What's new in midwifery - 23rd October 2019
Some recent things you might want to be aware of.Baby Loss Awareness WeekThis was 9-15 October, but theBabyloss Awareness Week website is still present and has stories and more information.  The awareness week involves several organisations working in the areas of pregnancy and baby loss. NICE consultationsSpecialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm: quality standard consultationNews' My teeth moved so much I needed braces'– readers on how childbirth changed themShort accounts, in the Guardian.Acknowledgements: Embed Health Consortium Health Bulletin, the London Evening Standard (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - October 23, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Preeclampsia Testing Now Feasible at Home
While preeclampsia is a common and dangerous complication in pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure, it is currently only diagnosed by doctors within a clinical setting. We at Medgadget recently reported on a preeclampsia test, developed at Purdue University, that can be used at home, and now researchers have actually had pregnant women try to do it themselves. The so-called supine pressor test was developed decades ago, but eventually it became uncommon because of variations in how different clinics and clinicians would perform it. Inconsistencies led to inaccurate results. By using a smartphone, accelerome...
Source: Medgadget - October 22, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Net News Ob/Gyn Source Type: blogs

Should I Circumcise My Baby?
Whether or not to circumcise your baby is a personal decision often determined by a variety of social, cultural, medical, or religious circumstances. Parents have the right to choose what they believe is best for their newborn and typically undergo extensive research before deciding what’s best for their family. So, what is the process of circumcision? Once parents decide to move forward, about an hour before the procedure, doctors use an anesthetic to numb the baby’s penis. The area is then sterilized and the excess skin on the penis is clamped and cut. Finally, the physician covers the penis in bandages or ga...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 22, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, October 21st 2019
In this study, AT1-AAs were detected in the sera of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the positive rate was 44.44% vs. 17.46% in non-PAD volunteers. In addition, analysis showed that AT1-AAs level was positively correlated with PAD. To reveal the causal relationship between AT1-AAs and vascular aging, an AT1-AAs-positive rat model was established by active immunization. The carotid pulse wave velocity was higher, and the aortic endothelium-dependent vasodilatation was attenuated significantly in the immunized rats. Morphological staining showed thickening of the aortic wall. Histological examination showe...
Source: Fight Aging! - October 20, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

What can be done to improve our maternal death rate?
Why does the most expensive health care system on the planet do such a poor job protecting the lives of pregnant women? More important, what can be done about it? The United States continues to lead the world in  health care spending yet it has the highest maternal death rate among wealthy nations. Researchers have found that maternal mortality […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 18, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/robert-pearl" rel="tag" > Robert Pearl, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Hospital-Based Medicine OB/GYN Source Type: blogs

It Rather Looks Like Many So-Called Health Apps Are Not All That Health Bringing!
This appeared last week:Only 15% of healthcare apps meet safety standards, research revealsOnly 15% of healthcare apps meet minimum safety standards, highlighting a “desperate need” for a proper review process, new research has concluded.Andrea Downey – Oct 9, 2019Health app evaluation organisation ORCHA evaluated more than 5,000 apps against 260 performance and compliance factors and found that majority do not meet the minimum safety requirements.Most no tably, 75% of apps aimed at people with blood pressure concerns and 85% of femtech and pregnancy apps do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold.Liz As...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - October 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Autoimmunity Against AT1 Receptor Spurs Endothelial Cellular Senescence and Vascular Aging
In this study, AT1-AAs were detected in the sera of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the positive rate was 44.44% vs. 17.46% in non-PAD volunteers. In addition, analysis showed that AT1-AAs level was positively correlated with PAD. To reveal the causal relationship between AT1-AAs and vascular aging, an AT1-AAs-positive rat model was established by active immunization. The carotid pulse wave velocity was higher, and the aortic endothelium-dependent vasodilatation was attenuated significantly in the immunized rats. Morphological staining showed thickening of the aortic wall. Histological examination showe...
Source: Fight Aging! - October 17, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 17th October 2019
Some recent things, a day late.AuditNational Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit 2018Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 20195th MBRRACE-UK reportPerinatal Mortality Review Tool- First annual reportStatisticsSex ratios at birth: Great Britain: 2013 to 2017NICE consultationsEpiscissors-60 for guided mediolateral episiotomyRoyal College of Physicians and Society for Acute MedicineEnsuring pregnant women get the right hospital treatment for urgent medical problems: acute care toolkitNewsBaby Friendly Initiative - University of Leicester Midwifery courses receive Certificate of Commitment for its Infant Feeding CafesAlcohol i...
Source: Browsing - October 17, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Top Tips To Streamline Your Pilates Experience
You're reading Top Tips To Streamline Your Pilates Experience, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Pilates is one of the most modern physical fitness systems to improve flexibility, build strength, and develop control and endurance in the whole body. Physical fitness and endurance varies from person to person. It is therefore quite logical to think that everyone needs a customized form of fitness system to suit their body and mind. Exercise is one of the most important activities that can not only regulate the...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - October 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: creativelara Tags: health and fitness better health pilates Source Type: blogs

IVF video - How do you calculate how many weeks pregnant you are after IVF?
(Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog)
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - October 16, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

What ’ s It Feel Like to Be Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
By: Kelly Gleason, PhD, RN It is wonderful to become pregnant after a miscarriage, often called a “rainbow baby.” But my naivety from the first time—where I was in complete denial that anything could go wrong—is gone. My husband’s Jewish family taught me that in their culture, they do not say “mazal tov” (congratulations) until The post What’s It Feel Like to Be Pregnant After a Miscarriage? appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine. (Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University)
Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University - October 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Editor Tags: On the Pulse miscarriage pregnancy Source Type: blogs

What sperm banks could learn from Fox ’s ‘Almost Family’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’
This article was originally featured on the Genetic Literacy Project on October 1, 2019. This article, along with more information and additional links can be found at: https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2019/10/01/foxs-almost-family-vs-the-handmaidens-tale-sequel-the-testaments-different-takes-on-the-dangers-of-sperm-bank-donations/ .  ** I'm dreading the debut of the Fox TV series Almost Family on October 2. In it, Julia Bechley discovers that her dying dad, a famous fertility doctor, had made dozens of personal DNA donations that are now millennials, at least two of whom have unknowingly h...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - October 14, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Bioethics Today Tags: Genetics Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Can You Get Pregnant After Endometrial Ablation And Tubal Ligation?
Tubal reversal and pregnancy are possible after endometrial ablation. Dr. Monteith offers hope to women who want to ahve a baby after endometrial ablation. The post Can You Get Pregnant After Endometrial Ablation And Tubal Ligation? appeared first on A Personal Choice. (Source: Tubal Reversal Blog)
Source: Tubal Reversal Blog - October 13, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Dr. Monteith Tags: Endometrial Ablation Greencastle Pennsylvania Source Type: blogs

What Happened When I Continued Methadone Treatment While Pregnant
The last time I stuck a needle in my arm was three whole months before I conceived my son, and I’m grateful that he’s never experienced me in active addiction. I say three whole months as if it were a lifetime, but it really is to anyone in early recovery. I was fortunate, I stopped using heroin before I found out that I was pregnant. I had just turned 29 and was in a stable relationship with my now-husband. For many women, getting on methadone doesn’t happen until they find out they’re pregnant. Their options are to either keep using or get into treatment. I started taking methadone five months be...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Guest Author Tags: Addiction Pregnancy Publishers Recovery The Fix Heroin Methadone methadone withdrawal Opioids Pregnant Source Type: blogs

Why do perfect IVF cycles fail?
Often an IVF cycle goes perfectly , and the doctor is happy with the medical process. He has transferred a top quality blastocyst; the transfer was smooth; and the endometrium was 8 mm and trilaminar.However, even though everything seems to be perfect, the IVF cycle may still fail.Patients then feel cheated and upset ! After all, if the cycle was perfect and the doctor was so happy and hopeful, then why didn't it work?What they forget is that when we call a cycle perfect, we only refer to the medical tangibles which we can measure. Our technology is still not good enough to allow us to assess all the hundreds of ...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - October 11, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

Why does the IVF technique mostly result in twin pregnancies?
This is a very common misconception.Part of the reason is that twins are far more memorable than singletons. This is specially true if the birth of the twins has happened after many years of infertility , because of IVF.On the other hand, singleton IVF pregnancies are not very memorable - and infertile couples will often not even share the information that they did IVF to get pregnant.Also, multiple pregnancies after IVF used to be much commoner in the past , because many IVF clinics would transfer multiple embryos at one time. They didn't have very good success rates, and in order to increase the chances of succ...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - October 10, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 9th October 2019
Some recent things...ResearchBeing ‘A Google Mom’ or Securely Monitored at Home: Perceptions of Remote Monitoring in Maternity CareJournal of Advanced Nursing, a study from FinlandMulticultural coping experiences of parents following perinatal loss: A meta ‐ethnographic synthesisJournal of Advanced Nursing, a study from SpainNICENICEimpact: maternity and neonatal careA report on the impact of NICE guidance on maternity and neonatal care.NICE are consulting on prenatal repair for open neural tube defects in the fetus -fetoscopic repair  andopen repair . Mental healthCentre for Mental HealthAn economi...
Source: Browsing - October 9, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 97 | Walmart and Fertility
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess is in Berlin for the Bayer G4A Signing Day where they’re announcing which startups are going to get deals and Glen Tullman is doing a fireside chat with Eugene Borukhovich. In Episode 97, Jess and I talk about Walmart and fertility. Fertility benefits startup Progyny files for IPO and I’m blown away by this relatively new company. Another startup—Halle Tecco’s Natalist—raises $5M to send care boxes to help women get pregnant. Finally, Jess has a conspiracy theory, noticing that Walmart is sneaking into all aspects of health tech… Walmart is expanding ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Start-Ups Bayer G4A Doctor On Demand Embold Health fertility HealthSCOPE IPO Natalist progyny Walmart Source Type: blogs

Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding: It ’s your choice
Pregnant women can be overwhelmed with questions about what motherhood will be like. And often one of the top concerns is deciding whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. What makes the experience special is that moms can choose how to feed her babies based on what feels best for her body and her baby. Most babies are able on to latch to mom’s breast for feeding shortly after birth. Once placed on mom’s chest for some skin-to-skin time, they wiggle themselves over to mom’s breast where they’ll latch on to begin their first feeding. While some moms experience the ease of the baby doing all the work to ...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 8, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Source Type: blogs

Mum ’s the Word: How Mantra Meditation Can Help When You’re Expecting
You're reading Mum’s the Word: How Mantra Meditation Can Help When You’re Expecting, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Your body is preparing for motherhood; an incredibly rewarding but physically demanding adventure. If you find yourself in a maelstrom of mood swings –  amidst the cramping, soreness, nausea, cravings and other palpable changes that characterise the experience of early pregnancy – you are not alone.  People who have prior experience of this epic journey ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - October 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RosalindB Tags: family featured health and fitness meditation self improvement pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Advice to a pregnant surgical resident
As a profession, we ’ve yet to standardize maternity leave and breastfeeding allowances for women. Given the length of medical training (seven-plus post-graduate years), timing (prime reproductive years) and slow increase in the ratio of female to male surgical residents, females choosing to start families during tra ining are particularly afflicted. We just celebrated my son’s first […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 6, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/lauren-a-umstattd" rel="tag" > Lauren A. Umstattd, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician OB/GYN Surgery Source Type: blogs

Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding: It ’s your choice
Pregnant women can be overwhelmed with questions about what motherhood will be like. And often one of the top concerns is deciding whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. What makes the experience special is that moms can choose how to feed her babies based on what feels best for her body and her baby. Most babies are able on to latch to mom’s breast for feeding shortly after birth. Once placed on mom’s chest for some skin-to-skin time, they wiggle themselves over to mom’s breast where they’ll latch on to begin their first feeding. While some moms experience the ease of the baby doing all the work to ...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 4, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: babies Source Type: blogs

The Moral Choices on CRISPR Babies
This post is presented in collaboration with the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read the entire issue by clicking here. by Sheldon Krimsky In late November 2018, Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui announced at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong that he had used CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editing on two female embryos that were brought to term through an in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancy. The world scientific community was ill-prepared for the announcement since the moral issues surrounding the editing of human embryos were under discussion but hardly resolved.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - October 3, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Editorial-AJOB Featured Posts Genetics Reproductive Ethics gene editing Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 2nd October 2019
Some recent things...University of Leicester members are welcome to contact me for advice on accessing full text of the research cited below.   Other readers should contact their librarian!ResearchEnhanced communication and staff training could improve the experience of maternity services for asylum-seeking women (NIHR Signals)Summary of research reported inMidwifery.Treatment for liver disorder in pregnancy ineffective, finds studyNews item about the PITCHES trial of ursodeoxycholic acid for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.  The trial was published inthe Lancet.Planned delivery reduces impact of poten...
Source: Browsing - October 2, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

How do you calculate how many weeks pregnant you are after IVF ?
Lots of IVF patients who get pregnant are confused when they calculate their due date after an IVF treatment.And it's not just confusing for patients - it's confusing for family physicians , as well as some gynecologists.The reason for the confusion is because when obstetricians date a pregnancy, they talk in terms of gestational age. In clinical practice, this refers to the menstrual age, and not the embryonic age. This makes sense, because most pregnant women know their last menstrual period ( LMP), but not the day they ovulated and got pregnant.This means that when fertile women miss their period find out they are pregn...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 28, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

What happens after the embryo transfer ?
The two week wait ( 2ww) after an embryo transfer can be an extremely stressful time, because in one sense you're partially pregnant.This might seem to make no logical sense, but because you know the doctor has transferred an embryo in your uterus, in one sense you are pregnant, but on the other hand , implantation has still not occurred. In one sense, you are in a no woman's land , and you're never sure what you can do to increase the chances of the embryo implanting.The biggest fear is that if you do something wrong , the embryo will fail to implant.The reality is there's nothing much which you or your doctor can do...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 27, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

8 Nootropics to Stimulate Your Brain This Fall
You're reading 8 Nootropics to Stimulate Your Brain This Fall, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Nootropics is a term coined by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea to describe a class of drugs, supplements, and other synthetic and naturally occurring compounds that improve cognitive function in our brains. They’re often called “smart drugs,” as they can help us think faster and more efficiently. Although used by pretty much everyone, these nootropic supplements are especially popular among youn...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nadav Dakner Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement nootropics pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Why doesn't every perfect IVF cycle end up in a pregnancy?
Often patients have a medically perfect embryo transfer when they do an IVF cycle. The embryo is a top quality blastocyst, the endometrium is 8 mm and trilaminar and the embryo transfer was technically smooth.When patients hear that everything went perfectly, they are obviously very optimistic , and are very sure that they're going to get pregnant.However, when the cycle fails, they can't understand what went wrong.And that's the first question they ask, "What went wrong? Did I do something wrong? Was I too anxious? Didn't I rest enough? Didn't I take enough medications?"There is often quite a bit of blaming the ...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 26, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 25th September 2019
Just a few recent things this time...NHS newsWakefield - survey finds parents want choice over place of birthSouth Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System - feedback wanted on information website for pregnant women (and other groups)NewsCaesarean babies have different gut bacteria, microbiome study findsAcknowledgements: Embed Health Consortium Health Bulletin (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - September 25, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

There Fertility Apps Seem To Have Rather More Downside(s) Than One Might Expect.
We have a number of articles on these apps this week:First we had this:Fertility app glitches put women out of syncBy Kate AubussonSeptember 17, 2019 — 1.00amFertility apps riddled with "alarming" inaccuracies and "disturbing" misinformation could be inadvertently sabotaging the chances of women conceiving, researchers warn.Thousands of Australian women are using fertility apps to give them the best shot at getting pregnant or avoiding it, but flaws in these trackers are leading some would-be mothers to believe they are infertile.A study presented at the Fertility Society of Australia's Annual Sci...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

SAMHSA Quietly Deleted All Blog Entries Before 2017
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, quietly deleted hundreds of blog entries from its blog that pre-dated the current administration. The oldest entries date back only to September 2017, with hundreds of missing entries on a blog that began its life nine years ago on October 4, 2010. Why did SAMHSA delete its history of blog entries from before the current president’s administration? Historically, the SAMHSA blog published anywhere from 4 to 12 articles per month, highlighting a wide variety of public mental hea...
Source: World of Psychology - September 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy censorship Samhsa Source Type: blogs

Who ’ s in the delivery room with you?
When I was born, there was no choice: dads were outside of the delivery room with cigars and dimes for the pay phone (ok, so I’m old…).  When my children were born, of course, my husband was there the whole time (ok, not that helpful but there..) Now, the question is: Who should be in the delivery room? There is a lot of conversation about the whole extended family attending the blessed event, and it sounds so lovely until I visualize myself in “that position” with my second cousin twice removed as a witness. Seriously, the discussions really surround the decision to let one or two other close...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 24, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Does IVF increase the risk of miscarriages ?
Lots of people are worried that IVF treatment will increase the risk of miscarriage. After all, you're fiddling around with eggs, sperms, and embryos in the laboratory, and isn't this artificial? And won't this increase the chance of the embryo being rejected?However, the truth is that IVF does not increase the risk of miscarriage, because we're just mimicking the natural in vivo process. The only differences is, instead of doing it in the fallopian tube, we're doing it in the test tube.But IVF doesn't reduce the risk of miscarriage either - it remains 15%, just like it does in the general population, where we know that 15...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 24, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

Ethical Issues in OB/GYN Inspire Board Service
Sandra Stites, MDBoard Chair, Center for Practical BioethicsMy first exposure to the Center for Practical Bioethics was as a guest at the Annual Dinner event with my husband, who is a physician at the University of Kansas. But it was my experience as an OB/GYN physician that really sparked my desire to get more involved. In my practice as an OB/GYN, and especially in OB, ethics comes into play from day one throughout pregnancy. I can remember one of my first patients decades ago, a senior at a local high school, who wasn’t allowed to graduate because she was pregnant. And with the growth of technology in me...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - September 23, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care bioethics clinical ethics service OB/GYN syndicated Source Type: blogs

After failed IVF, can I get pregnant naturally?
Patients do IVF with a lot of hope, because they know this is the one method which maximizes their chances of getting pregnant. They pin all their hopes on the IVF cycle, but when the IVF cycle fails, they are completely heartbroken , and worry about whether they'll ever be able to get pregnant at all.However, do remember that patients do get pregnant even after a failed IVF cycle in their bedroom. The chances of this happening depends on the reason for the infertility.Of course, if you have blocked tubes , or the reason for your infertility is azoospermia, then you're not going to get pregnant on your own.But if your...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 22, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

Adult acne: Understanding underlying causes and banishing breakouts
“I’m not a teenager anymore, why do I still have acne?!” This is a question we hear from patients on a daily basis. The truth is, it is quite common to see acne persist into adulthood. Although acne is commonly thought of as a problem of adolescence, it can occur in people of all ages. Adult acne has many similarities to adolescent acne with regard to both causes and treatments. But there are some unique qualities to adult acne as well. What causes adult acne? Adult acne, or post-adolescent acne, is acne that occurs after age 25. For the most part, the same factors that cause acne in adolescents are at pl...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristina Liu, MD, MHS Tags: Health Skin and Hair Care Source Type: blogs

Reducing your IVF risks
Every IVF cycle involves an element of uncertainty in the sense that the outcome cannot be predicted and you can never be sure whether you'll get pregnant in your first cycle or whether you will get pregnant in your fourth. And which is why patients aren't sure whether they should give up or maybe change the doctor or consider third party reproduction.Yes, it's true that every cycle entails a risk, but you need to remember that this risk is predominantly financial and emotional. As far as medical risks go, if you're doing IVF in a good clinic, you don't need to worry about the impact either on your own body or on that of t...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 21, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

What happens after the embryo transfer ?
The two week wait ( 2ww) after an embryo transfer can be an extremely stressful time, because in one sense you're partially pregnant.This might seem to make no logical sense, but because you know the doctor has transferred an embryo in your uterus, in one sense you are pregnant, but on the other hand , implantation has still not occurred. In one sense, you are in a no woman's land , and you're never sure what you can do to increase the chances of the embryo implanting.The biggest fear is that if you do something wrong , the embryo will fail to implant.The reality is there's nothing much which you or your doctor can do...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 20, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

We Can Stop America ’ s Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies
By STUART H. SMITH Imagine a massive public health crisis in the United States that affects tens of thousands of people. Now imagine that the government had a simple tool at its disposal that could prevent this kind of physical and psychological trauma. You might think that I’m writing about America’s deadly outbreak of gun violence, which has made headlines this summer from Dayton to El Paso. But actually I’m talking about a different crisis that affects even more people – all of them children — and which could be sharply reduced with one simple step that lacks the bitter political anim...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Patients Big pharma NAS syndrome Opioid Justice Team Opioid-Dependent Babies Opioids public health Stuart Smith Source Type: blogs

Top 20 Death & Dying Legal Developments from 2019
There are so many new updates to The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking (Wolters Kluwer 2020). Here are some of them:Idaho’s first reported judicial decision on end-of-life decision making, finding the Idaho advance directive statute constitutional as it applies to pregnant women. An appellate ruling in California upholding most of the interdisciplinary team approach to medical decision making for unbefriended patients in long-term care facilities.  Promulgation of federal regulations that expand and protect statutory conscience rights in health care, including with respect to advance direc...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - September 18, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Egg Plus Sperm = Baby - The reproductive equation
When a woman gets pregnant in her bedroom, the reproductive equation is very simple.She ovulates a single egg from a mature follicle in her ovary , which gets fertilized by a single sperm, which forms a single embryo, which then becomes a baby.So the equation is : follicle -> egg + sperm = embryo -> baby.Of course, natural reproductive efficiency is not great, and fecundity for a young fertile woman is only about 20%, in one cycle.This means that most women will not get pregnant in most cycles, even though she has sex regularly. Now this means that the equation breaks down - either because she did not grow a follicle...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 18, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

No More Clitting Around: Let ’s Talk about Clitoris Transplants
Quality of life transplantations (e.g. hand, face, etc.), in contrast to life-saving transplantations (e.g. heart, lungs, etc.), have become increasingly popular and have gained more acceptance in the medical and lay communities. In the last two decades transplants for sexual and reproductive organs—specifically allogenic transplantations of the uterus, ovary, and penis—have emerged as yet another type of quality of life transplants. The purpose of uterus transplantations is to allow cisgender women with absolute uterine factor infertility to experience pregnancy. Although the first uterus transplantation took ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - September 17, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Bioethics Today Tags: Health Care assisted reproduction feminist ethics reproductive medicine Sex and Sexuality surgical ethics syndicated transplantation Women's Reproductive Rights Source Type: blogs

Who is the “ Real master ” in Master health check up clinics ?
Master health checks* , superficially look like a perfect modality to practice the greatest medical concept ie “Prevention is better then cure” .Let us detect all human diseases early , prevent its progression, regress it or completely cure it . Absolute bliss is it not? Why then articles such as this one should ever get published, that too in one of the prestigious journal of medicine? *Master health check .( Also referred to as annual General health checks.) While the title itself is provocative, it adds a tag line which is still more a shocker. There are specific well-researched reasons for this prevent...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - September 17, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Uncategorized master health check up medical ethics Source Type: blogs

Birth Plans and Options
Where will your baby come into the world (and into your arms)? Will it be in your own bed at home? In a high-tech hospital birthing room? In a family-focused birthing center? How will you be doing that birthing? In water? While squatting? On your hands and knees? How about the environment around you? Do you want the lights to be dimmed? The noise level in the birthing room to be hushed? The background music to come from your favorite CD? These days, you’ve got plenty of childbirth locales to choose from, not to mention plenty of birthing options once you get there. Assuming the choice is yours to make (sometimes it&r...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 17, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies brain development medical research parents pregnancy stem cells cord blood treatment for Leukemia private cord blood bank Source Type: blogs

The effect of an IVF cycle on the husband.
Whenever we talk about IVF cycles, our focus is usually on the woman. This is understandable , because she's the one who has to take the injections, go for the scans, undergo the egg collection and embryo transfer process, and live through the 2 week wait. And all the husband needs to do is to give a semen sample !However, the reality is that the husband also suffers a lot of heartbreak and pain.This is especially acute when the reason for the infertility is a problem with his sperm. He feels very guilty that his wife is having to go through all the pain of an IVF cycle this because he's not able to get her pregnant i...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 16, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

How racism harms children
Racism hurts children, in real and fundamental ways. It hurts not just their health, but their chances for a good, successful life. That’s the bottom line message of a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is a call to action for all of us. If we care about the health and future of all of our children, it says, we need to take real steps to end racism — and to help and support those who are affected by it. Racism informs our actions when we structure opportunities for and assign value to people based on our interpretation of how they look. Biologically we are truly just one race...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Health care disparities Mental Health Parenting Stress Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 11th September 2019
Some recent things...NICE GuidanceTwin and triplet pregnancy (NICE guideline, NG137)Multiple pregnancy: twin and triplet pregnancy (Quality standard, QS46)Caesarean section (Clinical guideline, CG132)SafeguardingNHS safeguarding accountability and assurance framework - revised 3rd SeptemberSepsisClinical Knowledge Summaries - evidence based, information on how to recognise and manage it - new.StatisticsUnexplained deaths in infancy, 2017 (National Statistics)In the newsJennifer Gunter: ‘Women are being told lies about their bodies’End NHS maternity charges for vulnerable migrants, say midwivesGPs are ignor...
Source: Browsing - September 11, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Epidurals – What are they? Are they for you?
Whether you’ve known from day one that you’d be asking for an epidural or have your heart set on a medicine-free birth, here’s the lowdown on epidurals and how they can take some of the pain out of labor and delivery. Remember that we are all individuals and our different thresholds of pain span the gamut from high to low.  It is fortunate that for those who want medication, it is available.  An article released on Kid’s Health on epidurals offers a comprehensive look at what epidurals are, how they work, and who can best benefit from them.   There are many big decisions that you...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 10, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies brain development Cord Blood medical research parents pregnancy stem cells Source Type: blogs