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UK Minister Failed to 'Expeditiously' Provide for Northern Irish Abortion Services, Court Rules
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960874

Oct 15th, 2021 - BELFAST (Reuters) - The United Kingdom's Northern Ireland Secretary failed to comply with his duties to "expeditiously" provide women in the region with access to high quality abortion and post-abortion services, a judge in the British-run province ruled on Thursday. Mr Justice Colton declined, however, to issue an order compelling British Secretary of State Brandon Lewis to set out a timetable...

Most Women Born With Heart Defects Can Become Pregnant and Give Birth Safely
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960930

Oct 15th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - The majority of women with congenital heart defects can safely become pregnant and give birth to healthy babies, a new study in Germany suggests. In an analysis of administrative data on 7,512 pregnancies in 4,015 women with congenital heart disease (CHD), researchers found that rates of maternal and neonatal complications were higher than in a matched control group, but abso...

ICU Nurse Sets Up Nursery for Newborn After Mother Dies of COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960981

Oct 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. An intensive care unit nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas, rallied the community to help a young father whose wife died of COVID-19 after giving birth by C-section. Ashlee Schwartz started a GoFundMe page that raised more than $12,000 for Eric Robison and created a baby registry tha...

House Committee: Racial Bias in Clinical Decision Support 'Unacceptable'
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960979

Oct 15th, 2021 - As a rising chorus of healthcare experts decries the harmful racial bias in clinical decision support tools (CDSTs), the House Ways and Means Committee has released a report spelling out in detail what the problem is, how it affects health equity, and how healthcare stakeholders can address it. Among the issues described in the report is the widespread practice of applying "racial correction" m...

Court Again Lets Texas Continue Banning Most Abortions
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960992

Oct 15th, 2021 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas can continue banning most abortions after a federal appeals court rejected the Biden administration's latest attempt to stop a novel law that has become the nation's biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years. The decision Thursday could push the law closer to returning to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already once allowed the restrictions to take effect without ...

Texas Women Drive Hours for Abortions After New Law
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960877

Oct 14th, 2021 - A 33-year-old mother of three from central Texas is escorted down the hall by clinic administrator Kathaleen Pittman prior to getting an abortion. SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The 33-year-old Texas woman drove alone four hours through the night to get to the Louisiana abortion clinic for a consultation. She initially planned to sleep in her car, but an advocacy group helped arrange a hotel room. Sing...

Homicide Remains a Top Cause of Maternal Mortality
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960844

Oct 14th, 2021 - The prevalence of homicide was 16% higher in pregnant women or postpartum women than nonpregnant or nonpostpartum women in the United States, according to 2018 and 2019 mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Homicide has long been identified as a leading cause of death during pregnancy, but homicide is not counted in estimates of maternal mortality, nor is it emphasized ...

Shorter Pregnancies Mean Higher Lifelong Hypertension Risk
https://www.medpagetoday.com/cardiology/hypertension/95004

Oct 13th, 2021 - Delivering a child preterm carried lifelong risk for hypertension, a large population-based study showed. Among more than 2 million women in Sweden, delivery before 37 weeks' gestation was independently associated with a 1.67-fold increased risk (95% CI 1.61-1.74) of developing hypertension in the following 10 years, reported Casey Crump, MD, PhD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in N...

US Supreme Court Weighs Kentucky Official's Bid to Defend Abortion Law
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960716

Oct 13th, 2021 - (Reuters) - In another case stemming from a restrictive abortion law, U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled a willingness to let Kentucky's Republican attorney general defend his state's statute - struck down by lower courts - after its Democratic governor dropped the case. The arguments heard by the nine justices did not involve the legality of the 2018 law, focusing instead on the n...

FDA OKs Gender-Neutral Language for Isotretinoin iPLEDGE Risk Management Program
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960804

Oct 13th, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a modification to the isotretinoin risk-mitigation program to make it more inclusive for transgender patients. Beginning on Dec. 13, 2021, patients prescribed isotretinoin for acne will be assigned to one of two risk categories — those who can get pregnant and those who cannot for the iPLEDGE Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Previousl...

US Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Abortion Law, 2 Days After It Was Halted
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960594

Oct 12th, 2021 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court late on Friday temporarily reinstated Texas's restrictive abortion law, which bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and outsources enforcement of the ban to ordinary citizens. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, a conservative-leaning intermediate appeals court, granted a request on Friday by the Texas Attorney General's...

Newborns With SARS-CoV-2 Show Ocular Injury
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960723

Oct 12th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. SAN ANTONIO — Newborns infected with SARS-CoV-2 are showing signs of eye damage, researchers say. The injuries could be related to prematurity, hemodynamic compromise, mechanical ventilation, or the virus itself, said Maria Ana Martinez-Castellanos, MD, professor of pediatric retina at the Assoc...

Warning on Tylenol in Pregnancy No Cause for Alarm
https://www.medpagetoday.com/obgyn/pregnancy/94967

Oct 11th, 2021 - One of the painkillers considered safest for women to take during pregnancy -- acetaminophen (Tylenol) -- has recently come under scrutiny for its potential link to adverse fetal outcomes. Earlier this month, a group of 91 scientists, clinicians, and public health professionals signed a consensus statement cautioning against the use of acetaminophen in pregnancy. The statement, published by Ann...

Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients: Nearly 1 in 5 Are Unvaccinated Pregnant Women 
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960591

Oct 11th, 2021 - NHS England has renewed its message to pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as it released data on pregnancy risks. Nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 patients who are most critically ill are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. Thirty-two percent of women aged 16 to 49 on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in intensive care were pregnant. At the start of the pandemic the figur...

Texas Clinics Cancel Abortions After Court Reinstates Ban
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960628

Oct 11th, 2021 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas clinics on Saturday canceled appointments they had booked during a 48-hour reprieve from the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which was back in effect as weary providers again turn their sights to the Supreme Court. The Biden administration, which sued Texas over the law known as Senate Bill 8, has yet to say whether it will go that route after a federal app...

Low Preconception Complement Levels Linked to Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Antiphospholipid Syndrome
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960632

Oct 11th, 2021 - Low serum levels of two complement proteins are linked to worse pregnancy outcomes in women with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), the results of a multicenter study appear to confirm. The study evaluated preconception complement levels in 260 pregnancies in 197 women who had APS or were "antiphospholipid antibodies [aPL] carriers" and found that low levels of C3 and C4 in the 6 months prior to ...

US Judge Blocks Enforcement of Near-Total Abortion Ban in Texas
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960425

Oct 8th, 2021 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge temporarily blocked on Wednesday a near-total ban on abortion in Texas, the toughest such law in the United States, following a challenge from President Joe Biden's administration after the U.S. Supreme Court let it proceed. The action by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin prevents the state from enforcing the Republican-backed law, which prohibit...

Grieving Family Warns of COVID's Awful Toll During Pregnancy
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960570

Oct 8th, 2021 - Oct. 8, 2021 — If 22-month old Karter Bergeron wants to hear his mother's voice, he pushes a button on the paw of teddy bear that plays a recording. "We found a video where she said, 'I love you,' says Amie Reaux, Karter's grandmother. "We put that in the bear. He holds his bear quite often." Keighlie Reaux's family was able to load a voice file of her saying, "I love you," into this interactiv...

Texas Abortion Law Blocked; WHO Backs Wide Use of Malaria Vax; New FDA Chief Coming?
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/94898

Oct 7th, 2021 - Note that some links may require registration or subscription. A federal judge ordered Texas to temporarily suspend its 6-week abortion ban. (AP) The World Health Organization recommended widespread use of GlaxoSmithKline's RTS,S malaria vaccine for kids in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high rates of transmission. Pfizer finished submitting its application to the FDA for...

Judge Orders Texas to Suspend New Law Banning Most Abortions
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960462

Oct 7th, 2021 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an "offensive deprivation" of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation's second-most populous state since September. The order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is the first legal blow to the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which until now ...