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2022

Record Number of Fatal Drug ODs for Pregnant, Postpartum Women

Record Number of Fatal Drug ODs for Pregnant, Postpartum WomenTUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant and postpartum women are dying of drug overdoses in record numbers, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse, a new study shows. Deaths increased about 81% over the past four years, hitting a record high in 2020, according to researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City."We've seen significant increases in fatal and nonfatal overdose in the general population during the pandemic," said first study author Emilie Bruzelius, a doctoral student at Columbia. "It now appears that pregnant and postpartum women are being affected as well."The researchers used national death certificate data, which lists whether someone was pregnant or recently pregnant, for the years 2017 to 2020. The...

Concerns Around Sex, Fertility Often Ignored in Breast...

6 December 2022
Concerns Around Sex, Fertility Often Ignored in Breast Cancer Care: SurveyTUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Shehzin Tietjen was 27 years old when she felt a lump in one of her breasts while in the shower.That discovery led to a confirmation of breast cancer, an unexpected jolt at her age. "I was really shocked," said Tietjen, who lives in Atlanta.Though breast cancer is more common in postmenopausal women, about 9% of new breast cancer cases occur in women under 45. Many breast cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, can affect fertility.While Tietjen soon began talking with doctors about preserving her fertility, that's not a conversation all young women with a similar diagnosis have, according to a survey of more than 700 breast cancer patients by Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit.Only 49% of survey respondents...

More States Are Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth...

6 December 2022
More States Are Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth ControlTUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmacists can now. prescribe hormonal contraceptives in 20 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., giving women easier access to birth control, a new report says.Another 10 states have legislation in the works, according to research presented Monday at a meeting of the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists, in Las Vegas.Having easy access to birth control has been a hot topic since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion ruling."Pharmacists are an underutilized and essential resource for so many Americans, especially for people who live far from other health care providers or have limited access for other reasons," Tom Kraus, ASHP vice president of government relations, said in a society news...

Risk of Newly Developed High Blood Pressure Rises After...

6 December 2022
Risk of Newly Developed High Blood Pressure Rises After PregnancyTUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 women will develop high blood pressure for the first time in their lives during the year after they give birth to a child, a new study finds. “The study findings have implications for postpartum care, particularly among patients without a history of hypertension,” said study lead author Samantha Parker, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.“We were surprised at the number of cases captured more than six weeks after delivery, a period that falls well outside of routine postpartum follow-up,” Parker said in a university news release. “Monitoring during this period could mitigate severe postpartum and long-term cardiovascular complications.”Very little data exists for the women...

As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse Soars

5 December 2022
As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse SoarsMONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- American kids are drinking to excess less and abusing marijuana more, a new study finds.Marijuana abuse among 6- to 18-year-olds has increased 245% since 2000, while child alcohol abuse has steadily declined over those years, say researchers who analyzed poisonings over two decades. "This dramatic increase does coincide with this huge wave of decriminalization in the U.S.," said lead researcher Dr. Adrienne Hughes, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.And use of cannabis has evolved over the years, too."We're seeing that adolescents are moving away from smoking weed, and they're moving on to alternative modes of consumption," like edibles, Hughes said. "A lot of times they're marketed in ways that...
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