AIUM: Ultrasound First-Line for Pelvic Imaging

Ultrasound is more cost-effective and safer than other imaging technologies for imaging the female pelvis and should be the first modality used for patients with pelvic symptoms, advocates of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) have proposed.

Thyroid Screening for Some Women

The Endocrine Society has responded to the final recommendation statement on screening for thyroid dysfunction issued by the United States Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) in support of screening in specific situations.

AAFP Issues Comprehensive Breastfeeding Toolkit

A new breastfeeding toolkit is available, which includes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) business case for why employers should support breastfeeding, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Cautious Use of Prenatal Antibiotics Advised

Women whose children are at risk for developing asthma should avoid antibiotics to the extent that they can, a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports.

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Vitamin D May Not Prevent Vaginosis

A new study suggests that high doses of vitamin D may not help prevent the return of bacterial vaginosis (BV).

Spotting as Endometriosis Marker with Infertility

Premenstrual spotting for two or more days is associated with endometriosis in women with infertility.

Chart: Drugs Used in Pregnancy

Review this newly updated chart on drugs used in pregnancy for quick information when you need it.

News

Greater Chance of Twins Seen for Female Smokers With Genetic Variant

Researchers may have discovered a mechanistic explanation and preliminary evidence to support previous findings that mothers of twins are more likely to have smoked, despite smoking's potential deleterious effects on fertility.

Gestational Diabetes May Impact Child's Autism Risk

In a study published in JAMA, intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes by 26 weeks was linked to a risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

The Rx Opioid Epidemic Is Affecting Infants Too

Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found that most babies exposed to opioid pain relievers were more likely to be preterm, have complicated births, low birth weight, and have meconium aspiration syndrome and respiratory distress.

Liletta Available to Prevent Pregnancy for up to 3 Years

Actavis and Medicines360 announced the launch of Liletta (levonorgetsrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52mg for the prevention of pregnancy for up to 3 years.

Maternal C-Type Natriuretic Peptide Tied to Pre-Eclampsia

In late pregnancy, NTproCNP associated with diastolic and mean arterial pressure

Case Studies

Are Postpartum Women Prone to IUD Uterine Perforation?

Are Postpartum Women Prone to IUD Uterine Perforation?

Ms. R, a 28-year-old G1P1 presents at four weeks postpartum requesting long-acting contraception via an IUD.

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Case Reveals More Underlying Conditions

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Case Reveals More Underlying Conditions

Mrs. A, a 35-year-old G2P2 reports for an annual exam and contraceptive counseling as a new patient to your practice. She states that her menstrual cycles are "regular," occurring monthly, but reports heavier bleeding, often passing clots. She also is experiencing increased cramping with her periods.

Postmenopausal Palpable Ovary Discovered

Postmenopausal Palpable Ovary Discovered

Mrs. E, a 55-year-old G1,P1 presents as a new patient, having just moved to the area. She admits to "missing" her annual GYN exams for "several years." She describes herself as "healthy and active" and states that she engages in regular exercise (walking).

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