Women's Health


Pregnant-Progesterone-112615.jpg Giving progesterone to women with a history of three or more miscarriages in the first trimester of pregnancy may not actually help, a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has found. While progesterone is essential for the maintenance of pregnancy, "...whether progesterone supplementation...

A certain parasitic worm could help promote fertility for some women, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara. They made the discovery after doing researcher on nearly 1000 indigenous women in Bolivia. They found that those women who had been infected with the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides had on average two more children than those who had not.

couple-112015.jpg A new study shows that the happiest couples only have sex once a week. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, was based on surveys covering over 30,000 Americans over a span of four decades, claimed to be the first to go against the prevailing belief that more sex equals more happiness.

parasitic-worm-112015.jpg A parasite by definition is a thankless creature, which does harm to its hospitable host. The age-old concept may need a rethinking if the findings of a study on the linkage between parasitic worms and female fertility are firmly established.

The use of internal body thermometers is far more accurate that than of external, according to a new study from researchers at the Peter Lougheed Center in Calgary, Canada. For the study the researchers collected data from 8,600 patients of varying ages. They found that rectal and bladder thermometers are significantly more accurate than their counterparts used in the armpit or forehead.

abdominalfat-110415.jpg Women with high levels of abdominal fat in their first trimester are at increased risk for diabetes later in pregnancy, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, included nearly 500 women, aged 18 to 42, who had ultrasounds to assess their abdominal fat at 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Those with higher levels of fat were more likely to develop diabetes.

Death rates among middle-aged whites are on the rise, a new study says. The study, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which analyzed data from CDC and other sources, including other countries, found that that mortality rate among whites ages 45 to 54 had increased by a half-percent a year from 381.5 per 100,000 in 1999 to 415.4 in 2013.

Nailpolish-102915.jpg One particular chemical used in nail polish that is also used as a fire retardant could have a negative impact on some women's hormones, according to a new study from researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Duke University. The chemical is triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), which is a common plasticizer that is often used in furniture products.

pinkribbon-102215.jpg The American Cancer Society is suggesting that women should start getting mammograms at the age of 45. According to new guidelines, published in JAMA, formerly the Journal of the American Medical Association, women should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45, women 45 to 54 years of age should be screened annually.

frustrated-101915.jpg People who work in stressful jobs are at an increased chance of stroke, according to a new study. The new study, published in Neurology, was based on studies that included nearly 140,000 participants. Researchers found an overall 22 percent higher stroke risk among those in high-strain jobs versus low-strain occupations. In some cases, the risk was elevated by up to 58 percent.

pregnant-101915.jpg Children born to women who experience stress during their pregnancy may be affected later in their lives, according to a new study. The new study, published in the journal Child Development, saw doctors ask 2,900 women in Australia twice during their pregnancies, at 18 weeks and 34 weeks, whether they had experienced stressful events while they were pregnant.

Beginning physical therapy at the early stages of a back injury may not help prevent extended back pain, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Utah. For the study the researchers followed 200 patients reporting recent-onset low back pain. The patients were split into two groups, either having physical therapy or taking no treatment.

texting-driving-101515.jpg Some girls who compulsively send and receive text messages may have lower grades than those who do not, according to a new study from researchers at the Pew Research Center. For the study the researchers surveyed 403 students, both male and female in grades 8 and 11. They found that while boys and girls both texted at similar rates, girls were about 20 percent more likely to text compulsively.

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