Beta blocker drugs might boost survival in ovarian cancer patients | Ob-Gyn group updates morning sickness treatment guidance | Canadian study finds home birth costs less
August 25, 2015
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Beta blocker drugs might boost survival in ovarian cancer patients
Ovarian cancer patients who had taken a beta blocker to treat high blood pressure or heart problems lived an average of 5.8 months longer than patients who were not taking a beta blocker, a retrospective study found. Median survival was 94.9 months for patients taking propranolol or another nonselective beta blocker and 38 months for patients taking a selective beta blocker. Medscape (free registration) (8/24), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/24)
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Ob-Gyn group updates morning sickness treatment guidance
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists updated its guidance on morning sickness, advising that pregnant women take vitamin B6 and the antihistamine doxylamine to treat persistent symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. The group also pulled back its support for using ondansetron due to data showing a potential tie to birth defects, and said women should decide the best course of treatment in consultation with their clinician. The guidelines were published in ACOG's Practice Bulletin. HealthDay News (8/19)
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Canadian study finds home birth costs less
University of British Columbia researchers found planned home births attended by a registered midwife in Canada were less costly than births in a hospital using either a midwife or a physician. The data published in PLOS One align with studies showing similar savings in the U.S., but physicians contend that home births raise safety issues. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/21)
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Severe headaches in pregnant women may point to serious complications
A pregnant woman with high blood pressure and no prior history of headache who develops a severe headache that quickly worsens may be at risk for pregnancy complications that put mom and baby at risk. Authors of a study published in Neurology examined medical records of pregnant women referred for neurological consultation and found warning signs that indicated when a headache could be a serious issue. Read the abstract in Neurology.
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Almost half of dying infants get sedative, pain drugs in NICU
An analysis of NICU data involving 19,726 infants who died found 48% were given a sedative or analgesic drug and 33% a pain management drug within the last two days of life. Researchers said older infants were more likely to get sedatives at the end of life, and the most commonly used pain drugs were opioids. Sedatives were less likely to be administered to babies with low birth weights. Healio (free registration) (8/24)
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Denver NICU uses iPads to connect parents, newborns
Rose Medical Center in Denver gives iPads to parents to help connect them to their infants in the NICU. Missy Griffin, with the hospital's Women & Infant Services, said it is important for parents to see their babies "right away," so the hospital is trying to make sure that happens. KMGH-TV (Denver) (8/24)
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