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'March Madness' a Peak Time for Vasectomies

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FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – Thinking about a vasectomy? Now – as March Madness begins – might be just the time for the procedure. The NCAA basketball tournament and other major "sporting events are a popular time for men to schedule a vasectomy because we advise them to take it easy for two to three days after the procedure," Dr. Jim Dupree, an assistant professor of urology at the University of ...

Abortion Services Vary Widely Across the U.S.

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FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – The quality of abortion services in the United States can hinge on where a woman lives, a new report shows. The report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that while legal abortions in the United States are considered safe, many states have rules that limit a woman's access to a safe and effective abortion. According to the committee ...

1 in 20 Younger Women Suffers Major Depression

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years. Now, new research reports that nearly 5 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have struggled with major depression. And another 4 percent of women in that age group have experienced minor depression. But neither group is getting adequate ...

One Key Factor Raises Gay and Lesbian Teens' Suicide Risk

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TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Teens who are gay or lesbian but engage in heterosexual sex are at higher risk of a suicide attempt, new research suggests. "These findings are a wakeup call," said lead investigator Francis Annor of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. "We need to learn more about why teens who engage in sexual activity ...

Hormonal Birth Control Won't Raise Depression Risk: Study

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – There's no evidence of a link between hormonal birth control and depression in women, researchers report. "Depression is a concern for a lot of women when they're starting hormonal contraception, particularly when they're using specific types that have progesterone," study lead author Dr. Brett Worly said in a news release from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical ...

Does Your Valentine Have a Roving Eye? Watch Out

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Just in time for Valentine's Day, new research suggests one behavior can predict how strong a couple's bond might be. The study of newlywed couples found that if either partner spent too much time looking at attractive members of the opposite sex, their marriage was prone to trouble down the road. A research team from Florida State University tracked marital outcomes ...

Most Say Health Workers Shouldn't Refuse Care on Moral Grounds: Poll

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Most Americans are not on board with President Donald Trump's recent decision to further protect health care workers who refuse to treat patients on religious or moral grounds, the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. More than eight of 10 surveyed do not believe doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers should be allowed to use their conscience or ...

The Risk Factors That Make Women More Likely To Have A Stroke

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Stroke affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study pinpoints stroke risk factors unique to females. "Many people don't realize that women suffer stroke more frequently than men, and mortality is much higher among women," said Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, the study's corresponding author. "As women age, they are much more likely to have a stroke as a first ...

Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. The prevalence ranged depending on the community. And when the researchers used a less-strict estimate, the ...

Essure Female Sterilization Device Appears Safe: Study

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Essure implants used in female sterilization have come under fire in recent years, with women reporting a wide array of problems to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A new study from France shows the implants are relatively safe and do not raise the risk of side effects or health problems, however. The results show that Essure should remain on the market as a viable ...

Avion Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Balcoltra (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous bisglycinate tablets) Oral Contraceptive

Posted 21 Jan 2018 by

ATLANTA, Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC, the makers of the Prenate® line of prescription prenatal vitamins, received approval of its new drug application (NDA) for the oral contraceptive Balcoltra (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous bisglycinate tablets), the company's first internally developed NDA. Avion expects to commercially launch this new ...

White House to Shield Health Workers Who Refuse Services on Moral Grounds

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – Health workers who refuse to perform abortions or sex-change operations on religious or moral grounds will now get more protection from the Trump administration. Any medical professional who feels his or her rights have been violated can file a complaint with the new conscience and religious freedom division of the office for civil rights at the U.S. Department of ...

Health Tip: Why Women Need Folic Acid

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

-- Folic acid is a form of vitamin B that's important for women, especially those who are pregnant or who could become pregnant. Folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects. The vitamin is available in supplements, and is found naturally in leafy green vegetables, oranges and beans. It's also available in fortified foods, such as ...

The Pill Lowers Ovarian Cancer Risk, Even for Smokers

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – It's known that use of the birth control pill is tied to lower odds for ovarian cancer, but new research shows the benefit extends to smokers or women who are obese. According to the study from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, these trends were also observed for endometrial cancer as well. Long-term use of the pill was linked to reductions in risk for both cancers, ...

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to Language Delays -- in Baby Girls

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Toddlers whose mothers used acetaminophen – best known as Tylenol – early in pregnancy may have a heightened risk of language delays, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when moms-to-be used the painkiller during the first trimester, their daughters were more likely to have language delays at age 2.5 years. No such link was seen among boys, however. A ...

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