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November 2012 Briefing - OBGYN & Women’s Health

Last Updated: December 03, 2012.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for November 2012. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

ACOG: Delaying Cord Clamping Advised for Preterm Infants

FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence supports the benefits of delayed umbilical cord clamping for preterm infants, while for term infants, the evidence is unclear, according to a Committee Opinion published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Respiratory Symptoms Vary Throughout Menstrual Cycle

FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- The frequency of respiratory symptoms, including wheeze, shortness of breath, and cough, varies throughout the menstrual cycle, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Lower Breast Cancer Risk for Women With BRCA Ovarian CA

FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- In women with BRCA1/2-associated ovarian cancer (BRCA-OC), the risk of metachronous breast cancer is lower than for unaffected BRCA carriers, according to research published online Nov. 16 in Cancer.

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ACOG OKs Cell Free DNA Prenatal Testing for High-Risk Women

FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Cell free fetal DNA testing is an effective screening tool for fetal aneuploidy and should be offered to high-risk women, but should not form part of routine prenatal laboratory assessment, according to a Committee Opinion published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease With IUDs Is Low

THURSDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- After the insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD), the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is low, regardless of whether or not women have been screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia, according to a study published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Wait Time to Breast Cancer Surgery Up in Medicare Patients

THURSDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- The delay between first physician visit and breast cancer surgery increased from 1992 to 2005 for Medicare patients, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Editorial: Too Much Vigorous Exercise Can Damage Heart

THURSDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Limiting vigorous exercise to 30 to 50 minutes a day will ensure cardiovascular benefit, without risking cardiovascular damage, according to an editorial published online Nov. 29 in Heart.

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Removal of Consultation Fees Increased Spending on Doc Visits

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The 2010 Medicare elimination of consultation payments (mainly billed by specialists) led to a net increase in spending on physician office visits, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Possible Link for Autism, Traffic-Related Air Pollution

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Autism may be linked to exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and the first year of life, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of those who voted for President Obama in the 2012 election favor implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while those who voted for Republican officeholders are likely to oppose parts or all of the implementation of the ACA; both sides oppose cuts to Medicare as a means to balance the budget, according to an analysis of newly released polls published as a Special Report online Nov. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Having Sex Does Not Appear to Expedite Labor Onset

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Coital activity does not expedite labor or reduce the need for labor induction, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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State Cost of Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Modest

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Medicaid expansion will likely result in modest state costs by 2022, but will gain health care coverage for more than 20 million uninsured Americans, according to report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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CDC: New HIV Infections Disproportionate in Youths

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Young people made up more than a quarter of new HIV infections in the United States in 2010, but only a relatively small proportion of youths have been tested, and more than half who have HIV are unaware that they have the virus, according to research published in the Nov. 27 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with other health professionals, in the last 15 years there has been considerably less growth in the earnings of physicians in the United States, according to a research letter published in the Nov. 28 issue the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Growing Number of Drugs Possibly Inhibited by Grapefruit

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- There are increasing numbers of newly marketed drugs that have the potential to interact with grapefruit, all of which are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 3A4 enzyme (CYP3A4), according to a review published online Nov. 26 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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U.S. Primary Care Doctors Gaining Ground on Health IT

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- While primary care physicians in the United States and other countries are gaining ground on health information technology use, there continues to be access-to-care barriers and breakdowns in coordination issues with other health care professionals, according to a Commonwealth Fund report published online Nov. 15 in Health Affairs.

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Ob-Gyns Urged to Advocate Against Home Birth

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Planned home births are not in a patient's best interest and doctors have a responsibility to advocate against them, according to a clinical opinion paper published online Nov. 13 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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CDC: 2009 Saw Large Decline in Abortion Rate

MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- There was a large drop in the number of abortions reported in 2009, bringing the rate to the lowest levels since 2000, according to research published in the Nov. 23 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Health Officials Issue Support Against Infant Sleep Positioners

MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Infant sleep positioners are associated with increased rates of unintentional infant suffocation, offering support to the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations against the use of such items, according to research published in the Nov. 23 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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MiRNA Expression Reprograms Fibroblasts in Ovarian Cancer

MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Fibroblasts present in the stroma of ovarian cancer cells can be programmed to become cancer-associated fibroblasts by changing the expression pattern of three microRNAs (miRNAs), according to a study published online Nov. 21 in Cancer Discovery.

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Growth in Health Benefit Cost Per Employee Slowed in 2012

FRIDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012, growth in the average total health benefit cost per employee slowed to 4.1 percent, according to the National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, published Nov. 14 by Mercer.

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ACOG Advises Over-the-Counter Access for Oral Contraceptives

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- A potential way to improve access to and use of oral contraceptives, and possibly reduce unintended pregnancies, is by allowing over-the-counter access, according to a Committee Opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three rules have been proposed by the Obama administration to further facilitate implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Nov. 20 press release from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Overdiagnosis Estimated in 31 Percent of Breast Cancer Cases

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of overdiagnosis may be larger than previously recognized for screening mammography, according to research published in the Nov. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Successful Pregnancy Outcomes in Women With Cystic Fibrosis

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Women with cystic fibrosis (CF) can have successful pregnancies, according to research published online Nov. 12 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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HIV Screening Recommended for All 15- to 65-Year Olds

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- New recommendations propose HIV screening for all individuals aged 15 to 65 years, and for all pregnant women, according to a draft recommendation statement issued Nov. 20 by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

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Birth Weight Linked to Brain Development Later in Childhood

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Birth weight seems to have a strong influence on subsequent brain development, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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~40% of Post-Op Complications Occur After Discharge

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing surgery, about 40 percent of complications occur post-discharge (PD) and are associated with higher rates of reoperation and death, according to research published in the November issue of the Archives of Surgery.

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More Support for Vitamin D As Protective Factor in MS

MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- There is an inverse association between levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) and the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), but no association between gestational levels of 25(OH)D and offspring risk of MS, according to a study published in the Nov. 20 issue of Neurology.

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Flame Retardant Adversely Affects Child Neurodevelopment

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Both prenatal and childhood exposures to polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants (PBDEs) are linked to adverse effects on child neurobehavioral development, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Optimal Dose Suggested for Dasatinib in Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- A phase I trial of dasatinib combined with paclitaxel and carboplatin has determined the optimal dose of dasatinib and suggested some efficacy in women with advanced or recurrent ovarian cancer, according to research published in the Oct. 1 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.

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Review Supports Month of Birth Theory in Multiple Sclerosis Risk

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Month of birth affects the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to research published online Nov. 14 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

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Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of mental illness or job problems may make physicians more vulnerable to suicide than non-physicians, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in General Hospital Psychiatry.

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Target of 5 Percent Drop in Preterm Birth Feasible by 2015

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- For 39 countries with very high human development index (VHHDI), implementation of five interventions could reduce preterm delivery rates by 5 percent by 2015, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in The Lancet.

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Gender Influences Mental Health Literacy, Depression Perception

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- There are gender differences in mental health literacy, both among the respondents' attitudes and toward identifying depression in the target, which correlate with attitudes toward and seeking psychological help for mental health disorders, according to a vignette study published online Nov. 14 in PLoS One.

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Gene Variants Impact Child IQ With In-Utero Alcohol Exposure

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Variants in genes involved in alcohol metabolism in children and their mothers correlate with child IQ at age 8, with the association only present for mothers who drink during pregnancy, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in PLoS One.

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Persistent Pollutant Exposure Linked to Lower Fecundability

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to persistent pollutants is associated with reduced fecundability, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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CDC: Breast Cancer Mortality Higher in Black Women

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- With earlier detection and better treatment, the mortality rate from breast cancer has fallen over the last two decades; black women, however, still die from the disease at a disproportionately higher rate than white women, according to research published in the Nov. 13 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Higher Quality of Life for Adoptive Parents

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Quality of life is high for parents who adopt, and is also high for those who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF), even if it is unsuccessful, as long as there are children in the family, according to a study published in the September issue of Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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Optimal Weight to Height Scaling Varies for Cancers

TUESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Optimal scaling of weight to height (W/Hx) may vary according to the cancer site, and differs from body mass index, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Social Network, Early Breast Cancer Prognosis Link Explored

TUESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For women with early-stage breast cancer, large social networks predict better prognosis, and this association varies based on social support and burden, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

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Study Looks at Autism and Possible Pregnancy Risk Factors

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Although there is some evidence to suggest that maternal influenza, prolonged febrile episodes, and antibiotic use during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)/infantile autism, further research is required to elucidate these associations, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in Pediatrics.

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Social Network Profile May Harm Medical Applicants

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Social networking profiles may harm an applicant's chances of admission to medical school or a residency program, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

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Pregnancy Risks Up for Women With Bipolar Disorder

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- For women with bipolar disorder, the risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes are increased, regardless of whether they are treated or not, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in BMJ.

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Strategic Alliance Could Reduce Burden of Preterm Birth

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- A strategic alliance, including researchers, funders, and key stakeholders in the fields of pregnancy, childbirth, and early life, will help alleviate the lack of consensus among researchers about how to prevent the adverse outcomes of pregnancy, according to research published in the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Maternal Age at Menopause Tied to Daughter's Ovarian Reserve

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Women whose mothers naturally went through menopause at an early age may have advanced depletion of ovarian reserve compared with women whose mothers had late menopause, according to a study published online Nov. 6 in Human Reproduction.

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Single Vaginal Delivery Ups Later Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty years after childbirth, the risk of symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse (sPOP) is increased after a single vaginal delivery versus cesarean section, according to a study published online Nov. 2 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Mammogram Interpretation Agreement Varies by Finding

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Agreement between community-based radiologists and an expert radiology panel for interpreting mammograms is high for cancer cases and obvious findings, but is low for subtle and asymmetric lesions, calcifications, asymmetric densities, and architectural distortions, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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Even Physically Active Women Found to Sit Too Much

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy, middle- and older-aged women who meet the current exercise recommendations spend as much time sitting each week as women who do not exercise regularly, according to a study published online Oct. 4 in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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Dietary Soy, Fiber Found Not to Prevent Menopausal Symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary phytoestrogen and fiber intake do not appear to prevent vasomotor symptoms (VMS), including hot flashes and night sweats, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in Menopause.

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Triptorelin Doesn't Avert Early Ovarian Failure in Lymphoma

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment of lymphoma patients with the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) triptorelin plus norethisterone does not reduce the rate of chemotherapy-induced premature ovarian failure (POF), according to a study published online Nov. 5 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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HPV Testing Post-CIN Treatment Found Cost Effective

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a history of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) can be screened more cheaply and effectively post-treatment by testing for human papillomavirus (HPV), while women with CIN who complete post-treatment follow-up still have an increased risk of cervical cancer, according to two studies published online Nov. 1 in BMJ.

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Antirheumatic Drugs Have Minor Effect on Preeclampsia Risk

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The use of a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) during pregnancy is rare and is associated with a nonsignificant increase in the risk for preeclampsia in women with autoimmune disease, according to a study published in the November issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Experimental Study Finds Sperm Stem Cells Can Reverse Infertility

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Spermatogonial stem cells from monkey testes tissue taken before cancer chemotherapy that results in infertility can be transplanted back into the testes after treatment and produce functional sperm, even when taken from prepubertal animals, according to a study published in the Nov. 2 issue of Cell Stem Cell.

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Online and Offline Sexual Risk Behaviors Related in Teens

MONDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Although a minority of adolescents are at high risk for online sexual risk behaviors (OnSRB), these teenagers appear to also be at risk for offline sexual risk behaviors (OffSRB), according to research published online Nov. 5 in Pediatrics.

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Altered Neural Activation in Children Exposed to Fetal Alcohol

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- There is evidence of impaired behavioral and neural processing of sequential information in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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Drug Combo Active in Breast Cancer With Brain Metastases

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Combination treatment of lapatinib plus capecitabine is active in some patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer with progressive brain metastases, and warrants further study, according to a phase 2 study published online Nov. 2 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Optimal Delivery Time for Twins Is 38 Weeks or Later

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- To minimize perinatal morbidity and mortality, the optimal time for delivery of twins is at 38 weeks of gestation or later, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Mutant Tumor Suppressor Gene ID'd in Mucinous Ovarian Tumors

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The mutated tumor suppressor gene RNF43 is involved in mucinous ovarian tumors, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in The Journal of Pathology.

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Antidepressants Linked to Pregnancy Risks in Infertility Tx

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who treat infertile women should be aware of the potential risks associated with antidepressant use during pregnancy, and should consider alternative treatments such as some forms of counseling, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in Human Reproduction.

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