Women's Health

Improvement needed in managing COPD in women

Improvement needed in managing COPD in women

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The prevalence of COPD globally is increasing more rapidly in women than in men.

STD cases reach record high in the U.S.

STD cases reach record high in the U.S.

The largest increase in reported STD cases occurred in P&S syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Hormonal contraception use associated with depression

Hormonal contraception use associated with depression

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Women who use hormonal contraception have an increased risk for first use of an antidepressant and first diagnosis of depression.

Screening and treating pregnant women with asymptomatic bacteriuria may not be helpful

Screening and treating pregnant women with asymptomatic bacteriuria may not be helpful

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Screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria may not lead to better outcomes among pregnant women and exposes them to unnecessary antibiotics.

Sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBT health care

Sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBT health care

LGBT practice management includes routine cancer screening in accordance with current guidelines.

Women advised to undergo breast cancer risk assessment at 40

Women advised to undergo breast cancer risk assessment at 40

50% of women studied met the American Cancer Society requirements for early mammography screening.

USPSTF issues final updated mammography screening guidelines

USPSTF issues final updated mammography screening guidelines

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In an update to its 2009 recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has presented its final guidelines on mammography screening for breast cancer.

No benefit to delaying next pregnancy attempt after early loss

No benefit to delaying next pregnancy attempt after early loss

Couples conceiving within the 0- to 3-month interval are more likely to achieve live birth.

Denosumab may reduce the risk of fracture in women with breast cancer on aromatase inhibitor therapy

Denosumab may reduce the risk of fracture in women with breast cancer on aromatase inhibitor therapy

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Denosumab has been shown to reduce fracture risk in women with breast cancer with bone metastases.

Vitamin D supplementation does not improve functional outcomes in postmenopausal women

Vitamin D supplementation does not improve functional outcomes in postmenopausal women

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Vitamin D deficiency is especially prevalent in postmenopausal women, and recommendations from current guidelines are inconsistent regarding vitamin D use.

Oregon becomes first state to offer birth control without a prescription

Oregon becomes first state to offer birth control without a prescription

Starting January 1, the state of Oregon no longer requires a prescription for birth control for women 18 years of age and older.

Ethical concerns with IUDs


Ethical concerns with IUDs


For women who are pro-life advocates, copper IUD devices that prevent fertilization may be an acceptable alternative.

Pap smears, HPV, and screening
 for cervical cancer


Pap smears, HPV, and screening
 for cervical cancer


Confusion surrounds the current screening recommendations and guidelines.

False-positive mammograms and breast cancer risk

False-positive mammograms and breast cancer risk

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False-positive results on a screening mammogram are associated with a greater risk of developing breast cancer in the 10 years following the result.

Pap smear testing
 in a patient who is obese


Pap smear testing
 in a patient who is obese


Correctly position your patient to ensure a proper Pap smear.

Ultrasound, mammograms have similar breast cancer detection rates

Ultrasound, mammograms have similar breast cancer detection rates

A new study of women with at least 2 risk factors for breast cancer found that ultrasound and mammography have similar breast cancer detection rates.

ACOG issues new recommendations for cervical cancer screening

ACOG issues new recommendations for cervical cancer screening

The ACOG issued new guidelines for cervical cancer screening, recommending that screening start at age 21.

African American women least likely to benefit from neoadjuvant breast cancer treatment

African American women least likely to benefit from neoadjuvant breast cancer treatment

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In a study of over 278,000 patients with stage 1 through stage 3 breast cancer, African American women had the lowest rate of pathologic complete response.

Elevated testosterone, estradiol associated with risk of fibroid development

Elevated testosterone, estradiol associated with risk of fibroid development

Researchers found 512 incident and 478 recurrent fibroid cases in patients with high testosterone and high estradiol.

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Researchers confirmed increased risks for infertility and natural menopause before age 50 in women who are either active smokers or regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.

Cervical cancer screening: Why less is best

Cervical cancer screening: Why less is best

ACOG's current recommendations regarding Pap smear testing for cervical cancer may be the best evidence-based practice for patients.

The importance of proper names

The importance of proper names

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Using the correct names for parts of the reproductive system can lead to better knowledge and care of the body.

Higher PTSD prevalence among female Vietnam vets

Higher PTSD prevalence among female Vietnam vets

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Female veterans who served in Vietnam developed PTSD at a significantly higher rate than women who served at bases near Vietnam or in the US, says JAMA Psychiatry.

Awareness of cardiovascular disease risks low among women

Awareness of cardiovascular disease risks low among women

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While heart disease mortality has dropped significantly in the past 25 years, women still experience higher rates of heart disease mortality, and 45% of women are not aware that heart disease is the most common killer of U.S. women.

Mammography without CAD

Mammography without CAD

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Digital screening mammography is as accurate without computer-aided detection (CAD) as it is with the technology.

New treatment guidelines for menopause emphasize individualized care

New treatment guidelines for menopause emphasize individualized care

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New guidelines issued by the Endocrine Society and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggest that clinicians should provide patients with individualized menopause treatments.

Breast cancer incidence is nearly identical in black and white women

Breast cancer incidence is nearly identical in black and white women

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Data released by the American Cancer Society show that, for the first time, breast cancer incidence is nearly identical in black and white women.

In patients with diabetes, women at higher risk for cardiovascular event

In patients with diabetes, women at higher risk for cardiovascular event

Compared with men with diabetes, women with diabetes have a 34% higher risk of experiencing cardiovascular events.

Vaginal discharge and odor 
resulting from tampon use


Vaginal discharge and odor 
resulting from tampon use


A tampon lodged between the cervix and vagina can be the cause of vaginal discharge and odor.

Vitamin D in postmenopausal women

Vitamin D in postmenopausal women

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Vitamin D did not improve bone and muscle outcomes in postmenopausal women.

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