Despite the wide range of contraceptives available, almost 50% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended, with the highest rates among women aged 18 to 24 years. Meanwhile, few studies have explored contraceptive responsibility and no studies since the 1980s have looked at female college students’ perceptions of such. Without this data, physicians and health educators are unable to adequately and effectively address STD and pregnancy prevention among this patient population.
Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH
Approximately 5% of women who seek medical assistance for menorrhagia from their primary care physicians or gynecologists never make their way to a hematologist, even though many of these women have such underlying hemostatic abnormalities as decreased von Willebrand factor (VWF), platelet dysfunction, and decreased coagulation factors. These women in turn are in danger of experiencing bleeding complications during surgery, childbirth, or other invasive procedures.
Researchers found an 11% treatment effect in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) taking rifaximin (Xifaxan) for 2 weeks; 40% of patients receiving the medication reported adequate relief of symptoms.