Women's Health


The rate of children born via in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is continuing to rise in the U.S., according to a new story from researchers at the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. The society collects data on IVF attempts and births across the U.S. each year and found 2,000 more success births in 2013 than the preceding year.

migrane-030215.jpg A new migraine treatment that delivers painkillers via nasal spray is showing promise for migraine sufferers, according to a new study from researchers at the Albany Medical Center, in Albany, New York. The new treatment sends a dose of the anesthetic lidocaine (Xylocaine) directly to the nerves at the rear of the nasal cavity.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and researchers in the field say it's a vital tool for raising awareness about the condition. The risk of colorectal cancers increases significantly for those over the age 50 and for African-Americans over the age of 45. "Colon cancer affects both men and women from all ethnicities."

Researchers have found that reversible methods of birth control are gaining popularity among women. A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics shows that the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants has become more and more popular over the last decade.

Women younger than the age of 55 are more likely to die from a heart attack, nearly twice as likely as men, because they are more likely to ignore tell-tale signs, according to a new study. For the study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, researchers surveyed women ages 30 to 55 who were hospitalized for heart attack.

milk-022415.jpg The water used to mix baby formula plays the biggest role in whether formula-fed babies are exposed to increased levels of arsenic, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, measured arsenic levels in the tap water of 874 New Hampshire families whose drinking water came from private, unregulated wells.

The transmission rate for HIV could be cut by as much as 90 percent in the U.S., according to a new report from the CDC. The new report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says that transmission rate would drop drastically with a greater focus on diagnosis. "If all the people with HIV who either don't know they have the virus . . ."

sleeping-022015.jpg A lack of sleep might increase your chance for diabetes, according to a new study. The study, published online in the journal Diabetologia, says that a lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere with the ability of the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

Roughly one in five of all sore throats found in all young adults can be attributed to a potentially deadly bacteria known as fusobacterium necrophorum. According to new data from researchers at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, the bacteria is often unbdetected by strep throat tests. If untreated, however, this bacteria can develop into an abscess.

sweaty-woman-011615.jpg Hot flashes may occur routinely for as long as 14 years for some middle aged women, according to a new study from researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. For the study the researchers collected data on women in seven U.S. cities between 1996 and 2013. Of the 1,449 women in total in the study, the average time period during which hot flashes occurred was 7.4 years.

Elderly-021715.jpg Women may be at a greater general risk to develop dementia than men, according to a new study from researchers at Alzheimer's Research U.K. They found that women are not only more likely to develop the condition, but also tend to bare the social burden as caregivers more frequently. According to the study, women in the U.K. over 60 are twice as likely to develop dementia as breast cancer.

aids-021615.jpg A new aggressive strain of the HIV virus has reportedly been detected in some patients in Cuba, according to a new report from researchers in Belgium's University of Leuven. The new strain has been dubbed CRF19, and is a combination of the A, D and G HIV subtypes. Normally the virus takes between five and ten years to develop into AIDS, but the new strain develops in only three to five years.

Pink-Ribbon-021015.jpg The FDA has issued approval to a new breast cancer drug called Ibrance (palbociclib). The new Pfizer product is specifically for use in post-menopausal women with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative metastatic breast cancer and inhibits molecules that enable tumor growth.

vaccines-021015.jpg Obtaining the HPV vaccine shot is unlikely to encourage risky sexual behaviors amongst teens, according to a new study from researchers at the Harvard Medical School. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from roughly 200,000 teen girls across the U.S. They specifically looked at the rates of sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes.

Girl-021015.jpg Heart attacks may take a more significant mental toll on women than it does on men, according to researchers at Yale. For the study the researchers collected data from 2,397 women and 1,175 men between the ages of 18 and 55, all of whom took part in the Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients (VIRGO) study.

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