Category Archives: Woman’s Health

Study suggests mental ‘fog’ of menopause is real

The memory blips and distractible moments that women say they experience during menopause may be as real as the hot flashes and poor sleep, a new study suggests.

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Breast cancer risk declines in older women who take estrogen-only HRT

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Breast cancer risk may decline in postmenopausal women who take estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy,” according to research published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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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 … Continue reading

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Estrogen supplements may actually be linked to reduced breast cancer risk

USA Today reports, “For certain women, taking estrogen supplements for a few years close to menopause appears safe, and may reduce their risk of breast cancer, says a new study” published online in The Lancet Oncology.

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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, … Continue reading

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Vitamin D linked to fewer stress fractures in girls

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, young women and girls consuming high levels of vitamin D were less likely to suffer from stress fractures than women who did not consume … Continue reading

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Research shows benefits and risks to taking antidepressants during pregnancy

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Some women with depression who become pregnant face a troubling decision: whether to continue taking antidepressant medication to keep the depression at bay even though the medications may harm the fetus.”

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USA Today, Right to Life official debate ultrasound mandate

In an editorial this morning, USA Today says that “under laws enacted in Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina, the ultrasound screen must be turned so women can see the image.”

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Virginia governor signs bill requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed a bill making abdominal ultrasounds mandatory for women seeking abortions.

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Sedentary women more prone to early diabetes

Bloomberg News reported, “Women who sit for long periods each day have a greater risk of developing early signs of type 2 diabetes compared with men,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Trans fat consumption linked to stroke risk in women

Medscape reports, “Postmenopausal women whose diet is high in trans fats, found in fried foods and packaged products, are at higher risk for certain types of ischemic stroke,” according to research published in the Annals of Neurology.

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Citrus fruit consumption linked to reduced stroke risk in women

The ABC News “Medical Unit” blog reports, “Eating citrus fruits can be considered a marker of healthy living, and may lessen the risk of stroke, according to research published in the journal Stroke.”

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UV lamps used to dry gel manicures raise skin cancer risk

The Washington Post reviews the safety of ultraviolet lamps in gel manicures, citing a 2009 Archives of Dermatology article about two women who developed non-melanoma skin cancer on their hands after such exposure to UV lamps.

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Vitamin D eases menstrual cramps

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, vitamin D3 may ease menstrual cramps.

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Stem cells from human ovaries used to generate egg cells

We used to tell women that their ovaries would contain, at birth, all of the eggs they will ever have. Turns out that may not be true.

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Virtually all pregnant women with cancer may be treated without aborting their unborn child

The AP reports, “Researchers have encouraging news for women who find themselves in a very frightening situation: having cancer while pregnant.”

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FDA tests find trace levels of lead in lipsticks

NBC Nightly News reported that the Food and Drug Administration “ran some tests on popular brands of lipstick, and 400 of them were found to contain trace levels of lead.”

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Judge: State cannot force pharmacies to sell contraceptives

In a vote for sanity in the personal conscience debate in healthcare, the AP reports US District Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that “Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.” Hallelujah!

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Women more likely to die of heart attacks

ABC World News reported “a groundbreaking study” that “hammers home critical points about women and heart attacks. A woman is less likely than men to experience that classic warning sign, chest pain. And she’s less likely than a man to … Continue reading

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Study: Men treated more aggressively for knee pain from arthritis

ABC World News reported that when it comes to treatment for pain, “we heard today that women are often not treated the same way as men. Their complaints are ignored.”

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Physician says breast cancer screening offers limited benefits

In an essay in the New York Times, Dr. Susan Love, president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, writes that “in reality, we still do not know what causes breast cancer, which means we really do not know how … Continue reading

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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.”

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Statins benefit women as much as men

For the first time a study proves statins are as effective in preventing heart attacks in women as well as men.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Pain intensity greater for women than men, study finds

According to the results of a study in which researchers examined pain scores from tens of thousands of patients in the United States, women experience more intense pain than men.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.

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