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22 Apr

Excess Weight Almost Doubles a Woman’s Risk for Endometrial Cancer, Study Finds

Women who struggle with obesity over their lifetime face increased odds of developing endometrial cancer, researchers say.

02 Feb

Could a Pap Test Help Detect Breast, Ovarian Cancers, Too?

Epigenetic changes in cervical cells may help identify breast and ovarian cancers, researchers say.

06 Jan

Having an Unhealthy Heart in Midlife Is a Big Threat to Women’s Brains, Study Finds

Heart disease and cardiac risk factors appear to hurt women’s brains more than men’s, researchers say.

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Instagram 'Post-Baby' Body Shots Don't Reflect Average Women, Study Finds

Millions of women routinely check Instagram after giving birth, only to see posts by other new moms showing off how fast they got back into svelte shape.

Of course, photos like those can be a real downer for women who don't have the time or resources to lose pregnancy weight...

1 in 5 Young Women Has No Plans to Get a Mammogram

Terlisa Sheppard knows the value of tracking changes in her body.

The Orlando Health patient was eight and a half months pregnant and just 31 years old when she felt a lump under her arm. She left work to get it checked out and "didn't return back to work because that is the evening that I found out I had breast cancer," Sheppard said.

Now, 23 years later -- and long after deliveri...

Screening Test Leads to Fewer Women Included in Autism Studies

A frequently used screening test for autism creates a gender gap that could hinder diagnosis and treatment for women and girls, a new study suggests.

Researchers who study autism have been working to include m...

Hunger, Poor Diet More Likely for Women With Disabilities

Researchers working to better understand the diets of younger women with disabilities found this group was more likely to report a poor diet and food insecurity.

"Eating a nutritious diet is central to preventing many chronic diseases. For women of reproductive age, a healthy diet can also...

Air Pollution May Do More Harm to Women Than Men

Breathing in fumes from diesel exhaust may be more damaging to women than to men, a new, small Canadian study claims.

“We already know that there are sex differences in lung diseases such as asthma and respiratory infections," said lead researcher Hemshekhar Mahadevappa, from the University of Man...

Women More Susceptible Than Men to Long COVID

Women are far more likely than men to suffer from long COVID, according to a broad new research review.

The review, published June 21 in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion, included 1.3 million patients, and revealed women were 22% more likely to develop persistent symptoms after a COVID infection.

For women, lingering symptoms after a COVID infection include...

Fewer U.S. Doctors Will Get Trained in Abortion if Roe v. Wade Overturned

There could be far fewer U.S. doctors trained to provide an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court in a decision that is expected by the end of June, researchers report.

That's because nearly 45% of 286 obstetrics and gynecology residency programs across the United States are in the 26 states certain or likely to ban abortion if the court overturns

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  • Among Minority Women, Low Vitamin D May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Insufficient vitamin D may play a role in breast cancer, especially among minority women, new research indicates.

    Black and Hispanic American women with low vitamin D levels have a higher risk of breast cancer than those with sufficient vitamin D levels, researchers found.

    The findings sugge...

    Mediterranean Diet May Cut Preeclampsia Risk During Pregnancy

    A Mediterranean-style diet is known to help protect the heart, and now new research suggests it can also lower an expectant mother's risk for life-threatening preeclampsia.

    Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine, or other problems during pregnancy, preeclampsia can cause serious he...

    New Law Expands Care for Rape Victims

    Expanded care for sexual assault victims is a main feature of the Violence Against Women Act that was signed into law Tuesday by President Joe Biden.

    Along with providing greater access to rape testing ki...

    Even Washing Dishes Helps an Older Woman's Heart

    You don't need to run marathons or sweat it out on your indoor bike to boost your heart health.

    This is the main message of a new study that found everyday household activities including dishwashing, gardening and cooking also count when it comes to helping older women reduce their risk for heart disease...

    Loneliness Can Be Unhealthy Heartbreaker for Older Women

    It's a fate many older women fear: loneliness and isolation as they age. Now, new research suggests those feelings may also predispose them to heart disease.

    The findings may be especially relevant now because of social distancing required by the pandemic.

    "We are social beings. In this time of COVID-19, many people are experiencing

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  • Could a Pap Test Help Detect Breast, Ovarian Cancers, Too?

    Pap tests have long been used to detect cervical cancer early, but preliminary research suggests that cervical cells collected during those tests could also be used to catch other cancers, including deadly ovarian tumors.

    Researchers found that by analyzing a particular molecular "signature" in cervical...

    Fragile Male Egos Have Many Women 'Faking It' in the Bedroom

    A trio of new studies are confirming what millions of women already know: Reacting to your man's insecurities can have you pretending the sexual satisfaction you do not feel.

    The more a woman thinks her partner's ego is fragile, the more likely she is to protect those feelings and fake orgasms -- and then be less satisfied with the sex they do have, researchers discovered.

    "I...

    Young Women at Higher Risk for Stroke Than Male Peers: Study

    Strokes aren't common among young people, but when they do happen, they strike more often in women than men, a new review finds.

    Of the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year, 10% to 15% are adults age 45 or younger, according to the American Heart Association.

    The new research suggests that young women may face a particular risk: Those age 35 and younger were 44% m...

    Weight Loss May Not Affect Fertility Treatment Success

    Losing weight before beginning fertility treatment doesn't boost the odds that a woman who is obese will have a successful pregnancy, a new study shows.

    Obesity has been linked with difficulty conceiving, as well as pregnancy complications and loss. Many women who are obese and want to get pregnant...

    Why Quitting Smoking Might Be a Bit Tougher for Women

    Quitting smoking is a daunting challenge for anyone, but a new international study suggests that women may struggle more than men to kick the habit.

    Women were less likely than men to be successful on their first day of trying to quit, a critical predictor of long-term success, researchers found, although the team also discovered that larger warning labels on cigarette packs might change ...

    Skipping COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Brings Big Risks to Mothers, Babies

    Unvaccinated pregnant women are putting themselves and their baby at risk for serious complications of COVID-19, according to new research out of Scotland.

    For women who have the virus within 28 days of their delivery date, those complications include preterm births, stillbirths and newborn deaths. Infant deaths are four times higher among unvaccinated women,

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  • Immune-Based Drug Fights Advanced Endometrial Cancer: Study

    A drug used to treat several types of cancer is also an effective treatment for aggressive forms of endometrial cancer, the second most common cancer in women worldwide, a new clinical trial shows. The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus.

    "These findings suggest a long-term benefit to patients," said lead researcher Dr. David O'Malley, a gynecologic oncologist at the Ohio State ...

    Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Women Are Soaring

    The number of American women with chronic high blood pressure who are dying during and after pregnancy is up sharply, a new study warns.

    Of 155 million births in the United States between 1979 and 2018, more than 3,200 mothers died of high blood pressure-related causes-- a 15-fold rise over the period. The risk was particularly high among Black women, according to

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  • New Clues to How Ovarian Cancer Begins -- and Might Be Prevented

    Researchers say they may be closer than ever to detecting ovarian cancer earlier and improving the odds for women with this life-threatening disease.

    In a new study, scientists used stem cells created from the blood samples of women with BRCA mutations and ovarian cancer to fashion a model of fallopian tube tissue.

    There, they found first hints of ovarian cancer in the fallopian tu...

    Exercise Soon After Breast Plastic Surgery Is Safe, Healthy

    While some plastic surgeons recommend no exercise for weeks after breast augmentation, new research suggests the ban may not be necessary.

    A new clinical trial found that women who resumed exercise after one week off did not have more complicati...

    Bladder Trouble Worsens With Age for Women, Study Confirms

    A new study confirms what many older women already know: Bladder problems in women worsen with age.

    The researchers found that postmenopausal women between 45 and 54 years of age are more likely to have overactive bladder syndrome, and that obesity and multiple ...

    Drug Combo May Fight a Tough Form of Breast Cancer

    An experimental drug, added to chemotherapy, may benefit women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, suggests an early study offering much-needed good news.

    The study involved women with "triple-negative" breast cancer, which accounts for about 15% to 20% of breast cancers among U.S. women. It is so called because the cancers lack receptors for the hormones estrogen and progesterone, ...

    Too Many Fertility Specialists Still Use a Painful, Useless Procedure: Study

    Couples struggling to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) sometimes are offered an often-painful procedure known as "scratching the womb" as a desperate last hope to get pregnant.

    As many as one-third of IVF clinics offer the practice in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, a new survey reports. It's very likely some U.S. clinics also offer the procedure, altho...

    Stress May Be Stronger Trigger for Problem Drinking in Women Than Men

    When someone says "I need a drink," it's usually because they've had a rough day. Now, new research suggests that stress is more likely to trigger heavy drinking in women than in men.

    "Some people can intend to have one or two alcoholic beverages and stop drinking, but other people just keep going," said study leader Julie Patock-Peckham. She's head of the Social Addictions Impulse Lab at...

    Removing Ovaries During Hysterectomy Before 50 Can Bring Health Risks

    New research on hysterectomies among women who don't have cancer determined there is an age at which it is safer to also remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes and an age at which it isn't.

    Canadian scientists studied the cases of more than 200,500 women who had a hysterectomy for noncancerous reasons. They found an increased risk of death in women under 50 when the ovaries and fallopian ...

    Gastro Symptoms of Menopause May Vary by Race

    When a woman's periods begin to slow down and finally stop, digestive problems often pick up -- and new research suggests race and ethnicity play a role.

    With menopause, levels of estrogen decrease, while cortisol levels increase, triggering an adrenaline boost that changes digestive function. It can set off symptoms such as bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, indige...

    WHO Approves First Long-Acting Device to Shield Women From HIV

    With HIV a continuing threat to women's health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the first long-acting device to protect women from sexually transmitted HIV.

    The device is a vaginal ring made of silicone elastomer, a flexible rubber-like material that makes it easy to insert and comfortable to use. The ring releases the antiretroviral drug dapivirine into the vagina slowly...

    Study Links Muscle Mass to Severity of Hot Flashes in Women

    Older women with muscle loss are less likely to have menopause-related hot flashes, a new study finds.

    The loss of muscle mass and function (sarcopenia) is one of the most significant changes that occurs with age, and older women are at increased risk due to sex hormone changes after menopause.

    Other risk factors for sarcopenia include inactivity, lower protein intake, changes in gr...

    Women Feel More Stigma From 'Spare Tire' Around Middle Than Men

    Belly fat. No one wants it, but women are much harder on themselves about extra pounds wrapped around their middle than men are, regardless of how much they weigh.

    And the more they beat themselves up about their "spare tire," the more likely women are to gain weight in this high-risk area, new research suggests. Visceral (belly) fat wraps around the organs in the abdomen, and is thought ...

    Table Set for One May Be Tough on Women's Hearts

    Eating alone may be a recipe for heart trouble if you're an older woman, Korean researchers suggest.

    Those who eat by themselves are likely to eat faster and less healthily, which can lead to weight gain, higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increasing the risk for heart disease, the new study found.

    "Women who live alone, who aren't cooking for a family or their husband, t...

    Women Less Likely to Ask for More Time When Deadlines Loom

    It's a case of being your own worst enemy: New research shows that women are more reluctant to ask for deadline extensions at work than their male colleagues are, in part because they worry about being seen as incompetent.

    In a series of studies, researchers found that overall, women were less likely than men to ask for extra time to complete a work or school task. And that reluctance see...

    When Climbing Corporate Ladder, Women Are as Competitive as Men: Study

    Women are as competitive and as willing to take risks as men when it comes to advancing in the workplace, according to a new study on the gender pay gap in the United States.

    "If we're finally going to close the gender pay gap, then we have to understand the sources of it -- and also solutions and remedies for it," said study co-author Mary Rigdon, associate director of the Center for the...

    PTSD Symptoms May Vary Throughout Menstrual Cycle: Study

    Women's symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may vary with their menstrual cycle, which could have implications for diagnosis and treatment, researchers say.

    Their study included 40 women between 18 and 33 years of age who had PTSD after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as sexual violence or a serious injury.

    "For women who are naturally cycling, it ma...

    Too Little Vitamin D Could Raise Colon Cancer Risk in Black Women

    Black American women with low levels of vitamin D have higher odds of developing colon cancer, according to a new research that echoes previous findings in white women.

    Researchers used a vitamin D prediction model for nearly 50,000 participants in the Black Women's Health Study and concluded that those with predicted levels in the bottom 25% had an estimated 40% higher risk of colon canc...

    Vision Troubles Could Raise Midlife Depression Risk for Women

    Midlife vision problems could increase women's risk of depression, new research suggests.

    Rates of eye problems and depression rise during midlife, but knowledge about how vision affects depression at that time has been limited. The new study identified a significant link between impaired vision and development of depression.

    "Given that the combination of visual impairment and depr...

    Laser Therapy Promises to 'Rejuvenate' Vaginal Tissue. A New Study Finds Otherwise

    Laser-based vaginal "rejuvenation" is all the rage among women concerned about vaginal dryness and other "down there" symptoms of menopause, but it's buyer beware when it comes to these procedures, new research warns.

    It turns out that laser-based vaginal rejuvenation may not be any better than placebo (dummy) treatment when it comes to relieving vaginal dryness, itching, burning, irritat...

    Women Doctors Face Higher Levels of Harassment, Frustration: Survey

    Many female family doctors face sexual harassment, but most remain satisfied with their careers, a new study finds.

    Researchers surveyed 315 women physicians in family practices from 49 countries and found that 75% said they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their work conditions and their career.

    "Despite all obstacles in the work environment, especially regarding the pay ...

    Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual Cycles

    From the fear of getting sick to lockdown isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased stress levels, and for many women, the uptick led to changes in their monthly periods.

    More than half of respondents to an online survey reported changes in their menstrual cycles during the pandemic, including...

    AHA News: How Black Women Can Take Control of Their Blood Pressure

    Black women with high blood pressure may benefit from classes where they learn and practice skills to manage the condition, a small study finds.

    In the United States, nearly 58% of Black women have high blood pressure compared to about 41% of white and Hispanic women, according to American Heart Association statistics. For Black women, death rates from high blood pressure-related causes a...

    Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer May Have Long-Term Risk for the Heart

    Younger women who undergo radiation for cancer in the left breast have a heightened risk of heart disease years later, a new study finds.

    Among women who received radiation therapy for left-sided breast cancer, 10.5% developed coronary artery disease over the next 27 years, researchers found. That was close to double the rate among women who had radiation for tumors in the right breast.

    More Women Turning to Marijuana Products to Help With Menopause

    Sleeplessness. Night sweats. Anxiety. Irritability. Aches and pains.

    Would smoking a little pot help women deal with these common symptoms of menopause?

    A good number of middle-aged women apparently think so, because they've been turning to marijuana to help handle the change of life, a new study reports.

    "Midlife women within the menopause transition period of their life are ...

    Migraines and More Severe Hot Flashes Could Be Linked

    Women with a history of migraine headaches may suffer severe hot flashes during menopause, and this combo may boost their risk for heart disease, researchers say.

    Migraine doesn't cause more or worse hot flashes -- or vice versa. But both are believed to be related to changes in blood vessels known as neurovascular dysregulation, according to Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical director of the...

    Depression During Menopause: How to Spot It and Treat It

    Emotional changes in the run-up to menopause can sometimes lead to depression.

    It can be important to see a doctor to help determine whether you're just feeling stressed or "blue" -- or whether you might have clinical or major depression, a condition associated with a chemical imbalance in the brain.

    Changing hormones during perimenopause -- the time when a woman's body is preparing...

    Is Hysterectomy Always Needed for a Common, Painful Gynecologic Condition?

    A hysterectomy isn't necessarily needed to treat a common women's health problem, researchers report.

    Adenomyosis is abnormal tissue growth in the wall of the uterus, which causes cramps and heavy menstrual bleeding. The condition affects as many as one in three women.

    But it often goes undiagnosed until it results in a hysterectomy, according to a broad review of medical literature...

    Your State's Laws Might Save Your Life If Breast Cancer Strikes

    When Nancy Cappello was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2003, she was stunned.

    How could this have happened? She went for her annual screening mammogram every year and was always told that all was fine.

    It wasn't.

    Cappello had dense breasts, but no one had ever told her. "The tumor was likely growing for five to seven years," said her husband, Joseph Cappello. "At the...

    Mom-to-Be's 'Leaky' Heart Valves May Pose More Danger Than Thought

    Leaky heart valves can put pregnant women at serious risk, according to a large study that runs counter to established practice.

    The condition used to be considered relatively harmless during pregnancy. But this analysis by Johns Hopkins University researchers of more than 20,000 individual medical records reveals that heart valve disease puts women at risk for bleeding, high blood pressu...

    Why Are Sports-Linked Concussions Rising Among Girls?

    Sports-related head injuries in male athletes tend to grab all of the headlines, but new research shows that female athletes are also increasingly at risk.

    From 2000 to 2019, there was a threefold jump in sports-linked concussions seen among high school-aged girls. These injuries were most likely to occur during soccer, basketball, cheerleading, softball and volleyball, but they also happ...

    Pandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screening in Older, Low-Income Women

    Many parts of the United States saw a significant drop in breast cancer screening of older low-income women during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.

    The analysis of data from 32 community health centers that serve low-income people found that breast cancer screening for 50- to 74-year-old women dropped 8% between July 2019 and July 2020. That wiped out an 18% increase between Jul...

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