Sunday, March 12, 2006

Search Request Roundup #3

This is the third installment of Search Request Roundup, in which I look at recent searches that led to my blog and provide some information on the desired topics.

  • Videos of Childbirth:
    There aren't a lot of free educational videos of birth online. There may be some interesting results in this You Tube search for videos tagged "birth," although they're likely to be personal videos. I found some resources that are more instructional available for purchase at the Amazon website, in both DVD and VHS.

    An interactive tutorial on vaginal birth is available from MedlinePlus. The MayoClinic.com website provides an animated slideshow of labor positions. Also via MedlinePlus is a surgical video of birth by c-section. The American Pregnancy Association provides a lot of text information on labor and birth as well.

  • Federal guidelines for prophylactic mastectomy:
    The National Guidelines Clearinghouse is an excellent starting point for evidence-based guidelines. Ten mastectomy-related guidelines are available, although none of them focus specifically on prophylaxis. The National Cancer Institute and MayoClinic.com provide additional information on this topic, and explain when women might consider this procedure.

  • Planned Parenthood in Memphis:
    Planned Parenthood's website offers a nationwide health clinic finder online. The website of the Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood is at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2/mmp/; click here for the address, phone number, and hours of the Memphis clinic.

  • 2005 articles on women’s health:
    There are numerous articles on all aspects of health published every year, and numerous aspects of women's health, so this is hard to narrow down. Some popular academic/research journals related specifically to reproduction are: American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology; BJOG; Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology; Fertility & Sterility; Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health; Midwifery. You'll need access to a library to view or order articles from these subscription publications.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association has a list of their top 25 most accessed 2005 articles. Of these, a few focus specifically on women's health issues: Consumption of Vegetables and Fruits and Risk of Breast Cancer (abstract; Effects of Estrogen With and Without Progestin on Urinary Incontinence (abstract); Vitamin E in the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: The Women's Health Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial (abstract); Outcomes of Routine Episiotomy: A Systematic Review (abstract); Screening for Breast Cancer (abstract).

    Finally, the National Women's Health Information Center often summarizes results of new studies related to women's health; their health news archive is available for free online.

  • Female teenagers cortisol levels:
    Lab Tests Online is a good starting point for understanding various medical lab results. The section on cortisol indicates that a standard reference range (i.e. the levels it should fall between) has not been established, but provides explanation of what increased or decreased levels might mean. Also, here is a PubMed search for articles on the topic limited to English, female, and adolescents (13-18 years of age).

  • Scar tissue constipation c-section:
    I didn't find anything on constipation after C-section specifically related to scar tissue, although there are other possible adverse effects of the procedure. MayoClinic.com's page on the topic mentions that decreased bowel function can occur after the surgery, stating, "Any abdominal surgery may slow the transit of waste material through your large intestine for a few days. Some medications for pain relief may further contribute to this problem, leading to constipation."

    Previous Installments:
    Search Request Roundup #1
    Search Request Roundup #2

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    MeSH Tags: Breast Neoplasms/prevention & control; Cesarean Section/adverse effects; Parturition OR Home Childbirth OR Natural Childbirth; Constipation; Hydrocortisone/diagnostic use; Laboratory Techniques and Procedures; Mastectomy; Planned Parenthood (keyword search)
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