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A Clinician's Guide to Emergency Contraception
"There are now multiple options for emergency contraception, which is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse, contraceptive failure, or sexual assault. Emergency contraception should not be confused with mifepristone (commonly referred to as "RU–486"), the drug used in combination with misoprostol for medical abortion; emergency contraception is neither an abortifacient or teratogenic.[1] This article provides a guide for healthcare providers to help their patients get emergency contraception in a timely manner, when they need it."
Medscape Medical News, September 19, 2014.

Marijuana Compound a Novel Treatment for Alzheimer's?
"And in our in vitro cell cultures, we discovered that THC inhibits amyloid beta production as well as aggregation at extremely low doses and that it enhances mitochondrial function as well. These observations suggest that THC has anti–Alzheimer's activity."
The study was published online August 27 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
Medscape Medical News, September 05, 2014.

Texas abortion clinic to reopen after court ruling
"AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—Women in South Texas facing a 200–mile drive for access to legal abortions learned Wednesday that a local clinic shuttered by a sweeping anti–abortion law would reopen, marking the first tangible effect of a court ruling last week that blocked key parts of the state law."
Associated Press, September 03, 2014.

Medical Marijuana Laws Linked to Fewer Opioid Deaths
"This finding suggests that some patients who used to get their pain relief from prescription opioid analgesics may be switching to medical marijuana now that it's available legally, and this transition may be associated with lower rates of mortality related to opioid overdose."
Medscape Medical News, August 25, 2014.

Introducing 'Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause'
"The conference concluded that GSM is more accurate, inclusive, and less embarrassing than the older terms. In addition to easing conversations, the new term will be used to develop a tool to help standardize physical examinations so that women can take advantage of treatments such as vaginal moisturizers, vaginal estrogen, and estrogen mimics."
Medscape Medical News, August 25, 2014.

The Neural Development of Trust and Cooperation: an fMRI Investigation
"Although humans are social by nature, the cognitive abilities that form the basis for successful social interactions are not fully developed at birth, but evolve gradually over time (Hughes, 2004; Ensink and Mayes, 2010). During the transition from adolescence to adulthood, social behaviour becomes increasingly oriented towards others (Steinberg and Sheffield Morris, 2001; Eisenberg et al., 2005; Dumontheil et al., 2010). Improved mentalizing, the sensitivity to the perspective of others, has been suggested to drive increases in trust and cooperation (King–Casas et al., 2005; Sutter and Kocher, 2007; Van den Bos et al., 2010, 2011b). The changes in social cognition and behaviour occur in parallel with structural and functional maturation of the brain. Several studies have investigated the neural correlates of social interactions, but research has only just begun to investigate the brain–behaviour association from a developmental perspective (Van den Bos et al., 2011b)."
Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2014;9(4):395-402., July 28, 2014.

Big Rewards in Caring for Dementia Caregivers
"Approximately 70% to 80% of dementia patients are cared for at home by a friend or family member. Perhaps not surprisingly, caregiver rates of depression and anxiety are high. About 40% of these individuals become clinically depressed or anxious, said Dr. Livingston, and many others, who may not meet the threshold for depression or anxiety, nonetheless take a significant hit to their mental health and well–being."
Medscape Medical News, July 21, 2014.

Do Healthcare CEOs deserve more money than doctors?
"Researchers have pinned the average income for a CEO at a nonprofit hospital at almost $600,000, with CEOs at large networks and large teaching hospitals making much more than that. In California, for example, no fewer than 32 CEOs at nonprofit hospitals made more than $1 million per year in 2013. In addition to base pay, healthcare CEOs can make a great deal more in bonuses—and, at for–profit organizations, in stock options."
Medscape Business, July 02, 2014.

Counterfeit Medications and Their Negative Impact on Health Care
"Counterfeiters could care less who is impacted by their crimes. Cancer patients, for example, have been adversely impacted. In 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated 19 medical practices had purchased counterfeit versions of Roche's cancer drug bevacizumab (Avastin) from an overseas supplier. You name the disease, counterfeit medications have impacted patient quality of life."
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 78, Iss. 3 (2014)

New Drug Policy Too Burdensome, Hospices Say
"More than 40 organizations called for the rule's suspension in a letter this week to CMS. Signed by the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Geriatrics Society, it argues the policy places 'undue burden' on beneficiaries — requiring 'dying patients to navigate payer disputes'."
Reuters Health, June 26, 2014.

AP Impact: V.A. falls short on female medical issues
"Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age."
Associated Press, June 22, 2014.

Joint Commission Issues Alert on Unsafe Injection Practices
"'Patients visiting a clinic for an injection to relieve their pain or for chemotherapy don't expect to leave with a new condition such as hepatitis, but unfortunately thousands of patients have been adversely affected in this way when they received an injection at their doctor's office or in the hospital,' the commission notes in a statement."
Medscape Medical News, June 17, 2014.

The Physicians Payment Sunshine Act seeks to promote transparency
"The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also known as Open Payments, is a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires all applicable manufacturers and GPOs to report to CMS information about payments or other transfers of value they have made to physicians or teaching hospitals.
Open Payments is a national disclosure program that 'promotes transparency' by making public the financial relationships between the medical industry and healthcare providers, CMS explains on its Web site."
Medscape Medical News, June 06, 2014.

Top Scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes
"A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e–cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardize a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking."
Reuters Health, May 28, 2014.

School Sends Girl Home With 'Fat' Letter: Skinny Third Grader Considered Overweight
"A New York school sent a girl home with a letter calling her 'fat' and her mother was fit to be tied. What's so disturbing about this is the 9–year–old girl is skinny and healthy; she's 4'1 and weighs 66 pounds. This reveals how troublesome of an epidemic 'fat shaming' has become."
The Inquisitr, May 25, 2014.

Care for Obese Women Should be Non-Judgmental, ACOG says
"Obese women deserve compassionate, respectful care that takes their individual circumstances into account, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Ethics states in a new committee opinion. The opinion includes recommendations and conclusions for physicians to keep in mind when treating these patients."
Obstet Gynecol. 2014;123:1388-1393., May 22, 2014.

Study links Antidepressants to Gait Impairement in Older Adults
"Antidepressant use is independently associated with gait impairment, but depressive symptoms are not, a new study of nearly 2,000 community–dwelling older adults demonstrates."
Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2014., May 16, 2014.

Cognitive Rest, Activity and Recovery After Concussion
"Effect of Cognitive Activity Level on Duration of Post-concussion Symptoms"
William T. Basco. Cognitive Rest, Activity, and Recovery After Concussion., Medscape. May 16, 2014.

Sexual Orientation and Adolescence
Policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, May 2014.

Syphilis Rates in US Doubled Since 2000; Still Rising
Medscape News, May 08, 2014.

WU-StL Students "Print" Pink Prosthetic Arm for teen girl
Kendall Gretsch, Henry Lather and Kranti Peddada, seniors studying biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, accomplished that and more. Using a 3–D printer, they created a robotic prosthetic arm out of bright–pink plastic. Total cost: $200, a fraction of the price of standard prosthetics, which start at $6,000.
Washington University, St. Louis, May 07, 2014.

Botched abortions result in 40% of Kenya hospital admissions: report
NAIROBI — "Women who fall dangerously ill after drinking disinfectant or using backstreet clinics to procure abortions occupy up to 40 percent of Kenya's hospital beds, the Daily Nation reported on Friday."
Reuters Press, April 25, 2014.

The State of Transgender Health Care in the U.S.
Medscape Report, April 9, 2014

Senegalese Girl, 10, Raped, now pregnant, denied abortion appeal
Daily News, April 5, 2014

Supreme Court Denies Arizona Abortion Appeal — Update
Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2014

Abortion: Medicaid Not Responsible
Miami Daily Business Review, February 25, 2002

Breast Cancer Care Worse for Poor
The Associated Press, April 3, 2002

Clinical Trials Web Sites Don't Disclose Study Risks
Reuters Health, May 29, 2002

Consumers Encounter Barriers in External Review Programs
Reuters Health, March 19, 2002

Controversial Changes To Patient Privacy Rules
MSNBC News Services, March 22, 2002

Disabled Adults in US Often Cannot Afford to Take Drugs as Prescribed
Reuters Health, July 8, 2002

Drugmakers Plan New Rules to Cut Perks for Doctors
Reuters Health, April 19, 2002

Enrolling in a Study? Most Don't Ask Key Questions
Reuters Health, May 22, 2002

EU Ups Family Planning Cash to Fill Gap Left by US
Reuters Health, July 24, 2002

FDA Proposes Public Disclosure of Advisory Panel Members' Conflicts of Interest
Reuters Health, February 12, 2002

Pfizer's Warner-Lambert Probed on Neurontin Marketing
Reuters Health, March 14, 2002

Five–Nation Survey Highlights Healthcare Cost and Access Problems
Reuters Health, May 14, 2002

Survivors Lack Knowledge of Their Childhood Cancer
Reuters, April 9, 2002

Underfunded Indian Health Service: Rationed Care, Malpractice and Sanctioned Doctors
The Associated Press, March 3, 2002

Group Posts Disciplined Doctor Data on Internet
Reuters Health, June 6, 2002

Group Sues Over Florida Medicaid's Denial of Drugs
Sun–Sentinel, March 29, 2002

Harvard–Led Study Says Blacks Get Poorer Health Care in Medicare Managed Care Plans
The Associated Press, March 13, 2002

Healthcare Utilization Among Women With Physical Disabilities
Medscape Women's Health eJournal 7(4), 2002

Missed Opportunities, Medical Errors Undermine Quality of Care
Reuters Health, April 16, 2002

Serious Drug Toxicities Recognized During Postmarketing Surveillance
Reuters Health, April 30, 2002

Sharp Rise in Prescribing Drives Drug Spending
Reuters Health, July 9, 2002

Hospitalization Can Traumatize a Child
Reuters Health, June 14, 2002

House Committee Approves Minors' Interstate Abortion Travel Bill
Reuters Health, March 21, 2002.

In a First, Medicare Coverage Is Authorized for Alzheimer's
The New York Times, March 31, 2002

Infant Mortality Associated With Congential Syphilis Remains A Problem in US
Reuters Health, May 28, 2002

Inmates to Be Allowed Abortions
Las Vegas SUN, June 5, 2002

Study Suggests Medicaid Cost-Cutting Efforts Decrease Access to Needed Drugs
Reuters Health, April 9, 2002

When Peer Review Yields Unsound Science
The New York Times, June 11, 2002

Iowa Court Order Prompts Standoff Over Women's Medical Records
Reuters Health, July 23, 2002

Italian Gynecologists Refuse to Prescribe Contraceptives to Underage Girls
Reuters Health, July 12, 2002

Lawmakers Say Research Subjects Need Congressional Protection
Reuters Health, April 23, 2002.

Health Care for Children and Adolescents in the Juvenile Correctional Care System
Policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2001.

Closing Clinic Doors
The New York Times, May 21, 2001

Kaiser Foundation Survey Finds Teens Turn to Web for Health Info
Reuters Health, December 11, 2001

Knowles Vetoes Bill Restricting Publicly Funded Abortions
Anchorage Daily News, June 6, 2002

Latinos Overcharged for Health Care, Study Says
Reuters, June 9, 2001

Many HIV Patients Don't Plan for End–Of–Life Care
Reuters Health, June 13, 2001

New Body to Oversee Clinical Trial Ethics in Developing World
Reuters Health, May 31, 2002

Nurse Practitioners Push to Make Their Presence Known
Medcape News, June 13, 2001

Panel: System Fails Cancer Patients
The Associated Press, December 3, 2001

Pediatricians Urged to Ask About Rape
The Associated Press, Jun 4, 2001

Physicians and Patients Need More Education on Adverse Drug Reactions
Reuters Health, November 16, 2001

Principles of Patient Safety in Pediatrics
Policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, June 2001.

The Benefits of Exercise in Geriatric Women
Report originally published in AJGC 10(5):260-263, 2001.

Rx List
Look up prescription medications online, dosage, cost, interactions; Spanish- and English-language information, drug FAQs, alternative medicine section.

Some Terminally Ill Parents Avoid Custody Planning
Reuters Health, June 12, 2001

Study: Lesbians Have Higher Risk for Some Cancers
Women's Enews, April 25, 2001

Violence Against Women: A Priority Health Issue
Comprehensive report from the World Health Organization, regarding violence against women worldwide, including domestic violence, commercial sexual exploitation, and sexual assault during wartime and at times of peace.

Developing Empathy in Future Physicians
Medscape, 2001

Mentally Ill Children, and the Custody Crisis You Never Heard Of
The National Law Journal, May 1, 2000

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Center Watch
10 Winthrop Square, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110
"CenterWatch offers several services and resources specifically to patients. With our Clinical Trial Listing Service we are able to provide patients unbiased information on clinical trials, with a clinical trial database that contains thousands of currently enrolling trials. Information on drugs and new medical therapies are available to review. CenterWatch also provides patients with health and educational resources about clinical trials and other health information."

Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.)
Box 2604
Sioux City, IA 51106

Doctors of the World
375 W. Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 226-9890
Toll-free: 1-888-817-HELP
Largest corps of volunteer medical professionals in the nation.

1334 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 628-3030
Health care issues, Medicaid info, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program)

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
459 Fulton Street, Suite 107
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 255-4547
An organization of 2,000 medical professionals, providing referrals for gay, lesbian,bi, and transgender patients throughout North America.

GeoSentinel is a worldwide communication and data collection network for the surveillance of travel related morbidity. It was initiated in 1995 by the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a network of ISTM member travel/tropical medicine clinics.

Hospice Foundation of America
12000 Biscayne Blvd. #505
Miami Beach FL 33181
Phone: (305) 981-2522

Indian Health Service
The Reyes Building
801 Thompson Avenue, Ste. 400
Rockville, MD 20852-1627
Phone: (301) 443-1083
The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native people. List of area offices by state/region available on-site.

A joint project of the American Medical Association & the Nemours Foundation; health education and resources for parents, teens, and children.

The Mautner Project for Lesbians With Cancer
1707 "L" Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Phone/TTY: (202) 332-5536
Founded in 1990, The Mautner Project is the only national organization dedicated to lesbians with cancer, their partners and caregivers.

Medicare Rights Center
1460 Broadway, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 869-3850
Toll-free: 1-888-HMO-9050
The Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is a national, not-for-profit organization that helps ensure that older adults and people with disabilities get good affordable health care, through direct assistance, education, advocacy for policy changes, and when necessary, staff representation for those unable to obtain needed health care.

Patient Advocate Foundation
753 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 200
Newport News, VA 23606
Toll-free: 1-800-532-5274

Save the Mothers Initiative of 2006–2011
FIGO Secretariat
70 Wimpole Street
London W1G 8AX, U.K.
Phone: 20 7224 3270

Teen Health Connection
CMC NorthPark
251 Eastway Drive
Charlotte, NC 28213
Phone: (704) 446-0924
Information on adolescent medicine, physical and mental health.

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