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Treating Pain in Pregnancy with Acupuncture: Observational Study Results from a Free Clinic in New Zealand

Discussion Patient-reported and treatment-related lumbopelvic pain symptom reduction findings provide further evidence that acupuncture in pregnancy is safe and beneficial in a field setting. We discuss this study's unique contributions in providing guidance for clinicians who practice acupuncture in pregnancy, including midwives, physiotherapists, and physicians. Teaser PRECIS: Pregnant women treated for lumbopelvic pain with acupuncture in a hospital-based clinic in New Zealand reported significant pain reduction and few adverse events.
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

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(J Clin Anesth. 2017;43:6–10) It is well recognized that lumbar epidural analgesia using local anesthetic with or without an adjuvant is a consistently effective method of pain relief during labor. However, newer adjuvants, such as clonidine and neostigmine, are associated with adverse side effects and may be less suitable in pregnant women. A potential alternative is dexamethasone, a well-known anti-inflammatory drug. As there are limited studies regarding its intrapartum use, the authors of the present study evaluated the role of intravenous dexamethasone as an adjuvant to neuraxial analgesia for labor pain in a d...
Source: Obstetric Anesthesia Digest - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Anesthesia Analgesia: Alternative Methods of Analgesia Source Type: research
Hickory Harvest Foods of Akron, Ohio is voluntarily recalling specific lots due to the potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and fetal infection in pregnant women. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
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Labouring in water may reduce the number of women having an epidural but does not appear to affect mode of birth or serious perineal tears.Water immersion during labour and birth is increasingly popular and is becoming widely accepted across many countries, and particularly in midwifery-led care settings. However, there are concerns around neonatal water inhalation, increased requirement for admission to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), maternal and/or neonatal infection, and obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS).A team of Cochrane authors based in the United Kingdom worked withCochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth to ...
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This study aimed to evaluate pregnancy outcomes and complications following surgical procedures for presumed nonobstetric surgical interventions during pregnancy, and to compare the outcomes between the laparoscopic and open approaches.MethodsWe conducted a retrospective study of patients who underwent laparoscopic or open surgery during pregnancy for nonobstetric surgical indications at our institution between 2008 and 2016.ResultsA total of 62 consecutive patients who underwent surgical intervention due to nonobstetric causes during pregnancy were included in our study. Of these, 35 (56.5%) were managed with laparoscopy ...
Source: Surgical Endoscopy - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
The back is a sensitive part of the body, which has many nerves and organs nearby. This means that issues such as digestive conditions can occur at the same time as back pain. Back pain and bloating are common symptoms of injury, pregnancy, or gastrointestinal problems. Treatment depends on the cause. Learn more here.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Back Pain Source Type: news
What are the recommendations for how long women should wait before resuming sexual intercourse after pregnancy? How does giving birth affect sex? Factors influencing the decision to resume sexual activity include pain, stress, the healing process after delivery, and the impact of hormonal changes.
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We report such a case, where microsurgical sequestectomy was performed at 36 weeks and three days of gestation because of severe extensor paresis of the left foot and big toe. The case shows that microsurgical treatment during pregnancy is safe. After treatment the patient regained full motor function and her pain regressed. She had a spontaneous vaginal delivery at 38 weeks.
Source: Case Reports in Womens Health - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: In healthy women at low risk of complications there is moderate to low-quality evidence that water immersion during the first stage of labour probably has little effect on mode of birth or perineal trauma, but may reduce the use of regional analgesia. The evidence for immersion during the second stage of labour is limited and does not show clear differences on maternal or neonatal outcomes intensive care. There is no evidence of increased adverse effects to the fetus/neonate or woman from labouring or giving birth in water. Available evidence is limited by clinical variability and heterogeneity across trials, ...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: We found some limited evidence of effects on practice attributable to changes in record systems. It is clear from the literature that it is possible to set up the randomised trials or other quasi-experimental designs needed to produce evidence for practice. Qualitative nursing research to explore the relationship between practice and information use could be used as a precursor to the design and testing of nursing information systems. PMID: 29763508 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The evidence does not support one particular method or technique over another in providing effective conscious sedation and analgesia for pain relief during and after oocyte retrieval. Simultaneous use of sedation combined with analgesia such as the opiates, further enhanced by paracervical block or acupuncture techniques, resulted in better pain relief than occurred with one modality alone. Evidence was insufficient to show conclusively whether any of the interventions influenced pregnancy rates. All techniques reviewed were associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction. Women's preferences and resour...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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