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.
USPSTF reaffirms benefit of folic acid supplementation
The USPSTF updates their 2009 statement on folic acid supplementation in women of childbearing age. Plus: The FDA releases the final advice on fish consumption.
Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies: Autoimmune Disease
In this protocol, Dr Lockwood reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Brain volume, microcephaly on US associated with Zika
Research looks at the science showing associations between microcephaly and Zika virus. Plus: Can cervical pessaries help prevent preterm birth? Also, a study examines whether inadvertent HPV vaccination during pregnancy leads to adverse outcomes for mother and baby.
Vaccine shows promise for early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer
A study looks at the effectiveness of a dendritic cell vaccine in early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer. Plus: A look at whether fish oil consumed during pregnancy reduces the risk of asthma in offspring.
Is a urine-based test the future of cervical cancer screening?
A Phase II study examines the efficacy of a urine-based test in screening for cervical cancer. Also, a study looks at whether cost is the reason why some patients do not adhere to breast cancer medications.
Tdap vaccine: No connection found to microcephaly
A study looks at whether receiving the Tdap vaccine in pregnancy increases the risk of microcephaly. Plus: Are younger or older women more at risk of stroke during pregnancy?
Editor-in-Chief honored by world’s largest scientific society
Contemporary OB/GYN Editor-in-Chief Dr Charles Lockwood has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the most prestigious scientific societies in the world and the largest.
Can low-dose estrogen bring vasomotor symptom relief?
A study examines the efficacy of lower-than-conventional doses of estrogen in relieving vasomotor symptoms. Plus: What are the latest ACOG recommendations on water births?
Morcellation bag shows promise in feasibility study
A small feasibility study of a new containment bag for power morcellation shows that it may be reliable for even a large specimen. The findings, about the Espiner EcoSac 230, were presented at the 45th AAGL Global Congress in Orlando, Florida.
Long-term outcomes with RFVTA for myoma
Early data from a 3-year study of outcomes with radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation (RFVTA) in patients with myomas suggests that the technology may be just as effective as laparoscopic myomectomy.

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