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Black women at any age who have uterine myomata--commonly called fibroids--are more likely to have them surgically removed through a myomectomy, a procedure that preserves the uterus, than are white or Hispanic women with fibroids. While research by the Duke University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) on the management of uterine fibroids, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), confirmed earlier studies that showed that black women have higher rates of hysterectomy than any other racial group, the EPC found that black women also have higher rates of myomectomy.
For more information: Black Women More Likely Than Other Women To Be Treated For Uterine Fibroids With Surgery That Preserves Uterus
Despite the frequency with which fibroids are diagnosed and their significant impact on quality of life and use of health resources, there continues to be considerable practice variation and controversy about appropriate treatments for fibroids, especially about the use of hysterectomy. New nonsurgical treatments, such as uterine artery embolization, have received a considerable amount of attention in the lay press and on the World Wide Web. This report seeks to define and expand the current knowledge of uterine fibroids.
For more information: Evidence Report/Technology Assessment: Management of Uterine Fibroids
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) today launched a major five-year educational initiative to reach young children--their parents, teachers, and health care providers--with the message that adequate nighttime sleep--at least nine hours each night is important to their health, performance, and safety.
For more information: NHLBI Launches Sleep And Children Education Program With Garfield The Cat As "Spokescat"
In children, symptoms related to sleep deprivation are often overlooked or erroneously attributed to attention-deficit or behavior disorders. But performance in the classroom and in extracurricular activities can suffer if a child does not obtain adequate sleep. Help your patients encourage their children to develop proper sleep habits with this patient 'fun pad' from the NHLBI.
For more information: Information For Your Little Patients: The Garfield Star Sleeper Fun Pad
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a common, underdiagnosed, and treatable condition. A neurologic movement disorder, RLS is often associated with a sleep complaint. This publication provides science-based information about RLS and its assessment and management in the primary care setting.
For more information: Information For Professionals: Restless Legs Syndrome
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