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Improving Health Disparities Starts With Acknowledging Structural Racism
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950673

May 5th, 2021 - Earlier this spring, Kimberly D. Manning, MD, FACP, FAAP, was caring for an elderly Black man with multiple comorbidities at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, assembling an order for medications and a discharge plan. "It was very challenging," Manning, professor of medicine and associate vice chair of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Emory University, Atlanta, recalled during a May 4 sessi...

Female Physicians More Likely Than Other Women to Delay Childbearing
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950436

May 4th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Compared to women in the general public, female physicians in Canada are less likely to have children overall, less likely to have babies when they are in their twenties, and far more likely to delay childbearing until they are in their late thirties, a new study finds. An analysis of data from 5,328 female doctors and 26,640 non-physician women revealed that the physicians w...

Metformin Use During Pregnancy and Maternal Outcomes
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950077

May 4th, 2021 - Takeaway Use of metformin for any indication during pregnancy was associated with a reduction in gestational weight gain (GWG) and a modest reduction in the risk of pre-eclampsia, but an increased risk of gastrointestinal (GI) side effects compared with other treatments. No significant effects were observed on other maternal outcomes. Why this matters Despite the widespread use of metformin dur...

N Carolina GOP Advances Bill to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950573

May 4th, 2021 - RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill to make it illegal for physicians to perform abortions because of the fetus' race or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. A physician would be subject to monetary damages if he or she performed an abortion despite being aware that the pregnant woman's decision to get the procedure was influenced by either of those two conc...

The Use of Autoantibody Testing in a Postpartum Patient at Risk for Malignancy-Associated Dermatomyositis
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950202

May 3rd, 2021 - This article originally appeared on the Hospital for Special Surgery website. Case Report In May 2019, a 32-year-old woman developed a rash on her face, chest, and knuckles, initially thought to be contact dermatitis. She saw a second dermatologist to evaluate persistent symptoms, who found positive results on antinuclear antibody (ANA) testing Malignancy screening was performed. CT scanning of...

Placental Infection May Be More Likely in Early Pregnancy
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950304

May 2nd, 2021 - (Reuters) - The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rarely infects the placenta, but new research suggests that when such an infection does occur it is more likely to happen early in pregnancy. Analyzing 12 placentas from healthy women, ranging in gestational age from 5 weeks to 36 weeks, researchers found that the cells in the placenta that become infected with the coronavirus have the surface pr...

Can One Person 'Force' Another to Have a Child?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/948682

Apr 29th, 2021 - This transcript has been edited for clarity. Hi. I'm Art Caplan at the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine. Should you ever be forced to reproduce against your will? Should somebody be able to use your sperm, your egg, or an embryo that you created and have a child, even if you don't want to have a child using your reproductive materials and you don't...

Idaho Becomes Latest State to Pass 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950111

Apr 28th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Idaho has become the latest Republican-led state to pass a "fetal heartbeat" law, prohibiting abortions after five or six weeks of pregnancy except in medical emergencies or in cases of rape or incest. The law, signed by Republican Governor Brad Little on Tuesday, follows a wave of similar legislation passed by states aiming to prompt a review of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling R...

Arizona Governor Signs Abortion Ban for Genetic Issues
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950206

Apr 28th, 2021 - Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix. PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed a sweeping antiabortion bill that bans the procedure if the woman is seeking it solely because a fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome. Doctors who perform an abortion solely because the child has a survivable genetic issue can face felony charges....

New Study Confirms Kidney Dialysis Worsens Pregnancy Outcomes 
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950184

Apr 28th, 2021 - Women who are pregnant while on dialysis have significantly worse outcomes compared with women who a) have already received a kidney transplant, or b) will eventually start dialysis but had not yet reached that point by the time of their pregnancy, according to data from more than 1.6 million women from Australia. The new review shows that women on dialysis during pregnancy had the highest rate...

'Pioneering' Chile Moves to Cover Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Vaccines
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950101

Apr 28th, 2021 - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile has designated pregnant women a COVID-19 vaccination priority and this week began issuing Pfizer doses to those with underlying health issues in their second or third trimesters. Chile's top public health official Paula Daza said women were being inoculated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine since more information existed about its safety for pregnant women.

Pregnancy Increases Risk for Symptomatic Kidney Stone
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950073

Apr 27th, 2021 - Pregnancy increases the risk for first-time symptomatic kidney stone formation which peaks close to the time of delivery but can persist even a year later, a population-based, case-controlled study suggests. "We suspected the risk of a kidney stone event would be high during pregnancy, but we were surprised that the risk remained high for up to a year after delivery," senior author Andrew Rule,...

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Appear Safe, Effective During Pregnancy
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950071

Apr 27th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe in pregnant patients, according to preliminary findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said pregnant people have an increased risk of being severely ill from COVID-19...

Oklahoma Governor Signs Three Anti-Abortion Bills Into Law
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950025

Apr 26th, 2021 - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Gov. Stitt is signing three anti-abortion bills into law. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed three anti-abortion bills into law on Monday, including ones to criminalize the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them. The Republican-controlled Senate passed...

Parents Want Justice for Birth Injuries. Hospitals Want to Strip Them of the Right to Make That Decision.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949998

Apr 26th, 2021 - ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published. This article was produced in partnership with the Miami Herald, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Ashley Lamendola was still a teen when medical staff at St. Petersburg General Hospital delivered the awful news that would change he...

COVID-19 May Have Worsened GDM Pregnancy Outcomes
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950009

Apr 26th, 2021 - Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during the COVID-19 pandemic were diagnosed later in their pregnancy than those diagnosed prior to the pandemic, suggests an audit of almost 1000 pregnancies at a leading UK hospital. GDM-related births during the COVID era were significantly more likely to be large for gestational age, delivered via caesarean section, and associated with...

Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Face Increased Serious Risks, Study Says
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949962

Apr 25th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Pregnant women who contracted COVID-19 last year were 20 times more likely to die than those who didn't contract the virus, according to a new study published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics. In addition, among the mothers who tested positive, about 11.5% of their babies also con...

Florida House OKs Bill to Ban Abortions Based on Disability
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949952

Apr 25th, 2021 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida doctors would be banned from performing abortions if they know, or should have known, the woman was ending her pregnancy because of a test or diagnosis that the fetus will be born with a disability, under a bill passed by the House on Friday. Doctors who do end a pregnancy based solely on a physical or mental disability would be guilty of a third degree felony p...

Paternal Preconception Alcohol Consumption Tied to Fetal Birth Defect Risk
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949561

Apr 20th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Preconception paternal alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of fetal birth defects, driven by an elevated risk of clefts in particular, a Chinese study suggests. Researchers examined data on 529,090 couples participating in the National Free Preconception Health Examination Project in mainland China from April 2010 to December 2012 who had data available o...

FDA Approves Oral Contraceptive With New Estrogen
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949661

Apr 20th, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new estrogen for the first time in more than 50 years. The novel combined oral contraceptive, marketed as Nextstellis, contains 3 mg drospirenone (DRSP) and 14.2 mg of estetrol (E4) in tablet form. Estetrol is an estrogen that is naturally produced during pregnancy, but will now be produced from a plant source; it has not previously been used in o...