Researchers have found that exercise increases estrogen that is beneficial and that this in turn may lower your risk of breast cancer. One more reason to exercise. Exercise Ups 'Good' Estrogen, Cuts Breast Cancer Odds
CDC data indicate that facilities utilizing their Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention protocol can achieve a 32% reduction in bloodstream infections. Following CDC Protocols Cuts Dialysis Bloodstream Infections in Half
Valproate Anti-Seizure Medication Should Not be Used During Pregnancy for Migraine Headaches (5.6.13)
(Depacon, Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote ER, Depakene and Stavzor)
According to the FDA Valproate anti-seizure drugs (Depacon, Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote ER, Depakene and Stavzor) should not be used by pregnant women for migraine headaches. This is based on recent study data showing that intrauterine exposure to these drugs can result in decreased IQ scores in children.
For additional information, go to: Valproate Anti-Seizure Products: Drug Safety Communication - Contraindicated for Pregnant Women for Prevention of Migraine Headaches
Children whose mothers take Valproate during pregnancy have a significantly increased risk of autism. Studies show there is as much as a five-fold increased risk of having a child with some form of autism if Valproate is used during pregnancy. According to the American Academy of Neurology, women who are considering pregnancy in the near future or are pregnant should avoid Valproate. Prenatal Valproate Exposure and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Childhood Autism
The FDA has issued a recall of the Giraffe Incubator and Giraffe OmniBed incubators after learning that they have occasionally deleted stored data by overwriting it with new data when powering up after a power failure.
For additional information, go to: GE Healthcare, Giraffe OmniBed and Giraffe Incubator: Class I Recall - Device May Randomly Delete Stored Information When Powered On
Several recent studies have demonstrated that Cymbalta can reduce pain experienced from neuropathy secondary to chemotherapy. More than 50% of the study participants had some relief of neuropathy symptoms after five weeks of Cymbalta. Study Shows Duloxetine Reduces Pain from Chemotherapy
ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists): Robotic Surgery Not Best Choice for Hysterectomy (3.20.13)
According to ACOG, robotic surgery for hysterectomies is no longer considered the best, least-invasive procedure. Laparoscopic and conventional (vaginally) are more cost-effective and may have less complications and risks than robotic. Adequate training to provide required skill-set for robotic surgery seems to be the core issue with robotic surgery. Statement on Robotic Surgery by ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD
The FDA has issued a warning that Azithromycin (i.e., Zithromax, Zmax) increases the risk of fatal cardiac arrhythmias. FDA Drug Safety Communication: Azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) and the risk of potentially fatal heart rhythms