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Gynecology and obstetrics are twin subjects that deal with the female reproductive system. While obstetrics deals with pregnancy and its associated procedures and complications, gynaecology involves treating women who are not pregnant.
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Newborns of mothers who smoke during pregnancy have altered stress hormones, DNA

Newborns of mothers who smoke during pregnancy have altered stress hormones, DNA

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have studied the effects of smoking during pregnancy and its impact on the stress response in newborn babies. Their research indicates that newborns of mothers who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy show lower levels of stress hormones, lowered stress response, and alterations in DNA for a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to fetus. [More]
New book offers advice on how to meet contraceptive needs of women with chronic medical problems

New book offers advice on how to meet contraceptive needs of women with chronic medical problems

Women with chronic medical conditions can be at higher risk for complications during pregnancy and therefore require specialized preconception and contraceptive care and counseling. However, many medical providers are hesitant to prescribe contraception to these women due to concerns about the safety of various contraceptives with co-existing medical disorders. [More]
Researchers develop ADNEX test to help doctors diagnose ovarian cancer, choose best treatment

Researchers develop ADNEX test to help doctors diagnose ovarian cancer, choose best treatment

Researchers have devised a new test to help doctors diagnose ovarian tumours and choose the most appropriate treatment. [More]
Risk factors for sexual assault need to be addressed when considering preventative measures: Study

Risk factors for sexual assault need to be addressed when considering preventative measures: Study

Risk factors for sexual assault, including young age and alcohol consumption, must be addressed when considering preventative strategies, suggests a new study, published today (15 October) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). [More]
Researchers identify potential cause of PPROM that accounts for 40% of pre-term births

Researchers identify potential cause of PPROM that accounts for 40% of pre-term births

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and UCL (University College London) have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM), which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, and is the main reason for infant death world-wide. [More]
Researchers identify potential cause of PPROM which accounts for 40% of pre-term births

Researchers identify potential cause of PPROM which accounts for 40% of pre-term births

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and UCL (University College London) have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM), which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, and is the main reason for infant death world-wide. [More]
UNTHSC receives federal grant to combat infant mortality in Fort Worth

UNTHSC receives federal grant to combat infant mortality in Fort Worth

A federal grant puts the University of North Texas Health Science Center at the heart of an effort to combat Fort Worth's stubbornly high infant mortality rates. [More]
Conventional laparoscopy less complicated than robot-assisted surgery for benign gynecologic conditions

Conventional laparoscopy less complicated than robot-assisted surgery for benign gynecologic conditions

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. [More]
Stiff rise in generic drug prices prompts probe by members of Congress

Stiff rise in generic drug prices prompts probe by members of Congress

The prices have increased by more than 1,000 percent for some of the drugs. In other news about treatments, a study finds robotic surgery may not improve care for ovarian problems and the National Cancer Institute laments that insurers' concerns about cost are keeping some patients from proton therapy trials. [More]
University of Michigan to create center for reproductive health training in Africa

University of Michigan to create center for reproductive health training in Africa

With a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor, the University of Michigan will begin training doctors in Africa in reproductive health services not widely available to many women living in remote areas of the continent. [More]
Swedish woman gives birth to world's first womb-transplant baby

Swedish woman gives birth to world's first womb-transplant baby

In a ground-breaking research project at the University of Gothenburg, seven Swedish women have had embryos reintroduced after receiving wombs from living donors. Now the first transplanted woman has delivered a baby – a healthy and normally developed boy. The world-unique birth was acknowledged in The Lancet on 5 October. [More]
Ferring Pharmaceuticals to introduce new cranberry flavor option of PREPOPIK in 2015

Ferring Pharmaceuticals to introduce new cranberry flavor option of PREPOPIK in 2015

Colonoscopy is an important and widely used screening tool for colorectal cancer, but for many patients the bowel-preparation process is more uncomfortable than the procedure itself. To offer an alternative choice in bowel preparation, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. will introduce a new cranberry flavor option of PREPOPIK in January 2015. [More]
UA med students to follow patients through health care system as part of TLC2 program

UA med students to follow patients through health care system as part of TLC2 program

Third-year medical students at The University of Alabama have an opportunity to follow a patient over time through the health care system as part of an innovative new program being piloted this year. [More]
Penn Medicine to explore therapeutic strategies for HIV positive women at risk of cervical cancer

Penn Medicine to explore therapeutic strategies for HIV positive women at risk of cervical cancer

The introduction of antiretroviral drugs in Botswana over the last two decades has increased the life expectancies of people living with HIV—many of whom are women co-infected with the human papillomavirus virus (HPV)—considerably: from 39 years to the low 60s. As a result, this co-infected group of women is at a much higher risk of developing HPV-associated cervical cancer. [More]
UNM Cancer Center surgeon receives NCI's Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

UNM Cancer Center surgeon receives NCI's Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

Surgeon Teresa Rutledge, MD, recently received the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. Only 11 people nationwide received the award this year. Dr. Rutledge is the third faculty member in the history of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center to be recognized with this honor. [More]
Montefiore-Einstein selected to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials

Montefiore-Einstein selected to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have been awarded a $3.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials and research focused on reducing healthcare disparities in cancer care. [More]
UC San Diego Health System physicians named "Top Docs"

UC San Diego Health System physicians named "Top Docs"

More than 100 physicians from UC San Diego Health System were named "Top Docs" in the annual San Diego Magazine "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" annual survey. These physicians represent 40 diverse specialties, from internal medicine and oncology to obstetrics, cardiovascular and surgical care. [More]
Longer looks: ACOs and job shifts; abortion's racial gap; having a stroke at 33

Longer looks: ACOs and job shifts; abortion's racial gap; having a stroke at 33

It is now nearly a year since the roll-out of Obamacare. The launch was a shambles, and Obamacare is a totem for every American who hates big government. Republicans will deride it, yet again, in the mid-term elections. Obamacare is indeed costly and overcomplicated. Yet it is not to blame for America's health mess, and it could just contain the beginnings of a partial solution to it. But that will only happen if politicians treat health care like a patient: first, diagnose the disease, then examine whether Barack Obama's treatment helped, and then ask what will make the patient better (9/20). [More]
Women better informed about prenatal genetic testing choose fewer tests

Women better informed about prenatal genetic testing choose fewer tests

A clinical trial led by UC San Francisco has found that when pregnant women are educated about their choices on prenatal genetic testing, the number of tests actually drops, even when the tests are offered with no out-of-pocket costs. [More]
Ohio State researchers develop novel anticancer peptide vaccines and inhibitors

Ohio State researchers develop novel anticancer peptide vaccines and inhibitors

Researchers have developed two new anticancer peptide vaccines and two peptide inhibitors as part of a larger peptide immunotherapy effort at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. [More]