Volume 7 Issue 126
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-May-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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New AHRQ report finds depression is prevalent in women during pregnancy but often goes undetected

A new evidence report by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality states that depression is as common in women during pregnancy as it is after giving birth. Health care providers and patients may fail to recognize depression during pregnancy because signs of depression like tiredness, trouble sleeping, emotional changes, and weight gain may also occur with pregnancy. more  

Perinatal depression: prevalence, screening accuracy, and screening outcomes

Depression is the leading cause of disease-related disability among women.1 In particular, women of childbearing age are at high risk for major depression. Pregnancy and new motherhood may increase the risk of depressive episodes. Depression during the perinatal period can have devastating consequences, not only for the women experiencing it but also for the women's children and family. Read the full report... more

Routine procedure during childbirth provides no benefits

According to a systematic review of existing studies, to appear in the May 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the surgical procedure known as an episiotomy, performed in up to 35 percent of U.S. vaginal births, usually provides no benefits. more  

Physician assisted suicide and why patients are motivated to seek death

Patients motivated to seek a doctor for their death wish did so after a deliberative and thoughtful process rather than on impulse, according to a research study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine . The study involved 35 cases in which patients considered physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and presents data which until now has been very limited. more

Scientists reveal how disease bacterium survives inside immune system cell  

New research on a bacterium that can survive encounters with specific immune system cells has strengthened scientists’ belief that these plentiful white blood cells, known as neutrophils, dictate whether our immune system will permit or prevent bacterial infections. more

Drug combinations improve survival for patients with heart disease 

Patients with coronary heart disease who take a combination of three specific drugs have a better chance of survival than those taking single drugs, finds a study in this week's BMJ. more

CPR instructions should focus on continuous chest compressions

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructions given over the phone by emergency dispatchers to lay rescuers should focus primarily on continuous chest compressions instead of the traditional ABC's – "airway, breathing, circulation," according to Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. more


Depression is as common in women during pregnancy as it is after giving birth