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Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from pertussis because of a lack of immunity at birth and...

Human papillomavirus (HPV)*

As parents, you do everything you can to protect your children’s health for now and for the future. Today, there is strong weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our kids: the HPV...

Lung cancer screening*

  KEY POINTS Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer. Three screening tests have been studied to see if they decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer. Screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scans...

Healthy bones for women*

  Osteoporosis is a disease known for slow, silent loss of bone. (In this case, the word “silent” means that you won’t feel anything as the disease starts or worsens.) Bones become thinner and weaker, so they...

Lung cancer screening*

Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer. Some screening tests are used because they have been shown to be helpful both in finding cancers early and in decreasing the chance of dying...

Potential consideration for physicians regarding cannabis edibles

In early January 2020, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a commentary from Drs. Jasleen Grewal and Lawrence Loh regarding potential concerns around the use of cannabis edibles. One of the key points addressed in...

FDA issues warning letter for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to Alkermes, Inc. due to misbranding on the drug Vivitrol, which is used to prevent opioid dependence relapse. The letter was issued...

Linguistics in healthcare: Why it matters

MK Hedrick is a former colleague of mine who works in healthcare market research. When we worked together, we were tasked with trying to understand the ins and outs of different online disease communities...
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Genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes in women

What is a hereditary cancer syndrome? Cancer can be sporadic, familial, or hereditary. A sporadic cancer happens at random, maybe because of a mistake that occurred when cells in the body were dividing or because...

Study highlights increases in amount of out-of-pocket spending for maternity care

A recent study published in Health Affairs highlights how much the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses for maternity care have increased over time. The study examined the costs associated with maternity care between 2008 and 2015 (before...

New findings from the American Cancer Society on reduced cancer mortality rates

Based on new findings from a 2020 American Cancer Society report, mortality rates from cancer have declined by 29% between 1991 to 2017 in the US. Additionally, between 2016 to 2017, there was a...

Depression among women of childbearing age*

More than just feeling sad or down or having the blues, many women like yourself, in your late teens to early 50s, can develop a mental illness called depression. Yes, depression is an illness,...

Marijuana Use during Pregnancy and Lactation

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) advocates for a nonjudgmental and evidence-based approach to screening and counseling women concerning marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation. NPWH supports strategies to educate...

New York City to launch program for postpartum depression

A new program for helping families affected by postpartum depression is set to hit New York City in 2024. The program is The New Family Home Visits initiative, and will first begin in Brooklyn...

New interactive tool from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative

Did you know that the Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) has a mobile-friendly interactive Well-Woman Chart? To increase accessibility of the current WPSI recommendations, the interactive version of the Well-Woman Chart can be added as...
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On the case…Having the conversation about alcohol as a teratogen: Three women

By Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP and Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, MN, FNP-BC, CNM How do nurse practitioners skillfully handle three challenging scenarios involving young women who are (1) at repeated risk for an unplanned pregnancy,...

New guidelines for the management of school-based asthma

The Community Preventative Services Task Force (CPSTF) recently released new recommendations around the management of school-based asthma. These management strategies aim to reduce the amount of hospitalizations and emergency room visits from children and...