Women's Health


Marijuana-100215.jpg Driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is becoming nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, according to a new report. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, an advocacy group that promotes traffic safety, the percentage of drivers who tested positive for marijuana or illegal drugs rose from 12.4 percent in 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2013.

Retirement-093015.jpg A new study suggests that those who continue to work are happier than those who opt to retire. For the study, published in the September issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers used government survey data on more than 83,000 adults aged 65 or older from 1997 through 2011.

Mammography-093015.jpg A new study has found that breast cancer screening performed with computer-aided technology failed to find more tumors. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined mammograms from 323,973 women who underwent digital screening with or without the computerized assistance, which highlights potential problems for radiologists to review after an initial analysis.

whisky-093015.jpg A new survey shows that college students today are less worried about the risks of substance abuse. For the survey, published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers surveyed a group of more than 2,000 U.S. high school students, starting in 2009 when the students were in 10th grade. They were resurveyed every year through 2012 and 2013.

A panel of experts has suggested that the Food and Drug Administration need to compile more comprehensive instructions for the insertion and monitoring of a new implant for sterilizing women, called the Essure System. The Essure system consists of an expandable nickel-titanium coil with a stainless steel coil inside it.

Prozacpills-092815.jpg Antidepressants are the first choice of treatment for a severe types of premenstrual syndrome associated with suicidal thoughts, according to a review. The review, published in the September issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, shows that up to eight percent of women with PMS have this condition, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, according to researchers.

RedWine-092815.jpg A new study finds that one in every ten pregnant women in the United States consume alcohol during their pregnancy. The study, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, used data from the CDC's ongoing Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, which revealed that 10 percent of pregnant women in the United States, aged 18 to 44, had imbibed alcohol in the past 30 days.

BPmonitor-240915.jpeg The timing of taking your blood pressure medicine could have a big impact on whether or not you develop type 2 diabetes, according to new research. In the study, published in the journal Diabetologia, researchers found that taking blood pressure medications at bedtime rather than waiting until morning may cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half.

workman-240915.jpeg If you can't sit still while you're at work, it turns out it might be good for your health, according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looked at data from 12,000 women who answered questions about their diets, alcohol use, exercise habits, fidgeting and many other lifestyle habits.

couple-230915.jpeg Despite common misconceptions, having sex shortly after experiencing a heart attack is completely safe, according to a new study from researchers at the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at Ulm University in Ulm, Germany. For the study the researchers follow 536 heart disease patients between the ages of 30 and 70.

fluvaccine-220915.jpeg Forty-seven percent of the U.S. population is expected to get the 2015 flu shot, according to new data released by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). This year's vaccine is expected to be far more effective than that offered last year, and CDC director Tom Frieden spoke on it in Washington this week.

marijuana-091715.jpg Those who frequently use marijuana at a young age may be more likely to suffer from higher blood sugar in middle age, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of various adults including some who had habitually used marijuana during adulthood.

Most seniors may suffer from some degree of vitamin D deficiency, according to a study from researchers at University of California at Davis and Rutgers University. For the study the researchers surveyed 400 men and women with an average age of 76 in either good health or with mild cognitive impairment. They found that nearly all of the participants showed low levels of vitamin D.

Marijuana-091515.jpg A new study shows that marijuana use in early adulthood could lead to an increased risk for prediabetes, but not diabetes. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, examined data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study to determine marijuana use and presence of prediabetes and diabetes.

apple-091015.jpeg Consumption of apple peels could provide some relief from muscle tissue breakdown in the elderly, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Iowa. The researchers examined the use of apple peels on mice, specifically looking at how it affects a protein called ATF4. The protein is largely responsible for the breakdown of muscle tissue.

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