Today's Headlines

Friday, April 18, 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
"FDA Discourages Procedure in Uterine Surgery"
Doctors should stop using a procedure performed on tens of thousands of American women a year in the course of uterine surgery, because it poses a risk of spreading cancerous tissue, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday...Read more.

"Pregnancy Weight Gain Predicts Child’s Obesity"
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk that your child will be obese as a preschooler, new evidence shows. Gaining too little weight may have the same effect...Read more.

"Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors"
Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of health care, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care...Read more.


The Washington Post
"FDA Warns Against Procedure to Remove Uterine Fibroids; Says It Could Spread Hidden Cancer"
Of the more than 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States each year, about 11 percent, or more than 50,000, involve morcellation, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists...Read more.

"Cloning Advance Using Stem Cells From Human Adult Reopens Ethical Questions"
Scientists have grown stem cells from adults using cloning techniques for the first time — bringing them closer to developing patient-specific lines of cells that can be used to treat a whole host of ailments, from heart disease to blindness...Read more.


USA Today
"FDA Now Discourages Hysterectomy, Fibroid Procedure"
The procedure, called power morcellation, is used to grind up tissue so it can be removed through a small hole, usually in the belly button. In the process, though, some tiny bits of tissue are spread through the abdominal cavity. In roughly one patient out of 350, those tiny bits are cancerous and their spread makes the cancer far harder to treat, the FDA said in a formal safety communication notice...Read more.

Today's Debate: E-Cigarettes
"E-Cigarette Sellers Take a Page From Big Tobacco: Our View"

Editorial: At least until more studies are done, all states should treat the new devices as they treat cigarettes, with bans on youth sales and indoor use. And the Food and Drug Administration, which has been slow to assert its authority to regulate e-cigarettes, ought to get on with it...Read more.
"E-Cigarettes Can Help End Smoking: Opposing View"

Op-Ed: Balanced regulation of e-cigarettes is needed from the FDA. It should recognize the promise of these products in the fight against the tobacco epidemic, while ensuring that electronic nicotine delivery systems are responsibly manufactured and marketed to adult smokers...Read more.


The Wall Street Journal
"FDA Advises Against Morcellator Use in Hysterectomies"
Commenting on the FDA move, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said its own review, which includes an assessment of risks for various groups of patients, is ongoing. "We greatly appreciate the urgency behind the issue," the group said...Read more.

"Scientists Make First Embryo Clones From Adults"

Scientists for the first time have cloned cells from two adults to create early-stage embryos, and then derived tissue from those embryos that perfectly matched the DNA of the donors...Read more.

*Disclaimer: ACOG does not endorse these articles, nor the views expressed in them.  


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