Women's Health


Lowbackpain-082615.jpg Injections intended to treat lower back pain may only work temporarily, according to a new study. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved the review of 30 studies involving radiculopathy and eight trials involving spinal stenosis and observed that within weeks of receiving epidural corticosteroid treatment, pain subsided and function was restored by a fractional amount.

Milchjogurt-082615.jpg Women who watch what they eat and stick to a healthy diet while pregnant can decrease the chances of their newborn developing heart problems, according to a new study. In the study, published in Archives of Diseases in Childhood Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 19,000 women in the U.S. were asked about their diet in the year leading up to pregnancy.

songsharing-082515.jpg One-third of young Americans, ages 18-29, say that they are not completely heterosexual, according to new research. The research, conducted by YouGov, asked participants to place themselves on the Kinsey Scale, which plots individuals on a range of sexual dispositions from exclusively heterosexual at 0 through to exclusively homosexual at 6.

jogging-082515.jpg Single people can be just as happy as those in relationships, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, analyzed over 4,000 New Zealand adults who were surveyed twice, one year apart. One-fifth were single at both time points, and the rest were married, living with someone, or dating.

Gaycouple-082515.jpg Couples who split care of their children enjoy better sex lives, according to a new study. The study of 487 families, presented at a meeting of the American Sociological Association, showed that parents who split childcare duties evenly reported greater satisfaction, both sexually and emotionally. The conclusions were drawn from a study called the 2006 Marital and Relationship Study.

The presence of certain bacterial communities living within some women's reproductive tract may contribute to preterm birth, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford. For the study the researchers examined the bacteria in 49 healthy pregnant women on a weekly basis. "We may have a new hook, a new angle to pursue" against preterm birth, said Dr. David Relman.

Pregnantwoman-082015.jpg Women who work very long hours may have more trouble getting pregnant than women who don't, according to a new study from researchers at the Harvard's Medical School and School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the study the researchers examined the work lives of 1,739 female nurses, half of whom were over the age of 33.

texting-110815.jpg A new study says that "sexting," sending or receiving explicit content via smartphones, can increase romantic satisfaction in relationships. The study, presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention, surveyed 870 participants from the U.S. in the age group 18 to 82 to assess sexting behaviors, sexting motives and relationship and sexual satisfaction.

Birth-Control-Pills-080715.jpg A new study suggests that birth control pills can reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, estimates that in the last 50 years, oral contraceptives have prevented approximately 400,000 deaths from endometrial cancer. The paper looked at 36 existing studies over five decades that involved data on 27,276 women diagnosed with endometrial cancer.

Pregnant-woman-080715.jpg Taking antidepressants during pregnancy comes with benefits as well as risks, according to research conducted at Columbia University. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, surveyed 845,345 single births in 1996 in Finland, finding that use of SSRI's are associated with a lower risk of certain pregnancy complications including preterm birth and delivery by Caesarean section.

Vitamin D may not provide any benefit to women suffering from post-menopausal bone loss, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. For the study the researchers examined the use of vitamin D supplements in 230 women past menopause but under the age of 75. Each of the women were randomly assigned to take either 800 IU, 50,000 IU, or a placebo.

Fluzonevaccine-073015.jpg The use of less-than-perfect vaccines, or "leaky" vaccines, can lead to evolution of more deadly versions of a virus, researchers have confirmed. The findings, which appeared in the journal PLoS Biology, featured scientific experiments with the herpes virus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry, show that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive.

BrainPic-072215.jpg A new series of studies suggests that women's brains may be more vulnerable to contracting Alzheimer's disease than men. The studies were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. Another study suggests that women's daily activities and cognitive abilities decline faster than men's after undergoing surgery with general anesthesia.

sittingwoman-071615.jpg A new study has found that too much sitting could increase the risk of cancer in women. Women in the study, reported in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, who sat more than six hours a day were at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma compared with women who sat less than three hours a day.

Contrary to popular belief, a new study reveals that most women do not regret having an abortion. Researchers looked at 667 women who had abortions between 2008 and 2010 at 30 U.S. clinics. The participants answered questions about their experiences every six months for three years after the procedure.

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