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Lesley M Arnold, Kenneth N Schikler, Lucinda Bateman, Tahira Khan, Lynne Pauer, Pritha Bhadra-Brown, Andrew Clair, Marci L Chew, Joseph Scavone
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common pain condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness. Pregabalin is an approved treatment for adults in the United States, but there are no approved treatments for adolescents with FM. METHODS: This was a 15-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study and 6-month open-label safety trial of flexible-dose pregabalin (75-450 mg/day) for the treatment of adolescents (12-17 years) with FM...
2016: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
Robert L Rosenfield, David A Ehrmann
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) was hypothesized to result from functional ovarian hyperandrogenism (FOH) due to dysregulation of androgen secretion in 1989-1995. Subsequent studies have supported and amplified this hypothesis. When defined as otherwise unexplained hyperandrogenic oligoanovulation, two-thirds of PCOS cases have functionally typical FOH, characterized by 17-hydroxyprogesterone hyperresponsiveness to gonadotropin stimulation. Two-thirds of the remaining PCOS have FOH detectable by testosterone elevation after suppression of adrenal androgen production...
October 2016: Endocrine Reviews
Vicki Nisenblat, Lucy Prentice, Patrick M M Bossuyt, Cindy Farquhar, M Louise Hull, Neil Johnson
BACKGROUND: About 10% of women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis, a costly chronic disease causing pelvic pain and subfertility. Laparoscopy is the gold standard diagnostic test for endometriosis, but is expensive and carries surgical risks. Currently, there are no non-invasive tests available in clinical practice to accurately diagnose endometriosis. This review assessed the diagnostic accuracy of combinations of different non-invasive testing modalities for endometriosis and provided a summary of all the reviews in the non-invasive tests for endometriosis series...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Natasha Kumar, Joanna D Brown
The United States continues to have the highest adolescent birth rate of any industrialized country. Recently published guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics create a new consensus among professional organizations around the suitability of long-acting reversible contraceptives as first-line contraception for adolescents. Through a narrative review of U.S. studies published after 2000, this study seeks to summarize existing access barriers to long-acting reversible contraceptives for adolescents and highlight areas that warrant further intervention so that the recommendations of these professional organizations can be effectively integrated into clinical practice...
September 2016: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Sharon Levy, Fatma Dedeoglu, Jonathan M Gaffin, Katharine C Garvey, Elizabeth Harstad, Andrew MacGinnitie, Paul A Rufo, Qian Huang, Rosemary E Ziemnik, Lauren E Wisk, Elissa R Weitzman
BACKGROUND: In an effort to reduce barriers to screening for alcohol use in pediatric primary care, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) developed a two-question Youth Alcohol Screening Tool derived from population-based survey data. It is unknown whether this screening tool, designed for use with general populations, accurately identifies risk among youth with chronic medical conditions (YCMC). This growing population, which comprises nearly one in four youth in the US, faces a unique constellation of drinking-related risks...
2016: PloS One
Mary Anne Jamieson
Abnormal menstruation in adolescent girls can cause psychological and physical strain from excess, unpredictable, painful, or even absent bleeding. Care providers who understand what is normal and what is concerning can educate and often reassure the young woman and her family. When there is an abnormal or concerning scenario, they can initiate investigations and/or treatment in an expedient fashion to limit psychosocial and/or physical morbidity. This article provides pediatricians, family doctors, nurse practitioners, and adult gynecologists with the knowledge and understanding of the common complaints, differential diagnoses, and treatment strategies...
August 2015: Pediatric Clinics of North America
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