Female childhood cancer survivors at risk of sexual dysfunction | Excess weight tied to greater risk of 10 common cancers | HPV vaccine protection lasts at least 8 years
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August 19, 2014
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Female childhood cancer survivors at risk of sexual dysfunction
Approximately 10% of young women who survived childhood cancer were diagnosed with ovarian failure and were more prone to vaginal problems such as dryness and bleeding, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Survivors were also less likely than women without an early history of cancer to be sexually active. Reuters (8/12)
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Excess weight tied to greater risk of 10 common cancers
A U.K. study involving 5 million people found that obese or overweight individuals had a higher risk of developing 10 common cancers including ovarian and breast cancer. The findings, published in The Lancet, showed that the odds of developing leukemia and cancers of the uterus, gallbladder, kidney, cervix and thyroid rose linearly along with weight. Higher BMI also was associated with a greater risk of liver and colon cancer. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (8/14), BBC (8/13)
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HPV vaccine protection lasts at least 8 years
An analysis involving 1,661 9- to 15-year-olds found that those who received the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine at the beginning of the study and those who received it two years into the study all had antibodies protecting them from HPV 6, 11, 16 and 18 strains eight years later. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. DailyRx.com (8/17)
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Study: Use of preterm birth meds varies across 29 countries
Maternal use of antenatal corticosteroids for fetal lung maturation and other preterm birth-related complications ranged from 16% to 91% among 29 countries, according to a study in the journal The Lancet. Nearly half of women who were potentially eligible for tocolysis agents to delay delivery did not receive any treatment, while 27% were just treated with bed rest. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/14)
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Low-income women under-use contraception, study finds
Many low-income women from medically underserved communities either do not use contraception or use the least effective methods available, suggests a new study published in JOGNN. The findings provide the most current data on low-income women's contraception practices, as health care providers seek to reduce unintended pregnancies as part of the Healthy People 2020 initiative. Researchers conducted phone interviews with 110 women recruited from three low-income neighborhoods in the U.S. and found that only about two-thirds (63.6%) were currently using contraception, and almost half of the women had had unprotected sex in the past year. Further, the most commonly used contraceptive in the past year was condoms (28.2%), the least effective type. The authors noted that effective (mostly long-acting) methods require a provider's prescription in some states, which could present access problems for women without health insurance. Thus, they say, it is critical for nurses and other health care providers to provide referrals for low-income women to community resources and promote access to health insurance programs that cover contraception. Read the abstract.
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5 Ways to Avoid Clinical Communication Disaster
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Neonatal Health
Newborns' genes send signals that indicate bloodstream infections
A newborn's genome can help detect the presence of bacterial infection in the bloodstream, according to a study in the journal Nature Communications. University of Edinburgh researchers studied blood samples and found a genetic signal with 52 molecular characters that could be used to help diagnose sepsis. Business Standard (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (8/14), MedicalDaily.com (8/14)
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Singing during "kangaroo care" improves preemies' heart rate
Infants who were held in a kangaroo care position and sang to by their mothers had significantly a improved heart rate compared with those who were just held, according to a study in the journal Acta Paediatrica. Researchers noted that singing during kangaroo care also lowered anxiety levels among mothers. Reuters (8/14)
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