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March 2017 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 March 2017. 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.

Vertical Integration Insurance Products of Higher Quality

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Insurance products offered by hospitals and health systems, known as vertical integration, are generally of higher quality than other contracts, according to a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

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Church-Based Program Sings the Praises of Healthy Eating

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implementing a 12-week Body and Soul program that includes demonstration of healthy recipes and peer counseling is associated with increases in weekly servings of fruit and vegetables among African-American church members, according to a community case study published online March 23 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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90 Percent of U.S. Physicians Satisfied With Career Choice

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nine out of 10 American doctors are happy with their choice of profession, even though they have some challenges, according to an American Medical Association (AMA) survey of 1,200 doctors, residents, and medical students, conducted in February.

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Estriol Gel Aids Vaginal Health Pre, Post Genital Prolapse Sx

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women undergoing surgical treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, vaginal estriol gel is associated with improvement in vaginal health, according to a study published online March 27 in Menopause.

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Microfluidic Culture Model of Female Reproductive Tract Built

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A microfluidic platform has been developed to model the human reproductive tract and menstrual cycle, according to a report published online March 28 in Nature Communications.

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Cediranib Tx in Relapsed Ovarian CA Doesn't Lower Quality of Life

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maintenance therapy with cediranib for women with relapsed ovarian cancer is not detrimental to quality of life (QOL), according to a study published online March 24 in Cancer.

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Maternal Obesity Without Chronic Illness Ups Preterm Delivery Risk

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Higher prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) is associated with increased risk of preterm delivery in the absence of chronic diseases, according to a study published recently in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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C-Section, Maternal Health Impact Odds of Pediatric MS

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal and perinatal factors that influence the risk of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) include cesarean delivery and maternal health during pregnancy, according to a study published in the April issue of Pediatrics.

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Extreme Preemies Benefit Most From Corticosteroids Before Birth

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among infants born from 23 to 34 weeks of gestation, antenatal exposure to corticosteroids is associated with lower mortality and morbidity at most gestations, according to a study published online March 28 in The BMJ.

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Hep B, C Could Be Eliminated As Public Health Threats by 2030

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis B and C could be eliminated as serious public health problems in the United States by 2030, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Increases in Heroin Use in the U.S. Greater Among Whites

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2001-2002 to 2012-2013 there was an increase in the prevalence of heroin use and heroin use disorder, according to a study published online March 29 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Rates Up Nationwide

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women with early-stage unilateral breast cancer treated with surgery, there was an increase in the proportion undergoing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) from 2004 to 2012, with considerable variation across states, according to a study published online March 29 in JAMA Surgery.

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Gum Disease, Tooth Loss Tied to Higher Mortality in Older Women

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tooth loss is associated with increased risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death in older women, according to a study published online March 29 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Study Explores Links Between Zika, GBS, Microcephaly in Brazil

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The causal links between Zika virus (ZIKV) infection, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), and microcephaly need to be further clarified, according to a letter to the editor published online March 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Inadvertent HPV Vax Doesn't Up Risk of Poor Pregnancy Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine during pregnancy is not associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to a study published in the March 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Pregnancy Risks Upped in Women With Intellectual Disability

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at increased risk for adverse maternal and offspring outcomes, according to a study published in the April issue of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Alcohol Consumption Trending Upward Among Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adults age 60+ years, there is an upward trend in the prevalence of current drinking, according to a study published online March 24 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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Substance Abuse Is a Treatable Chronic Medical Condition

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a position paper published online March 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recommendations are presented for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

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Lap, Abdominal Hysterectomy Equal for Early Endometrial CA

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women with stage I endometrial cancer, total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) is equivalent to total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) for disease-free survival at 4.5 years, according to a study published in the March 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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FDA Approves Zejula for Certain Female Cancers

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Zejula (niraparib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adult women with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancers whose tumors have shrunk in response to platinum-based chemotherapy.

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TV Ads for ACA Enrollment Linked to Decline in Uninsured Rates

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The volume of insurance advertisements during the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period correlated with change in uninsurance rates, with a higher volume of television advertisements linked to declines in uninsurance, according to a study published online March 15 in Health Affairs.

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ACP Issues Challenge to Cut Task Burden and Put Patients First

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a position paper published online March 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recommendations are presented to address the impact of administrative tasks and reduce the administrative burden on clinicians.

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BRCA Mutation Testing Shifts to Unaffected Women

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- BRCA testing has shifted from being primarily used in cancer patients to being used in unaffected women, according to a study published online March 22 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Paid Malpractice Claims Cut in Half From 1992 to 2014 in U.S.

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 1992 to 2014 there was a decrease in the rate of malpractice claims paid on behalf of physicians in the United States, but mean compensation amounts increased, according to a study published online March 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Smoking Ups Long-Term Risks From Radiotherapy in Breast CA

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with breast cancer, the absolute risks associated with modern radiotherapy are higher for smokers than nonsmokers, according to research published online March 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Treatment Seeking Low Among Teens With Eating Disorders

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents with eating disorders infrequently seek treatment, according to a study published online March 21 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

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Inositol Supplements Don't Prevent Gestational Diabetes

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Inositol supplementation in early pregnancy does not prevent gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in women with a family history of diabetes, according to a study published online March 21 in Diabetes Care.

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Higher Risk of Adverse Outcomes for Births to Young CA Survivors

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of preterm birth and low birth weight is increased for live births for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors (diagnosed at ages 15 to 39), according to a study published online March 23 in JAMA Oncology.

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Heterogeneous Association for Alcohol, CVD Presentation

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are heterogeneous associations between the level of alcohol consumption and initial presentation of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published online March 22 in The BMJ.

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Mobile App Cuts In-Person Visits After Breast Reconstruction

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Follow-up care delivered via a mobile app can reduce in-person visits for ambulatory patients undergoing breast reconstruction, according to a study published online March 22 in JAMA Surgery.

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30-Day Mortality Down During Joint Commission Survey Weeks

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients admitted to the hospital during The Joint Commission on-site inspections (surveys) have reduced mortality compared to that seen during non-survey weeks, according to research published online March 20 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Spouses Bereaved by Suicide Have Elevated Health Risks

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses bereaved by suicide have elevated risks of mental, physical, and social health outcomes, according to a study published online March 22 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Smartphone Device Analyzes Semen to Assess Male Fertility

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An automated smartphone-based semen analyzer can provide a semen quality evaluation with about 98 percent accuracy, according to research published in the March 22 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Perinatal HIV Infection Down in U.S. From 2002 to 2013

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The estimated annual number of perinatal HIV-infected infants born in the United States decreased from 2002 to 2013, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Infant Mortality Down in United States From 2005 to 2014

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2005 to 2014, infant mortality declined for all major racial and ethnic groups in the United States, except American Indian or Alaska Natives, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Prenatal DHA Supplementation Doesn't Increase IQ at Age 7

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation does not affect IQ at age 7 years, according to a research letter published in the March 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Black, Asian Medical Students Less Likely to Be AΩA Members

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Asian medical students are less likely to be members of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) honor society than white students, according to a study published online March 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Lack of Recent Health Care Tied to Unawareness of Diabetes

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factors that are associated with being unaware of diabetes include not receiving health care in the past year, while a family history of diabetes and hospitalizations in the past year are factors associated with increased awareness, according to a study published online March 13 in Diabetes Care.

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No Link for Paternal Use of MTX, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Paternal exposure to methotrexate within 90 days before pregnancy is not associated with congenital malformations, stillbirths, or preterm birth, according to a study published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Risk Reports to Doctor, Patient Up Adjunct Breast MRI Screening

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women undergoing screening mammography, direct communication of risk-based recommendations for adjunct breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to women and referring physicians is associated with an increased screening rate, according to a study published online recently in Health Communication.

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Magnesium Wasting Despite Diuretic Choice in Cervical CA Tx

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women with cervical cancer, administration of cisplatin concomitant with whole pelvic radiation is associated with magnesium wasting, according to a study published online March 9 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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Impaired Orthostatic BP Recovery Linked to Falls in Older Adults

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delayed recovery orthostatic hypotension (OH) and sustained OH are associated with increased risk of falls among community-dwelling older adults, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Maternal Hyperglycemia Ups Offspring Cardiometabolic Risk

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal hyperglycemia during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of abnormal glucose tolerance, obesity, and increased blood pressure (BP) in offspring, independent of maternal obesity, according to a study published online March 9 in Diabetes Care.

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Los Angeles eConsult Program Can Reduce Wait Times

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of an electronic system for provision of specialty care was rapidly adopted in Los Angeles, and it can reduce wait times to see specialists, according to a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

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Initial Rx Can Affect Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients reduce their risk of dependence and addiction, according to research published in the March 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Patients Have High Confidence in Self-Testing INR

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most patients have high confidence in self-testing their international normalized ratio (INR), according to a study published online Feb. 23 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Video Helps Patients Meet Radiotherapy Educational Needs

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Educational videos augmented by three-dimensional (3D) visualization software are useful for addressing radiotherapy patients' educational needs, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.

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Appeals Court Upholds Restaurant Salt Warning

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An Empire State appeals court has upheld the New York City health department rule that requires restaurants to warn customers about menu items that exceed the 2,300 mg daily recommended sodium limit, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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High-Intensity Aerobic Exercise May Help Reverse Cellular Aging

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-intensity exercise training can reverse some manifestations of aging in the body's protein function, according to a study published in the March issue of Cell Metabolism.

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Clinical Decision Support System Use Tied to Fewer VTE Events

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of computerized clinical decision support systems (CCDSSs) among surgical patients is associated with an increase in the rate of appropriate ordering of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis and a decrease in the risk of VTE events, according to a review published online March 15 in JAMA Surgery.

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Catastrophic Neonatal Outcome Ups Unscheduled C-Section Rates

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Catastrophic neonatal outcome is associated with a transient increase in the rate of unscheduled cesarean deliveries, according to research published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Provider Understanding of CAM Use in Menopause Is Key

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many women use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for menopause, and increased provider understanding may improve provider-patient communication and treatment effectiveness, according to a review published in the May issue of Maturitas.

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Women Underrepresented Among Grand Rounds Speakers

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women seem to be underrepresented among academic grand rounds (GR) speakers, according to a research letter published online March 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Concurrent Benzodiazepine, Opioid Use Up Significantly

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2001 to 2013, concurrent benzodiazepine/opioid use significantly increased in privately-insured patients in the United States, according to a report published online March 14 in The BMJ.

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Access to Fertility Clinics Limited for Many U.S. Women

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of reproductive-age women in the United States have little or no access to infertility clinics, according to a study published online March 10 in Fertility & Sterility.

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Significant Cost Savings for Evidence-Based Radiation Tx

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of older American women with early breast cancer may get more radiation treatment (RT) than needed, which significantly and unnecessarily increases medical costs, according to a study published online March 14 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

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Economic Benefit for Lifestyle Modification in Prediabetes

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with prediabetes, participation in lifestyle modifications such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is associated with economic benefit, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in Population Health Management.

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No Benefit for Activity Restriction Post Prolapse Surgery

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women undergoing reconstructive prolapse surgery, satisfaction is similarly high three months after surgery for those instructed to liberally resume activities and for those instructed to restrict their activities, according to a study published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Support for Health Law Up to 48 Percent in February

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Support for the health law is increasing, with most Americans feeling that Medicaid should continue as it is today, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.

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Internet CBT Ups Sexual Function in Breast Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For breast cancer survivors (BCSs) with sexual dysfunction, an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention can improve sexual functioning, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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ADA Updates Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends metformin as first-line therapy for type 2 diabetes, according to a synopsis of the 2017 ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes published online March 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Adverse CV Events Up Post Failure of Fertility Therapy

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Failed fertility therapy may increase risk of long-term adverse cardiovascular events, according to a study published online March 13 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Experimental Nutrient Kit May Avert Postpartum Depression

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers suggest that three days of an experimental dietary supplementation may eliminate depressed mood after childbirth, according to a study published online March 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Omega-3 Supplements May Benefit Heart Failure Patients

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription of omega-3 supplements may benefit some patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and patients with heart failure, according to a new report published online March 13 in Circulation.

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Higher Spending by Physicians Not Tied to Better Outcomes

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare patients treated by higher-spending physicians are just as likely to be readmitted or die within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital as patients treated by doctors who order fewer or less-expensive tests and treatments, according to a study published online March 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Confidentiality Issues Impact Use of STD Services for Youth

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents and young adults, confidentiality-related concerns are associated with less use of sexually transmitted disease (STD) services, according to a report published in the March 10 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Low, but More Progress Possible

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A small proportion of HIV-infected women continue to transmit the virus to their neonates despite access to high-quality care, according to research published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Contraceptive Use Up for Women With Congenital Heart Disease

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with congenital heart disease (CHD) use a spectrum of contraceptive methods, with barrier methods and oral contraception (OC) preferred, according to a study published in the March 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Risk of T2DM at Different BMIs Varies With Ethnicity

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) associated with body mass index (BMI) varies between ethnic groups, according to a study published online Feb. 17 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

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ATA Guidelines Available As Pocket Cards, Mobile Apps

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two additional quick-reference tools, which offer guidance on management of various thyroid disorders, have been launched by the American Thyroid Association.

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Excess Gestational Weight Gain Up With Group Prenatal Care

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Group prenatal care is associated with excess gestational weight gain among normal-weight and overweight women, according to a study published online March 9 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Lowering Cost of Healthy Foods Increases Consumption

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Governments could boost the consumption of healthy food by making it less expensive, as well as requiring that unhealthier food be more expensive, according to research published online March 1 in PLOS ONE.

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods May Mediate Pain in Obese Patients

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who are overweight and experiencing chronic pain may find relief in a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, according to a study published in the February issue of PAIN.

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Patients With Thyroid CA Who Choose No Rx Report Isolation

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with thyroid cancer who decide not to intervene experience anxiety, may feel isolated, and are at risk of disengaging from health care, according to a study published online March 9 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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Better Outcomes in T2DM With No Delay in Tx Intensification

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes, not delaying intensification of oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs) is associated with greater reductions in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), and with reduced risks of cardiovascular events and amputations, according to a study published online Feb. 17 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

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Aromatherapy Massage Helpful for Female Cancer Patients

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Female cancer patients report positive experiences with aromatherapy massage (ATM), according to a study published online March 2 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Yoga + Coherent Breathing May Help Treat Depression

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weekly sessions of yoga and deep breathing exercises can help ease symptoms of depression, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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Cardiometabolic Risk Factors Not Always Seen With Obesity

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 10 percent of obese people have no cardiometabolic risk factors (CRFs), according to research published March 9 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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EWG Report: Strawberries Have Most Pesticides

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strawberries have the highest level of pesticide contamination in produce, while sweet corn and avocados have the lowest levels, according to an annual report from the Environmental Working Group.

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ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Pose Challenges to Timely Care

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People living in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are less likely to be uninsured or struggling with the strain of unpaid medical bills, but they also seem to have increased difficulty receiving timely care, according to research published in the March 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Rates of Hepatitis C Testing Too Low in Baby Boomers

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recommendations, too few American baby boomers are tested for hepatitis C virus, according to a study published online March 8 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Routine Antenatal HIV Testing Cost-Effective

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Routine HIV testing is both cost-effective and cost-saving in antenatal settings, according to a review published online March 2 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Soy Linked to Prolonged Survival in Some Breast Cancer Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivors who consume more soy may have a lower risk of all-cause mortality over a 10-year period, according to a study published online March 6 in Cancer.

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Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Up Rate of Cerebral Palsy

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal obesity may be associated with risk of cerebral palsy in full-term infants, according to a study published in the March 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Diet Tied to Large Proportion of Cardiometabolic Deaths

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that lack certain foods and nutrients, such as vegetables, and exceed optimal levels of others, like salt, according to a study published in the March 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: Arthritis Limits the Activities of 24 Million U.S. Adults

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One in four adults in America report an arthritis diagnosis, with the number of individuals disabled by it up 20 percent since 2002, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Fewer Americans Actively Trying to Lose Weight

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One in every three people in the United States is now obese, compared with one in five 20 years ago, but many have given up on trying to lose the excess weight, according to a research letter published in the March 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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USPSTF: Insufficient Evidence for Pelvic Screening Exams

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic examination in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the March 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Few Patients With Resistant High BP Take Rx As Prescribed

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Only 20 percent of patients with resistant hypertension take all the medicine they're prescribed, according to research published online March 6 in Hypertension.

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Republicans Introduce Affordable Care Act Replacement

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An initial Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act was formally introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday.

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Patients Reluctant to Comply With Drug-Only Psychiatric Treatment

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mental health patients are more likely to reject treatment if it involves only medication, according to a study published online March 6 in Psychotherapy.

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Cancer Screening Remains Below Healthy People 2020 Targets

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2000 to 2015 there were increases in colorectal cancer screening use, but not in breast or cervical cancer screening, according to a report published in the March 3 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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FDA Approves Noctiva Nasal Spray for Nocturnal Polyuria

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) nasal spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat frequent urination at night due to nocturnal polyuria.

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CDC: Fewer Teens Using Tanning Beds

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. teens who use indoor tanning has dropped by half in recent years, according to a study published online March 3 JAMA Dermatology.

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Most Health Care Providers Can Offer Cost Estimate

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most provider organizations can offer a cost estimate, although few patients request one, according to a report published by Becker's Hospital CFO.

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Neurofeedback Aids in Reducing Chemo-Related Nerve Damage

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Learning to control brain waves with neurofeedback appears to help cancer survivors ease symptoms of chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), according to a study published online March 3 in Cancer.

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Judgement Bias in Medical Device Recall Decisions

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The characteristics of the signal in user feedback of adverse events associated with medical devices and the situated context of decision makers correlate with judgement bias in reacting to these adverse events, according to research published online Jan. 29 in Production and Operations Management.

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Exercise Treatments Best for Reducing Cancer-Related Fatigue

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise and/or behavioral and educational therapy may be more effective than prescription drugs for dealing with cancer-related fatigue, according to a meta-analysis published online March 2 in JAMA Oncology.

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Poor Diet in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Early Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and red and processed meat during adolescence and early adulthood may raise the risk for early-onset breast cancer, according to a study published in the March issue of Cancer Research.

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CDC: Odds of Birth Defects Up 20-Fold in Mothers With Zika

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are 20 times more likely to have an infant born with certain birth defects as mothers who gave birth before the Zika epidemic began, according to research published in the March 3 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Sun Protection Behaviors Often Poor Among Melanoma Survivors

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A sizeable proportion of melanoma survivors still report elevated sun exposure, sunburns, and suboptimal ultraviolet radiation protection behaviors, according to research published online March 2 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Wide Variation Found for Amount of Melatonin in Supplements

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many over-the-counter melatonin products are inaccurately labeled, according to a study published in the Feb. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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Overall, 8.8 Percent of U.S. Population Uninsured in 2016

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 8.8 percent of individuals of all ages were uninsured in the first nine months of 2016, which marked a nonsignificant reduction from 2015, according to a Feb. 14 report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Cognitive Outcomes in Children No Better With Levothyroxine Tx

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism or hypothyroxinemia before 20 weeks of gestation is not associated with better cognitive outcomes in children, according to a study published in the March 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Past Prescribing Behavior Predicts Choice of Insomnia Rx

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In treatment of insomnia, historical preference for a certain medication is highly predictive of future prescribing behavior, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in Scientific Reports.

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Review Supports Link Between Adiposity, Risk of Some Cancers

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Additional weight appears to particularly influence the risk of cancers related to the digestive organs or those driven by hormonal abnormalities, according to a review published online Feb. 28 in The BMJ.

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More Functions Available for Physicians at PCMH Practices

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care physicians working in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices more often have PCMH-related functions available, according to a Feb. 17 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

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Indoor Tanning Cost U.S. Health Care $343 Million Annually

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skin cancers linked to indoor tanning are estimated to have cost the U.S. health care system hundreds of millions of dollars in 2015, according to research published online Feb. 28 in the Journal of Cancer Policy.

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Exposure to Neuraminidase Inhibitors in Utero Not Harmful

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to neuraminidase inhibitors during pregnancy is not associated with adverse neonatal outcomes or congenital malformations, according to a study published online Feb. 28 in The BMJ.

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Guidelines Provided for Suboptimally Dated Pregnancies

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines have been provided for managing pregnancies in which the best clinical estimate of gestational age is suboptimal, according to a committee opinion published in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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