Nancy Monson is a freelance writer and certified health coach whose work has appeared in numerous major clinical and consumer print and online publications.
Quiz - Adenomyosis and its impact on fertility
This quiz goes over the major takeaways from the November 2018 article by Anthony N. Imudia, MD, and Rachel G. Sprague, MD
Tdap vaccination in pregnant women and autism risk
As consumers have expressed speculation and concern about the potential of vaccines to cause ASD, a recent study examined any association between the Tdap vaccine and autism.
Quiz - Managing obstetric emergencies: ASP
This month's quiz goes over the key strategies to improve diagnoses and outcomes that were discussed in the article, "Managing obstetric emergencies: Anaphylactoid syndrome of pregnancy (aka AFE)" by Steven L. Clark, MD (July 2018).
Quiz: The obstetrician’s role in management of HIV in pregnancy
Mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the United States can be eliminated with the help of obstetricians. Test your knowledge and ability to care for HIV patients.
Are there genetic similarities between endometriosis and endometrial cancer?
A new international research study describes a genetic basis for overlap between endometriosis and endometrial cancer.
When endometriosis is outside the pelvis
A recent study attempted to identify endometriosis patients who have extrapelvic disease through retrospective chart review utilizing extended criteria.
Quiz: Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are among the leading contributors to maternal mortality worldwide. Test your knowledge and ability to recognize signs in a patient.
Does surgery improve pregnancy odds for women with colorectal endometriosis?
Secondary analysis of a trial investigating the effects of surgical management of colorectal endometriosis examined whether intervention effectively improved postoperative fertility rates, including the ability to conceive naturally.
Endometriosis-related pain symptoms and HRQoL
A recent study examined which primary symptoms affect health-related quality of life in patients with endometriosis-related pain.
Quiz: How to perform an evidence-based cesarean
Cesarean section is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the US. This quiz goes over some of the important takeaways on the issues covered in Drs. Eric A. Strand and Shelby M. Dickison's article, Cesarean sections - based on the evidence (April, 2018).
Quiz: How to prevent postpartum hemorrhage
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is one of the most common life-threatening emergency encountered by obstetricians. Test your knowledge and ability to recognize signs in a patient.
How prevalent are sexual problems among middle-aged Canadians?
A new study highlighted how common sexual dysfunction is among middle-aged persons and if the prevalence among Canadians is consistent with American and British reports.
New counseling model can help minimize vaginal pain in cancer survivors
The model focuses on helping clinicians identify “causes and consequences” of dyspareunia and nonpharmacologic self-care interventions.
Endometriosis can affect adolescents as well as adult women
Women may experience their first symptoms of endometriosis in their teen years, but the indications may not be recognized until much later.
Quiz: Maternal Mortality
Contemporary OB/GYN launched the Maternal Mortality Special Series in January with a guest editorial from the series editor, Carolyn Zelop, MD. This quiz goes over some of the important takeaways on the issues she covered. If you need a refresher before taking the quiz, her article can be found here. The answers to each question can be found on the following page.
Can an RNA blood test predict premature birth?
Preterm birth is the leading cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity in the United States and also very difficult to predict. A research group at Stanford University believes they may have found an indicator.
Does PGT for aneuploidy increase live births?
A recent study designed to reflect clinical practice examined whether preimplantation genetic testing increased live birth rates in women of advanced maternal age.
Can chip technology detect genetic abnormalities in early pregnancy?
Improved noninvasive testing to detect genetic abnormalities early in pregnancy has been a goal of researchers, and now a team of Australian and Russian biomedical engineers has developed a tiny microfluidic device that could pave the way for such testing.
When is the best time to remove epidurals and urinary catheters?
Risk of postop urinary retention may vary depending on when devices are removed.
Study: New link between vagina and bladder microbiota
Uropathogens may not be the only bacteria shared between the vagina and bladder.
LEEP increases risk of PTB
Women who undergo loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) for treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 1 and subsequently deliver are at increased risk for preterm birth (PTB), according to recently published research.
Fear of miscarriage and lower education level leading reasons for declining amniocentesis
Women at increased risk for trisomy 21 who have suffered previous miscarriages and have a lower level of education are those most likely to refuse amniocentesis during pregnancy, according to new research.
Genetic testing plus mammography beneficial for determining breast cancer risk in younger women
Mammography is sufficient to predict breast cancer risk in women aged ≥ 60, but in younger women, combining mammography and genetic testing improves the assessment, according to a retrospective case-control study
Investigational 17β-estradiol vaginal capsule relieves dyspareunia and vaginal dryness
The experimental agent TX-004HR effectively improved the vaginal mucosa of postmenopausal women with vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) and reduced moderate-to-severe dyspareunia and vaginal dryness compared to placebo, according to results of a trial.
Self-Administered Questionnaire Captures Symptoms of Endometriosis Pain
A new self-administered scale to assess painful symptoms of endometriosis in research trials was recently developed by European obstetrician/gynecologists, the first time such a scale has been created with input from both clinicians and patients.
Acupuncture found to be effective adjunctive treatment for endometriosis-related pain
Meta-analysis of 3 studies of acupuncture for relief of endometriosis-related pain found positive results for reduction in pain intensity, according to recently published research.
Psychological costs and benefits of sexual motivation in couples dealing with vulvodynia
Understanding the psychological underpinnings of sexual motivation can be helpful in improving the sexual and relationship well-being of couples affected by vulvodynia, according to recent research.
Negative urine culture does not preclude UTI in symptomatic women
A study from Belgium has found that women with typical symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) may still be infected with the uropathogen Escherichia coli despite a negative culture result.
Endometriosis increases risk of GH-PE
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