Cervical cancer screenings, also known as Pap tests, may be overused in some groups of women - especially those who've had hysterectomies and those over the age of 65 with no history of cervical cancer. Dr. Deanna Kepka from the Huntsman Cancer Institute says that testing these groups has meant about 14 million tests for women who didn't need them.
Adolescent women who consume diets high in fat may be putting themselves at a higher risk for breast cancer later in life, according to research conducted at Michigan State University. The study, published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, was conducted on mice who were given high fat diets. Just three weeks after the dietary change, the mice began to show changes in the breast.
A new device that can detect a person's risk of blood infection in minutes has been created by scientists. In the study, conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, scientists created a silicone-based device that measures neutrophils-a type of white blood cell that are the body's "first line of defense against infection," migrating from the blood to tissues at risk of infection.
Women who experience post traumatic stress disorder may be more likely to become obese, according to research conducted at the Harvard Public School of Health. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, analyzed 54,224 participants of the Nurses' Health Study II. The team suggested that a biological mechanism could account for weight increases.
A number of lifestyle factors contribute to a healthy pregnancy, according to research conducted by scientists in the U.K., Ireland and New Zealand. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, surveyed data taken on over 5,600 women in England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Positive lifestyle factors included eating fruit and having a healthy weight.
A recent study is showing that there is no association between age-related macular degeneration and dementia, otherwise known as Alzheimer's disease. One of the major correlations between the two diseases is that they both occur with older individuals. "Controversy has surrounded whether these two conditions may be associated or not."
A recent study is showing that females who have asthma may have a hard time conceiving. This new study adds to past research that was taken suggesting that asthma effects fertility. If this study proves to be accurate, it could affect a lot of individuals in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in every 12 people in the U.S. has asthma.
Mothers who suffer from high stress levels may actually transfer their stress onto their children, according to a new study from the University of Haifa in Israel. Researchers examined a group of female rats who possessed increased expression of a gene called CRF1, which is commonly associated with stress.
The Endocrine Society has released a new collection of guidelines for diabetes testing in pregnant women. According to the group, only about one quarter of the gestational diabetes cases in American are diagnosed, potentially increasing the risk of complications in pregnancy. The new guidelines are part of the Endocrine Society's Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG).
Adult females are at a higher risk for allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases than men, according to research presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "More prepubescent males have rhinitis, asthma and food allergy than females," said presenter Renata Engler, MD.
Those who have previously been tortured may suffer chronic pain for years to come, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Tel Aviv. For the study the researchers examined 104 Israeli army veterans who had fought in the 1973 Yom Kipur War. Each of the vets were exposed to minor pain sensations including a finger prick with a nylon fiber.
Women who are clinically obese may be at a greater risk for tumor and cancer cell growth when diagnosed with breast cancer, according to researchers from Tulane University. Researchers examined fat cells from both obese and non-obese women. The cells were grown in a lab from stems cells donated by the participants and were injected into the mammary glands of mice with breast cancer.
Malaria cases in the U.S. have reached an all time high, with nearly 2,000 cases reported in 2011, according to a new report from the CDC. That number is the highest reported since 1971, and a 14% increase over the previous year. "In 2011, 1,925 malaria cases were reported in the United States," CDC said in a statement.
Teens who consume large amounts of chocolate may be slimmer on average, according to a new study from researchers at the Department of Medical Physiology in Granada University's School of Medicine. For the study the researchers polled a group of 1,458 teens between the ages of 12 and 17, asking them how much chocolate they had consumed within the last two days.