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Women's Health Editors' Choice: Top Stories of 2013

Letter to Readers |
December 26, 2013

Women's Health Editors' Choice: Top Stories of 2013

  1. Andrew M. Kaunitz, MD

A perspective on the most important research in the field from the past year

  1. Andrew M. Kaunitz, MD

This has been an exciting year for us as we took up a broader collaboration with our colleagues in the NEJM Group, changed our name to NEJM Journal Watch Women's Health, and launched a new website. We remain devoted to providing clinicians with the information they need to give their patients the best care — and, as part of NEJM Group, we are now poised to do that better than ever. We are constantly exploring ways to provide you with richer content and enhanced graphics, while continuing to make our offerings to you timely, relevant, and succinct.

Here, we highlight 10 of our top stories from 2013. Key issues of the year include lowering cesarean delivery rates, advantages of long-acting reversible contraceptives (notably, intrauterine contraception), safety of transdermal estrogen for menopausal hormone therapy, and the first nonhormonal medication approved for vasomotor symptoms. Additional topics concern promoting uptake of human papillomavirus vaccination, adjusting to practice patterns in which pelvic examinations are no longer routinely performed, and using pelvic ultrasound to definitively diagnose nonviable pregnancies. We also addressed the ongoing controversy about care provided by nurse practitioners versus physicians. One of our most compelling stories was based not on a conventional research article, but on a physician's personal reflections about the pressures she faced as she struggled with breast-feeding. This piece generated more reader comments than any other in recent memory.

Our women's health top stories of 2013 are

Preventing the First Cesarean Delivery: How Best to Change Current Practice

Hospital-Level Variation in Cesarean Delivery Rates

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease After Intrauterine Device Placement Is Rare

Postmenopausal Estrogen Therapy: Advantages of Transdermal Delivery

What's Old is New Again: Paroxetine for Hot Flashes?

HPV Vaccination: Just Do It

Most OB/GYNs Perform Pelvic Examinations Routinely

Criteria for Diagnosing Early Pregnancy Failure

MDs vs. NPs in Primary Care … The Conflict Continues

Has the “Breast Is Best” Campaign Gone Too Far?

We wish you the very best in 2014.

  • Disclosures for Andrew M. Kaunitz, MD at time of publication Consultant / Advisory board Agile; Bayer; Merck Equity Vertex Royalties UpToDate Grant / research support Agile; Bayer; Endoceutics; Medical Diagnostic Laboratories; Noven; Teva Editorial boards Contraception; MedScape; Menopause; OBG Management Leadership positions in professional societies North American Menopause Society (Board of Trustees)

Reader Comments (7)

SELAVIAN SELA

yu're exellent

MANUEL ALMEIDA Physician, Obstetrics/Gynecology, universidade federal do ceara

very helpul to get these articles.

Yaray Espinosa

I am interested in develomental genetics and genetic expression materna and fetal.

Gustavo Montemayor Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, Private practice

Information on diagnosing erly pregnancy.VPH transdermal estrogen for menopause

TALHA SHAWAF Physician, Obstetrics/Gynecology, 64 Harley Street, London W1G 7HB, UK

Very helpful to get these articles. More can be of further advantage to many in developing countries who need good evidence based education.

RAMKUMAR AGRAWAL Physician, Nephrology, Retired

As I wish to keep updated, these articles are excellent.

MICHELLE CONDON Physician, Internal Medicine

It would have been helpful to put this in PDF format as you did for the 2013 year in Review articles.

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