating Costs Top Concern for Medical Practices

TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The top five concerns of medical practice executives all relate to financial management, with dealing with increasing operating costs reported as the most difficult daily challenge, according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The expanding scope of pharmacists' practice will potentially improve patient care but has implications for physicians, according to an article published online Aug. 19 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Low-Dose Desmopressin Effective for Nocturia

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Desmopressin orally disintegrating tablets are effective and well-tolerated for nocturia among women and men at doses of 25 and 50 µg per day, respectively, according to two studies published in the September issue of The Journal of Urology.

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HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- $67 million is being awarded to Navigator grant applicants and their staff, who will serve as an in-person resource for those requiring additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in Health Insurance Marketplace plans, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Personal Websites Benefit Women With Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Developing and using a personal website to chronicle their experience and communicate with others improves psychological and cancer-specific adjustment in women being treated for breast cancer, according to research published online Aug. 12 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Metformin Usually Adequate for Control of Gestational Diabetes

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Among women with gestational diabetes mellitus, those receiving metformin achieve lower mean glucose levels compared with those receiving insulin, but some require supplemental insulin therapy, according to research published in the July issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Daily Calorie Distribution May Affect Fertility in PCOS

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- In lean women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), eating about half of total daily calories at breakfast rather than dinner improves insulin sensitivity, reduces testosterone levels, and improves the ovulation rate, which may increase fertility, according to a study published in Clinical Science.

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CDC Says U.S. Has Improved in Detection of Hep C Infection

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1998 to test people for hepatitis C infection (HCV) based on risk may have increased testing, but many people still did not get tested before showing signs of the infection, according to a report published in the Aug. 16 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Themes and messages relating to the role of patients in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, and value improvement were discussed at the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Workshop Proceedings, according to a report published Aug. 15 in conjunction with the transcript of the proceedings.

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High Coffee Intake Tied to Higher Mortality in Younger People

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- High coffee consumption (more than four cups per day) may be associated with higher all-cause mortality in men and women younger than 55 years of age, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Breastfeeding May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Nonsmokers

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- For nonsmokers, breastfeeding for more than six months is associated with later breast cancer diagnosis, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians report concerns regarding health care delivery and the future of health care, according to survey findings published by athenahealth.

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Estimated Costs of Excessive Alcohol Use in the U.S. Are High

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The estimated median state cost of excessive alcohol use in the United States in 2006, mostly due to binge drinking, was $2.9 billion, according to research published online Aug. 13 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Facebook Usage Linked to Worse Well-Being

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Using the social networking site Facebook has a negative effect on people's well-being, making them feel less satisfied with their lives, according to a study published online Aug. 14 in PLOS ONE.

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Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Health care providers and patients shape the care experience, and strategies to improve care interactions should also help patients ensure that their needs are met, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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CDC: National Infertility Data Released for 2006 to 2010

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of married women aged 15 to 44 years with infertility decreased from 1982 to 2006-2010, according to a report published Aug. 14 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Children of Obese Mothers at Higher Risk of Early Death

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Adult offspring of mothers who were obese during the pregnancy are at greater risk for early death and hospital admissions for cardiovascular events, according to research published online Aug. 13 in BMJ.

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Physicians Should Consider Social Media As Public Space

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new approach is needed for resolving the physician online identity crisis, according to a viewpoint piece published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Lidocaine Spray Effective Anesthesia in LEEP

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), a lidocaine spray is safe and effective for local anesthesia, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Medicare Reimbursement Drives Procedural Over Cognitive Care

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians treating Medicare patients are reimbursed three to five times more for performing common procedures versus providing cognitive care, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Sports-Related Sudden Death Incidence Varies by Sex

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of sports-related sudden death during moderate-to-vigorous exercise varies by sex, with incidence increasing with age and varying by type of sport among men but not women, according to a research letter published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Laparoscopic Approach in Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer Promising

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Operative outcomes of laparoscopic approach in patients with early-stage ovarian cancer may be comparable with those of laparotomy, according to a meta-analysis published in the July issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Eating Fish Cuts Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Women

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Regular consumption of dietary long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in fish is associated with reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women, according to research published online Aug. 12 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Induction/Augmentation During Birth Linked to Autism

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Induction and/or augmentation during childbirth may be associated with increased odds of autism, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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CDC: National Bone Mineral Density Data Released

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals 8 years of age and older, total bone mineral density (BMD) varies by race/ethnicity and by age, according to national survey data published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare (CPPH) has been launched to advance physician-patient collaboration, according to a report published by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

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Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For registered nurses (RNs), perceived verbal abuse by physicians correlates with less favorable work conditions and attitudes, according to a study published in Nursing Outlook.

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Preterm Birth Has Long-Term Effects on Right Ventricle

MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm birth is associated with right ventricle structural and functional differences in young adults, with potential impairment of systolic function, according to research published in the Aug. 13 issue of Circulation.

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U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information

MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Between 2008 and 2012, hospitals significantly increased their exchange of electronic health information with other providers, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated

MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Management and prophylaxis recommendations have been updated for health care providers with occupational exposure to HIV, according to guidelines published in the September issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

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Individualized Breast Cancer Screening Catches More Cancer

MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A breast cancer screening program tailored to participants' individual risk profiles has a higher-than-expected breast cancer detection rate in 40- to 49-year old women, according to a pilot study published in the August issue of Radiology.

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Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals

MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A seasonal farmers market at a medical center can support the institution's commitment to the goals of the medical home, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians' concerns about malpractice risk predict more aggressive diagnostic testing practices in office-based care, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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First-Trimester Biomarker May Help Identify Early GDM Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Glycosylated fibronectin may be able to identify pregnant women during the first trimester at risk for developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Positive Diagnostic Strategy Non-Inferior to Exclusion in IBS

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a positive diagnostic strategy is non-inferior to a strategy of exclusion for patients' health-related quality of life (HRQOL), according to a study published in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Reanastomosis Is Cost-Effective for Pregnancy Post-Ligation

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- For women desiring pregnancy after tubal ligation, laparoscopic reanastomosis is the most cost-effective choice for women aged 40 years or younger and for older women with higher in vitro fertilization (IVF) costs, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Gut Microbiota Less Diverse in Infants Born by C-Section

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to infants born by vaginal delivery, those delivered by cesarean section (CS) exhibit altered intestinal microbiota, including lower total microbial diversity, delayed colonization of certain bacteria, and lower levels of certain chemokines, according to research published online Aug. 7 in Gut.

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IPAs and PHOs Viable Option for Small Independent Practices

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- For small and medium-size independent practices, sharing care management and information technology resources with other practices through an independent practice association (IPA) or physician-hospital organization (PHO) is a viable alternative and may improve care for patients with chronic conditions, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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U.S. Infant Mortality Down, but Still Room for Improvement

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The infant mortality rate (IMR) in the United States has declined substantially in the last 50 years, but the burden still falls disproportionately on non-Hispanic black infants and those born in southern states, according to a report published in the Aug. 9 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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FDA Approves Rapid Diagnostic Test for HIV Antigen, Antibodies

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The first rapid test to detect the HIV-1 antigen, as well as blood antibodies for the HIV-1 and HIV-2 strains, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Greater Risk of Postpartum Depression in Urban Areas

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Women living in large urban areas are at greater risk for postpartum depression, according to research published online Aug. 6 in CMAJ, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Nearly One in Three Women Use 'Withdrawal' As Contraception

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Using the withdrawal method for contraception is common and has higher rates of unintended pregnancy and emergency contraception use, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Review Looks at Antibiotic Rx in Ambulatory Settings

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Most ambulatory care antibiotic prescriptions are for broad-spectrum agents, which are commonly prescribed for conditions for which antibiotics are rarely indicated, according to research published online July 25 in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

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Multidisciplinary Plan Needed to Meet Breastfeeding Goals

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is calling for continuing education efforts to improve continuation of breastfeeding, particularly among underserved populations, according to a Committee Opinion published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) are calling for additional flexibility in the timing of the adoption of stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a letter written to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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For Women, Child Abuse Linked to Adult Thyroid Conditions

TUESDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- For women, childhood abuse correlates with significantly higher odds of thyroid conditions in adulthood, according to a study published online July 29 in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

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Diet Encouragement Linked to Disordered Eating in Youth

TUESDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Encouragement to diet by a significant other is strongly linked to young adults' disordered eating behaviors, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

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Long-Term Calcium-Channel Blockers Tied to Breast CA Risk

MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women, long-term use of calcium-channel blockers may be associated with an increased risk of invasive ductal and lobular breast cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Participation Increases in Online CME Activities

MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The number of physicians and non-physicians participating in continuing medical education (CME) has increased, especially in online activities, according to a report published by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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Antioxidants Don't Up Fertility Outcomes for Subfertile Women

MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidant supplementation does not effectively increase rates of live birth or clinical pregnancy in subfertile women, according to a review published online Aug. 5 in The Cochrane Library.

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Asthma During Pregnancy Linked to Disease in Offspring

MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of diseases in offspring, such as infectious and respiratory diseases, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Pediatrics.

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Benefits of Single-Incision Laparoscopy Unclear

FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- There is limited data available to demonstrate the safety and feasibility of minimally invasive, single-incision laparoscopy, according to a technology assessment published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Significant Patient Satisfaction Post-Breast Reduction Surgery

FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo breast reduction are satisfied with breast appearance and report improvements in psychosocial, sexual, and physical well-being, according to a study published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Partners Experience Changes in Sexuality Postpartum Too

THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Partners of new mothers also experience changes in sexuality during the postpartum period, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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CDC: Breastfeeding Rates Increasing in United States

THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- More than three-quarters of infants begin breastfeeding, and rates at six and 12 months have increased since 2000, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Alcohol Use Down, Drug Use Up Among Pregnant Women

THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- From 2000 to 2010 there was a decrease in alcohol abuse, but an increase in drug use, among pregnant women, according to a report published July 25 by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Immediate Post-Op Delirium Common in Elderly Patients

THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Delirium in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) is relatively common among elderly patients undergoing surgery with general anesthesia, according to a study published in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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