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Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps

Posted 17 Nov 2014 by

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 – Women who started smoking at a young age may be at increased risk for chronic, severe menstrual pain, a new study suggests. About 29 percent of women experience severe menstrual pain. While smoking has been suspected as a risk factor for severe menstrual pain, the evidence has been inconclusive, the authors of the new study said. The researchers analyzed data from 9,000 women taking part in a long-term study of women's health in Australia. About 14 percent of the women had chronic, severe menstrual pain. Current smokers who started smoking by age 13 were more likely to have chronic, severe menstrual pain, as were women who were unemployed, began having their periods at a younger age, were obese and spoke a European language at home. When the investigators took other factors into account, they concluded that current smokers who started smoking by age 13 were 60 ... Read more

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Gene Study Gives New Insight Into Puberty in Girls

Posted 23 Jul 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 – The timing of a girl's first menstrual period may be determined by hundreds, and possibly thousands, of gene variations, a new study suggests. Researchers have identified over 100 regions of DNA that are connected to the timing of menarche – a woman's first menstrual period. The researchers hope these findings will shed light on the biology of a number of diseases ranging from type 2 diabetes to breast cancer. "These findings will provide additional insights into how puberty timing is linked to the risk of disease in later life," said lead researcher John Perry, a senior scientist at the University of Cambridge MRC epidemiology unit, in the United Kingdom. "We hope that with the help of future studies, this will in turn lead to better understanding of the underlying biology behind diseases such as type 2 diabetes and breast cancer," Perry said. Earlier ... Read more

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PMS Not Linked to Hot Flashes Later, Study Finds

Posted 5 Jun 2014 by

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 – Women who experience premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, won't necessarily suffer from hot flashes when they go through menopause, according to a new study. However, women who have PMS are more likely to report other common menopause complaints, such as memory and concentration problems, the researchers found. "We were not able to detect any clear association between menopausal hot flashes and previous PMS," said study researcher Dr. Tomi Mikkola, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland. "However, women with PMS are more likely to experience impaired quality of life when entering menopause," he said. The study was published recently in the journal Menopause. PMS refers to a group of symptoms linked to the monthly menstrual cycle. It occurs about one to two weeks before the period starts. Symptoms of PMS ... Read more

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Iron-Rich Diet Might Ease PMS Misery

Posted 26 Feb 2013 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 – Millions of American women know the pain and emotional tumult of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. But a new study finds that diets full of iron from plant-based sources might help ease the condition. Women who ate in this way were about one-third less likely to develop PMS than women who consumed less iron, the researchers found. Non-meat sources of iron include dried beans and green leafy vegetables. Another mineral makes a difference, the study found. Higher levels of zinc were also associated with less PMS over the 10-year study period. Zinc occurs in many fresh fruits and vegetables. "It does look like a range of minerals are important for menstrual cycle health and for PMS. Women should consume a balanced diet, and if they're not getting enough nutrients from their diet, they should take a multivitamin," recommended senior study author Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, ... Read more

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Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought

Posted 5 Mar 2012 by

MONDAY, March 5 – For years, women with the severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) were told that their symptoms should subside the day menstruation begins. Now, new research suggests that these symptoms, which can include serious mood swings, start about four days before menstruation and can linger through the first three days of menses – as many women with the disorder can attest. This expanded PMDD definition will help researchers update the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), due out in May 2013. The DSM classifies mental disorders by precise definitions and diagnostic criteria, and it influences treatment decisions and insurance reimbursement. "It was thought that PMDD symptoms would drop off sharply at the onset of menses, and now we realize they don't," said study author Dr. S. Ann Hartlage, director of ... Read more

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