Women's Health


Many freshman female students have experienced at least some type of rape, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, looked at 483 women who were a representative sample of the freshman class and who volunteered to partake in the study. The women filled out questionnaires when they arrived on campus and at the end of their fall semester.

Pregnantwoman-052215.jpg Pregnant women should limit the use of paracetamol, as long-term use of the painkiller could affect the reproductive health of their sons, a new study suggests. For the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists engineered a system to mimic the conditions of human pregnancy as closely as possible.

Pinkribbon-052215.jpg Breast density may not necessarily indicate greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. For the study the researchers examined health records from 365,426 women aged 40 to 74 years who had 831,455 total digital mammograms.

texting-100714.jpg Looking hot today? It might not matter. If the person you are trying to attract has a low sex drive, it may be difficult to grab their attention, no matter how much you primp or preen.

pinkribbon-051415.jpg MRI technology may help predict breast cancer risk for some women, according to a new study from researchers at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and assistant professor at the University of Washington. For the study the researchers examined links between breast density and background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) and cancer risk.

Couples-051215.jpg Increased sexual activity may not lead to greater overall happiness, according to a new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers collected data from 128 married heterosexual couples between the ages of 35 and 65. Despite the thought that more sex leads to greater happiness, those who had the most sex reported a decrease in happiness.

In recent years, unsupervised home births, meaning births at home without a midwife or doctor present, are on the rise, according to a new study. The study, set to be presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' annual meeting, shows that, from 2007 to 2012, more than 24 million births occurred in the United States, of which approximately 141,000 were home births.

sun-050515.jpg Climate change from the effects of global warming is increasing the spread of Lyme disease as warmer weather is allowing for a wider time frame in which disease-carrying ticks can feed. According to a recent study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, researchers conducted an emergency analysis using observations of tick life-cycle behaviors.

BreastMilk-050515.jpg Sharing breast milk could pose risks, according to a new study which shows few ask about health of donor or discuss option with doctor. The study, published in Breastfeeding Medicine, surveyed 500 new mothers in central Ohio about their knowledge of breast milk sharing and if they had used donated milk, or donated milk themselves. A subset of women who took the survey was also interviewed.

Most women only need to be screened for cervical cancer once every three years, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians, a national organization of doctors. The advice, released at the ACP's internal medicine conference and published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, states that undergoing testing too often can lead to increased false positive results.

Inhaler-042915.jpg Asthma could be cured in as few as five years, according to a new study from researchers at Wales' University of Cardiff. For the study the researchers looked specifically at the cells that cause the airway to constrict during the course of an asthma attack. "Our findings are incredibly exciting," said Daniela Riccardi, a professor from Cardiff University School of Biosciences.

Mammography-042215.jpg The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new guideline stating that women should begin having yearly mammograms at the age of 50. The new guideline updates a 2009 suggestion that says women should begin having mammograms every other year starting at the age of 50. This change, in fact, marks the third shift in thinking about mammograms in the last decade.

Pinkribbon-042015.jpg New research suggests that breast cancer rates in the U.S. may rise by 50 percent by 2030. A new study by the National Cancer Institute on cancer projections found that breast cancer rates would increase to an estimated 441,000 in 2030 (compared to 283,000 in 2011), with rates of estrogen-receptor positive cancers that had not spread to other parts of the body.

More U.S. teens are opting to use long-term forms of birth control, according to a new report. For the study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers analyzed information from more than 7.5 million teens who sought contraception from family planning centers funded by a federal grant program known as Title X.

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