Today's Headlines

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's Headlines is prepared daily to help keep you informed about news affecting women's health care and ob-gyn. This brief is derived from the four major national newspapers: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Please note that the WSJ requires a paid subscription to access articles. 

The New York Times
"When Doctors and Nurses Work Together"
A study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has revealed that a group of doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital has been quietly working to change the culture of "defensive medicine" that so many have come to accept as inevitable...Read more.

"Obama May Name 'Czar' to Oversee Ebola Response"
President Obama raised the possibility on Thursday that he might appoint an "Ebola czar" to manage the government’s response to the deadly virus as anxiety grew over the air travel of an infected nurse...Read more.

"Treating Depression Before It Becomes Postpartum"
Op-Ed: Only about 20 percent to 30 percent of women who experience postpartum depression in the United States get proper treatment, and for low-income mothers, the rate is considerably lower...Read more.

"Don’t Depend on Those Frozen Eggs"
Op-Ed: Egg freezing isn’t going to work for all women. Success varies according to the expertise of doctors and the quality of eggs, but even the best fertility centers report that a woman’s chance of pregnancy per embryo transferred to the uterus is between 30 and 50 percent...Read more.

The Washington Post
"The NFL Is Covered in Pink, but Only a Sliver of Sales Goes to Breast Cancer"
If you think buying a $26.95 pink-lined Patriots hat means $26.95 toward the fight against breast cancer, think again. About 12.5 percent of the sales price of NFL-branded "pink" products typically goes to charity, according to NFL spokeswoman Clare Graff. In the case of the hat, that would be $3.37...Read more.

"CDC Director's Challenge: Deadly Ebola Virus and Outbreak of Criticism"
Critics have said that CDC guidelines for infection control are too complicated and too hard to follow. A national nurses union said workers had inadequate training and protective equipment. CDC director Tom Frieden this week expressed regret that the CDC hadn’t done more early in the crisis to help the Dallas hospital...Read more.

"Is Sex Only for Rich People?" 
Op-Ed: Despite what opponents say, improving access to family planning services and reversible contraceptives is not about encouraging sex—biology takes care of this already—or that false boogeyman of sterilization. It is about giving low-income women the same control over when, and with whom, they have children, as is afforded to their higher-income sisters...Read more.

USA Today
"Ebola Raises Concerns Over Hospitals' Infection Controls"
As public health authorities race to assess the US medical system's ability to contain Ebola, the track record of the nation's hospitals in controlling other infections suggests a lot of them aren't prepared...Read more.

"Health Research Needs Boost From Bold Innovators"

Op-Ed: Medical leaders have long recognized the need to break down walls between scientific disciplines and lines of research. But old models of funding, public and private, that invest in illnesses and institutions reinforce those walls...Read more

The Wall Street Journal
"Scientists Say Ebola’s Transmission Route Unlikely to Have Changed"
While there is no doubt the virus is constantly altering its genetic makeup, scientists are confident Ebola hasn’t suddenly acquired the ability to be transmitted via air and is unlikely to do so...Read more.
*Disclaimer: ACOG does not endorse these articles, nor the views expressed in them.         

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