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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.
Do midpelvic vaginal operative deliveries lead to greater trauma?
A new study looks at whether midpelvic operative deliveries have greater trauma than other delivery forms. Plus: A look at the long-term effects of using bisphosphonates. Also, is lithium use in early pregnancy as dangerous as previously thought?
Surgical expertise and outcomes of urinary tract endometriosis
Retrospective analysis of data on women undergoing surgery for urinary tract endometriosis sheds new light on the role that the surgical team’s expertise has on patient outcome.
Do genes play a role in endometriosis?
A meta-analysis of data from more than 17,000 cases of endometriosis suggest that specific genes involved in sex steroid hormone signaling and function may play a role in the disorder.
CDC issues advisory on Zika testing
The latest on testing guidelines for Zika from the CDC. Plus: Are corticosteroids effective when administered only hours before delivery? Also, a look at the prevalence of hepatitis C among pregnancy women in the United States.
Women's Health Update: ACOG 2017 on obesity
A round-up of research on obesity in pregnancy from the ACOG 2017 meeting in San Diego, California.
Endometriosis and cancer-driver mutations
A genomic analysis of endometriotic lesions shows that a disease associated with almost no risk of malignant transformation may harbor mutations associated with cancer. The findings, published in NEJM, provide a rationale for characterizing all endometriosis subtypes, say the authors.
Elagolix dosage and impact on endometriosis
New research on two different dosages of elagolix show that both doses improved dysmenorrhea and nonmenstrual pelvic pain in women with endometriosis. The findings, published in NEJM, add to data from previous studies of the drug, which showed that it produced partial to nearly full estrogen suppression.
Is cervical insufficiency a true diagnosis?
A debate at ACOG 2017 looks at whether cervical insufficiency should be abandoned as a diagnosis. Plus: A study presented at ACOG 2017 examines whether human papillomavirus is linked to preterm birth?
Quiz pits senior fellows against young physicians
One of the most-anticipated sessions at the conference pitted senior ob/gyns against young physicians in a quiz that had both teams at times scratching their heads.
Natural estrogen/progesterone HT capsule shows promise
A first-of-its-kind capsule combining natural 17β-estradiol and progesterone has promise for menopause-related hot flushes, according to results of a Phase 3 multi center trial.

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