December 2nd 2022
Brexafemme is a non-azole oral antifungal now approved to both treat and prevent recurrent yeast infections in women.
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September 13th 2022
In April 2013, FDA approved doxylamine succinate 10 mg, pyridoxine hydrochloride 10 mg (Diclegis, Duchesnay) for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnant women who do not respond to conservative management. Diclegis is a delayed-release formulation combining 10 mg of the antihistamine doxylamine succinate and 10 mg of the vitamin B6 analog pyridoxine hydrochloride. This combination was once marketed in the United States as Bendectin. However, legal suits claiming related birth defects forced the manufacturer to withdraw Bendectin from the market in the 1980s. Doxylamine/pyridoxine has not been studied in women with hyperemesis gravidarum.
Women at increased risk for opioid-related deathJuly 2nd 2013
Opioid overdose deaths in women in the United States increased fivefold from 1999 to 2010. During the same time period, the risk of opioid pain reliever (OPR) deaths in men increased 3.6 times, according to the July 2 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
FDA officially approves Plan B One-Step for all womenJune 21st 2013
FDA announced it has approved the use of Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) as a nonprescription product for all women of child-bearing potential. This action complies with the April 5, 2013 , order of the United States District Court in New York to make levonorgestrel-containing emergency contraceptives available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product without age or point-of-sale restrictions.
Women at highest risk for breast cancer benefit most from preventive therapyApril 17th 2013
Women at the highest risk for breast cancer benefit the most from preventive drug therapy, including tamoxifen and raloxifene, according to a study, published in the April 16, 2013, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Age restriction on emergency contraception liftedApril 10th 2013
On April 5, a US District Court judge ruled that the emergency contraception (EC) pill Plan B One-Step must be made available over-the-counter to all girls and women, regardless of their age. This ruling, made by Judge Edward R. Korman, was in response to a 2011 move by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
FDA approves Diclegis for treatment of pregnancy morning sicknessApril 9th 2013
FDA has approved doxylamine succinate 10 mg, pyridoxine hydrochloride 10 mg (Diclegis, Duchesnay) delayed-release tablets for the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) in women who do not respond to conservative management, including dietary and lifestyle modifications. These modifications include eating several small meals instead of 3 large meals, eating bland foods that are low in fat and easy to digest, and avoiding smells that can trigger nausea.
High calcium intake linked to CVD in womenFebruary 25th 2013
High intakes of calcium in women are associated with higher death rates from all causes and from cardiovascular disease, but not from stroke. This is the conclusion of a prospective longitudinal cohort study conducted by researchers in Sweden and published in the British Medical Journal.
Prenatal folic acid may lower risk of autismFebruary 19th 2013
A study by Norwegian researchers has shown that the use of folic acid supplements around the time of conception may lower the risk of autism in children. The study was published in the February 13, 2013, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Breast cancer vaccine possibility to be studied through grantFebruary 14th 2013
The National Breast Cancer Coalition recently awarded a nearly $200,000 seed grant to two researchers who will study the viral connection to breast cancer. The research will assess the infectious agent in breast tumors compared to normal breast tissue, which could lead to a preventive vaccine.
Hope for advances in glaucoma management fueled by promising pipelineMay 27th 2011
A look at the therapeutic pipeline for glaucoma shows several medications representing new pharmacologic classes are currently being evaluated in clinical trials, said John R. Samples, MD, at ASCRS Glaucoma Day 2011, San Diego.
New assay helps determine antibiotic efficacy for ocular surface infectionsMay 27th 2011
A newly developed assay can measure the ability of antibiotics to associate with mammalian cells and protect the cells from bacterial destruction. Of 4 antibiotics tested in this assay, the data showed a range of therapeutic effectiveness in 2 cell lines that clinicians can consider when establishing dosing regimens, according to Jeremy Wingard, MD, who reported his group's findings at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting, San Diego.
Birth defects risk appears low with newer-generation antiepilepticsMay 27th 2011
First-trimester exposure to antiepileptic drugs compared with no exposure does not appear to increase the risk of major birth defects, according to a Danish study, published in the May 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
AHA updates CVD prevention guidelines for womenMay 13th 2011
The American Heart Association recently released its updated cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines for women. The guidelines emphasize practical medical advice that works in the "real world" rather than on findings primarily observed in clinical research.
Vaginal progesterone gel reduces rate of preterm birthApril 15th 2011
The administration of vaginal progesterone from the mid-trimester of pregnancy until term in women with a premature cervical shortening as confirmed by transvaginal ultrasound significantly reduced the rate of preterm birth before 33 weeks gestation, according to a phase 3 study published online April 6 in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.