- Director's Comments: CT Scans Recommended for Heavy Smokers
Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "CT Scans Recommended for Heavy Smokers". The transcript is also available.
New recommendations from an influential medical panel, recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest low dose, annual CT scans should be provided to many current and former heavy smokers to prevent deaths from lung cancer...
- Director's Comments: Flu Season Insights
Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "Flu Season Insights". The transcript is also available.
A recent perspective in the The New England Journal of Medicine provides insights about why Americans are susceptible to the flu this winter as well as the effectiveness of current flu vaccines...
- February Is Children's Dental Health Month
February is Children's Dental Health Month. Learn more about keeping your child's teeth and gums healthy by visiting the child dental health page on MedlinePlus.
- Donate the Gift of Life
Learn about organ donation by visiting the organ donation topic page on MedlinePlus.
Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another...
- Director's Comments: Boosting Drug Discovery
Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "Boosting Drug Discovery". The transcript is also available.
A new website may boost drug development by making it easier to discover if the chemical structure of a medication binds with an intended or unintended biological target, Nature reported recently...
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- Risk of miscarriages not increased by NSAIDs
Women who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) during pregnancy are not at increased risk of miscarriages, confirms a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and others, are increasingly used by pregnant women in the first trimester to combat pain, fever and inflammation.
- Research shows women trying hard to avoid unwanted pregnancy
Most women experiencing unwanted pregnancy report they used a contraceptive at the time they conceived, data released by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) shows. Older women undergoing abortion were less likely to have used contraception than women under 30, which may reflect their belief they are no longer fertile.
- Intimate partner violence and termination of pregnancy linked
Intimate partner violence in women (sometimes referred to as domestic violence) is linked to termination of pregnancy, according to a study by UK researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. The study, led by Susan Bewley from Kings College London, also found that intimate partner violence was linked to a women's partner not knowing about the termination of pregnancy.
- Canada lags in access to "gold standard" medical abortions
Canada lags in providing access to the internationally recognized gold standard for medical abortion - abortion induced with drugs rather than through surgical means, states a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).Many countries use mifepristone, combined with misoprostol, which provides a safe, effective nonsurgical method for early abortion.
- Poor girl child survival in India due to abortion of female fetuses and more death among girls
Modern ultrasound technology and economic pressure leads to female fetuses in the Ballabgarh area of northern India being aborted more often than male fetuses. Additionally, girls up to the age of five die more frequently than boys, which results in a gender imbalance in the area, according to Anand Krishnan, MD and doctoral candidate at Umeň University, who defended his thesis on 11 October.
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