December 2015 Briefing - OBGYN & Women's Health

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for December 2015. 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.

Perinatal Mortality Higher for Planned Out-of-Hospital Birth

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Planned out-of-hospital birth is associated with higher perinatal mortality and with increased odds of some adverse neonatal outcomes compared with planned in-hospital birth, according to a study published in the Dec. 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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AMA: Burnout Is Top Issue for Physicians in 2015

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physician burnout is the top issue for physicians in 2015, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Third-Trimester Screen Detects Late Alloimmunization

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Third-trimester screening for alloimmunization in Rhesus c (Rhc)-negative women improves detection and treatment of hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN), according to a study published online Dec. 11 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Metformin Looks Promising in the Treatment of Preeclampsia

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin reduces soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) and soluble endoglin (sENG) secretion from primary human tissues, and reduces endothelial dysfunction, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Researchers Call for Retraction of Nitroglycerin-Bone Density Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some authors of a published study that claimed nitroglycerin might boost bone density in older women have asked that the study be retracted, saying the lead researcher falsified data in the report. The research was first published in February 2011 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The request for a retraction appeared online Dec. 28 on the journal's website.

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Study Strengthens Evidence for Mycoplasma genitalium As STI

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is prevalent in more than 1 percent of the sexually-experienced British population, with no infections detected in those reporting no previous sexual experience, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Early First Cancer in BRCA1/2 Ups Risk in Opposite Breast

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- BRCA1/2 mutation carriers have increased risk of contralateral breast cancer (CBC), with age at first diagnosis a significant predictor of CBC risk, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Second Cancer Risk Persists for Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hodgkin's lymphoma survivors have an increased risk of a second cancer, with risk still elevated at 35 years or more after treatment, according to a study published in the Dec. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Breast CA Detection Comparable for Ultrasound, Mammography

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasound and mammography appear equally likely to detect breast cancer, according to research published online Dec. 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Surgery, Chemo Best for Elderly With Advanced Ovarian Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Primary debulking surgery and chemotherapy in an optimal timeframe is associated with the longest survival time for elderly women with advanced ovarian cancer, according to a study published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Efficacy of Azithromycin in Chlamydia Remains High

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Azithromycin is not noninferior to doxycycline for treatment of urogenital chlamydia infection among adolescents; however, the efficacy of both types of treatment is high, according to a study published in the Dec. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Higher Hospital Prices in U.S. 'Monopoly Markets'

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prices at hospitals in monopoly markets are 15 percent higher than those at hospitals in areas with at least four providers, according to research published recently at the Health Care Pricing Project website.

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Pre-Op Testing Over, Under Used in Mid Urethral Sling Surgery

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing mid urethral sling surgery, preoperative testing frequently does not adhere to national guidelines, according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Clinical Pathway Leads to Drop in Total Abdominal Hysterectomies

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Following implementation of a hysterectomy pathway there has been a decrease in the proportion of total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) procedures performed between 2012 and 2014, according to research published online Dec. 7 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Both Smoking Bans and Cigarette Taxes Deter Smokers

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Comprehensive cigarette bans are most effective at limiting smoking among casual users, but high taxes may have the most impact on people who smoke more than a pack a day, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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CDC: Number of U.S. Births Up to 3.9 Million in 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of births in the United States increased in 2014, with an increase in the general fertility rate for the first time since 2007, according to a report published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dec. 23 National Vital Statistics Reports.

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Kangaroo Care Cuts Mortality in Low Birth Weight Newborns

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is associated with improved neonatal outcomes among infants of any birth weight or gestational age, according to a review published online Dec. 23 in Pediatrics.

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ACOG: New Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a practice bulletin published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, new recommendations are presented for cervical cancer screening and prevention.

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Safety of Midwife-Attended Home Births Studied

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For expectant mothers who plan to give birth with midwife assistance, home birth could be a safe option for those with low-risk pregnancies, according to a study published in the Dec. 21 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Group Prenatal Care Beneficial for Young Mothers, Infants

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young mothers and infants could receive significant health benefits from group prenatal care, according to research published online Dec. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Adding Triptorelin to Breast CA Chemo May Up Ovarian Recovery

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For premenopausal women with breast cancer, chemotherapy plus the luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogue (LHRHa) triptorelin is associated with higher long-term probability of ovarian function recovery, according to a study published in the Dec. 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Specific, Consistent ICD-10 Coding Key to Timely Payments

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In order to prevent denials, it is important to code correctly within the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), with specificity matching documentation, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Many Ignore Warning Symptoms Before Sudden Cardiac Arrest

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) frequently have warning symptoms, usually chest pain and dyspnea, in the month prior to the event, according to a study published online Dec. 22 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Periodontal Disease Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Periodontal disease is associated with increased risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women, according to research published online Dec. 21 in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Affordable Care Act Has Improved Access to Care, Affordability

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has improved access to care and affordability of care for many adults, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs.

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Ultrasound Can Determine Fetal Sex in First Trimester

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasound can be used to determine the sex of a fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy, according to a study published online Dec. 11 in the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound.

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Pay-for-Performance to PCPs May Improve Disease Management

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pay-for-performance (P4P) measures have an overall positive effect on disease management, according to a review published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine.

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Increase in Alcohol Tax Linked to Reduction in Gonorrhea Rates

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Introduction of an increase in alcohol beverage sales tax is associated with a reduction in gonorrhea rates, according to research published online Dec. 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Use of Minimally Invasive Sx for Endometrial Cancer Varies

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variation in hospital utilization of minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of early-stage endometrial cancer, according to a study published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Ultrasound Findings in Invasive Breast CA Link to Histopathology

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Histopathologic patterns and biomarkers for invasive breast cancer correlate with differences in findings on sonographic (US) imaging, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound.

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High T, Estradiol Increases Risk of Incident Fibroid Development

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having high testosterone (T) along with high estradiol (E2) levels is associated with an elevated risk of incident fibroids during midlife in women, according to a study published online Dec. 15 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Meta-Analysis: Risk of Dementia Up in Type 2 Diabetes

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of dementia is increased for individuals with type 2 diabetes, and the additional risk of vascular dementia, but not nonvascular dementia, is greater in women than in men, according to a meta-analysis published online Dec. 17 in Diabetes Care.

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Longer Follow-Up Needed to Evaluate Ovarian CA Screening

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The efficacy of ovarian cancer screening is unclear, with no significant reduction in mortality in primary analysis, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in The Lancet.

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ART Conception Tied to Increased Odds of Maternal Morbidity

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For singleton pregnancies, conception with assisted reproductive technology (ART) is associated with increased risk of severe maternal morbidity, according to a study published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Contraceptive Provision Rates Low for Teen Girls on Teratogens

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The rates of contraceptive provision for adolescents prescribed teratogens are low, according to a review published online Dec. 16 in Pediatrics.

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Ultrasound Can Read Weight of Fetuses With FGR in Obese Moms

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sonographic (US) examination can accurately estimate fetal weight, even in overweight and obese women with singleton pregnancies affected by fetal growth restriction (FGR), according to research published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound.

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Industry Outpacing NIH in Funding Research

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a sharp rise in the number of industry-funded clinical trials and a significant decline in those financed by the U.S. government in recent years, according to findings published in the Dec. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Risk of CV Events Up After Shingles Diagnosis in Seniors

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke risk appears to more than double in the first week following a shingles diagnosis, with myocardial infarction (MI) risk also climbing, though not by quite as much, according to research published online Dec. 15 in PLOS Medicine.

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Active Smoking, SHS Up Risk of Infertility, Early Menopause

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Active smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) are associated with increased risk of infertility and natural menopause before the age of 50 years, according to a study published online Dec. 14 in Tobacco Control.

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Greater Racial, Ethnic Diversity of Doctors Found in Ob-Gyn

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Among adult medical specialists, greater racial and ethnic diversity is found among obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns), according to research published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Postpartum Lifestyle Program Cuts Weight Retention in GDM

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A diabetes prevention program (DPP)-derived lifestyle intervention is beneficial for addressing postpartum weight retention for women with gestational diabetes mellitus, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in Diabetes Care.

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Opioid-Related Constipation Tx Suboptimal in Pregnancy

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Conventional non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic options for the management of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in pregnancy are often ineffective or cause potentially troublesome adverse effects, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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Uptake of 'Western Lifestyle' Tied to Rising Cancer Rates

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Better screening and lifestyle changes have helped to reduce the prevalence of common cancers in many high-income countries, but low- and middle-income countries are seeing those rates rise as they adopt unhealthy Western habits, according to a report published online Dec. 14 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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USPSTF: Screen All Teens, Adults at Risk for Syphilis

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- All adults and teens at increased risk for syphilis should be screened for the sexually transmitted disease, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendation says. The recommendation complements a 2009 task force recommendation that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

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Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to ASD Risk in Offspring

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressant use during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in offspring, according to research published online Dec. 14 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Ovarian Conservation Safe in Endometrial Cancer, but Use Low

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the safety of ovarian conservation, the majority of young women with endometrial cancer still undergo oophorectomy, according to a study published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Early Sexual Maturation Doesn't Always Signal Onset of Puberty

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who develop certain signs of puberty at an early age are commonly referred to specialists for an evaluation, but this is often unnecessary, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics report published online Dec. 14 in Pediatrics.

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Early Gestational Diabetes Tied to Poor Outcomes

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) early in pregnancy remains associated with poorer pregnancy outcomes, according to a study published online Dec. 8 in Diabetes Care.

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Early Chemo Less Likely to Help Black Breast Cancer Patients

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is less likely to benefit black women with breast cancer than those in other racial and ethnic groups, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Burnout Affects About One in Three Gynecologic Oncologists

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of gynecologic oncologists experience burnout, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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CDC: U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Record Low

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. abortion rate has declined by more than one-third over the past two decades to a record low, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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New Model of Inpatient Care Can Improve Outcomes

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a new model of care can improve outcomes of care in medical and surgical units, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Seven Behaviors Suggested to Improve 'Art of Medicine'

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seven behaviors should be implemented to improve the art of medicine, which can help improve relationships with patients, according to an article published in Family Practice Management.

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Industry-Led Oncology Trials May Inflate Cost-Effectiveness

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmaceutical industry-sponsored studies are more likely to report favorable estimates in cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of drugs used in breast cancer treatment, according to a research letter published online Dec. 10 in JAMA Oncology.

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Timing May Be Key to Success for Early Breast CA Treatment

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The sooner early-stage breast cancer patients have surgery following their diagnosis, and chemotherapy after their surgery, the better their chances of survival, according to two studies published online Dec. 10 in JAMA Oncology.

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Cognitive Therapy, Meds Equally Effective for Major Depression

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants could both be equally effective as stand-alone treatments for major depressive disorder, according to a review published online Dec. 8 in The BMJ.

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Mindfulness Tx Aids Cancer-Linked Cognitive Impairment

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For breast and colorectal cancer survivors, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is associated with improvements in cognitive function, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

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Doctors Rally in Support of Morcellator Use Curbed by FDA

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Dozens of gynecologists, oncologists, and women's health experts are challenging a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning on power morcellator use for the removal of uterine fibroids.

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FDA Approves Cooling Cap to Reduce Chemo-Linked Hair Loss

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Dignitana DigniCap Cooling System cap has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent hair loss in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

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Percentage of Graduates Entering GME Stable Over Past Decade

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite an increase in the number of U.S. medical school graduates, over the past decade the percentage entering graduate medical education (GME) training has remained stable, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Depression Not Uncommon Among Resident Physicians

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in four doctors-in-training may be depressed, which could put their patients at risk, according to a study published in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Maternal PCOS May Raise Odds for Autism in Offspring

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may have an increased risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to research published online Dec. 8 in Molecular Psychiatry.

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Med Ed Can Be Improved for High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of effective transmission of knowledge, facilitation of reflective practice, and a supportive environment can educate physicians to deliver high-value, cost-conscious care, according to a review published in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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CDC: Fewer Americans Struggling With Medical Bills

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer American families are struggling to pay medical bills, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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U.S. Health Care Spending Increased in 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The expansion of insurance coverage and increases in retail prescription drug spending contributed to an increase in total national health care expenditures in 2014, according to a report published online Dec. 2 in Health Affairs.

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Survey: U.S. PCPs Feel Ill-Prepared for Complex Care

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to their international peers, doctors on the front lines of U.S. medicine feel they aren't prepared to treat the sickest patients, according to the results of a survey published in the December issue of Health Affairs.

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Etiology of Leukemia in Breast Cancer Survivors Explored

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are zeroing in on factors that may increase the risk of leukemia after breast cancer treatment, according to a report published online Dec. 7 in Cancer.

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Breaking Up Prolonged Sitting Benefits Postmenopausal Women

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breaking up prolonged sitting with standing or walking improves postprandial markers of cardiometabolic health in overweight/obese, dysglycemic, postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Dec. 1 in Diabetes Care.

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Guidelines Developed for Perinatal Hematologic Cancers

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Consensus guidelines have been developed for clinical management of hematologic malignancies during the perinatal period, according to a special article published online Nov. 30 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Antidepressants Don't Adversely Affect Tamoxifen Efficacy

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivors who take antidepressants while on tamoxifen are not at increased risk for cancer recurrence, according to research published online Dec. 1 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Glove-Related Hand Urticaria May Be Rising in Health Care Workers

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health care workers are at high risk of glove-related hand urticaria, an occupational issue that may be increasing, according to a research letter published online Nov. 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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CDC: Too Few Taking Needed Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of American adults who should be taking cholesterol-lowering drugs don't, according to research published in the Dec. 4 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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AMA: Case Before Supreme Court Threatens Patient Privacy

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A case before the Supreme Court is potentially threatening patient confidentiality, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Non-Sleep Factors Also Key to SIDS Risk Reduction

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An infant's sleeping environment is not the only factor to consider when it comes to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to research published online Dec. 2 in Pediatrics.

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False-Positive Mammogram May Hint at Breast Cancer Risk Later

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who receive a false-positive result on a mammogram may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer later, according to research published online Dec. 2 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Preemies May Benefit From Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delayed clamping of a preterm infant's umbilical cord may lead to better motor function development, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Survival Up for Patients With Stage IV Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American women diagnosed with advanced, stage IV breast cancer have a better chance of survival, and are surviving longer, compared to two decades ago, according to a study published online Dec. 2 in JAMA Surgery.

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Asthma Risk Up Slightly for Planned C-Section Children

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children born by planned cesarean delivery appear to have slightly higher odds of developing asthma than those born through vaginal delivery, researchers report in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Burnout Rates on the Rise for Physicians

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Burnout is a growing problem among American doctors, according to research published in the December issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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USPSTF: Insufficient Evidence for Visual Skin Cancer Screening

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found that there is currently insufficient evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of visual skin cancer screening in adults. These findings form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Nov. 30 by the USPSTF.

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Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Lower Infant Mortality

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Each $1 per pack increase in the overall tobacco tax rate over the years 1999 to 2010 may have contributed to two fewer infant deaths each day, according to research published online Nov. 30 in Pediatrics.

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CDC: Cholesterol Levels Improving But More Work Needed

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About one in every eight American adults continue to have high levels of total cholesterol, while even more have low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, according to a December data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

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Lower Patient Satisfaction With High Clinician Computer Use

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients in safety-net clinics, high computer use by clinicians is associated with lower patient satisfaction and differences in communication, according to a research letter published online Nov. 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Parental Involvement Does Impact Risky Teen Behavior

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis suggests that parents who set rules and keep tabs on their teenagers may have kids who are more cautious about sex. The meta-analysis was published online Nov. 30 in Pediatrics.

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