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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Women's Health: Birth control pills pose small but significant stroke risk ♦ New data on risks of labor anesthesia ♦ Silicone vaginal rings deliver antiviral drugs,

Birth control pills pose small but significant stroke risk Birth control pills cause a small but significant increase in the risk of the most common type of stroke, according to a comprehensive report. Worldwide, more than 100 million women currently use oral contraceptives or have used them in the past.
Pregnancy complications may signal later risk of heart disease death Women who experience pregnancy complications, especially those with multiple complications, are at greater risk of dying from heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases later in life. Researchers suggest women who experience complicated pregnancies should be targeted for early, aggressive preventive cardiovascular disease intervention.
Silicone vaginal rings deliver antiviral drugs, protect women against HIV Researchers have succeeded in developing a vaginal silicone ring that delivers molecules that act on both HIV and herpes virus.
New data on risks of labor anesthesia in women with low platelet counts Can women with low platelet counts safely undergo epidural/spinal anesthesia during labor? Available evidence suggests a low rate of complications related to abnormal blood clotting for this large group of patients.

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