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'Menstrual Cycle in a Dish' Explores Intricacies of Female Body

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Scientists say they have created a palm-size model of the female reproductive system that even has a period. Dubbed a menstrual cycle in a dish, the miniature 3-D replica includes human and rodent tissue and models of ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, cervix, vagina and liver. The technology could lead to improvements in treating diseases in women's reproductive organs, including cancer and infertility, the model's creators said. "This is nothing short of a revolutionary technology," lead investigator Teresa Woodruff said. Woodruff is a reproductive scientist and director of the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. EVATAR, as it's called, resembles a small cube. A special fluid pumping through all of the organ models performs the function of blood. Hormones and other secreted substances ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Endometriosis, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Diagnosis and Investigation

Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns. For example, many people with anorexia are skillful at hiding their weight loss by doing things such as wearing loose clothing to mask their size or being very involved in meal preparation, according to Dr. Martha Levine of Penn State Children's Hospital. But there are signs that loved ones can look for, said Levine, who is director of the partial hospitalization program, in the division of eating disorders and adolescent medicine. People with anorexia are often cold and may develop a fine layer of hair on their bodies in reaction to the loss of body fat. In females, menstruation tends to stop, she noted. In the case of those with bulimia, watch for the person visiting the bathroom right after meals. Dentists can ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Menstrual Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Bulimia, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Premature or Early Menopause More Likely in Women Without Kids: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – The risk of premature or early menopause is higher among women who began having menstrual periods at a young age and did not have children, a new report contends. Premature menopause is when periods naturally stop before the age of 40. Early menopause is when periods naturally stop when a woman is between 40 and 44 years old, the study authors said. The new research included more than 51,000 women in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. Women who started their menstrual periods at age 11 or younger were 80 percent more likely to have premature menopause than those who started their periods between ages 12 and 13. Women who began menstruating at 11 or younger were also 30 percent more likely to have early menopause, the study authors said. Those who had never been pregnant or never had children had a twofold increased risk of premature ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Young Athletes Avoid Malnutrition

Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Young athletes who push themselves too hard without getting the proper nourishment risk making themselves sick. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains how to avoid malnutrition among young athletes: Teach children about the importance of fueling their bodies, and the risks of not getting enough nutrients. Watch for signs of malnourishment and eating disorders, including unexplained weight loss, fatigue, a spike in strains and sprains, increased temperature sensitivity and preoccupation with food. Be aware of irregular menstrual cycles, a potential sign of malnourishment among female athletes Make sure young athletes eat regular healthy meals and snacks. Read more

Related support groups: Vitamins, Weight Loss, Menstrual Disorders, Multivitamin, Vitamin D, Niacin, Folic Acid, Multivitamin With Minerals, Deplin, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Niaspan, Vitamin B12, Metanx, Vitamin C, Amenorrhea, Vitamin D3, Multivitamin With Iron, Centrum Multivitamins, Multivitamin, Prenatal, D3

Lower-Income Girls in U.S. Feel Unprepared for Puberty

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Girls from poor U.S. families feel they're missing out on vital life lessons about the female body, researchers say. Girls repeatedly said they felt ill-informed about menstruation and other changes related to puberty, according to researchers who reviewed papers published from 2000 to 2014. "Puberty is the cornerstone of reproductive development," study co-author Marni Sommer, an associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, said in a university news release. "Therefore, the transition through puberty is a critical period of development that provides an important opportunity to build a healthy foundation for sexual and reproductive health. Given the importance of this transition, the research is striking in its lack of quantity and quality to date." For the study, researchers at Columbia ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Menstrual Disorders, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea

Later Start, Finish to Menstruation May Extend Women's Lives

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Women whose periods begin later and who experience menopause later in life are more likely to live to be 90, new research suggests. "Our study found that women who started menstruation at age 12 or older, experienced menopause, either naturally or surgically, at age 50 or older and had more than 40 reproductive years had increased odds of living to 90 years old," said study author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the department of family medicine and public health at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Shadyab said his grandfather lived to the ripe old age of 102. And that's what started his interest in researching longevity. The new study included a racially and ethnically diverse group of over 16,000 American women who were part of the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. Fifty-five percent of these women lived to age 90. "Our team found ... Read more

Related support groups: Hot Flashes, Menopausal Disorders, Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Period Pain, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Perimenopausal Symptoms, Dysmenorrhea

3 Health Issues That Can Threaten Young Female Athletes

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Doctors need to be on the lookout for a trio of harmful health conditions in young female athletes, a new report says. Known as the "female athlete triad," the conditions include eating problems, menstrual problems and weakened bones, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts now know that all three conditions need not be present together to cause long-term health issues, and that they are triggered by strenuous sports training and not eating enough to meet the body's demands. "Each one of the components really exists on a spectrum," explained report co-author Dr. Amanda Weiss Kelly, division chief of pediatric sports medicine at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. The report discusses what is known about the triad and how doctors can screen for it during routine office visits. Doctors can ask a number of questions involving eating ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoporosis, Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Fracture, bone, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems, Prevention of Fractures

Giving Birth, Breast-feeding May Help Women's Long-Term Health

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – Having babies and breast-feeding may extend a woman's life, new research suggests. Other beneficial factors appear to include starting menstruation at a later age and using birth control pills. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 323,000 women in 10 European countries who were followed for an average of about 13 years. During that time, more than 14,300 of the women died. Nearly 6,000 died of cancer and more than 2,400 from circulatory system diseases. The study found fewer deaths among women who gave birth between the ages of 26 and 30 than among those who were older or who gave birth at age 20 or younger. Women who breast-fed also lived longer than those who did not. The risk of cancer death was lower in women who had given birth than among those who had not, and was lower among those who gave birth to two or three children than among those with one child. ... Read more

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Women's Pelvic Pain Often Unreported

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Untreated pelvic pain is common among U.S. women in their childbearing years, a new study reveals. The findings suggest that even during routine visits, doctors should ask women about pelvic pain, the investigators said. "Our study suggests that many reproductive-age women are experiencing but not reporting some form of pelvic pain," study author Karen Schliep, of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in an institute news release. "If they aren't doing so already, gynecologists may want to ask their patients if they're experiencing pain, as well as the type and precise location of the pain, and offer treatment as appropriate," she said. "Similarly, women should let their doctors know if they're in pain." The researchers surveyed more than 400 women, aged 18 to 44, at 14 surgical centers in Salt Lake City and San Francisco who ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Female Infertility, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Pelvic Infections

Hormone Linked to Absence of Periods in Women With Low Body Fat

Posted 11 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 8 – A lack of leptin contributes to the absence of menstrual periods in women with extremely low levels of body fat, but treatment with a synthetic form of the hormone may restore both the menstrual cycle and fertility, a new study indicates. Extremely low levels of body fat can occur in women who are unusually active, such as runners and dancers, and in those with eating disorders. These women are prone to the absence of periods (known to doctors as hypothalamic amenorrhea, or HA), which can lead to infertility and osteoporosis. Previous research found that women with HA have chronically low serum leptin levels. This new study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to offer definitive proof that a lack of leptin contributes to HA. The randomized, double-blind study included 20 women, ages 18 to 35, with HA. Many of them ... Read more

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