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Population study: “We want to track the study participants over many years“

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[24/11/2014] How do diseases of civilization develop and can they be prevented when you know triggering factors? A new National Cohort should deliver answers in the coming years. The Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases is involved in this study. We spoke with Dr. Kerstin Wirkner, who is going to co-supervise the study in Leipzig.Population study: “We want to track the study participants over many years“ - Read more

US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early

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Graphic: Map of premature birth USA [10/11/2014] The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 – the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the U.S. still received a "C" on the 7th annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card because it fell short of the more-challenging 9.6 percent target set by the March of Dimes. US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early - Read more

Sea sponge drug could boost breast cancer survival

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Photo: Sponge at the seafloor [03/11/2014] The cancer drug eribulin, originally developed from sea sponges, could give women with advanced triple negative breast cancer an average of five extra months of life, according to research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.Sea sponge drug could boost breast cancer survival - Read more

Identifying the biological clock that governs female fertility

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Photo: man and woman waiting for the result of a pregnancy test [29/10/2014] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have identified the biological clock that governs female fertility. The discovery represents a major contribution to research aimed at finding medical approaches to treating infertility in women.Identifying the biological clock that governs female fertility - Read more

Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men

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Photo: Physician checks a woman's bloodpressure [17/10/2014] Women who are treated for high blood pressure are not given the same medication as men, nor do they hit the treatment targets as often, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg.Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men - Read more

Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women

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Photo: A couple arguing [16/10/2014] Men and women have different cardiovascular and psychological reactions to mental stress, according to a study of men and women who were already being treated for heart disease.Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women - Read more

Robotic surgery: more complications, higher expense for some conditions

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Photo: Surgeon using an endoscope [13/10/2014] For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).Robotic surgery: more complications, higher expense for some conditions - Read more

Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Stroke Risk in Half for Women

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Photo: Woman riding a bike [10/10/2014] Women with a healthy diet and lifestyle may be less likely to have a stroke by more than half, according to a study which looked at five factors that make up a healthy lifestyle: healthy diet; moderate alcohol consumption; never smoking; physically active; and healthy body mass index (BMI). Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Stroke Risk in Half for Women - Read more

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

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Graphic: Virtual Breast [02/10/2014] Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect at best: only a minority of suspicious mammograms actually leads to a cancer diagnosis.'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection - Read more

Mothers' responses to babies' crying: Benefiting from and getting over childhood experiences

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Photo: Baby with blue eyes [10/09/2014] A new study has found that mothers whose childhood experiences with caregivers was positive and those who have come to terms with negative experiences are more infant-oriented when they see videos of babies crying and respond more sensitively to their own babies' cries.Mothers' responses to babies' crying: Benefiting from and getting over childhood experiences - Read more

Health and migration

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Photo: Passport in a hand [01/09/2014] Migration has a significant influence on the health sector, including in Austria. The healthcare sector faces challenges due to migrants' different social status, background and gender, according to Christine Binder-Fritz and Anita Rieder from the Institute of Social Medicine at the Centre for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna Vienna.Health and migration - Read more

Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases rapidly after starting physical activity

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Photo: Woman and a man doing sports [11/08/2014] Postmenopausal women who in the past four years had undertaken regular physical activity equivalent to at least four hours of walking per week had a lower risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less during those four years.Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases rapidly after starting physical activity - Read more

Gene variant: heart disease risk factor for women

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Graphic: Woman holding her heart [24/07/2014] Historically, it was thought that heart disease was a men's-only disease, however, data has shown that post-menopausal women are just as likely as men to get heart disease and are less likely to be adequately diagnosed and treated. New research from Western University brings to light a genetic basis for heart disease in women and helps to identify which women are more prone to heart disease.Gene variant: heart disease risk factor for women - Read more

Protein pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize

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Photo: Precaution against breastcancer with mammography [11/07/2014] Using an innovative tool that captures heretofore hidden ways that cells are regulated, scientists at Rockefeller University have identified a protein that makes breast cancer cells more likely to metastasize.Protein pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize - Read more

Families with an autistic child are a third less likely to have more kids

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Photo: Parents playing with their daughter [02/07/2014] Parents who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are about one third less likely to have more children than families without an affected child, according to a study led by a UC San Francisco researcher.Families with an autistic child are a third less likely to have more kids - Read more

Night owls may be more sedentary, less motivated to exercise

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Photo: Owl at night [06/06/2014] A new study suggests that night owls are more sedentary and feel that they have a harder time maintaining an exercise schedule.Night owls may be more sedentary, less motivated to exercise - Read more

Fighting cancer with dietary changes

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Photo: Woman eating a salad [30/05/2014] Calorie restriction, a kind of dieting in which food intake is decreased by a certain percentage, has been touted as way to help people live longer. New research suggests that there may be other benefits, including improving outcomes for breast cancer in women. Fighting cancer with dietary changes - Read more

Especially for Smokers: Early Menopause Ups Heart Failure Risk

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Photo: Sign reading Menopause [14/05/2014] Women who go through menopause early—at ages 40 to 45—have a higher rate of heart failure, according to a new study published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Smoking, current or past, raises the rate even more. Especially for Smokers: Early Menopause Ups Heart Failure Risk - Read more

Women: New Software Aids Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

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Photo: Pink grafics of women with breast cancer [09/05/2014] Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València, in collaboration with the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Institute of Health Carlos III, ISCIII, in Spanish) and the Foundation for the Health and Biomedical Research of the Comunitat Valenciana (Fisabio), have developed DMScan, new software to aid breast cancer risk assessment. Women: New Software Aids Breast Cancer Risk Assessment - Read more

Women: Researchers Identify Potential New Strategy to Treat Ovarian Cancer

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Photo: Ovaries [07/05/2014] Scientists studying cancerous tumour tissues in a laboratory believe they have identified a potential new strategy to treat ovarian cancer – which affects around 7,000 women in the UK each year.Women: Researchers Identify Potential New Strategy to Treat Ovarian Cancer - Read more

Women: Unemployment Common After Breast Cancer Treatment

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Photo: Woman who was dismissed [30/04/2014] Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors who were working when they began treatment were unemployed four years later. Women who received chemotherapy were most affected, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.Women: Unemployment Common After Breast Cancer Treatment - Read more

Research: Women Who Drink Milk May Delay Knee Osteoarthritis

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Photo: Woman drinking a glass of milk [22/04/2014] New research reports that women who frequently consume fat-free or low-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Results show that women who ate cheese saw an increase in knee OA progression. Yogurt did not impact OA progression in men or women.Research: Women Who Drink Milk May Delay Knee Osteoarthritis - Read more

Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy

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Photo: Two women smoking [07/04/2014] Women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer have a small but significantly increased risk of subsequently developing a primary lung tumour, and now research has shown that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue.Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy - Read more

Climate: Heat Waves Reduce Length of Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant woman in the sun [04/04/2014] When temperatures reach 32°C or higher over a period of four to seven days, the risk of early-term delivery is 27 percent higher than on typical summer days, according to a study led by Nathalie Auger of the University of Montreal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine.Climate: Heat Waves Reduce Length of Pregnancy - Read more

Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children

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Photo: Mother and child [24/03/2014] Parents are strong influences in the lives of young children, with patterns of behaviour established in the early years laying the foundation for future choices. A new study suggests that, when it comes to levels of physical activity, it is mothers who set (or don't set) the pace. Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children - Read more

Knee Replacement Surgery: Women Report More Pain than Men

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Photo: Woman with knee pain [12/03/2014] Middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis resulting from an injury are among the patients most likely to experience serious pain following a knee replacement, researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York have found.Knee Replacement Surgery: Women Report More Pain than Men - Read more

Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men

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Photo: Two female hands holding each other [20/02/2014] Organisations involved in assisted suicide help women die more frequently than men. In addition, those living alone, the divorced and well-educated people make above-average use of assisted suicide. This has been demonstrated by a study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men - Read more

Resourcefulness: How Moms with Children on Life-Sustaining Devices Stay Healthy

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Photo: Familiy with five children [19/02/2014] Moms of children on life-sustaining devices embrace tips for managing over-stressed lives, CWRU pilot study finds.Resourcefulness: How Moms with Children on Life-Sustaining Devices Stay Healthy - Read more

Study: Detection of Down Syndrome during Pregnancy Improves for Younger Women

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Photo: Girl with Down Syndrome [12/02/2014] New figures from the National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register (NDSCR) based at Queen Mary University of London, reveal the proportion of Down syndrome cases diagnosed antenatally has increased in younger women. Furthermore, Down syndrome diagnoses are occurring earlier in pregnancy for women of all ages.Study: Detection of Down Syndrome during Pregnancy Improves for Younger Women - Read more

Mammography: Novel Technique Increases Detection Rate in Screening

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Photo: Mammography [06/02/2014] Digital mammography screening with new photon-counting technique offers high diagnostic performance, according to a new study.Mammography: Novel Technique Increases Detection Rate in Screening - Read more

Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities

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Photo: Graphic of woman with lost breast [30/01/2014] Contrary to existing understanding, long-term follow-up of patients with two types of breast tissue abnormalities suggests that both types of abnormalities have the same potential to progress to breast cancer, according to a new study. Findings from this study could improve clinical management of patients with breast tissue abnormalities.Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities - Read more

“Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected”

[15/01/2014] In Western civilization, equality of women and men has been a topic for many years and is already being successfully implemented in many areas, even if many obstacles still need to be overcome – the introduction of quotas for women in boardrooms, just to mention one of them. “Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected” - Read more

Protein: New Approach to Treat Osteoporosis

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Photo: Osteoporosis [09/01/2014] One potential target for treating osteoporosis is a protein whose structures have now been decoded in detail by scientists from the University of Würzburg. Protein: New Approach to Treat Osteoporosis - Read more

Breast Cancer Risk: Angelina Jolie's Preventive Mastectomy Raised Awareness, But Not Knowledge

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Photo: Oliver Stone, Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell [19/12/2013] Angelina Jolie heightened awareness about breast cancer when she announced in a New York Times op-ed that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. But a study led by researchers in the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health reveals that Jolie's story did not unfortunately translate into increased understanding of breast cancer risk. Breast Cancer Risk: Angelina Jolie's Preventive Mastectomy Raised Awareness, But Not Knowledge - Read more

Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk

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Photo: Woman with pills [10/12/2013] Insulin sensitizers reduce risk of cancer: A Cleveland Clinic-led study shows that a specific type of diabetes drug can decrease the risk of cancer in female patients with type 2 diabetes by up to 32 percent.Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk - Read more

Nutrition: Dietary Supplement Use among Older Persons

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Photo: Nutrition [09/12/2013] Many older people are ingesting too much magnesium and vitamin E in the form of dietary supplements. This was discovered by scientists of the Helmholtz Zentrum München in a population-based study.Nutrition: Dietary Supplement Use among Older Persons - Read more

International Study: Heart Disease Similar in Men and Women

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Photo: Heart Monitor [03/12/2013] An analysis of data from an international multicenter study of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) reveals that men and women with mild coronary artery disease and similar cardiovascular risk profiles share similar prognoses. International Study: Heart Disease Similar in Men and Women - Read more

Breast Biopsy: Age Affects Short-term Quality of Life

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Photo: Woman with pink top [21/11/2013] More than 500,000 women in the U.S. have a breast biopsy each year. In the percutaneous method, a physician uses a needle to remove several small samples from the area of interest for pathological analysis. Percutaneous biopsies are associated with fewer complications than the surgical approach, but there are still significant short-term side effects, including pain and emotional distress.Breast Biopsy: Age Affects Short-term Quality of Life - Read more

Osteoporosis: 22 Million Women Over 50 Affected in the EU

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Photo: EU Flags [13/11/2013] A recent report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) estimates that more than 22 million women aged between 50-84 years in the European Union (EU) have osteoporosis.Osteoporosis: 22 Million Women Over 50 Affected in the EU - Read more

Conversations Between Lovers: Talking about Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Photo: A man and a woman looking surprised in bed [06/11/2013] Having sex can be fun; and talking about sex can be fun. Talking about sexually transmitted infections with a sexual interest, however, is a totally different matter, according to new research from Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion.Conversations Between Lovers: Talking about Sexually Transmitted Infections - Read more

Endometriosis: Risk Linked to 2 Pesticides

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Photo: Woman holding her stomach in pain [05/11/2013] A study, led by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has found that two organochlorine pesticides are associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10 percent of reproductive-age women. Endometriosis: Risk Linked to 2 Pesticides - Read more

HPV Vaccine: One Dose May Be Enough to Prevent Cervical Cancer

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Photo: Syringe [04/11/2013] Women vaccinated with one dose of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine had antibodies against the viruses that remained stable in their blood for four years, suggesting that a single dose of vaccine may be sufficient to generate long-term immune responses and protection against new HPV infections, and ultimately cervical cancer, according to a new study.HPV Vaccine: One Dose May Be Enough to Prevent Cervical Cancer - Read more

Study: Increased Life Expectancy among Family Caregivers

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Photo: Two women [24/10/2013] Contradicting long-standing conventional wisdom, results of an analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 family caregivers suggests that those who assist a chronically ill or disabled family member enjoy an 18 percent survival advantage compared to statistically matched non-caregivers.Study: Increased Life Expectancy among Family Caregivers - Read more

Immunization: No Serious Adverse Reactions to HPV Vaccination

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Photo: Girl vaccinated [17/10/2013] Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and their Danish colleagues have monitored HPV-vaccinated girls via patient data registries. Their results show no significant increase of the examined diseases in the vaccinated girls relative to their unvaccinated peers.Immunization: No Serious Adverse Reactions to HPV Vaccination - Read more

Quality of Life: Bone Care for the Postmenopausal Woman

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Photo: Woman talking to a doctor [10/10/2013] According to a report published by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), women may expect to live longer but their quality of life will be jeopardized if action to protect their bone health is not taken. Quality of Life: Bone Care for the Postmenopausal Woman - Read more

Urban Living: Education Protects Women From Obesity

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Photo: woman [09/09/2013] Research into the rise in obesity associated with the burgeoning industrial and service sectors in low- and middle-income countries found that education is a key factor in reducing the negative impact on women’s health.Urban Living: Education Protects Women From Obesity - Read more

Women: MRI Leading to More Breast Cancer Surgery

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Photo: MRI image [16/08/2013] Heavy use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be leading to unnecessary breast removal in older women with breast cancer, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.Women: MRI Leading to More Breast Cancer Surgery - Read more

Coronary Artery Disease: Continuously Neglected in Women

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Photo: Male and female [30/07/2013] Despite coronary artery disease (CAD) killing at least as many women as men each year, women are still today less likely to receive preventive recommendations than men at a similar risk level.Coronary Artery Disease: Continuously Neglected in Women - Read more

Breast Cancer: Device Aims to Prevent Repeated Surgery

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Photo: The Device [27/06/2013] To reduce the need for subsequent surgeries after removal of a breast tumor, Johns Hopkins graduate students have designed a device to allow pathologists to quickly inspect excised breast tissue within 20 minutes. Breast Cancer: Device Aims to Prevent Repeated Surgery - Read more

Cancer: Preventing Eggs' Death from Chemotherapy

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Photo: Egg [20/06/2013] Scientists discover cause of immature eggs' death from cancer drug and how to prevent it.Cancer: Preventing Eggs' Death from Chemotherapy - Read more

Heart Diseases: Gender Differences Among Patients

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Photo: Man und woman sleep [18/06/2013] Many women get too little sleep, despite considerable evidence showing the importance of sleep to overall health. Now a new study of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has discovered another reason why inadequate sleep may be harmful, especially to women and their hearts.Heart Diseases: Gender Differences Among Patients - Read more

Bacteria: Gut Microbiota Can Predict Diabetes

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Photo: Gut microbiota [05/06/2013] Intestinal bacteria may have a greater influence on us than was previously thought. In a new study Swedish researchers show that patients with type 2 diabetes have an altered gut microbiota. Bacteria: Gut Microbiota Can Predict Diabetes - Read more

Women: Postcode Inequality for Cancer Diagnosis

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Photo: Woman with doctor [02/05/2013] Hundreds of women with breast cancer living in England's most deprived areas would have better survival rates if they were diagnosed at the same stage as those who lived in affluent areas.Women: Postcode Inequality for Cancer Diagnosis - Read more

Hip Implant Patients: Unexplained Pain by Tissue Damage

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Photo: Hip implant [20/03/2013] The cause of unexplained pain among metal-on-metal hip implant patients is more likely to be tissue damage than wear of the implant, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) researchers have found.Hip Implant Patients: Unexplained Pain by Tissue Damage - Read more

HPV: Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Daughters

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Photo: Teen at the doctor [18/03/2013] A rising percentage of parents say they won’t have their teen daughters vaccinated to protect against the human papilloma virus, even though physicians are increasingly recommending adolescent vaccinations, a study by Mayo Clinic and others shows.HPV: Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Daughters - Read more

Partnership: Choice of Significant Other Affects Health

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Photo: Couple running [17/01/2013] Individuals tend to choose partners of equal socio-economic status. This factor may also be significant in terms of health, according to a new Norwegian study of population health.Partnership: Choice of Significant Other Affects Health - Read more

Influenza: Pandemic Vaccine No Danger to Unborn

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Photo: Pregnancy [17/01/2013] Pregnant women who were vaccinated against pandemic influenza in 2009 were not at increased risk of experiencing fetal death. However, pregnant women who contracted influenza had an increased risk of fetal death.Influenza: Pandemic Vaccine No Danger to Unborn - Read more

Health: Italian Immigrants Live Longer

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Photo: Italian food [08/01/2013] Immigrants from Italy live longer than members of their host country. However, the risk of mortality is considerably higher for their offspring than their Swiss counterparts. More exposed to the influences of the host country, the second generation detaches itself from the healthy southern, as a study conducted by the University of Zurich’s Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine reveals.Health: Italian Immigrants Live Longer - Read more

Women: Low Wages Linked with Hypertension

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Photo: Doctor and patient [04/01/2013] Workers earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers with the highest wages, according to new research from University of California Davis.Women: Low Wages Linked with Hypertension - Read more

Age: Longevity Increases Not Benefitting Everybody

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Photo: Elderly people [17/12/2012] Global lifespans have risen dramatically in the past 40 years, but the increased life expectancy is not benefitting everybody equally, say University of Toronto researchers. In particular, adult males from low- and middle-income countries are losing ground.Age: Longevity Increases Not Benefitting Everybody - Read more

Cancer: 3D Culture System Helps Understand Spreading

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Photo: Body cells in three dimensions [12/12/2012] Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) progresses rapidly and is associated with a very low survival rate. To understand how this type of cancer spreads, researchers have developed a novel, 3D culture system that mimics the environment of these cancer cells.Cancer: 3D Culture System Helps Understand Spreading - Read more

Bone Density: New Method Shows Risk of Hip Fracture

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Photo: Hand X-Ray [20/11/2012] A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that a technique for measuring bone density called digital X-ray radio- grammetry used on standard hand radiographs can help to identify patients with a higher risk of hip fracture.Bone Density: New Method Shows Risk of Hip Fracture - Read more

Obesity: Epidemic Threatens Health of All Social Groups

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Photo: Obese woman [16/11/2012] A new thesis shows that obesity is increasing across all social groups and that we need to look at factors other than socioeconomic status to understand and solve one of the major public health concerns of the Western world.Obesity: Epidemic Threatens Health of All Social Groups - Read more

Women: Early Stress Linked to Later Anxiety

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Photo: Desperate girl [13/11/2012] High levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls, according to new results of a long-running population study by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.Women: Early Stress Linked to Later Anxiety - Read more

Public Health: Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival

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Photo: African american woman [30/10/2012] Disparities in survival after breast cancer persisted across racial/ethnic groups even after researchers adjusted for multiple demographics, such as patients' education and the socioeconomic status of the neighborhood in which they lived, according to a study.Public Health: Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival - Read more

Uterus: Cost-effective Treatment for Endometrial Cancer

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Photo: Uterus [18/10/2012] A common birth control device is effective in treating early-stage endometrial cancer in morbidly obese and high-risk surgery patients, said Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center researchers, and could lead to a cost-effective treatment for all women with this cancer type.Uterus: Cost-effective Treatment for Endometrial Cancer - Read more

Breast Cancer: Epigenetic Difference Explains the Different Risk

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Photo: Twins [18/10/2012] The research team led by Manel Esteller of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) has identified an epigenetic change in the twin who will develop breast cancer but not in the healthy one.Breast Cancer: Epigenetic Difference Explains the Different Risk - Read more

Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern

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Photo: Pills [15/10/2012] As a result of concerns about antibiotic resistance, doctors in the United States are increasingly prescribing newer, more costly and more powerful antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections, one of the most common illnesses in women.Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern - Read more

HIV: Decline in Deaths for Most Men and Women

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Photo: HIV [12/10/2012] Overall death rates due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection declined over time between 1993 and 2007 for most men and women by race/ethnicity and educational levels, with the largest absolute decreases for nonwhites, but rates remain high among blacks, according to a study.HIV: Decline in Deaths for Most Men and Women - Read more

Breast Cancer: Faster Diagnosis Possible

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Photo: Mammographic screening [11/10/2012] A study from The George Washington University shows that patients can reduce potentially dangerous delays in the identification of breast cancer with the assistance of patient navigation services.Breast Cancer: Faster Diagnosis Possible - Read more

Preeclampsia: A Significant Long-term Health Risk

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Photo: Woman in hospital [06/09/2012] Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have determined that preeclampsia is a significant risk factor for long-term health issues, such as chronic hypertension and hospitalizations later in life.Preeclampsia: A Significant Long-term Health Risk - Read more

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Minimally Invasive Surgery Works Well

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Photo: Man in hospital [06/09/2012] A minimally invasive procedure known as endovascular repair used for abdominal aortic aneurysms has a low rate of complications, even in high-risk patients such as those with kidney, heart or lung problems, a Mayo Clinic study shows.Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Minimally Invasive Surgery Works Well - Read more

HPV Vaccine: Reducing Infection

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Photo: Vaccination [09/07/2012] The HPV vaccine not only has resulted in a decrease in human papillomavirus infection in immunized teens but also in teens who were not immunized. The study lead by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is believed to be the first to show a substantial decrease in HPV infection in a community setting as well as herd.HPV Vaccine: Reducing Infection - Read more

New Insights: Stress and Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant Woman; linked to [03/07/2012] Expectant mothers who dealt with the strain of a hurricane or major tropical storm passing nearby during their pregnancy had children who were at elevated risk for abnormal health conditions at birth, according to a study led by a Princeton University researcher that offers new insights into the effects of stress on pregnancy. New Insights: Stress and Pregnancy - Read more

Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path

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[02/07/2012] While many physicians immediately think of biomarkers, genetic fingerprinting and new possibilities for cancer treatments when they hear the key words personalized medicine, most patients view the issue differently. They rightly assume that means they receive a treatment that places them in the center – and not just their genes. Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path - Read more

Mothers with HIV: Risk of Hearing Loss for Children

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Photo: Pregnant belly; linked to [29/06/2012] Children exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the womb may be more likely to experience hearing loss by age 16 than their unexposed peers, according to scientists in a National Institutes of Health research network.Mothers with HIV: Risk of Hearing Loss for Children - Read more

Women: Treating Vitamin D Deficiency May Improve Depression

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Photo: Vitamin D [28/06/2012] Women with moderate to severe depression had substantial improvement in their symptoms of depression after they received treatment for their vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds.Women: Treating Vitamin D Deficiency May Improve Depression - Read more

Women: Device Managed Effective Incontinence

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[25/06/2012] A device developed by Loyola University Health System (LUHS) researchers used to prevent incontinence in women who undergo a common pelvic-floor surgery reduces symptoms but increases side effects in these patients.Women: Device Managed Effective Incontinence - Read more

Overweight Older Adults: Omega-3 Lowers Inflammation

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Photo: Overweight figure on the scale [22/06/2012] New research shows that omega-3 fatty acid supplements can lower inflammation in healthy, but overweight, middle-aged and older adults, suggesting that regular use of these supplements could help protect against and treat certain illnesses.Overweight Older Adults: Omega-3 Lowers Inflammation - Read more

Premature Babies: Antioxidant Can Reduce Blindness Risk

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Photo: Pregnant woman [18/06/2012] A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests that the antioxidant, rhSOD (recombinant human Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase), reduces the risk of developing Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in extremely low gestational age newborns.Premature Babies: Antioxidant Can Reduce Blindness Risk - Read more

Large Waistlines: Increased Mortality Risk Older People

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[11/06/2012] Older people with large waistlines have a higher mortality rate than those with a slim waistline. This was shown in a new study conducted by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Large Waistlines: Increased Mortality Risk Older People - Read more

Women: High Levels of Activity Aid Arterial Functioning

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[31/05/2012] Indiana University researchers found that the highly active middle-aged subjects in their study appear to avoid the arterial stiffening – when arteries become less compliant as blood pumps through the body – that typically comes with aging.Women: High Levels of Activity Aid Arterial Functioning - Read more

Prenatal Medicine - Safely Through Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant belly [20/05/2012] Providing the best conditions for the unborn life - that is the goal of prenatal medicine. However, a lot of questions have to be considered, because a diagnosis does not always offer an opportunity for therapy.Prenatal Medicine - Safely Through Pregnancy - Read more

Postnatal Depression: Blood Test Could Show Womens' Risks

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Photo: Woman with baby [10/05/2012] Researchers at Warwick Medical School have discovered a way of identifying which women are most at risk of postnatal depression (PND) by checking for specific genetic variants. The findings could lead to the development of a simple, accurate blood test which checks for the likelihood of developing the condition.Postnatal Depression: Blood Test Could Show Womens' Risks - Read more

German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part"

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[02/05/2012] For some time, the German Crisis Pregnancy Act that regulates the information and advice for the prenatal diagnosis in special cases, for example evidence of damage to the physical and mental health of the unborn child, is integrated into the German day-to-day practise. However, slowly, criticism is growing on the part of physicians. Bureaucracy and the daily workload seems to be increasing.German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part" - Read more

The Agony of Choice: Prenatal Screening

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[02/05/2012] Nuchal translucency screening, amniocentesis, placenta biopsy – there are many choices in diagnostic procedures during pregnancy. Oftentimes however, women feel overwhelmed by the many different options. The question at hand is: what do I need to know and what do I want to know?The Agony of Choice: Prenatal Screening - Read more

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“

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[02/05/2012] What can future medical specialists expect during the time of their training and education, which areas will they have gotten to know and what quality is attached to the apprenticeship. Depending on the hospital and location in Germany, this question has to be answered differently. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“ - Read more

Hidden Cost: Breastfeeding is not free

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[27/04/2012] Paediatricians often encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of their infants' lives. Many breastfeeding proponents argue that breastfeeding has financial advantages over formula-feeding — breastfeeding is free, they say. But, according to a new study, it is patently untrue.Hidden Cost: Breastfeeding is not free - Read more

Effective Drug Treatments: Kidney Stone Mystery Solved

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Photo: CT of kidney [20/04/2012] New research by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence to explain why some people are more prone to develop the condition than others. Their discovery opens the door to finding effective drug treatments and a test that could assess a person's risk of kidney stones.Effective Drug Treatments: Kidney Stone Mystery Solved - Read more

Differences of the Nervous System: Knee Injuries in Women Linked to Motion

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Photo: X-ray of knee [19/04/2012] Women are more prone to knee injuries than men, and the findings of a new study of Oregon State University suggest this may involve more than just differences in muscular and skeletal structure – it shows that males and females also differ in the way they transmit the nerve impulses that control muscle force.Differences of the Nervous System: Knee Injuries in Women Linked to Motion - Read more

Sex Differences: Science of Sleep Disorders

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[18/04/2012] Sleep problems are more widely reported in women than men, and women are 1.4 times more likely to experience insomnia than men. To address the specifics of sex differences in sleep disorders, the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) hosted the congressional briefing, "Sleep Disorders and You: How challenges to sleep impact every aspect of your life".Sex Differences: Science of Sleep Disorders - Read more

Heart: Fibre Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease

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[17/04/2012] Foods high in fibre provide good protection against cardiovascular disease, and the effect is particularly marked in women. This is shown in a new study from Lund University in Sweden. Heart: Fibre Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease - Read more

Breast Cancer: New Type of Mutation Found

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[16/04/2012] Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new class of molecular mutation in various forms of breast cancer, a finding that may shed new light on development and growth of different types of breast tumours. Called fusion transcripts, the mutated forms of RNA may also provide a way to identify tumour subtypes and offer new strategies to treat them, investigators say. Breast Cancer: New Type of Mutation Found - Read more

Babies: Caloric Moderation Can Reverse Low Birth Weight and Obesity

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Photo: Baby [04/04/2012] Babies who are born small have a tendency to put on weight during childhood and adolescence if allowed free access to calories. However, a new animal model study at University of California Los Angeles found when small babies were placed on a diet of moderately regulated calories during infancy, the propensity of becoming obese decreased.Babies: Caloric Moderation Can Reverse Low Birth Weight and Obesity - Read more

Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health

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Photo: Mammography screening [26/03/2012] Results from a phase III clinical trial evaluating a new treatment for breast cancer in post-menopausal women show that the combination of two cancer drugs, everolimus and exemestane, significantly improves bone strength and reduces the chances of cancer spreading, metastasising, in the bone.Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health - Read more

Blood Pressure: Insight into Pregnancy-induced Hypertension

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[23/03/2012] Researchers of Cleveland Clinic have identified an enzyme linked to pregnancy-induced hypertension – also known as pre-eclampsia – a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and swelling due to fluid retention. The findings could be used to better screen for – and treat – this condition.Blood Pressure: Insight into Pregnancy-induced Hypertension - Read more

Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer

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Photo: Woman with computer [06/03/2012] Every day 18 Swedish women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Although there is a real need for support and information, many women struggle and get lost in the deluge of information. In a study of 227 women, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a web-based programme to guide patients all the way from diagnosis to rehabilitation.Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer - Read more

Mammography: Breast Cancer in 40-49 Year-Olds Has Better Prognosis

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[23/02/2012] Based on a study of nearly 2,000 breast cancer patients, researchers at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle say that, in women between the ages of 40 and 49, breast cancers detected by mammography have a better prognosis.Mammography: Breast Cancer in 40-49 Year-Olds Has Better Prognosis - Read more

Excessive Crying Problem: Babies' Colic Linked to Mothers' Migraines

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Photo: Baby crying [21/02/2012] A study of mothers and their young babies by neurologists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has shown that mothers who suffer migraine headaches are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic as mothers without a history of migraines.Excessive Crying Problem: Babies' Colic Linked to Mothers' Migraines - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: Vulnerable to Anti-Angiogenic Drugs

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[16/02/2012] Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a subtype of ovarian cancer able to build its own blood vessels, suggesting that such tumours might be especially susceptible to "anti-angiogenic" drugs that block blood vessel formation.Ovarian Cancer: Vulnerable to Anti-Angiogenic Drugs - Read more

Bones: Exercise in Early Twenties May Lower Risk of Osteoporosis

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[14/02/2012] Physical exercise in the early twenties improves bone development and may reduce the risk of fractures later in life, reveals a study of more than 800 Swedish men carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Bones: Exercise in Early Twenties May Lower Risk of Osteoporosis - Read more

Asthma: Breastfeeding is Good for the lungs

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[03/02/2012] Breastfeeding is associated with improved lung function at school age, particularly in children of asthmatic mothers, according to a new study from researchers in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.Asthma: Breastfeeding is Good for the lungs - Read more

Women: Educating About Heart Attacks Could Save Lives

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Photo: Woman has a heart attack [16/01/2012] Heart attacks in women go largely unrecognised 30 to 55 per cent of the time and those who miss the warning signs and fail or delay getting help, run the risk of death or grave disability. But researchers at Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University have developed an educational program they believe will shorten the time to treatment and ultimately, save lives.Women: Educating About Heart Attacks Could Save Lives - Read more

Children: Gestational Diabetes and Low Socioeconomic Status Raise Risk of ADHD

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Photo: Pregnant woman [03/01/2012] In the first study of its kind, researchers at Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that low socioeconomic status (SES) and maternal gestational diabetes together may cause a 14-fold increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in six year olds.Children: Gestational Diabetes and Low Socioeconomic Status Raise Risk of ADHD - Read more

Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again

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[02/01/2012] There is no drug to treat anorexia nervosa. This complex mental illness that goes along with severe physical impairments requires intense therapy that has one final goal in mind: the affected person is supposed to relearn healthy eating patterns to avoid becoming dangerously underweight. Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again - Read more

Breast Cancer Survivors: Practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Helps

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[02/01/2012] Previous research reports as many as 50 per cent of breast cancer survivors are depressed. Now, University of Missouri researchers say a meditation technique can help breast cancer survivors improve their emotional and physical well-being.Breast Cancer Survivors: Practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Helps - Read more

Emotional Relationship: Study Links Quality of Mother-toddler Relationship to Teen Obesity

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[27/12/2011] The quality of the emotional relationship between a mother and her young child could affect the potential for that child to be obese during adolescence, a new study by Ohio State University suggests.Emotional Relationship: Study Links Quality of Mother-toddler Relationship to Teen Obesity - Read more

Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“

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[22/12/2011] Sexual violence against women is a taboo subject in many countries around the world. Especially in war zones and regions of conflict, violence and rape is a part of the horrific and traumatizing every day experience of women and girls. The victims are being ignored in society and rarely find support and sympathy for their situation.Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“ - Read more

Diagnosis and Treatment: Depression Among Elderly Depend on Racial, Cultural Factors

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Photo: Sad looking man [21/12/2011] Despite improvements to diagnostic tools and therapies in the two last decades, significant disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of depression remain, according to Rutgers University (USA) research.Diagnosis and Treatment: Depression Among Elderly Depend on Racial, Cultural Factors - Read more

Improvement: Benefits of Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy in Heart Failure

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Photo: Heart [19/12/2011] Large-scale clinical trials have highlighted the beneficial effect of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) in the improvement of symptoms and reduction of mortality, and CRT is now recommended in the major European and American guidelines for the treatment and prevention of heart failure. Improvement: Benefits of Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy in Heart Failure - Read more

Lung Disease: Diagnosis of Tuberculosis Increased in Postpartum Women

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[09/12/2011] The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis is significantly increased in mothers postpartum, suggesting a potential new population to target for screening, according to a new United Kingdom-wide cohort study.Lung Disease: Diagnosis of Tuberculosis Increased in Postpartum Women - Read more

Children: New Approach to Management of Overeating

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Photo: Girl eating; linked to [09/12/2011] Current methods to treat overeating in youth focus on therapies that restrict what kids may eat, requiring them to track their food intake and engage in intensive exercise. But for most children, such behavioural therapy techniques do not work long term, according to Doctor Kerri Boutelle from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.Children: New Approach to Management of Overeating - Read more

Lymphedema Patients: Exercise for Breast Cancer Survivors

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[06/12/2011] Lymphedema, a chronic swelling condition common in breast cancer survivors, affects three million people in the United States. In the past, most people believed that exercise might induce or worsen lymphedema. After reviewing the literature, University of Missouri researchers say the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for breast cancer survivors and patients with lymphedema.Lymphedema Patients: Exercise for Breast Cancer Survivors - Read more

Breast Cancer: Girls with Family History of Breast Disease Should Avoid Alcohol

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Photo: Young woman drinks wine; linked to [21/11/2011] Adding to research linking alcohol to breast cancer risk, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that adolescent girls with a family history of breast disease — either cancer or the benign lesions that can become cancer – have a higher risk of developing benign breast disease as young women than other girls. Breast Cancer: Girls with Family History of Breast Disease Should Avoid Alcohol - Read more

Sexuality: First Evidence That Anal Cancer Is Preventable

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[28/10/2011] An international clinical trial led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco indicates that a vaccine to prevent anal cancer is safe and effective. Though anal cancer is less common than other forms of the disease in the United States, the number of cases has increased in recent years, and is particularly common among men who have sex with men and HIV-infected individuals.Sexuality: First Evidence That Anal Cancer Is Preventable - Read more

Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease

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[26/10/2011] Atherosclerosis – or build-up of fat in the walls of arteries − is thought of as a disorder of older people but it affects a large number of young men and women, according to a new Heart and Stroke Foundation study.Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease - Read more

Body Weight: Diet May Be Risk Factors for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Photo: Vegetables; linked to [25/10/2011] Body weight in young adulthood and diet appeared to be associated with the risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "The causes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) are poorly understood, and unfortunately, we do not know very much about specific ways to prevent or lower the risk for this disease," said Doctor Kimberly Bertrand of the Harvard School of Public Health.Body Weight: Diet May Be Risk Factors for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma - Read more

Breast Cancer: Probability of Metastasis

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[25/10/2011] Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered a new way to model human breast cancer that could lead to new tools for predicting which breast cancers will spread and new ways to test drugs that may stop its spread.Breast Cancer: Probability of Metastasis - Read more

Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause

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[24/10/2011] A healthy diet is especially important during the menopause – a period in which the risk of suffering from health problems increases. Various studies analyse the diet of peri- and postmenopausal women in Spain alongside the troubles that come with this transition. The results show that all of those groups studied have a deficient intake of vitamin D.Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause - Read more

Preeclampsia: Early Detection and Immediate Treatment

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[21/10/2011] A blood test can help to assess whether a pregnant woman who suffers from pregnancy-induced hypertension, so-called preeclampsia, is at risk for an imminent delivery. This knowledge can be used to determine the due date as well as avoid complications for mother and child. This report scientists at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.Preeclampsia: Early Detection and Immediate Treatment - Read more

Prostate and Breast Cancer: Same Gene Has Opposite Effects

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[18/10/2011] Researchers at Cleveland Clinic have discovered that a gene – known as an androgen receptor (AR) – is found in both prostate and breast cancers yet has opposite effects on these diseases.Prostate and Breast Cancer: Same Gene Has Opposite Effects - Read more

Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy

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Photo: Bottle-feeded baby [17/10/2011] Today, about one in four European children suffer from allergy, which makes this disease the non-infectious epidemic of the 21st century. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors and nutritional patterns, such as breastfeeding, help to reduce the early symptoms of allergy.Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy - Read more

Birth: Battle Between the Placenta and Uterus Could Help Explain Preeclampsia

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Photo: Thropoblast and maternal cells; linked to [12/10/2011] A battle that brews in the mother's womb between the father's biological goal to produce the biggest, healthiest baby possible versus the mother's need to live through delivery might help explain preeclampsia, an often deadly disease of pregnancy. In a new study, Yale researchers describe the mechanism that keeps these conflicting goals in balance.Birth: Battle Between the Placenta and Uterus Could Help Explain Preeclampsia - Read more

HIV and HPV: Earlier Circumcision May Be Effective Intervention

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[10/10/2011] According to Doctor Anna R. Giuliano, program leader in cancer epidemiology at Moffitt Cancer Centre in Tampa, and colleagues in the Netherlands, earlier circumcision of males in South Africa may be a positive step in slowing the spread of both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the human papillomavirus (HPV).HIV and HPV: Earlier Circumcision May Be Effective Intervention - Read more

Maternal Mortality: “Every mother who dies due to pregnancy or giving birth is one too many”

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[10/10/2011] Celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Heidi Klum show us how it’s done: Pregnancy and birth are celebrated like a lifestyle event. Pregnancy while working 60 hours a week? No problem. Return directly after birth lithe and lissom to work? Not only for models a must.Maternal Mortality: “Every mother who dies due to pregnancy or giving birth is one too many” - Read more

Sexuality: Couples Counseling Improves Sexual Intimacy After Prostate Treatment

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[26/09/2011] Prostate cancer survivors and their partners experience improved sexual satisfaction and function after couples counseling, according to research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Researchers revealed both Internet-based sexual counseling and traditional sex therapy are equally effective in improving sexual outcomes. Couples on a waiting list for counseling did not improve.Sexuality: Couples Counseling Improves Sexual Intimacy After Prostate Treatment - Read more

Humans: Why Carbon Nanotubes Spell Trouble for Cells

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Photo: Nanotubes [23/09/2011] It's been long known that asbestos spells trouble for human cells. But scientists had been unable to understand why cells would be interested in asbestos fibers and other materials at the nanoscale that are too long to be fully ingested. Now a group of researchers at Brown University explains what happens. Humans: Why Carbon Nanotubes Spell Trouble for Cells - Read more

Alcohol: People Born After World War II Are More Likely to Binge Drink

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[20/09/2011] Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health looked generational and gender differences in alcohol consumption, alcohol disorders, and mortality. Findings indicate that people born after World War II are more likely to binge drink and develop alcohol use disorders.Alcohol: People Born After World War II Are More Likely to Binge Drink - Read more

Low-fat Yogurt: Intake When Pregnant may Lead to Child Asthma and Hay Fever

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[19/09/2011] Eating low-fat yoghurt whilst pregnant can increase the risk of your child developing asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever), according to recent findings.Low-fat Yogurt: Intake When Pregnant may Lead to Child Asthma and Hay Fever - Read more

Global Study in 17 Countries: Huge Gaps in Use of Simple, Cheap and Proven Drugs

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[01/09/2011] A global study in 17 countries led by McMaster University researchers has found too few patients are using drugs proven to give significant benefits in warding off a heart attack or stroke.Global Study in 17 Countries: Huge Gaps in Use of Simple, Cheap and Proven Drugs - Read more

B Cells: Why Women Suffer More Autoimmune Disease

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[08/08/2011] Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a type of cell that may contribute to autoimmune disease. The findings also suggest why diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis strike women more frequently than men.B Cells: Why Women Suffer More Autoimmune Disease - Read more

Hormones: Testosterone Protects against Inflammation

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Photo: Man's arm [27/07/2011] It’s all down to the testosterone: men are usually more muscular than women, they have deeper voices and more body hair. And – men are less susceptible to inflammatory diseases and allergies than women. This is also due to the male sex hormones as pharmacists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany have shown in a recent study.Hormones: Testosterone Protects against Inflammation - Read more

Knee: Gender Link in Injuries

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[11/07/2011] Gender may be associated with an increased risk of cartilage lesions in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injured knees, according to research being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego.Knee: Gender Link in Injuries - Read more

Research: Study Gives Clues to How Obesity Spreads Socially

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Photo: Two obese women [01/07/2011] Obesity is socially contagious, according to research published in the past few years. How it is "caught" from others remains a murky area. But findings from Arizona State University (ASU) researchers shed light on the transmission of obesity among friends and family.Research: Study Gives Clues to How Obesity Spreads Socially - Read more

World Health: Life Expectancy in Most US Counties Falls Behind

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[16/06/2011] The most current county-level analysis finds large disparities nationwide; women fare worse than men, and people in Appalachia, the Deep South, and Northern Texas live the shortest lives.World Health: Life Expectancy in Most US Counties Falls Behind - Read more

New Immunization Campaigns: Fall in Cases of Meningitis A in Africa After Vaccine Introduction

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Photo: Woman with child on her back [09/06/2011] Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger report the lowest number of confirmed meningitis A cases ever recorded during an epidemic season this year following the successful introduction of a new vaccine that could eliminate the primary cause of the deadly disease from Africa's meningitis belt, announced the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) today. New Immunization Campaigns: Fall in Cases of Meningitis A in Africa After Vaccine Introduction - Read more

Hormone Leptin: High Amounts Linked to Decreased Depression

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[08/06/2011] Women who have higher levels of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin have fewer symptoms of depression, and this apparent inverse relationship is not related to body mass index (BMI), a new study finds.Hormone Leptin: High Amounts Linked to Decreased Depression - Read more

Doctorate in Midwifery: “Tough women who know exactly what they want“

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Photo: Professor Wilfried Schnepp [08/06/2011] During pregnancy and childbirth, midwives are irreplaceable attachment figures for expectant mothers. That’s why it makes no sense that their position in society is disputed more and more, by paying them poorly and making their profession unnecessarily expensive through horrendous liability insurance premiums. Doctorate in Midwifery: “Tough women who know exactly what they want“ - Read more

Other-directed or self-directed? - Man under the influence of hormones

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[01/06/2011] When in doubt, hormones are to be blamed. When you are in a bad mood, act too hastily or strangely the chemical messengers are listed as a popular cause – and this affects men the same way as women.Other-directed or self-directed? - Man under the influence of hormones - Read more

Stress: No Major Risk Factor for Developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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[01/06/2011] Stressful life events have shown to increase the risk of MS episodes. But: Do these stressors actually lead to developing the disease itself? A new study found that severe stress at home did not increase the risk of developing MS.Stress: No Major Risk Factor for Developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Read more

Gestational Diabetes: Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Increases Risk

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Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Increases Risk [01/06/2011] Compared with women whose weight remained stable, body mass index gains between the first and second pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus in the second pregnancy. But losing weight between the first and second pregnancies appeared to reduce GDM risk in a second pregnancy, particularly for women who were overweight or obese to begin with.Gestational Diabetes: Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Increases Risk - Read more

Autism: Taking Prenatal Vitamins Reduces Risks

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Photo: Different fruits [26/05/2011] Women who reported not taking a daily prenatal vitamin immediately before and during the first month of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder as women who did take the supplements — and the associated risk rose to seven times as great when combined with a high-risk genetic make-up, a study has found.Autism: Taking Prenatal Vitamins Reduces Risks - Read more

Researcher: Protein Breakdown Contributes to Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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Photo: Illustration of the sexual organs of a woman [24/05/2011] A gynaecologist and a molecular biologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center have collaborated to show for the first time that pelvic organ prolapse – a condition in which the uterus, bladder or vagina protrude from the body – is caused by a combination of a loss of elasticity and a breakdown of proteins in the vaginal wall. Researcher: Protein Breakdown Contributes to Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Read more

New Way: Breast Cancer Cells Adapt to Environmental Stress

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Photo: Breast cancer check [17/05/2011] An international research team has discovered a new aspect of “metabolic transformation”, the process whereby tumour cells adapt and survive under conditions that would kill normal cells.New Way: Breast Cancer Cells Adapt to Environmental Stress - Read more

Health Reform: Law Will Insure Nearly All Uninsured Women by 2014

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[11/05/2011] The new health reform law will expand health insurance coverage to nearly all uninsured women and will make health care more affordable for millions of women through premium subsidies beginning in 2014 and new rules. Some of them, already in place, will protect women from high costs, according to a Commonwealth Fund report.Health Reform: Law Will Insure Nearly All Uninsured Women by 2014 - Read more

Hypertension: When the Lungs Come Under Pressure

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Photo: Image of a lung, blood vessel walls of the pulmonary circulation [06/05/2011] Max Planck scientists find a way of treating pulmonary arterial hypertension. Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension struggle with severe symptoms, which include shortness of breath, exhaustion and a lack of vitality. Hypertension: When the Lungs Come Under Pressure - Read more

Men’s and Women’s Immune Systems: Different Response to PTSD

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[27/04/2011] Men and women had starkly different immune system responses to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, with men showing no response and women showing a strong response, in two studies by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.Men’s and Women’s Immune Systems: Different Response to PTSD - Read more

New Evidence: Chronic Ulcerative Stomatitis Is an Autoimmune Disease

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Photo: Doctor looking into the mouth of a woman [14/04/2011] In the first study investigating the origins of a little-known condition called chronic ulcerative stomatitis (CUS), researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine provide evidence that an autoimmune response contributes to the painful oral sores that characterize the disease. The study findings support the classification of CUS as a new autoimmune disease.New Evidence: Chronic Ulcerative Stomatitis Is an Autoimmune Disease - Read more

Study: Psychologists Closing In On Causes Of Claustrophobic Fear

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Photo: Crowd of people [12/04/2011] We all move around in a protective bubble of "near space," more commonly known as "personal space." But not everyone's bubble is the same size. People who project their personal space too far beyond their bodies, or the norm of arm's reach, are more likely to experience claustrophobic fear, a new study finds.Study: Psychologists Closing In On Causes Of Claustrophobic Fear - Read more

Physical Health: Scores Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes

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[07/04/2011] Breast cancer survivors with poor physical health scores had an elevated risk of poorer cancer outcomes, including recurrence and death, according to the results of an observational study.Physical Health: Scores Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes - Read more

Nutrition: Lithium in Drinking Water in Andean Villages

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Photo: Drinking Fountain [06/04/2011] Lithium is an element used in batteries and also for medication, as an established and common treatment for bipolar disorder. Swedish researchers have now found that women in four mountain villages in Argentinean Andes Mountains ingest so much lithium via the groundwater that this could affect thyroid function, causing so-called hypothyroidism. Nutrition: Lithium in Drinking Water in Andean Villages - Read more

Gene Combinations: Relation to Hip Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women

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Photo:Figure with hip fracture [30/03/2011] Women with osteoporosis in their hip suffer menopause two years earlier than healthy women, a study conducted at the University of Granada says. Additionally, researchers have found at least three genetic markers associated with osteoporosis in the hip in postmenopausal women.Gene Combinations: Relation to Hip Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women - Read more

New Drug Combination: Breast Cancer Resistance to Herceptin

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Photo: Breast in MRI Scan [14/03/2011] Breast cancer tumours take numerous paths to resist the targeted drug Herceptin, but a single roadblock at a crucial crossroads may restore a tumour’s vulnerability to treatment, scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report.New Drug Combination: Breast Cancer Resistance to Herceptin - Read more

International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts

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Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts [08/03/2011] Today on International Women's Day, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is calling for action to reduce the gender disparities that are currently resulting in women receiving second rate cardiovascular (CV) care. Studies published show a persistent under-utilisation of guideline recommended treatments for heart disease in women compared to men. International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts - Read more

Bronchial Airways: Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities?

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Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities? [21/02/2011] Asthma may have a surprising relationship with the composition of the species of bacteria that inhabit bronchial airways, a finding that could suggest new treatment or even potential cures for the common inflammatory disease.Bronchial Airways: Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities? - Read more

The UK: A Nation of Happy Couples

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A Nation of Happy Couples [16/02/2011] Whether you are married or cohabiting with your partner, the vast majority of couples in the UK are happy in their relationship. Initial findings, from Understanding Society, show that around 90 percent of individuals who are living with a partner are happy with their relationship.The UK: A Nation of Happy Couples - Read more

Breast Cancer: Oestrogen Reduces Aggression

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[16/02/2011] A team of researchers has revealed that oestrogen can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Their work shows that oestrogen is capable of reducing the number of breast cancer stem cells, which may explain the lower aggression of the tumour and, as a consequence, the possibility of a better prognosis. Breast Cancer: Oestrogen Reduces Aggression - Read more

Breast Cancer Therapy: Contribution to Hip Fractures?

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Contribution to Hip Fractures? [02/02/2011] A hip fracture is not common in a 54-year-old woman, unless she is a 54-year-old breast cancer survivor, according to a new study. Breast Cancer Therapy: Contribution to Hip Fractures? - Read more

Misdirection of the Immune System: The Accidental Fight Against a Butterfly-shaped Gland

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The Accidental Fight Against a Butterfly-shaped Gland [01/02/2011] When the body’s own immune system attacks its own organs like they are foreign invaders, it is called an autoimmune disease. There are many different forms. If for example antibodies turn against the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, the thyroid gland tissue is being destroyed and the hormonal balance changes. The exact causes for this are not fully researched yet.Misdirection of the Immune System: The Accidental Fight Against a Butterfly-shaped Gland - Read more

Sjögren’s Syndrome: “It Is Not Very Well Known”

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“It Is Not Very Well Known” [01/02/2011] A dry mouth, the feeling of sand in the eyes, fatigue - almost everyone has had one of these symptoms before. But even if all symptoms occur together, almost no one thinks of the possibility that a disease with the awkward name Sjögren's Syndrome could be behind it. Sjögren’s Syndrome: “It Is Not Very Well Known” - Read more

Under Control: Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes

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Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes [19/01/2011] Scientists have brought cancer cells back under normal control — by reactivating their cancer suppressor genes. The discovery could form a powerful new technology platform for the treatment of cancer of the breast and other cancers. Under Control: Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes - Read more

HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health

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[18/01/2011] Women, nonwhites, and people in the southern United States who were newly infected with HIV and followed for an average of four years experienced greater HIV/AIDS-related morbidity compared to men and people of other races living in other regions of the country. HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health - Read more

Research: Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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[11/01/2011] Using a new, powerful method for rapidly screening molecules associated with disease, proteomics expert Joshua LaBaer and colleagues from ASU's Biodesign Institute have identified a broad panel of 28 early predictors, or biomarkers, that may one day aid in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. Research: Early Detection of Breast Cancer - Read more

Cancer: Estrogen May Help Precancerous Cells Spread in Oral Cavity

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[06/01/2011] Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer and is on the rise in some demographic groups, including young women without any known risk factors. Now, researchers report that estrogen may increase the movement of precancerous cells in the mouth and thus promote the spread of the disease within the oral cavity.Cancer: Estrogen May Help Precancerous Cells Spread in Oral Cavity - Read more

New Study: Cranberry Juice Not Effective Against Urinary Tract Infections

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[10/12/2010] Drinking cranberry juice has been recommended to decrease the incidence of urinary tract infections, based on observational studies and a few small clinical trials.New Study: Cranberry Juice Not Effective Against Urinary Tract Infections - Read more

Atopic Dermatitis: Lower Occurrence Thanks to Farm Animals and Cats

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Lower Occurrence Thanks to Farm Animals and Cats [03/12/2010] Children whose mothers are exposed to farm animals and cats are better protected against atopic dermatitis and are less likely to develop this painful inflammation of the skin in their first two years of life.Atopic Dermatitis: Lower Occurrence Thanks to Farm Animals and Cats - Read more

Pregnancy: Perinatal Bisphenol-A Exposure May Affect Fertility

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[03/12/2010] Exposure to a ubiquitous environmental chemical during pregnancy may impair reproductive capacity of female offspring, according to a study. Pregnancy: Perinatal Bisphenol-A Exposure May Affect Fertility - Read more

Biological System: Brittle Bones And Heart Disease

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[02/12/2010] Norwegian studies indicate that people with osteoporosis have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and vice versa. Biological System: Brittle Bones And Heart Disease - Read more

Scientists Discover: Genes Linking Puberty Timing to Body Fat in Women

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[23/11/2010] Researchers at King's College London's Department of Twin Research have discovered, as part of a large international consortium, 30 new genes that control the age of sexual maturation in women. Scientists Discover: Genes Linking Puberty Timing to Body Fat in Women - Read more

Kids: Mom's Health May Increase Risk of Kidney Disease

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Mom's Health May Increase Risk of Kidney Disease [23/11/2010] Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are more likely to have mothers who were obese or had diabetes during pregnancy, according to a study. Kids: Mom's Health May Increase Risk of Kidney Disease - Read more

Childhood Asthma: Paracetamol Use in Pregnancy

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[11/11/2010] Evidence suggesting that the risk of childhood asthma associated with prenatal paracetamol exposure may depend on antioxidant genes in the mother has been found by a team of UK scientists. Childhood Asthma: Paracetamol Use in Pregnancy - Read more

Ethnicity: A Reason for Heart Problems Post Transplant in South Asians

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A Reason for Heart Problems Post Transplant in South Asians [04/10/2010] Ethnicity is a contributing risk factor of cardiovascular problems in kidney recipients of South Asian origin post-transplant, according to a new study. Ethnicity: A Reason for Heart Problems Post Transplant in South Asians - Read more

Pregnancy: Short And Long Sleep Linked to High Blood Pressure

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[04/10/2010] A study found that getting too little or too much sleep in early pregnancy is associated with elevated blood pressure in the third trimester. The study suggests that improving prenatal sleep hygiene may provide important health benefits.Pregnancy: Short And Long Sleep Linked to High Blood Pressure - Read more

Breast Cancer: Study Finds Women Treated While Pregnant Have Improved Survival

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Study Finds Women Treated While Pregnant Have Improved Survival [01/10/2010] Long associated with a worse outcome, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that women treated for breast cancer while pregnant, in fact, have improved disease-free survival and a trend for improved overall survival compared to non-pregnant women treated for the disease.Breast Cancer: Study Finds Women Treated While Pregnant Have Improved Survival - Read more

Study: Smoking During Pregnancy May Harm the Child's Coordination

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Smoking During Pregnancy May Harm the Child's Coordination [24/09/2010] Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of adversely affecting their children's coordination and physical control according to a new study from Örebro University, Sweden.Study: Smoking During Pregnancy May Harm the Child's Coordination - Read more

Genomic Imprinting: Researcher Links Maternal Genes to Selfish Behaviour

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[23/09/2010] If you are more inclined to love thyself than thy neighbour, it could be your mother's fault. Those are the findings of Francisco Úbeda, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.Genomic Imprinting: Researcher Links Maternal Genes to Selfish Behaviour - Read more

Breast Cancer: Better Marker May Reduce Need for Second Surgeries

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[20/09/2010] A new material could help surgeons more accurately locate breast cancers, reduce the need for second surgeries and minimize pre-surgical discomfort for patients. Microscopic gas-filled spheres of silica, a porous glass, can mark the location of early-stage tumours to show their position using ultrasound imaging in the operating room.. Breast Cancer: Better Marker May Reduce Need for Second Surgeries - Read more

Periodontal Therapy: Risk of Preterm Birth Reduced

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Risk of Preterm Birth Reduced [15/09/2010] A collaboration led by a periodontal researcher from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has found a possible link between the success of gum-disease treatment and the likelihood of giving birth prematurely. Periodontal Therapy: Risk of Preterm Birth Reduced - Read more

Lupus-Study: Increased Risk in Men

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[03/09/2010] Scientists found the first direct evidence that X-linked TLR7 gene promotes Lupus in humans.Lupus-Study: Increased Risk in Men - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: Not Breastfeeding Increases Risk

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Not Breastfeeding Increases Risk [27/08/2010] Mothers who did not breastfeed their children have significantly higher rates of type 2 diabetes later in life than moms who breastfed, report University of Pittsburgh researchers.Type 2 Diabetes: Not Breastfeeding Increases Risk - Read more

Better Cognitive Function: With the Help of Moderate Drinking?

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[19/08/2010] A large prospective study of 5033 men and women in the Tromsø Study in northern Norway has reported that moderate wine consumption is independently associated with better performance on cognitive tests. Better Cognitive Function: With the Help of Moderate Drinking? - Read more

Alzheimer’s: Stress In Middle Age Could Contribute to Late Life Dementia

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Stress In Middle Age Could Contribute to Late Life Dementia [16/08/2010] Psychological stress in middle age could lead to the development of dementia later in life, especially Alzheimer’s disease, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Alzheimer’s: Stress In Middle Age Could Contribute to Late Life Dementia - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: New Therapeutic Approach

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[06/07/2010] Investigators at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have discovered a way that may help ovarian cancer patients who no longer respond to conventional chemotherapy.Ovarian Cancer: New Therapeutic Approach - Read more

Study: High BMI Linked to Proximity to Convenience Stores

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High BMI Linked to Proximity to Convenience Stores [05/07/2010] Researchers conducting a neighbourhood-scaled study that tested the association between the food environment, the built environment and women's body mass index (BMI) have found that women with homes closer to a supermarket had lower BMIs, and that the greater the number of restaurants within a five minute walk of a woman's home, the higher her BMI. Study: High BMI Linked to Proximity to Convenience Stores - Read more

Gestational Diabetes: Serotonin and Dietary Protein Play Important Role

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Photo: Pregnancy [01/07/2010] The cause of diabetes during pregnancy is directly controlled by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body and normally known as a neurotransmitter, and is influenced by the amount of protein in the mother’s diet early in pregnancy, according to new findings of an international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.Gestational Diabetes: Serotonin and Dietary Protein Play Important Role - Read more

Menopause: New Test Predicts the Age

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Photo: Fertilisation [30/06/2010] Researchers have developed a way of accurately predicting when women will hit the menopause using a simple blood test. The average difference between the predicted age and the actual age that the women in their study reached the menopause was only a third of a year, and the maximum margin of error was between three and four years.Menopause: New Test Predicts the Age - Read more

Omega-3: No heart benefit in women with type 1 diabetes

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[29/06/2010] Consuming higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids does not appear to lower heart disease risk for women with type 1 diabetes, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study.Omega-3: No heart benefit in women with type 1 diabetes - Read more

Noninvasive Combination Technique: Less Breast Biopsies

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[22/06/2010] By combining two relatively inexpensive technologies based on sound and light waves, researchers hope to lower the rate at which women undergo breast biopsies for suspicious lesions.Noninvasive Combination Technique: Less Breast Biopsies - Read more

Postpartum Depression: More Than Just the Baby Blues

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Foto: Woman in a drepressive mood [18/06/2010] Within the first week after giving birth, up to 70 percent of all women experience symptoms of the baby blues. While most women recover quickly, up to 13 percent of all new mothers suffer from symptoms of a clinical-level postpartum depression.Postpartum Depression: More Than Just the Baby Blues - Read more

Higher Anxiety: Depression Among Women

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Photo: Woman with drepression [17/06/2010] Researchers found out that stress signals function differently in female brains and male brains. There may be a biological reason why depression and other stress-related psychiatric disorders are more common among women compared to men.Higher Anxiety: Depression Among Women - Read more

Pregnancy: Remission of Diseases

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[17/06/2010] A biological mechanism is identified to explain the phenomenon, why many women experience remission of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and uveitis during pregnancy.Pregnancy: Remission of Diseases - Read more

Pregnancy: Antidepressants increase risk of miscarriage

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Antidepressants increase risk of miscarriage [02/06/2010] A new study found a 68 percent increase in the overall risk of miscarriage in pregnant women using antidepressants. Antidepressants are widely used in pregnancy and up to 3.7 percent of women will use them at some point during the first trimester. Pregnancy: Antidepressants increase risk of miscarriage - Read more

New Insight: Biologie of the Breast Cancer Gene

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Foto: A breast cancer cell [26/05/2010] Studies have now established that woman who harbour a mutation in a tumor suppressor gene are at greater risk for developing breats and ovarian cancers.New Insight: Biologie of the Breast Cancer Gene - Read more

Pregnancy: Mum Knows Best?

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Mum Knows Best? [21/05/2010] Research suggests that pregnant women are more likely to follow their mothers’ wisdom than medical advice.Pregnancy: Mum Knows Best? - Read more

Emotions: Hormone Spray Improves Male Sensitivity

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Hormone Spray Improves Male Sensitivity [11/05/2010] The neuropeptide oytocin enhances male empathy. This substance also increases sensitivity to so-called “social multipliers”, such as approving or disapproving looks.Emotions: Hormone Spray Improves Male Sensitivity - Read more

Breast Cancer: MRI Detects Metastases Accurately

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[06/05/2010] Whole body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) should be the imaging modality of choice for the detection of breast cancer metastases as it is accurate and can detect bone metastases before symptoms appear, according to a study.Breast Cancer: MRI Detects Metastases Accurately - Read more

Breast Cancer: Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis

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Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis [08/04/2010] Researchers found out that treatment with beta-blockers can help reduce the spread of cancer in patients with breast tumours.Breast Cancer: Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis - Read more

Breast Cancer: Radiation Should Start Soon After Surgery

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Radiation Should Start Soon After Surgery [09/03/2010] Delaying post-surgical radiation increases risk of breast cancer recurrence in older women, scientists report.Breast Cancer: Radiation Should Start Soon After Surgery - Read more

Ageing: Estrogen not Cause of Osteoporosis

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Estrogen not Cause of Osteoporosis [04/03/2010] Marking a shift in decades of thought on the cause of osteoporosis, researchers have identified an age-related mechanism – not a decrease of the hormone estrogen – as the primary culprit.Ageing: Estrogen not Cause of Osteoporosis - Read more

Training: Reducing Stillbirths By Up to One Million?

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Reducing Stillbirths By Up to One Million? [22/02/2010] New findings in a study show that training birth attendants in essential newborn-care techniques reduced stillbirths by more than 30 percent - and potentially could save as many as one million lives worldwide each year.Training: Reducing Stillbirths By Up to One Million? - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms of Little Value for Early Detection

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[29/01/2010] Use of symptoms to trigger a medical evaluation for ovarian cancer does not appear to detect early-stage ovarian cancer earlier and would likely result in diagnosis in only one out of 100 women, according to a new article.Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms of Little Value for Early Detection - Read more

Breast Cancer: Elevated-Risk Women Refuse MRI

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Elevated-Risk Women Refuse MRI [05/01/2010] In a new study, 42 percent of women eligible for breast cancer screening with MRI declined to undergo the procedure. Breast Cancer: Elevated-Risk Women Refuse MRI - Read more

Pelvic Organ Collapse: Dynamic MRI Better Than Static

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[26/11/2009] In women with lower urinary tract symptoms, a medical imaging technique called dynamic MRI allows clinicians to diagnose pelvic organ prolapse — a condition that often goes undiagnosed on static MRI and at physical examination, according to a new study.Pelvic Organ Collapse: Dynamic MRI Better Than Static - Read more

Women Office Workers: Five Exercises Reduce Neck Pain

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[25/11/2009] Strength training exercises using dumbbells can reduce pain in the trapezius muscle, the large muscle which extends from the back of the head, down the neck and into the upper back. Women Office Workers: Five Exercises Reduce Neck Pain - Read more

Pregnancy: Early Delivery from Using Psychiatric Medication

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Early Delivery from Using Psychiatric Medication [30/10/2009] The odds triple for premature child delivery pregnant women with a history of depression who used psychiatric medication, according to a new study. Pregnancy: Early Delivery from Using Psychiatric Medication - Read more

Noninvasive: A Quick Way of Diagnosing Endometriosis

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[24/08/2009] A quick and accurate test for endometriosis that does not require surgery has been developed by researchers from Australia, Jordan and Belgium, according to new research.Noninvasive: A Quick Way of Diagnosing Endometriosis - Read more

Physical Activity: Health Benefits More Pronounced in Women

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[10/08/2009] According to a new study, women - particularly African-American women - experience greater benefits as a result of exercise than men. Physical Activity: Health Benefits More Pronounced in Women - Read more

Cancer: Effectiveness of Treatment Can Be Measured

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Effectiveness of Treatment Can Be Measured [17/07/2009] Researchers successfully used PET to image HER2—a protein often associated with aggressive breast cancer—in breast cancer cells before and after treatment aimed at decreasing HER2 expression. Cancer: Effectiveness of Treatment Can Be Measured - Read more

Sleep Research: Lack of Sleep Could Be More Dangerous for Women

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[17/07/2009] Women who get less than the recommended eight hours sleep a night are at higher risk of heart disease and heart-related problems than men with the same sleeping patterns. Sleep Research: Lack of Sleep Could Be More Dangerous for Women - Read more

Imaging: MRI Accurately Depicts Deep Endometriosis

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[16/07/2009] Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiologists may be able to diagnose deep endometriosis and accurately locate lesions prior to surgery. Imaging: MRI Accurately Depicts Deep Endometriosis - Read more

Gender in Medicine: The Slight Difference (Part 1)

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[15/07/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de In everyday life people keep being concerned with the apparently big difference between men and women. However, only slowly sex and gender start being of great importance in medicine bringing advantages for all patients – male or female.Gender in Medicine: The Slight Difference (Part 1) - Read more

Cancer: Studies Include a Smaller Proportion of Women

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Studies Include a Smaller Proportion of Women [17/06/2009] Women are underrepresented in clinical cancer research published in high-impact journals, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Cancer: Studies Include a Smaller Proportion of Women - Read more

Women in Medical Profession: „In my View, the Shortage of Physicians Is a Chance”

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[08/06/2009] It was eleven years ago, that for the first time the same amount of women as men registered for human medicine in Germany. Meanwhile, 70 percent of all first-year students and 60 percent of all young professionals are female. The change in medical profession demands a rethink.Women in Medical Profession: „In my View, the Shortage of Physicians Is a Chance” - Read more

Diagnosis: Ultrasound Against Endometrial Disease

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Ultrasound Against Endometrial Disease [17/04/2009] A procedure used in conjunction with a vaginal ultrasound might make it easier to visualise and diagnose diseases in the lining of the uterus, researchers have found.Diagnosis: Ultrasound Against Endometrial Disease - Read more

Ovaries: Screening Not Catching Early Cancer

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Screening Not Catching Early Cancer [02/04/2009] Screening regimens that combine ultrasound and a blood test for ovarian cancer fail to detect the disease early enough to make important progress, a new study reports. The combo screening also led to unnecessary surgery. Ovaries: Screening Not Catching Early Cancer - Read more

Aging: 80-year Olds Cannot Increase Their Muscle Mass

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80-year Olds Cannot Increase Their Muscle Mass [01/04/2009] Octogenarian women were unable to increase muscle mass after a three-month weight lifting programme, says a new study. The good news: they were, anyway, able to lift more weight.Aging: 80-year Olds Cannot Increase Their Muscle Mass - Read more

Biomarkers: Hormones Can Predict Menopause

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Hormones Can Predict Menopause [28/10/2008] Investigators have provided new information about hormonal biomarkers that can address the beginning of the menopause transition.Biomarkers: Hormones Can Predict Menopause - Read more

HPV: After Vaccination Early Diagnosis Still Necessary

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[01/09/2008] The recommendations to vaccinate girls and young women against cervical cancer have been in action for two years. The discussions if this measure makes sense continues since vaccinated women still need early stage diagnosis. HPV: After Vaccination Early Diagnosis Still Necessary - Read more

Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Groups: In the End a Matter of Feeling

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[01/09/2008] Each country has its special customs - this sometimes also applies to medicine. International data concerned with high genetic breast cancer risk show that more Dutch women opt for a preventive removal of both breasts than German women. The reason: It is still not clear how to best prevent breast cancer in high risk groups.Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Groups: In the End a Matter of Feeling - Read more

Cesarean Section: Surgery - Only If Absolutely Necessary

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[01/09/2008] More and more children are being born through a Cesarean section. Although this can have advantages for mothers and hospitals, experts believe that a surgery imposes higher risks than a natural birth.Cesarean Section: Surgery - Only If Absolutely Necessary - Read more

Hormone Replacement Therapy: „Those Affected Fall Ill in Younger Age“

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[01/09/2008] The discussion about breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy started in the USA years ago. Back then, a study stated that hormones raised the risk of falling ill. Critics pointed out flaws of the investigation. Hence, German researchers took up the subject once again. Hormone Replacement Therapy: „Those Affected Fall Ill in Younger Age“ - Read more

Bladder: Pregnancy May Shield From Cancer

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Pregnancy May Shield From Cancer [02/07/2008] Pregnancy seems to confer some protection against bladder cancer in mice, scientists have found. Bladder: Pregnancy May Shield From Cancer - Read more

„The Transitions Are Seamless“ – Dr. Christian Heisel about Knee Prostheses for Women

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[01/06/2008] Whether it is a heart attack or pills - men have nearly always been used as standard when it comes down to symptoms and drug dosage. For a few years gender-specific differences have become more important and medicine discovers the woman. MEDICA.de talked to Dr. Christian Heisel, head of endoprosthetics at the university hospital Heidelberg about male and female joints and knee prostheses. „The Transitions Are Seamless“ – Dr. Christian Heisel about Knee Prostheses for Women - Read more

Breast Cancer: Obese Women More Likely to Die

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[01/05/2008] Women who are obese when they are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are at a greater risk of dying of their disease than women of normal weight. Breast Cancer: Obese Women More Likely to Die - Read more

Car Crash: Seatbelts Also Important in Pregnancy

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Seatbelts Also Important in Pregnancy [03/04/2008] A study found that about 200 fetuses each year would not be lost if pregnant women properly buckled their seatbelts every time they were in an automobile. Car Crash: Seatbelts Also Important in Pregnancy - Read more

Birth: Uterus Contracts Poorly in Obese Women

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Uterus Contracts Poorly in Obese Women [19/04/2007] Scientists have uncovered the reason why overweight women have more Caesarean sections; they are at significant risk of their uterus contracting poorly in childbirth. Birth: Uterus Contracts Poorly in Obese Women - Read more

Gynaecology: 'Dry Eye' May be Linked to Sex Hormones

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[11/02/2004] Women whose ovaries prematurely cease functioning may be at a greater risk for dry eye symptoms, according to a large study carried out at the National Eye Institute, Bethesda.Gynaecology: 'Dry Eye' May be Linked to Sex Hormones - Read more

 
 

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