In a study, Intrauterine device (IUD) Placement During Cesarean Delivery and Continued Use 6 Months Postpartum: A Randomized Controlled Trial, published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers found that IUD placement at the time of cesarean delivery resulted in a higher proportion of IUD use at 6 months postpartum.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, roughly 42 million adult Americans smoke – 15% of women and 20% of men. The United States Surgeon General currently has a list of 21 deadly diseases caused by smoking, which result in an estimated 437,000 deaths per year.
“Women’s rights are human rights.” Those are the words of Hillary Clinton at The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Recently, UN Women released Summary Report: The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Turns 20 in light of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women which took place from March 9th to the 20th.
The majority of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) function by heating a liquid, which contains tobacco derived nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavorings. While propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are not carcinogenic when ingested, researchers are unclear about the long-term health effects of inhaling them.
Under the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program from 2005 to 2011, more than 1.4 million patients undergoing surgery at US hospitals were observed to see if lengthier surgery durations would affect the risk of developing a blood clot, or venous thromboembolism (VTE).
As of this morning almost 102,000 Americans were waiting for a kidney. If that number doesn’t strike you, then consider that this number is 1/3 of the total number of kidneys ever transplanted in the United States.
In a study “Analysis of “Real World” Sovaldi Use and Discontinuation Rates” by CVS Health, researchers found that roughly 8% of patients who took Sovaldi to treat Hepatitis C discontinued the treatment regimen before its conclusion. During the clinical trials for Sovaldi, Gilead Sciences’“breakthrough therapy,” only 2% of patients discontinued therapy, raising questions about Sovaldi’s effectiveness in a real world patient population where patients are normally sicker, older, have more complications, and are not observed as carefully in comparison to a clinical trial.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Roughly 3.2 million individuals in the United States have chronic HCV infection and infection is most prevalent among individuals born from 1945-1965 with the majority of those individuals infected during the 1970s to 1980s when infection rates were at their highest. Approximately 15,000 lives are lost each year due to HCV infection.
In the United States, cases of measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, are at a 20-year highwith 288 confirmed cases just between January 1 and May 23, 2014. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 90% of these cases were in people who did not have the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine with 85% choosing not to vaccinate due to religious, personal, or philosophical reasons
A few years back we posted about about a protein folding video game that kicked off this movement to crowdsource solutions to complex problems. This new game “Malariaspot” will hopefully show how powerful collaborative energy can be when harnessed effectively.
An interesting paradigm is developing in the vaccine literature between specific and non-specific effects of vaccination. Specific vaccine effects give disease protection and are independent of the order in which vaccines are given. Non-specific effects refer to the effects a vaccine might have on the overall immune system, which seems to depend on the order of vaccination.