Judith M. Orvos, ELS
Judith M. Orvos, ELS, is a a BELS-certified medical writer and editor and an editorial consultant for Contemporary OB/GYN.
Hormonal contraception and breast cancer: Is there a link?
Results of a prospective cohort study by Danish investigators suggest that current or recent use of hormonal contraceptives may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Plus, Editorial Board Member, Ilana Cass, MD, weighs in on the impact of the study's findings.
Are there non-glycemic benefits of continuous glucose monitoring?
A multinational randomized controlled trial indicates, for what may be the first time, that continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) may have health benefits that go well beyond control of maternal hyperglycemia. Plus: Does postmenopausal HT impact risk of stroke? Also: A study suggests that late puberty affects bone mineral density.
Flame retardants linked with infertility
A first-of-its-kind epidemiologic study shows a link between exposure to organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and infertility.
Do vitamin D levels affect ART outcomes?
A recently published meta-analysis has found a relationship between a woman’s vitamin D levels and the success rate of assisted reproduction therapy (ART). Plus: Is progesterone effective in preventing preterm birth? Also: Results of a large cohort study show that women whose BMI is below or above normal before pregnancy may be at increased risk of complications or death associated with birth.
Does prenatal exposure to acetaminophen increase risk for ADHD?
According to a study, a pregnant woman’s use of acetaminophen may be associated with increased risk of her child developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Plus: Another study says race is sole indicator of breast reconstruction likelihood. Also: FDA issues guidance on labeling for surgical aspirators.
AAGL Presidential Address focuses on elevating gynecologic surgery
Specialization by “pelvic surgeons” is the future for AAGL, said Jon I. Einarsson, MD, PhD, MPH in his address to an enthusiastic audience at the society’s 46th AAGL Global Congress.
Chinese study of dienogest for endometriosis in teens
Results of a Chinese study of the progestin dienogest build on data from a multicenter European study of the progestin in teens with endometriosis.
CDC issues interim guidance on congenital Zika infection
New interim guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the need for standard screening and monitoring of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection plus hearing screening and specific testing and evaluation in three clinical scenarios. Plus: Are at-risk women commonly tested for rectal gonorrhea, chlamydia? Also: According to a study, ovarian cancer may originate in fallopian tubes.
Study: Racial disparity in breast cancer mortality, rates
A new report from The American Cancer Society shows that in every US state, breast cancer incidence rates are higher in non-Hispanic white (NHW) women than in non-Hispanic black (NHB) women, but rates of death from the disease, however, are higher in NHB women than in NHW women. Also: Is second-stage labor longer with epidural analgesia? Plus, a study finds that ovarian reserve biomarkers are not associated with fertility.
New ‘dipstick’ test for Zika, dengue
A fast and cost-effective new dipstick test for Zika virus can distinguish between it and dengue viruses without cross-reactivity, according to a report in Science Translational Medicine. Also, results of a new randomized controlled trial—the largest of its kind to date—suggest that text messaging may help some pregnant women quit smoking.

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