review | abortion

Abortion is a hard concept, even for many doctors, both from an ethical standpoint but even from a purely medical view. It’s therefore critical for us to have an excellent grasp of the topic – and here’s a review from the BMJ.


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source | BMJ


Maternal smoking is associated with an increased risk of bipolar disorder in offspring

We really don’t need many more reasons to highlight why smoking is bad for you, but children are a powerful motivator to quit and this new research in the American Journal of Psychiatry looks at the risk of bipolar disorder in children whose mothers smoked. Continue reading

Vitamins and minerals for female subfertility

When you’re trying for a child, you’ll do anything to improve your chances. Along the way, you’ll get told various bits of advice from friends, family and even doctors – incuding the use of antioxidants to improve fertility. To add the evidence to the mix, here’s a review from the Cochrane database, based on 28 randomised controlled trials.  Continue reading

Nifedipine or labetalol for hypertensive emergency in pregnancy

For acute blood pressure control in pregnancy, different hospitals often have different guidelines. Hydralazine used to be all the rage but fell out of favour after a concerning safety profile was highlighted. Intravenous labetalol is commonly used, but many also consider nifedipine first line. This double blind randomised controlled trial from India aims to settle the issue.

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review | Medical Disorders in Pregnancy

pregnant silhouette by mahalie.

Medical conditions are complex and varied enough, but diagnosing and managing them during pregnancy complicates matters even further. It’s an area that gets both physicians and obstetricians, so it’s one that neither group can afford to miss. 

And so to the rescue comes the latest issue of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinics, with an update on medical disorders during pregnancy. Topics include gestational diabetes, thyroid disorders, asthma, and even transplants!

Up date yourself here

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