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SGI Annual Scientific Meeting — March 21-24, 2012

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Record Number of Abstracts Submitted
The deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2012 SGI Annual Scientific Meeting has past and the final count of submitted abstracts was 1159, which represents a record high for the SGI. We are now in the process of collating the abstracts and sending them for peer-review. Many thanks to all of you who submitted abstracts or who supported the submission of abstracts. The high number of abstracts suggests that we will have an excellent attendance in San Diego, so please remember to register sooner than later to ensure you are able to reserve a hotel room at the SGI discounted rate.

OB/GYN's solar suitcase saves lives in poor nations
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Dr. Laura Stachel of Berkeley, Calif., saw midwives in Nigeria delivering babies by kerosene lantern. She observed a cesarean section during which the lights went out, forcing surgeons to finish using her flashlight. The situation prompted her to pursue more reliable power in that country. She and her husband designed a solar energy system that is attributed with dropping the maternal mortality rate. More

Too many wrong miscarriage diagnoses being made
Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology via Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to a series of reports published in the international journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, current guidelines aimed to help clinicians determine if a women has had a miscarriage are ineffective and not reliable, and following these guidelines may result in wanted pregnancies accidentally being terminated. More

Marker identifies injury in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology via Doctors Lounge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) treated with whole-body cooling have increased serum glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) during the first week of life, which may be predictive of brain injury on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. More

Folic acid in pregnancy may prevent kids' language delays
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Taking folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy was linked to a decreased risk of a having a child with a severe language delay at age 3, according to new research. The Norwegian study found that women who took no folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy had more than twice the risk of having a child with a serious language delay compared to women who took folic acid supplements. Results of the study are published in the Oct. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. More

More trans fat in pregnancy tied to bigger baby
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Pregnant women who consume trans fats from snack foods, fast food and other less-than-ideal fare may give birth to bigger babies, according to a U.S. study. The study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, centered on nearly 1,400 pregnant women. It found that the higher the woman's intake of trans fats—which raise "bad" LDL cholesterol, but also lower heart-healthy HDL cholesterol—during the second trimester of pregnancy, the larger her newborn was. More

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Study suggests origins of pregnancy-linked high blood pressure
HealthDay via USA Today
Preeclampsia may be due to a microscopic battle going on within the placenta between cells directed by the father's genes and those directed by the mother, a new study suggests. Though not the first research to link preeclampsia with the activity of cells in the placenta, the new report adds more details about the underlying mechanism that may be causing the problem. More.

Breast cancer gene boosts survival from ovarian tumors, research shows
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Ovarian cancer patients with a genetic mutation best known for its ties to breast cancer have a higher survival rate than those without the mutation, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. The unexpected results suggest investigators may have erred by lumping two genetic mutations known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 together in recent years for research, said lead author Da Yang, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. While both are linked to breast and ovarian cancer, only women with BRCA2 mutations in the ovarian tumors have higher survival rates. More

Medical identity theft a growing problem
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One-third of healthcare organizations, including physician practices, insurers and pharmacies, have reported catching a patient using the identity of someone else to obtain services, according to a report from the professional services firm PwC. The report, "Old Data Learns New Tricks," by PwC's Health Research Institute, said the problem — and consequences — of medical identity theft could get worse as electronic sharing of patient data increases. Physicians unwittingly could end up using information obtained during a visit with an identity thief in deciding how to treat a patient, for example. More

MIT biologist to lead research funding institute within NIH
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Chris A. Kaiser, a cell biologist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the new director of a $2 billion research funding agency that is part of the National Institutes of Health. Kaiser will head the National Institute of General Medical Sciences beginning in spring of 2012. Kaiser's research focuses on basic biology, including understanding how proteins are folded and transported within cells. He works with yeast, a simple organism that is often used to gain insights into biological processes and mechanisms that are shared by more complex animals. More

Pap test still best for cervical cancer
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The Pap test is an effective way to screen young and middle-aged women, and it's only needed once every three years, say scientists advising the government. What about testing for HPV, the human papillomavirus that causes cervical cancer? The same scientists say there's not enough evidence to back it up, though that's at odds with the American Cancer Society and other groups, which have long said that using both tests can be an option for women over 30. More

2 cancer studies find bacterial clue in colon
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For years, Dr. Robert A. Holt, a genomics researcher at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, wrestled with a question about colon cancer. Might it be caused, or pushed along, by a bacterial infection? Cancers of the liver, stomach and cervix have all been linked to microbes, he knew. The new tools of genomic analysis offered an opportunity to look for a connection. What Dr. Holt and another group of researchers, working independently, have found is completely unexpected and puzzling. One particular species of bacterium never particularly prevalent in the colon seems to have a disturbing affinity for colon cancers. More

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