Women's Health


ventilator-022014.jpg Those with abnormally large tongues may be at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea, according to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. The study published in the journal Sleep, collected data on 90 obese adults with sleep apnea and 31 obese adults without the disorder. Obese participants with sleep apnea had significantly greater tongue volumes.

breastfeeding-093014.jpg Black mothers who choose to not breastfeed may be at a higher risk of breast cancer than those who do, according to research conducted at Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, surveyed data on nearly 3,700 black breast cancer patients.

iud-093014.jpg The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants are the preferred methods of birth control for teenage girls. The new recommendations, published in the journal Pediatrics, notes that these methods should be the first offered to girls who choose not to remain celibate.

asthma1-071411.jpg Fear of job loss may increase the risk factor of developing asthma, according to research conducted at the Germany's Düsseldorf University Hospital.

flushot-091914.jpg CDC officials are urging people to get their flu shots. Lyn Finelli, CDC's chief of influenza surveillance and outbreak response in the Influenza Division, says the normal way of thinking is that flu isn't really that serious because people don't know 20,000 people died last year from influenza. She adds that flu victims usually don't know for a while they are sick.

marijuana-122012.jpg New statistics show that 1 in 10 Americans have gone to work while high on marijuana. A joint poll from Mashable.com and SurveyMonkey of 534 Americans found that about 9.7 percent of U.S. workers have gone to work after smoking weed. Some 81 percent of those bought the drug illegally, the poll found. Those people did not purchase the marijuana in Colorado or Washington.

artificialsweetner-091914.jpg Routine use of artificial sweeteners may be linked with increased diabetes risk, according to a new study from researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. For the study the researchers conducted experiments on the gut microbes found in both humans and mice. They examined the effects of artificial sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose and saccharine.

urine-102413.jpg A new urine test could help detect the presence of HPV, according to a new study from researchers at the Women's Health Research Unit at the Blizard Institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 14 previous studies involving 1,443 women.

exercise-091614.jpg Performing Kegel exercises could help treat bladder incontinence, according to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic. The exercises including a series of movements designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles may provide a non-drug option for some patients. The American College of Physicians has included Kegel exercises in their guidelines as a treatment option for UI.

Antidepressants-042312.jpg Contrary to the conclusions of previous studies, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a common form of anti-depressant, may not cause miscarriages in women, according to research conducted at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, surveyed 1,279,840 pregnancies from 1997 through 2010.

badge-090414.jpg A new device that takes mammograms, that will produce both two-dimensional and three-dimensional images to help medical care providers in screening for and diagnosing breast cancer, has been approved by the FDA. The device, named the SenoClaire, was approved with restrictions the FDA placed to offer a reasonable assurance of the safety and efficiency of the new mammogram device.

marijuana-122012.jpg Women may be more susceptible to the effects of marijuana than men, according to research conducted at Washington State University. The animal study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that the estrogen hormone makes women more sensitive to the effects of THC [tetrahydrocannabinol].

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.