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Emerging breast cancer screening solutions

Breast cancer incidence is rising in India, soon to surpass cervical cancer which is the most common cancer among Indian women. Although breast cancer is treatable, most women in India get treatment late therefore reducing survival rate. Performing yearly breast cancer screening in women starting at age 30 could lead… 

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Initiate early breast cancer screening in your practice

Breast Cancer Overview The escalation of breast cancer in India is affecting both women and men, but it is more common in women. Recent estimates show one in 25 Indian women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and the incidence of breast cancer is sharply rising. India’s population is… 

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Risk of postnatal fever with misoprostol linked to dosage, administration route

The prostaglandin E1 analog misoprostol is widely used to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, which is the leading cause of maternal death in India. Misoprostol is especially practical in low-resource settings because of its efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and ease of administration (sublingual, oral, vaginal, or rectal). It’s also not heat labile, which makes… 

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Certain infertility treatments may increase the risk of birth defects

A recently published study has linked assisted conception involving in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with an increased risk of birth defects. A large observational study using Australian databases of infertility treatments from January 1986 to December 2002 confirmed previous findings of an increased risk

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Ways to prevent puerperal sepsis and reduce maternal mortality rates even in low-resource settings

Along with hemorrhage and hypertension, infection remains one of the most common causes of maternal mortality in developing nations (see related article Practical Advice on Preventing Maternal Death Due to Postpartum Hemorrhage on preventing maternal death due to post-partum hemorrhage). Puerperal sepsis, defined as an infection of the genital tract… 

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Menopausal hormone replacement therapy reduces fractures but increases risks for other conditions

A great deal of controversy surrounds the use of menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the prevention of chronic conditions. “There are robust data now coming in that there is a window of opportunity in the early menopausal years when HRT may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It would… 

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Timing of antibiotics reduces surgical site infections in Cesarean deliveries

Giving prophylactic antibiotics within 1 hour prior to Cesarean incision instead of after umbilical cord clamping led to a 48% reduction in surgical site infections in a 96-month retrospective cohort study. “This study validates current practice in India where all operating surgeons, whether it is a small nursing home in… 

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