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World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Professor Dame Sally Davies, England's Chief Medical Officer, recently warned that the world could face a  " post-antibiotic apocalypse.” She urged that, unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antibiotic resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when simple wounds, infections or routine operations, are life-threatening. To mark   World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13th-19th November,  we are highlighting Cochrane  evidence which supports decision-making in the appropriate use of antibiotics. Pr...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Service Delivery Correlates of Choosing Short-Acting Contraceptives at the Time of Uterine Evacuation in Bangladesh
CONCLUSIONSUterine evacuation service delivery characteristics may act as barriers to women's choosing a contraceptive method following an abortion. Training and monitoring providers may help ensure that all uterine evacuation clients have access to the full range of contraceptive information and services and that their choices, rather than service delivery factors, drive postabortion contraceptive use. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - October 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Have You Considered the Potential of Deep Design?
How much time do medical product designers spend on understanding clinical processes? Perhaps not enough. Product designers “often don’t see their devices as part of a system,” says Kathleen Harder, PhD, director of the Center for Design in Health at the University of Minnesota. But there can be adverse ripple effects with devices, she warns. Harder also serves as director of graduate studies in the Human Factors Program at University of Minnesota. For more than 15 years, she has worked with clinicians to test ideas that guide users toward desired behaviors in healthcare delivery. With a background as an ...
Source: MDDI - September 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: R & D Source Type: news

No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy
Conclusion The results of this review found that low-to-moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy was linked with a slightly increased risk of having a baby small for gestational age. However, there was no evidence for any other links, including any difference in the average birth weight of babies born to drinkers and non-drinkers. There are some important limitations of the research to note: • The evidence still doesn't prove that drinking directly increases the risk of a baby born small for gestational age. Studies were observational and varied widely in accounting for the extensive number of confounding fa...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Midpelvic Operative Vaginal Delivery Riskier Than Cesarean Midpelvic Operative Vaginal Delivery Riskier Than Cesarean
Midpelvic operative vaginal delivery is associated with significantly higher risk for severe birth trauma and obstetric trauma compared with cesarean delivery, a new study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Study finds forceps, vacuum deliveries more traumatic than c-sections
A study by the University of British Columbia shows midpelvic forceps and vacuum deliveries have higher rates of maternal, infant trauma compared to c-sections. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Midpelvic forceps, vacuum deliveries: Higher rates of trauma for mothers and babies
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Compared with Cesarean deliveries, midpelvic forceps and midpelvic vacuum deliveries lead to higher rates of maternal and infant trauma, according to a new study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA releases June 2016 510(k) clearances
510(K) SUMMARIES OR 510(K) STATEMENTS FOR FINAL DECISIONS RENDERED DURING THE PERIOD June 2016 TOTAL 510(k)s THIS PERIOD 258 TOTAL WITH SUMMARIES 235 TOTAL WITH STATEMENTS 23 DEVICE: ORAL BOND STEINER LABORATORIES 510(k) NO: K142130(Traditional) ATTN: GREGORY G STEINER PHONE NO : 866 3171348 1051 Olsen Street, Building 3611 SE DECISION MADE: 06-JUN-16 Henderson NV 89011 510(k) SUMMARY AVAILABLE FROM FDA DEVICE: QiF Blood and Fluid Warmer Quality in Flow Ltd. 510(k) NO: K150404(Traditional) ATTN: Neta Sherman PHONE NO : 972 54 6600146 3A Bazel St. POB 10159 SE DECISION MA...
Source: Mass Device - August 31, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Banning expert testimony from liability cases: Court decides
Can trial courts block physicians ’ expert witnesses from testifying in medical liability cases? One Wisconsin court recently did, leaving it to the court of appeals to decide whether a physician defendant has the right to present expert testimony that differs from that of the plaintiffs.   At stake in Bayer v. Dobbins was whether trial court had properly excluded expert testimony regarding injuries to a newborn that had resulted in complications in the birthing process. What happened in Wisconsin Leah Bayer was delivering her child under the care of Brian D. Dobbins, MD, when the progress of the deliver...
Source: AMA Wire - July 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Hair today; scalped tomorrow: massive subgaleal haematoma following sudden hair pulling in an adolescent in the absence of haematological abnormality or skull fracture - Edmondson SJ, Ramman S, Hachach-Haram N, Bisarya K, Fu B, Ong J, Akhavani M.
Subgaleal haematoma (SH) is a rare condition, most frequently observed in neonates as a complication of Ventouse-assisted delivery. There have been few patients reported beyond this period. Those that are present within the literature have typically result... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Facial expressions are key to first impressions. What does that mean for people with facial paralysis?
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Nigeria: Genital Assisted Device Will Reduce Deaths of Mothers - Experts
[Vanguard] Respite recently came on the way of pregnant mothers as a team of Nigerian medical doctors based in the Republic of Ireland introduced a hand-held vaginal assisted device to major public hospitals across the country. The device known as KIWI, produced by Clinical Innovation, United States of America is used to assist women who have difficulty delivering their babies. The device which is simple, light and mother and child friendly is said to work on the principle of vacuum delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - March 4, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Essex woman's baby was born 'black and blue' after forceps delivery
GRAPHIC CONTENT Louise Greene, 19, from Essex, and her fiance Tommy Acott have revealed how Scarlett was born with a bruised scalp and a 6cm cut on her head after a complicated birth. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where is best for birth: Hospital or home?
By the second half of the 20th century, hospital birth had become the norm in most Western countries. Hospital birth offers monitoring and interventions, many of which saved the lives of mothers and babies. At the same time, births became increasingly — and some would say unnecessarily — medicalized. Many would also argue that the pendulum of intervention has swung too far. For example, from 1970 to 2010, the rate of U.S. cesarean delivery doubled — but (although both are low) the risk of a baby dying during the course of delivery remained unchanged, and the risk of a mother’s dying slightly rose. I...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Ecker, MD Tags: Family Planning and Pregnancy Health care Women's Health home births Source Type: news

How a Sunday of Service Could Change Your Life
Four weeks ago, my wife Leah and I welcomed our first child into the world (that's him in my arms in the picture above), but not without significant challenge for Leah. Leah was in labor for 49 hours -- never having a break of more than 12 minutes between contractions -- which culminated in 3.5 hours of pushing, and she accepted no pain medication. After 2.5 hours of pushing, the delivery team told Leah that they were worried she might not be able to get our son out without the help of forceps or suction. The team told Leah she had 30 minutes. If she couldn't get his head to crown in 30 minutes of pushing, they were goin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases October 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in October 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 9 Supplements: 133 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 58 Total Active: 32 Total On Hold: 26 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 597 Total Active: 433 Total On Hold: 164 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 7 Supplements: 74 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 133 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 161.5 FDA Ti...
Source: Mass Device - December 4, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases September 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in September 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 4 Supplements: 53 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 55 Total Active: 31 Total On Hold: 24 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 611 Total Active: 461 Total On Hold: 150 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 3 Supplements: 84 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 53 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 127.6 FDA Ti...
Source: Mass Device - November 16, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

ACOG Urges More Frequent Use of Operative Vaginal Delivery ACOG Urges More Frequent Use of Operative Vaginal Delivery
An updated practice bulletin from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology affirmed the use of operative vaginal delivery as an alternative to cesarean delivery when appropriate. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Mother whose baby died during a botched forceps delivery was told that she should have smoked 50 cigarettes a day to have a smaller child
Dr Sharon Oates made the 'flippant' remark after the birth of Jenson Barnett, who died 48 hours after he was delivered with forceps at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shropshire, in June 2013. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases June 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in June 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 5 Supplements: 80 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 53 Total Active: 22 Total On Hold: 31 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 575 Total Active: 418 Total On Hold: 157 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 4 Supplements: 72 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 80 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 115.2 FDA Time: 9...
Source: Mass Device - August 20, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases May 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in May 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 5 Supplements: 51 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 55 Total Active: 26 Total On Hold: 29 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 547 Total Active: 379 Total On Hold: 168 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 1 Supplements: 62 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 51 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 109.5 FDA Time: 86...
Source: Mass Device - August 6, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Why This Kansas Ob-Gyn And Her Father Are Suing The State To Stop Its New Abortion Ban
WASHINGTON -- Working as an abortion provider is increasingly dangerous in any state, let alone in Kansas. But the father-daughter pair of Drs. Herbert Hodes and Traci Nauser have continued to provide abortions and other reproductive health services, with more than 40 years of combined experience serving Kansas patients between them. Their clinic in Overland Park, the Center for Women's Health in Kansas, is one of only three that offers abortions in the state. Over the years, they've weathered restrictions such as insurance coverage bans for the procedure, mandatory parental consent and ultrasound laws, a 24-hour waiting...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 5, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

NICE recommends home births for some mums
Conclusion NICE concludes that for low-risk women, whether having their first or subsequent baby, birth is generally very safe for both mother and baby, and they should be free to choose any of the four birth settings and be supported in their choice. As their findings suggest, it is important that the woman is able to make a fully informed decision, by being given all the relevant information about birth in the different settings – including, as Professor Mark Baker of NICE states: “Where and how a woman gives birth to her baby can be hugely important to her. Although women with complicated pregnancies will s...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child QA articles Source Type: news

Link between maternal age, emergency delivery shown
An increased risk of emergency operative delivery is linked with increasing maternal age, suggests a new study. The study used a sample of 169,583 low risk, first-time mothers in Norway, to examine the association between maternal age and emergency operative delivery, which include emergency caesarean section and operative vaginal delivery (forceps or ventouse). (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 8, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mediolateral Episiotomy Reduces Obstetrical InjuryMediolateral Episiotomy Reduces Obstetrical Injury
The controversial approach during operative vaginal delivery significantly reduces the risk for injury, according to a large Dutch database study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Call to tackle maternal blood infection risk
ConclusionThis comprehensive study highlights several areas where awareness of the risks of sepsis in pregnancy should be increased in both primary and secondary care. These include: If there is clinical suspicion of infection with group A streptococcus, then urgent action should be taken. There should be increased care given to pregnant women and women who have just given birth who have a suspected infection. High-dose intravenous antibiotics should be given within one hour of admission for suspected sepsis. Vigilant infection control measures should be employed during vaginal delivery. Despite antibiotics being rout...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Astronauts: Living in Space – TV review
It's extraordinarily brilliant, but I still want to know how real astronauts go to the loo and whether they have Skype sexWow, Astronauts: Living in Space (Channel 4) is like Gravity, only real. Well, Gravity before the debris hits. And with real-life astronauts Koichi, Mike and Rick in the Sandra and George roles. So a little less glam, less A-list.They're in the International Space Station, orbiting 240 miles above the earth at 17,500mph. It's both extraordinarily brilliant and also a tiny bit frustrating.How so? Well, it's extraordinarily brilliant because of where they are, and how they are there, and why they are...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 13, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Sam Wollaston Tags: The Guardian Nasa Culture Television & radio Reviews International Space Station Science amp; radio Source Type: news

Are home births 'unethical' and 'dangerous'?
Conclusion This narrative review has looked at the risks of homebirth and future risk to the child. The review has been written by two experts in the field and may not represent the opinions of other experts. This research was not a systematic review and as the methods used by the researchers for gathering studies that looked at homebirths are not reported, it is unclear if the researchers have captured all of the relevant literature on this topic. Also, they may have selectively chosen to showcase studies that supported their argument. So, the studies presented may provide a biased view of the topic. That said, and desp...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Are private patients 'too posh to push'?
Conclusion This study has highlighted important differences in modes of delivery for women receiving privately or publically funded care in Ireland. It found that women who were treated privately were more likely to give birth by caesarean section and more likely to have an operative vaginal delivery. The greatest difference was seen for planned caesarean sections.    It is unclear why women receiving private care had different modes of delivery to women receiving publically funded care. Interestingly, the women receiving public and private care had the same doctors and midwives, so it would be expected tha...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medical practice Source Type: news

Headspace helps to put a happy face on the children who look different
Art meets science in Liverpool as a top craniofacial surgeon enlists the help of the public to find a 'normal' head shapeChristian Duncan is a man with a thousand faces. And he needs every one of them to assist him in his delicate, invariably life-changing work.As a surgeon with the responsibility of redrawing the disfigured faces and reshaping the misshapen heads of children, he needs all the guidance he can muster. So in 2011 he came up with the idea of enlisting the public to help him in his work in the craniofacial unit at Alder Hey in Liverpool, one of Europe's biggest children's hospitals.Two years on, the result is ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Mark Seacombe Tags: Liverpool John Moores University Children Art News UK news Hospitals NHS The Observer Science Society Source Type: news

Midwife-led births 'safer', finds major study review
Women are less likely to need an epidural, forceps or ventouse delivery if midwives lead their care, according to researchers. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - August 21, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Heartbreaking moment new parents cradle their dying baby after doctors bungled forceps delivery three times causing fatal brain bleed
Frank Gamble died after his skull was fractured by 'poor technique or excessive force' during the ill-fated forceps delivery at Colchester Hospital after his head was found to be in the wrong position for the labour. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Complication rates following rotational forceps delivery ‘low’
The short-term rates of neonatal and maternal complications following successful Kielland’s rotational forceps delivery are low and comparable with other forms of delivery, and lower than those seen with cesarean delivery, say UK investigators. (Source: MedWire News - Pediatrics)
Source: MedWire News - Pediatrics - April 15, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

How Do Airway Malacias Present?
Discussion Stridor is a variably pitched sound caused by increased turbulence and airflow through a narrowed part of the large airway. Usually due to narrowing of the larynx or extrathoracic trachea, stridor is usually inspiratory. Biphasic stridor usually is due to a fixed airway obstruction at the level of the glottis or subglottis but may also extend to the mid-thoracic trachea. Stridor is different than stertor which is a heavy-snoring, inspiratory sound occurring in coma or deep sleep, sometimes due to obstruction of the larynx or upper airways. Causes of stertor include choanal stenosis, enlarged tonsils and/or aden...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 15, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Complication rates following rotational forceps delivery ‘low’
The short-term rates of neonatal and maternal complications following successful Kielland’s rotational forceps delivery are low and comparable with other forms of delivery, and lower than those seen with cesarean delivery, say UK investigators. (Source: MedWire News - Ob/Gyn)
Source: MedWire News - Ob/Gyn - April 15, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Complication rates following rotational forceps delivery ‘low’
The short-term rates of neonatal and maternal complications following successful Kielland’s rotational forceps delivery are low and comparable with other forms of delivery, and lower than those seen with cesarean delivery, say UK investigators. (Source: MedWire News - Pediatrics)
Source: MedWire News - Pediatrics - April 15, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Complication rates following rotational forceps delivery ‘low’
The short-term rates of neonatal and maternal complications following successful Kielland’s rotational forceps delivery are low and comparable with other forms of delivery, and lower than those seen with cesarean delivery, say UK investigators. (Source: MedWire News - Ob/Gyn)
Source: MedWire News - Ob/Gyn - April 15, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Heavier Pregnant Women May Face Higher C-Section Risk
Study also found greater possibility of forceps delivery Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Body Weight, Cesarean Section, Pregnancy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Instruments Can Assist Birth, But With Risks to Mother, Child
11/09/2010, Cochrane Library, Forceps might be a better instrument than a vacuum cup for assisting a successful birth, but new mothers might experience more trauma and complications after a forceps delivery, according to a new review of studies. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - February 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Forceps births at record high because of older and obese mothers
Despite a growing trend for natural births the use of forceps in the delivery room is at its highest level in almost two decades. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older mothers drive surge in forceps births: Use at highest level for 20 years despite attempts to increase natural deliveries
After reaching a record low in 2000 in England, the use of forceps during childbirth has almost doubled at a time when the Government is promoting less medical intervention. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Legal Briefs: Forceps Delivery and a Lifeless Infant
(Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - January 1, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Sims, M. E. Tags: Fetus and Newborn Infant Articles Source Type: news