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Man Arrested for Smearing Ketchup on 'Father of Gynecology'

He performed skit at controversial Alabama monument

(Newser) - The "father of modern gynecology" is a man some people would now prefer to forget—but police in Alabama still won't let you smear ketchup on his statue. A 74-year-old activist was arrested on Confederate Memorial Day—that's April 23—for "criminal tampering" after leaving the... More »

Father of Gynecology's Statue Comes Down

J. Marion Sims experimented on slaves, and his likeness will no longer be in Central Park

(Newser) - Another controversial 19th-century statue has been taken down in a big city, but this time the controversy doesn't involve the Confederacy. Instead, the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims— regarded as the father of modern gynecology—came down in New York's Central Park because much of his breakthrough... More »

Scores of Men Try to Land Gynecologist Appointment

It all started when an article mentioned Dr. Liang Bartkowiak's new certification

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania gynecologist saw a huge uptick in calls for appointments. Only one problem: It was primarily men on the line. The flurry of calls began after Dr. Liang Bartkowiak was named in an Altoona Mirror article as the first doctor in Altoona eligible to certify medical marijuana users. And... More »

No Proven Benefits, Several Risks to Eating Placenta

Placenta capsules may carry bacteria, heavy metals: study

(Newser) - The trend of eating placenta after childbirth "borders on cannibalism" and is only lining providers' pockets, rather than offering any benefit to women or their newborns. That's according to researchers of a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, which finds "no known scientifically... More »

Cosmetic Trend for Teen Girls: Labia Surgery

Blame yoga pants?

(Newser) - Adult women can choose to have their labia reshaped as part of a "vaginal rejuvenation" surgery, in which the muscles of the vagina are tightened. Now teenage girls apparently want in on the action, too. Doctors say they're increasingly getting requests from young girls to have their labia... More »

No Need for Routine Pelvic Exams, Doctors Say

But gynecologists disagree with doctors' group

(Newser) - Are the pelvic exams that make up part of routine physicals for women actually necessary? The country's second-biggest doctors' group says no, arguing that there is no evidence that the exams are useful—while there are many reports of the exams causing women anxiety, pain, and discomfort. The exam,... More »

Doctors' Group to Women: Don't Freeze Your Eggs

The technology does not 'guarantee a successful pregnancy,' they warn

(Newser) - Egg freezing has apparently become such a trend that the New York Times last year covered a trend within the trend: parents who help foot the bill for freezing their aging daughters' eggs. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have issued a blunt message to women in their... More »

Gynecologists Cleared to Treat Men

Board drops 'no male patients' rule

(Newser) - The name of the profession comes from the Greek for "the study of women," but gynecologists have been cleared to treat male patients without fear of sanctions. The board that oversees obstetrician-gynecologists has eased a rule that threatened to pull certification from any gynecologists that treated men, reports... More »

A Fertile Uterus Is Mathematically ... Perfect

Gynecologist finds the Golden Ratio in fertile uteri

(Newser) - The world's most mysterious number has popped up in the uterus. Known as the Golden Ratio, 1.618 is hailed by devotees as the formula for perfect natural beauty. Fanatics say the most aesthetically-pleasing rectangle and the most attractive smiles adhere to the numeral. Now Jasper Verguts, a Belgian... More »

Now Panel Urges Delay in Pap Test

Docs' group advises later start, every 2 years for cervical cancer test

(Newser) - The screening cutbacks continue. Just days after the government announced more conservative guidelines for mammograms, a major medical body says women should begin having Pap smears for cervical cancer later and less frequently. The new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say women don't need to be... More »

Doctors Blast New Mammogram Guidelines

Cancer societies, gynecologists won't follow government's lead

(Newser) - There was an instant backlash from oncologists and gynecologists yesterday after a government panel recommended that that women in their 40s stop getting annual mammograms. “I think it is unfortunate that they came to this conclusion,” the director of imaging at one breast cancer center told the Los ... More »

Doctors Urged to Induce Labor Less Often

New guidelines warn of risky 'epidemic' in US hospitals

(Newser) - New guidelines out today urge US doctors not to induce labor earlier than 39 weeks into a pregnancy unless there are compelling medical reasons, the Houston Chronicle reports. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued its first statement on induced labor since 1999, with the lead author calling it... More »

Naomi Campbell Leaves Brazil Hospital

British supermodel fine after emergency abdominal surgery

(Newser) - A helicopter whisked Naomi Campbell away from waiting paparazzi at a Brazil hospital after a successful operation to remove a cyst from her abdomen, E! Online reports. Doctors, including one of Brazil's top specialists, say the British supermodel is "completely cured" following the emergency surgery. Campbell, 37, is a... More »

Plastic Surgeons Cut a New Path Down Under

Forget breast implants: The frontier in plastic surgery is below the belt

(Newser) - David Matlock, a flamboyant California gynecologist who's been a pioneer in cosmetic surgery aimed at giving women "a youthful, aesthetic look" for their nether regions, has unleashed a host of protégés now improving unsightly genitals all over the country. Despite being uninsured, the procedures are growing in... More »

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