Women's Health


marijuana-122012.jpg Couples who smoke pot together are less likely to experience domestic violence, according to research conducted at the University at Buffalo. The study, published in the journal of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, surveyed 634 couples through the first nine years of marriage. Roughly 22 percent of women and 28 percent of men reported using pot.

img4-802514.jpg Those who do not get regular eye exams as they get older have an increased risk of death, according to a new report. In the new study, published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, scientists looked at data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation, which tracked the vision and health of people ages 65 to 84 living in Salisbury, Maryland, from 1993 through 2003.

pregnant-090613.jpg Pregnant women are being advised to avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure, according to a new review of seafood safety by Consumer Reports. According to the report, which appears in the October issue of Consumer Reports magazine, adults who eat 24 ounces (1.5 pounds) or more of seafood per week should also avoid seafood with high mercury levels, including sushi made with tuna.

sunscreen-101613.jpg Fewer U.S. teenagers are using sunscreen, a new study has shown. The study, conducted by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey, published Thursday in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease, found that the percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011.

schoolgirl-082114.jpg American teens are giving birth at the lowest rate since 1940 because of contraception use and abstinence, according to research conducted by the CDC. The government agency found that 277,749 babies were born to mothers under the age of 20 in 2013, the lowest number since data began being collected.

hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg A new study suggests that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can protect people for at least eight years. In this study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers recruited 1,781 boys and girls between the ages of nine and 15 who were not sexually active. The participants were randomly assigned to the vaccine or the placebo group.

tatookit-081214.jpg The FDA has issued a recall on some home tattoo kits, claiming that they could cause harmful infections. The kits included in the recall are those marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. Both companies issued recalls on these products in July, but now the FDA is also requesting that customers return these products to the manufacturers immediately.

hospitalbeds-081214.jpg One in six lupus patients are likely to wind up back in the hospital within one month of their initial visit, according to a new study from researchers at the Division of Rheumatology at the University of California-San Francisco. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 31,903 Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients aged 18 and up between the years of 2008 and 2009.

handwashing-081114.jpg Antibacterial compounds present in soaps and other household products may have a negative impact on the unborn children of pregnant women, according to a study presented at the recent American Chemical Society meeting. The FDA is reviewing the safety of the compound triclosan, which appeared in every woman of 184 tested in the recent study.

pinkribbon-121411_05Jun12.jpg Mammograms may be beneficial for women over 75, according to research conducted at the University of Washington. The study, published in the journal Radiology, found that patients whose breast cancer was discovered by mammography were more likely to be in the earlier stages of cancer than those cases in which cancer is detected by patients or physicians.

bcpill-031014.jpg Birth control pills that contain high levels of estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, according to research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The study, published in the journal Cancer Research, surveyed two groups of women (aged 22-49): one diagnosed with breast cancer, and the other healthy.

jnj-073114.jpg Johnson and Johnson has reportedly pulled a controversial device from the market that has been used in hysterectomy procedures. The device, called a morecellator, is used in a form of hysterectomy that has recently been linked to an increased risk of uterine cancers. The device is used to cut up growths within the uterus into smaller sections.

Sleeping-012213.jpg Those who suffer from lack of sleep may be more likely to have distorted or false memories, according to research conducted at the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, surveyed data on 104 college students. The participants, split into two groups, were asked to look at pictures of a crime scene.

pongfistbump-072814.jpg Fist bumps are a more sanitary way to greet someone than handshakes, according to research conducted at the University of Wales. The study, published in the Journal of Infection Control, suggests that, during times of flu outbreaks, people should adopt the fist bump gesture to minimize contamination. "If there's a flu pandemic then handshaking might be something you want to think about . . ."

healthcare-072414.jpg Health care workers holding an associate's degree currently make up the majority in the U.S. and that number is expected to climb, according to research conducted at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The study notes that associate holding health care workers make up more than half of the health care workforce, a number that has risen 46 percent since 2000.