America and abortion

America finds itself in the throes of abortion furore again – in real life and virtually. In a case that could potentially have long term consequences (whatever the result) in the same way as the Roe v Wade landmark legal decision did in 1973 Jennie McCormack’s fight is set to make its way up through […]

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Faculty News

Amendments to FSRH Guidance Documents: Drug Interactions and Emergency Contraception Drug Interactions (2011): Page 9 of the original version of this CEU Guidance Document (issued in January 2011) incorrectly stated that the interaction between lamotrigine and combined hormonal contraception (CHC) only applies to lamotrigine monotherapy. CHC also reduces lamotrigine levels when lamotrigine is combined with […]

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Journal: January 2012 and News

The January edition of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care includes a number of articles previously available at Online First (the Dinger/Shapiro VTE commentary, Advances in IUD training by Connolly & Rybowski and Brown’s study looking at young mens’ views on contraception) as well as: a thought-provoking commentary by Raine-Fenning et al […]

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More on the Million Women Study Critique, International Day of Zero Tolerance Day for FGM and Involving Fathers in Maternity Care

Shapiro Million Women Study (MWS) Critique There has been more publicity around the Shapiro Million Women Study (MWS) critique: Does hormone replacement therapy cause breast cancer? An application of causal principles to three studies. Part 4. The Million Women Study by Samuel Shapiro, Richard D T Farmer, John C Stevenson, Henry G Burger, Alfred O […]

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Recent Online First articles (including the Million Women Study critique)

There has been a flurry of articles published at Online First this month: 1) Syncope and profound bradycardia associated with intrauterine contraceptive procedures by Aisling Baird, Jane Dickson, Mary Jensen and Martin Talbot (Case Report) David Horwell (Advisory Editor) writes: Avoiding a shocking experience ‘Cervical shock’ – severe bradycardia and loss of consciousness due to […]

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Review of the year 2011

It has been a busy and eventful year in sexual and reproductive health: January saw the launch of the new-look Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care as it joined the BMJ family. Readers will have noticed many improvements, not least the website and early online publishing. February The joint Faculty / e-Learning for […]

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Online First and Emergency Contraception for Christmas

The latest article to be published at Online First is: Questions about intimate partner violence should be part of contraceptive counselling: findings from a community-based longitudinal study in Nicaragua by Mariano Salazar, Eliette Valladares, Ulf Högberg. Neelima Deshapande (Associate editor) writes: Effect of domestic violence on contraceptive choice Sadly, domestic violence against women continues in […]

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Bits and Pieces

Consultation to lift ban on HIV-positive doctors and dentists: according to media reports last week the DH is set to launch a consultation on lifting the ban imposed 20 years ago. Many believe the ban to be discriminatory, no longer justified on public health grounds and ignored in most hospitals who reportedly have a ‘don’t […]

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COC / VTE Controversy continues

Following publication of the extended analysis of the Danish Cohort Study on VTE risk (with combined oral contraceptives with different progestogens and oestrogen doses) in the BMJ and the rapid responses since, Shapiro S and Dinger J have now produced a Commentary for the January 2012 edition of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive […]

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World AIDS Day 2011

On the 23rd World AIDS Day As part of a piece in the Chelsea & Westminster GP Newsletter, Consultant Rachel Jones and Specialist Registrar Michael Rayment write of the situation in the UK: Treatment is freely available, but is limited to those who know their HIV sero-status.  The HIV epidemic in the UK continues to […]

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