Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pregnancy after cervical cancer

Is it possible to have a successful pregnancy after  treatment for cervical cancer? The answer would appear to be yes. relatively recent advances in surgery involving a procedure called “radical trachelectomy”means that for a small selected group of women with … Continue reading

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When is a PUL not a PUL? – quite often it seems……

If a pregnant women undergoes an ultrasound scan in early pregnancy, and it is not possible to visualise a pregnancy either inside or outside the uterus this situation is described as a “pregnancy of unknown location” or PUL. Simple you … Continue reading

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Homeopathy: “It misleads people into thinking there is something in it when there isn’t.”

Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University heavily criticised the field of homeopathy in a recent article in the Daily  Telegraph. His main issue was the tendency to see homeopathy as a genuine alternative to conventional medical approached … Continue reading

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Independent counselling for women want a termination of pregnancy?

So a further twist in the termination debate. As reported in the Sunday Telegraph today, there is a move the separate termination services into two roles: counselling and the physical termination service itself. The implication is that as the termination … Continue reading

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Peer mentoring – the next big thing?

An interesting piece in the New York Times reporting on a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study looked at diabetic control in three groups: one group saw their doctor or nurse in the normal way, another … Continue reading

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“Doctors signing off abortions for women they have never met” Daily Telegraph on 24th March

So the care quality commission (CQC) has found that there are widespread violations of the process that should be followed when considering a termination of pregnancy. The findings  suggest malpractice is rife in many termination clinics. Recently the Daily Telegraph … Continue reading

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Are women being wrongly informed they are miscarrying?

Professor Tom BourneProfessor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy … Continue reading

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Hospitals Profit from selling baby photos for £7.00 – Daily Mail

An interesting story from the Daily Mail, however is this outrage justified? Many departments struggle to pay for ultrasound imaging paper to store images for medico-legal reasons never mind hand images out to patients . A free for all in … Continue reading

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Can doctors predict if a miscarriage is likely in the future?

When a women visits an early pregnancy unit can a doctor or nurse tell whether the pregnancy is likely to miscarry or not in the future. In a study by Cecilia Bottomley and colleagues it seems the answer may be … Continue reading

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Can doctors predict if you will miscarry ?

Visiting a doctor with bleeding or pain in early pregnancy is a highly anxious time. Whilst most of us know there is little that can be done to treat the situation, what most women hope is to be reassured that … Continue reading

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