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

Posted 6 days ago 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 8 days ago 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 ...

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

Posted 13 days ago 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 19 days ago 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 ...

Study Finds Abortion Doesn't Lead to Depression

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – Abortion does not increase a woman's risk for depression, according to new research. The study, of nearly 400,000 women in Denmark, challenges arguments that terminating a pregnancy takes a toll on a woman's emotional well-being. "Policies based on the notion that abortion harms women's mental health are misinformed," said study leader Dr. Julia Steinberg. She's an ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Taytulla (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol capsules and ferrous fumarate capsules) by Allergan: Recall - Due to Out of Sequence Capsules

Posted 30 May 2018 by

ISSUE: Allergan recently identified, through a physician report, that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla and the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules. As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure ...

Health Tip: Risk Factors for an Ectopic Pregnancy

Posted 23 May 2018 by

-- An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside theuterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. The growing fetus eventually will cause the fallopian tube to burst, which can lead to life-threatening bleeding that could require immediate surgery. Half of women who develop an ectopic pregnancy have no known risk factors, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ...

Could More Fish in the Diet Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

Posted 23 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – Adding more seafood to the diet could help get couples' sex lives, and even their fertility, back in the swim of things, new research shows. The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but couples who ate more fish each week were more likely to conceive children during the year of the study. "Our study suggests seafood can have many reproductive benefits, including ...

Health Tip: Learn Risk Factors for Miscarriage

Posted 9 May 2018 by

-- A woman's risk of pregnancy loss depends chiefly on four maternal factors: health conditions, age, lifestyle and specifics of pregnancy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says. The agency's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says factors the raise a woman's risk of miscarriage include: Existing conditions, such as high blood ...

Teen Sexting Often Tied to Past Sexual Abuse

Posted 9 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Teens who share sexually explicit texts or emails – "sexters" – are more likely to have suffered sexual abuse than their peers, new survey results suggest. For some teenagers, "sexting may be a part of normal sexual development," said study lead author Dr. Kanani Titchen. But for others, it "may be an indicator of an unhealthy romantic relationship or a history of ...

U.S. Women Loosening Up Sexually, Study Shows

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – American women are becoming more frisky in the bedroom, new research reveals. In a study of sexual trends in the United States, researchers at the University of Utah found that promiscuity is rising for women and declining for men. The number of women who've had sex with more than 15 partners has increased over the past few decades, from 3 percent to 7 percent. The ...

Big Decline in Births to Girls Under 15, CDC Says

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – There's been a steep decline over the past two decades in births to American girls under the age of 15, a new report finds. Overall, "the number of U.S. births to females aged 10 to 14 was a record low in 2016, dropping to 2,253 from 8,519 in 2000," a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote. Said another way, that means that the birth rate ...

FDA Restricts Sale and Distribution of Essure to Protect Women and to Require that Patients Receive Risk Information

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

April 9, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued an order to restrict the sale and distribution of the Essure device to ensure that all women considering use of the permanent contraception device are provided with adequate risk information so that they can make informed decisions. The FDA is taking this step after becoming aware that some women were not being adequately ...

Many Parents Unsure of Talking About Sex With LGBT Kids

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – Many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens feel uneasy and uninformed when it comes to talking to them about sex and dating, a new study shows. The study included 44 parents of LGBT teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The parents cited many challenges in trying to educate their teens about sex, including general discomfort in talking about it, ...

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