Oncology & Cancer

Study tests new vaccine for precancerous cervical cells

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in an international study to determine the effectiveness of a new therapeutic vaccine for treating women with precancerous changes on the cervix.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Researchers advance the understanding of preterm birth

Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality worldwide. The causes for preterm birth are complex and not fully understood, however emerging data suggest that the presence of certain bacteria in a woman's ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Cervical device may help lower preemie birth risk

(HealthDay)—Women with a relatively short cervix are at higher risk of preterm delivery, but new research shows that a cervical device may cut that risk substantially.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Study questions utility of universal cervical length screens

(HealthDay)—Patients with a short cervix who deliver prematurely have a significantly longer interval from antenatal corticosteroid administration, and fewer receive antenatal corticosteroids within seven days of birth, ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

MRI helps predict preterm birth

MRI of the cervix is more accurate than ultrasound at predicting if some women will have a preterm birth, according to a new study from Italy appearing in the online edition of Radiology.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Ultrasound fade could be early detector of preterm-birth risk

Ultrasonic attenuation—an ultrasound's gradual loss of energy as the sound waves circulate through tissue—could be an early indicator of whether a pregnant woman is at risk for delivering prematurely, according to a new ...

Oncology & Cancer

Cervical cancer tests too expensive for poor populations

Part of South Africa's strategy to prevent cervical cancer was to adopt a programme that was successful in high-income countries such as the UK and the US. But, 13 years after its implementation, the policy has failed to ...

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Cervix

The cervix (from the Latin cervix uteri, meaning "neck of the womb") is the lower, narrow portion of the uterus where it joins with the top end of the vagina. It is cylindrical or conical in shape and protrudes through the upper anterior vaginal wall. Approximately half its length is visible with appropriate medical equipment; the remainder lies above the vagina beyond view.

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