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Effect of Magnesium Sulfate During Pregnancy on Very Preterm Infants

Magnesium sulfate given intravenously to pregnant women at risk of very preterm birth was not associated with benefit on neurological, behavioral, growth, or functional outcomes in their children at school age, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

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September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month - Jefferson Expert Available

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Ladies: Don’t Slack on Your Preventative Health Care, Says USciences Prof

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As young women across the United States adapt to their busy college lifestyles, physician assistant studies professor Joan Ward, MS, PA-C, at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, urges them to stay on top of their preventative health screenings.

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Study Estimates Number of U.S. Women Potentially Impacted by Breast Density Notification Legislation

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To date, the prevalence of women with high mammographic breast density -- a recognized risk factor for breast cancer -- in the U.S. has been largely unknown. Now a new study helps quantify the number of U.S. women with this condition, providing needed data for notification legislation under consideration in several states.

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Diverse Gut Bacteria Associated with Favorable Ratio of Estrogen Metabolites

Postmenopausal women with diverse gut bacteria exhibit a more favorable ratio of estrogen metabolites, which is associated with reduced risk for breast cancer, compared to women with less microbial variation, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended for Pregnant Women Amid Spike in Cases

Expectant moms should be vaccinated for pertussis, or whooping cough, during their third trimester, according to obstetricians at Loyola University Health System. Those in close contact with the infant also should be up to date with their whooping cough vaccine.

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African American Women Receive Less Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

Dartmouth researchers have found that African American women are 55 percent less likely to receive breast reconstruction after mastectomy regardless of where they received their care. They report on their findings in “The influence of race/ethnicity and place of service on breast reconstruction for Medicare beneficiaries with mastectomy,” recently published in SpringerPlus.

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Breast Radiation Trial Provides More Convenience, Better Compliance, Lowered Cost and Patient Outcomes on Par with Current Treatment

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An experimental regimen of once-weekly breast irradiation following lumpectomy provides more convenience to patients at a lower cost, results in better completion rates of prescribed radiation treatment, and produces cosmetic outcomes comparable to the current standard of daily radiation.

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Breast Conserving Therapy Shows Survival Benefit Compared to Mastectomy in Early-Stage Patients with Hormone Receptor Positive Disease

When factoring in what is now known about breast cancer biology and heterogeneity, breast conserving therapy (BCT) may offer a greater survival benefit over mastectomy to women with early stage, hormone-receptor positive disease, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Disparities Persist in Early-Stage Breast Cancer Treatment

Despite its acceptance as standard of care for early stage breast cancer almost 25 years ago, barriers still exist that preclude patients from receiving breast conserving therapy (BCT), with some still opting for a mastectomy, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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