Category Archives: Woman’s Health

New HPV, pap smear guidelines released

The CBS Evening News reported, “The government put out new guidelines today for screening for cervical cancer. … For decades, women have been told to get a pap smear as often as once a year.” Now, “the new recommendation calls for a test every three years for women 21 to 65” and women “ages 30 to 65 are being told they can wait five years if they get an additional test for human papilloma virus, or HPV.” Continue reading

Studies: Children raised by lesbians not necessarily problem-free

Over the last few years, a few published studies have claimed that children raised by same-sex couples compare favorably to — and sometimes even better than — children raised by moms and dads on measures of self-esteem and academics. Those studies, in turn, have served as fodder for a media campaign that two loving parents are all children really need. Here are details that challenge that from a report in Citizen Link: Continue reading

Article explores risks, benefits of antidepressant use during pregnancy

The Chicago Tribune reports, “Headlines about the potential risks of antidepressants on a developing fetus, including miscarriage, premature birth and newborn breathing problems, have produced angst for many moms on medication.” Continue reading

Home births rose almost 30% in US from 2004-2009

USA Today reports, “Births taking place outside of the traditional hospital setting increased 29 percent between 2004 and 2009, from 0.56 percent of all births to 0.72 percent – almost 30,000 births – according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Continue reading

Women report feeling more pain than men

A Stanford Medical Center study found women report feeling more pain than men do on a variety of common ailments including back and neck injuries, digestive problems and sinus infections. In a Stanford news release one of the authors said part of the reason women reported much higher levels of pain could be because men simply don’t want to admit how much pain they experience.” Continue reading

Women with normal bone density at 65 may safely wait 15 years before retesting

The New York Times reports, “Bone loss and osteoporosis develop so slowly in most women whose bones test normal at age 65 that many can safely wait as long as 15 years before having a second bone density test,” according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Continue reading

No amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe for the unborn child

USA Today reports, “A new study pinpoints the latter half of the first trimester as a critical time in the development of” signs of fetal alcohol syndrome, “such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip, small head size, unusually small-set eyes and shorter-than-average height.” Continue reading

Estrogen is best remedy for hot flashes

USA Today reports that “when … things don’t work, and when women are miserable (not everyone is), most doctors will offer a prescription” and “the first choice – except for women with a history of breast cancer or other health conflicts – is still hormone therapy (estrogen, often combined with progestin).” Continue reading

Eating frequently may lead to less weight gain in girls

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, girls who ate meals and snacks frequently gained less weight than girls who ate only a few times every day. Continue reading