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Health Tip: It's Back to School Time

Posted 10 days ago by

-- As teens and children re-enter the classroom after summer vacation, it's time for parents and teachers to instill healthy behaviors that should last into adulthood. That means discouraging alcohol use, drug use and violence, which studies have associated with lower grades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Here are the agency's suggestions for parents: Talk openly with your ...

Obamacare May Have Boosted Access to Birth Control

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, may close a big gap in women's access to reproductive health care, a new study suggests. In a survey of nearly 1,200 women of childbearing age enrolled in Michigan's expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults, one in three said the expanded coverage improved her access to birth control and family ...

Health Tip: Understanding Vasectomy

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

-- A vasectomy is a method of birth control that involves minor surgery to prevent sperm from reaching semen. More than 500,000 men in the United States have the procedure each year, the Urology Care Foundation says. The procedure can be done in a urologist's office, a hospital or a surgery center. Most men recover within a week, the Foundation says. Here's what you can expect after the surgery: ...

FDA Approves Annovera (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol) Vaginal Contraceptive System

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by

NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – The Population Council, a global nonprofit research organization, announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Annovera™ (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol vaginal system), the first and only contraceptive that provides an entire year of protection against unintended pregnancy while fully under a woman's control. T ...

Promoting HPV Vaccine Doesn't Prompt Risky Sex by Teens: Study

Posted 13 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – Controversial state laws that promote vaccinating kids against the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not increase the likelihood that teens will engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study contends. "Parents and caregivers, as well as policy makers, should not be wary of policies or legislation related to HPV education or [vaccine] access, as our study does not show any ...

Frequent Sexting Can Weaken Committed Relationships

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Sexting can lead to dissing. That appears to be one takeaway from a small survey of North American adults in committed relationships who share explicit visuals and/or texts via mobile phones with each other. While the survey suggests that some couples who engage in sexting do see improvements in their real-world sex life, the virtual practice was linked to a rise in ...

Global Aid Programs Shortchange Teen Health Needs: Study

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Teen health in developing countries is vastly underfunded, researchers report. While teens represent 26 percent of people in developing countries, teen health received just 1.6 percent of global development aid for health between 2003 and 2016, the study found. And very little of that money was directed to serious teen problems such as anemia, depression and injuries, ...

Online Daters Are Really Looking for Their Better Half

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – Most people seeking romantic partners online try for someone "out of their league." That's the conclusion of researchers who analyzed data from online dating networks in Boston, Chicago, New York and Seattle. They found most of the people contacted prospects who were considered 25 percent more desirable than the seeker. The study, published Aug. 8 in the journal Science ...

Bayer Stops U.S. Sale of Essure Birth Control Implant

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – Amid lawsuits and plummeting sales for its Essure birth control device, drug giant Bayer announced Friday that it would cease U.S. sales of the product by the end of 2018. "This decision is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion that the Essure business is no longer sustainable," Bayer said in a statement. The United States was the ...

Why Some Americans Seek Abortion Pills Online

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – Restrictive abortion laws may drive some Americans to look for abortion medications online, a new study reports. "Though it may be surprising to consider, people in the United States are looking for ways to end their pregnancies at home using abortion pills they can get online," said study author Abigail Aiken. She's an assistant professor of public affairs at the ...

Sex, Drugs Hold Less Allure for Today's High Schoolers

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Today's teens are a much tamer lot, a new U.S. government survey finds. Fewer high school students are turning to sex or drugs, with the 2017 rates the lowest reported since the survey began in 1991, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The health of our youth reflects the nation's well-being," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said ...

Are Your Meds Making You Depressed?

Posted 12 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 – Drugs taken by more than one-third of U.S. adults have depression as a possible side effect, a new study reveals. These medications include blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers, hormonal contraceptives and pain medications, researchers said. And they're used by 37 percent of Americans, according to the study of 26,000 adults. "The use of multiple medications ...

Two-Drug Combo, Mifepristone with Misoprostol, Could Help Some Women Through Miscarriage

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – A two-drug combination is more effective than a single drug for women suffering miscarriage, a new study finds. Each year, about one million women in the United States have miscarriages, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. In the final part of a miscarriage, the body should expel the pregnancy tissue. However, sometimes this does not occur and the ...

Vitamin D May Lower Miscarriage Risk

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – Women who've had a miscarriage are more likely to get pregnant and have a baby if they have adequate levels of vitamin D, new research indicates. "Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy," said lead investigator Sunni Mumford, from the epidemiology branch of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Previous ...

Birth Control Pills (Taytulla Physician Sample Packs) Recalled Over Potential Pregnancy Risk

Posted 31 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – Almost 170,000 birth control pill packs are being recalled over a manufacturing error that could lead to unplanned pregnancy, maker Allergan says. Taytulla physician sample packs include active capsules and inactive placebos that are designed to be taken in a certain order. The recalled packs may have been packaged out of order, so that a person who expected to take an ...

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