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Survey: Women 18 To 44 Years Say Safety Is Most Important Factor When Choosing A Hospital For Labor And Delivery

U.S. women aged 18 to 44 years rank a hospital's safety measures as more important than location or comfort when choosing where to give birth, according to a new consumer survey released today by PeriGen®, the innovator in perinatal early warning systems for hospital labor and delivery (L&D) departments.

In addition, 90% of women ranked a hospital's investment in technology to help nurses identify issues during childbirth to prevent negative outcomes as "important" to "very important" when it comes to choosing where to deliver.

The online poll of 200 women in the peak childbearing years (typically defined as 18 to 44 years) conducted by PollFish on behalf of PeriGen®, found that:

•86% of respondents would choose a hospital based on safety measures over factors such as patient satisfaction reviews, location or fancy birthing rooms
•Nearly 50% have had or know someone that has experienc

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Number Of Women Who Aren't Physically Active Enough Is High And Growing

Using data from a national survey representing more than 19 million U.S. women with established cardiovascular disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say that more than half of women with the condition do not do enough physical activity and those numbers have grown over the last decade. These results imply that targeted counseling to exercise more could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease as well as associated health care costs over their lifetimes.

The researchers say their results suggest that women diagnosed with such disorders as coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, heart rhythm disturbances and peripheral artery disease should talk to their physicians about how to increase their physical activity levels to maintain optimal cardiac health and decrease health care costs associated with cardiac disability.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart dis

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Use Of Genetic Testing In Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Decreases Cost Of Care Nationwide

A new study suggests that Oncotype DX-guided treatment could reduce the cost for the first year of breast cancer care in the U.S. by about $50 million (about 2 percent of the overall costs in the first year). The study by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Cancer Institute researchers was published April 24, in JNCI.

The landmark TAILORx (Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment) trial results suggested that use of the Oncotype DX® gene test can offer women valuable information about treatment options, potentially sparing 70% of women from needing chemotherapy if they are newly diagnosed with the most common subtype of breast cancer. The information only applied to women with early-stage breast cancer that is hormone positive (ER/PR+), HER2neu negative, and has not spread to the lymph nodes.

The projected cost savings in the new study are based o

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The Medical Minute: When PMS Becomes Debilitating

Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but some experience a severe and possibly disabling subset of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

“It’s important for our patients to understand that there’s help for PMDD,” said Dr. George Henning, a family medicine physician with Penn State Health. “There are effective treatment measures that you and your primary-care provider can plan to ease this disorder.”

PMS and PMDD share symptoms that usually begin seven to 10 days before a woman’s period starts, and can last up to three days .

Both PMDD and PMS may cause bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue and changes in sleep and eating habits. Similar physical and emotional symptoms are associated with PMS and PMDD. However, at least one of these symptoms is seen in PMDD: sadness or hopelessness, anxiety or tension, extreme moodiness, irritability or anger.

“PMDD hinge

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