Women's Health


Adults who were born as pre-term babies often have lower incomes and fewer sexual encounters, according to a new study from researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected on 189 adults born between 1977 and 1982. They found that by their mid-20's those born pre-term were making on-average $20,000 less per year than the term babies.

The drug pregabalin, commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders, may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a new study. The study, published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, featured information collected in seven countries from 164 women who took pregabalin during a pregnancy.

Tylenol-051316.jpg Those who routinely take Tylenol could have decreased levels of empathy for others, according to a new study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health. For the study 80 undergraduates read eight different scenarios. Half of the group had taken Tylenol while the others had not. "Pain might actually decrease empathy as well. So, there are other factors that need to be taken . . ."

Abortion-051316.jpg Global abortion rates have been decreasing in recent years, but only in developing nations, according to a new study from researchers at the Guttmacher Institute in New York. For the study the researchers examined world wide abortion rates between 1990 and 2014. They found that abortions rates in westernized nations dropped from 46 to 27 per 1,000 women.

The FDA has issued a warning that a common yeast infection drug may lead to miscarriages for some women. The FDA's warning follows a recent study from Danish researchers claiming that the drug oral fluconazole could pose some birth risks. The drug, which is marketed in the U.S. under the brand name Diflucan, currently has no warning on its label about possible birth defects.

Tanning-bed-042516.jpg Tanning may limit the skin's natural ability to produce vitamin D, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pernambuco Medical School in Recife, Brazil. For the study the researchers reviewed health records for 1,000 males and females from Recife who were between 13 and 82 years old.

A new freezing technique may reduce phantom limb pain in amputees, according to a new study. The new study, presented at a meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology, in Vancouver, Canada, included 20 amputees diagnosed with phantom limb pain who underwent image-guided cryoablation, which involved insertion of a probe needle under the skin at the point of limb loss.

Woman-in-WhiteShirt-042016.jpg The life expectancy for non-Hispanic white women has decreased slightly over the past few years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to new research, experts from the National Center for Health Statistics ran the numbers for the years 2013 and 2014 and found non-Hispanic white women have a slightly lower life expectancy, dropping 0.1 year.

dermatologic-surgery-041916.jpg A record number of surgical lip procedures took place in 2015, according to a new study from researchers at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For the study the researchers collected data on plastic surgeries throughout the U.S. over the course of the last decade. They found that in 2015 there were 27,400 lip implant surgeries in the U.S., up 48 percent from 2000.

DysonAirbladeTransparent-041916.jpg Dyson hand dryers may actually spread more germs than paper towels, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Westminster. For the study the researchers test the quantity of germs and bacteria on a variety of powered hand dryers and paper towels. They found that compared to paper towels the Airblade model Dyson hand dryer spread 1,300 times more germs than paper towels.

Mammography-041916.jpg About half of U.S. women benefit from having mammograms before the age of 40, according to a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. For the study the researchers collected data from 900 women that were new patients in between 2011 and 2015. "We believe formal risk assessment is essential for women ages 40 to 44 . . ."

pancreascells-0419116.jpg Transplanting insulin-producing pancreas cells is an effective treatment for patients with severe diabetes, reveals a new study by the National Institutes of Health. Purified human pancreatic islets were used in the single arm multi center phase 3 study.

Nuts-041916.jpg Nutty about nuts - then you may be less prone to colon cancer. The supposition is being reported by Live Science, citing the findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting on Monday. The new findings from South Korea suggest a reduction in colon cancer risk for both men and women.

spf30-sunscreens-041816.jpg A pre-clinical trial, using a mouse model, found that applying sun protection factor 30 or SPF30 sunscreen, prior to ultraviolet-B or UVB light exposure, will help delay melanoma. According to Ohio State University's Cancer Center, sunscreen before exposure to UVB light delayed melanoma onset in a mouse model of the disease.

metformintablets-041816.jpg The type of treatment for Type 2 diabetes may determine how likely diabetic women, who are past their menopausal stage, would survive, according to a study by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The joint study by Roswell Park and the University of Buffalo researchers found that Metformin, an oral medicine, which controls type 2 diabetes, could play a role in reducing the risk of dying from cancer

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