Fatigue from early breast cancer treatment isn't long-lasting | HPV causes 26,000 U.S. cancer cases annually, CDC says | Women's life expectancy rising more slowly than men's
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April 24, 2012
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Fatigue from early breast cancer treatment isn't long-lasting
A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests post-treatment fatigue generally fades for women with early-stage breast cancer. Researchers studied 218 women who underwent surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination and found that nearly a third had cancer-related fatigue when treatment ended, and that dropped to 6% a year later. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (4/20)
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HPV causes 26,000 U.S. cancer cases annually, CDC says
About 26,000 cancer cases in the U.S. can be attributed directly to human papillomavirus annually, of which 18,000 occur in women and 8,000 in men, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. From 2004 to 2008, the total annual incidence of cancer cases associated with HPV was 33,369, researchers reported. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/19)
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Obstetrics Focus
FDA: Batches of generic ultrasound gel are contaminated
The FDA issued a safety communication advising hospitals, clinics and health care providers to immediately stop using Pharmaceutical Innovations' Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel, lot numbers 060111, 090111 and 120111, due to a risk of bacterial infection. The lots were found to have been contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/18), MedPage Today (free registration) (4/18)
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Fertility drugs more than double children's risk for leukemia
Children born to mothers treated with ovary-stimulating drugs had a 2.6 times higher risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia and were 2.3 times more likely to develop acute myeloid leukemia, a French study showed. Researchers found no evidence of increased childhood leukemia risk with either in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination. The findings were presented at the Childhood Cancer conference. Google/The Press Association (U.K.) (4/24), The Guardian (London) (4/23)
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AWHONN Spotlight on Research
Gynecologic surgery patients need better post-discharge pain control
Many women undergoing gynecologic surgery experience too much pain following hospital discharge, suggests a new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The findings are particularly important because today's shorter hospital stays leave much of patients' acute recovery to occur at home. The study researchers followed 127 women who underwent nonlaparoscopic abdominal or vaginal gynecologic surgery, using surveys to gauge pain levels and use of pain medication. Approximately 1 in 5 vaginal surgery patients experienced inadequate pain control -- defined as a score of 4 or more on the standard Surgical Pain Scale -- three to seven days following hospital discharge. Results for patients with abdominal surgery were more worrisome, with approximately 1 in 2 women reporting inadequate pain control at three days, 1 in 3 at seven days, and 1 in 4 at two weeks following discharge, despite the fact that a third used narcotic pain medications two weeks after discharge. Read the abstract.
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Neonatal Health
At-risk premature babies may benefit from early feeding
University of Oxford researchers examined 400 at-risk premature babies and found that initiating feedings within the first 24 to 48 hours after birth would be beneficial to babies. They also found no statistically significant difference in the number of preemies who suffered severe bowel disorders including necrotizing enterocolitis between the early group and the control group. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. BBC (4/20)
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Risk of birth defects is higher among IVF babies
The risk of birth abnormalities was 37% greater in babies conceived through in vitro fertilization than those conceived without assistance, a review of 26 studies found. Researchers failed to determine why fertility treatments are linked to an increased risk for defects, but experts said that fertility problems could influence the odds of developing abnormalities. The findings appear in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Reuters (4/19)
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Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg,
American poet, historian and novelist
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