Women's Health


AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Women are nearly twice as susceptible to Alzheimer's disease in their 60's, according to new statistics from the Alzheimer's Association. A new study, published in the Annals of Neurology, found that a specific gene variant called ApoE4 substantially increases a woman's risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers analyzed the records of over 8,000 people who had been monitored over time.

ventilator-022014.jpg Sleep apnea may be linked to poor bone health, according to a new study which shows that people who suffer from the sleep disorder may be at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, shows that people with sleep apnea were 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis, especially women and older people.

Drowning deaths have decreased in the United States according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study conducted by the NCHS and published in the CDC's April edition of the NCHS Data Brief looked at the years 1999 through 2010. In all, more than 46,000 people died from unintentional drowning during that time.

image3-030514.jpg U.S. Democratic lawmakers have accused manufacturers of e-cigarettes of targeting youths at music festivals. The accusations come following the release of a report, "Gateway to Addiction," a survey of e-cigarette marketing submitted to Congress by several dems. Surveying nine e-cig makers, the study found that six had sponsored or provided free samples at 348 events in the last two years.

Antidepressants-042312.jpg Women who use SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children afflicted with autism, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that boys with autism were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the womb.

antidepressants-041114.jpg New research suggests that women taking antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding if they continue taking the medication. The research, which was presented at the 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference in Perth, shows that the amount of antidepressants making its way into the child's system is so low that it is more beneficial for both mother and baby.

Aspirin-072111.jpg Low doses of aspirin are safe for pregnant women suffering from preeclampsia, according to research conducted by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. The study recommends that pregnant women should take at most 81 milligrams of aspirin during the final week of the first trimester. Researchers add that women should consult their doctors before determining a medication regime.

hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg Some adults who were vaccinated against measles as a child may no longer be immune to the illness, according to a new report from researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The news comes amidst a rising measles outbreak across Canada impacting residents of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

healthproblems-090913.jpg Those who are married may be at a lesser risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research conducted at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The study, recently presented at the session of the American College of Cardiology, analyzed data on more than 3.5 million men and women from 20,000 U.S. heath centers. Researchers note that married people had a 5% decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

hospital-110713.jpg Infections incurred during hospital stays are on the decline, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, surveyed data on 11,282 patients from May 2011 to September 2011. The CDC estimates that in 2011 there were about 722,000 hospital infections, a lower number than previous year, which posted about 1.7 million.

lowerbackpain-032614.jpg Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to research conducted at the University of Queensland. The study, published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, surveyed data from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study to examine the global burden of LBP. The team found that, compared to 291 other conditions, LBP caused more disability than any other health problem.

drunkdrivingaccident-032514.jpg Drunk driving deaths are often not reported in the U.S., according to research conducted at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, surveyed data from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

image3-030514.jpg E-cigarettes may not be an effective method for quitting smoking, according to research conducted at the University of California. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, looked at self reported data from 88 e-cig smokers. Despite the small sample size, researchers reported that use of e-cigarette did not coincide with a program of successful smoking cessation.

img1-032414.jpg Women who have bariatric surgery may be less likely to contract uterine cancer, according to research presented at the latest Society of Gynecologic Oncology meeting. The study found that obesity nearly tripled the risk of uterine cancer, while those women who maintained weight loss following bariatric surgery recorded a 71% lower risk of developing uterine cancer.

mumbaby-032414.jpg The physical activity levels of mothers and children are linked, according to research conducted at the Institute of Child Health at University College London. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on 554 four-year-olds and their moms. The pairs were equipped with heart monitors and accelerometers which recorded data related to physical movements.