Many women suffer from fibroids, benign muscular tumors that grow in the uterus. Fibroids vary greatly in size and severity, ranging from a hardly-noticeable pea-size to the size of a grapefruit. While fibroids present few problems for many women, in others they can cause heavy menstrual periods, intense paid, and sometimes can lead to infertility.
For those women who do suffer from severe fibroids, there are three treatments. Doctors may remove the fibroid in a procedure called myomectomy, may perform a hysterectomy, or may choose fibroid embolization. Radiologist Kenneth Crystal of New York's St. Francis Hospital argues that the latter treatment is under-used. Crystal said that, despite the fact that risks from the procedure are few and results are consistent, very few doctors perform it and many gynecologists either aren't aware of it or don't recommend it.
The non-surgical procedure works by blocking the fibroid's access to a blood supply, limiting the tumor's growth and eventually causing it to die. Doctors block the blood flow by placing special particles in the targeted artery. The patient remains conscious throughout the procedure.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .