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The Best and Worst Ways to Say 'I Love You'

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – To make someone feel loved, a small gesture might be best, a new study suggests. When Americans were asked what makes them feel loved, things such as showing compassion or snuggling with a child were tops. The least effective measures? Controlling behaviors, such as wanting to know where someone is at all times. "Whether we feel loved or not plays an important role in how we feel from day to day," said study author Saeideh Heshmati, a postdoctoral research scholar at Penn State University's College of Health and Human Development. "We were curious about whether the majority of Americans could agree about what makes people feel loved on a daily basis, or if it was a more personal thing," Heshmati said in a university news release. "Our results show that people do agree, and the top scenarios that came back weren't necessarily romantic," Heshmati added. The ... Read more

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Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best. The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom's risk for severe illnesses and death. "Not only for baby's sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before pregnancy," said study lead author Dr. Sarka Lisonkova. She's an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia and the Children's and Women's Health Centre in Vancouver. "It's never too late, even if you're already pregnant," Lisonkova said, adding that weight gain during pregnancy can also increase the risk for severe illnesses and even death in expectant mothers. The study, published Nov. 14 in Journal of the American Medical Association, ... Read more

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Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 – It's a common Hollywood trope – an older guy is having enthusiastic sex with a gal half his age when he suddenly flops over dead. But in real life, sexual activity very rarely causes cardiac arrest, a new study reassuringly reports. Sex was linked to only 34 out of more than 4,500 cardiac arrests that occurred in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area between 2002 and 2015. That's a rate of just 0.7 percent, the researchers noted. Of those cases, 18 occurred during sex and 15 immediately after sex. Time couldn't be determined for the last case. "I'm a little surprised at the really tiny number," said study senior researcher Dr. Sumeet Chugh, medical director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "But mostly I feel it's reassuring data." The news is most welcome for patients with heart problems who aren't sure if sex could be ... Read more

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IUD May Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – IUD contraceptive devices may reduce a woman's risk of cervical cancer by about a third, a new review concludes. Researchers think IUDs might promote an immune response that kills off human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer. "The data say the presence of the IUD in the uterus stimulates an immune response, and that immune response very, very substantially destroys sperm and keeps sperm from reaching the egg," explained lead researcher Victoria Cortessis. "It stands to reason the IUD might influence other immune phenomenon." These results could be potentially lifesaving for young adult women who are too old to benefit from the HPV vaccine, said Cortessis. She is an associate professor of clinical preventive medicine at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. "The vaccines don't work unless ... Read more

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A Teen Mom's Stress May Harm Her Heart

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – Women who give birth in their teens may face hardships, and new research suggests that stress might take a toll on the heart. The study found that in a group of women over 65, those who gave birth for the first time before age 20 had a higher risk of heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease) later in life. "Adolescent childbirth may be an important risk marker for cardiovascular disease in women, and one that is worth more investigation and clinical consideration," said the study's senior author, Catherine Pirkle. She's an assistant professor in health policy and management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. "Adolescent mothers may need to be more attentive to lifestyle factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including maintaining a healthy body weight and engaging in sufficient physical activity," she said. And women who gave ... Read more

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Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Kids

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Acetaminophen is considered the go-to pain medication during pregnancy. But a new study adds to evidence linking the drug to an increased risk of behavioral issues in kids. Researchers in Norway found that among nearly 113,000 children, those whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were slightly more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The link was, however, confined to longer-term use – particularly a month or longer. When moms used acetaminophen for 29 days or more during pregnancy, their kids were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, versus women who did not use the drug. On the other hand, when expectant moms used the drug for a week or less, their kids showed a slightly decreased risk of ADHD. Acetaminophen is best known by the brand name Tylenol, but it's an active ingredient in many pain relievers. ... Read more

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High-Pesticide Produce Not the Best Recipe for Fertility

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Couples who are trying to have children should probably be picky about their produce, a new study suggests. Women were less likely to reproduce if they ate large amounts of fruits and vegetables known to have high levels of pesticide residue, said lead researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro. He is an associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. In fact, a woman's odds of becoming pregnant increased by 79 percent and her odds of delivering a live birth by 88 percent if once a day she swapped a serving of high-pesticide produce for a fruit or vegetable with less pesticide residue, the researchers found. So, is organic the way to go? Not necessarily, Chavarro said. "I don't think there's any reason to buy organic versions of some of the low-pesticide fruits and vegetables," Chavarro said. "Buying the organic ... Read more

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Oral Sex Plus Smoking a Cancer Danger for Men

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Smoking and oral sex may be a deadly combo that raises a man's risk for head and neck cancer, a new study suggests. The key factor is transmission of oral strains of the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be passed through oral sex. In fact, men who smoke and have five or more partners with whom they've had oral sex – in this study, that typically meant cunnilingus – have the highest risk of developing a type of head and neck cancer known as oropharyngeal cancer. Dr. Otis Brawley is chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society. Reviewing the new study, he noted that "the incidence of oral HPV infection seems to be rising among white men in their 50s and 60s," perhaps due to increasing acceptance of oral sex. Still, for most people, the risk of contracting an HPV-linked head-and-neck cancer remains very low, said lead researcher Amber ... Read more

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Men Often Happier With Their 'Bromance' Than Their Romance

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – In a decidedly male take on the BFF, new research shows that the emotional safety of a bromance might beat romance for some men. A series of in-depth interviews with a small group of young, straight men revealed that the guys felt more comfortable sharing feelings and resolving conflicts with their male best friend than with their lover. "The key differences we found is that romances are the sexual partner, and the bromance is the emotional partner," said study author Adam White. The men his team interviewed said they "could be more emotionally open, without fear of being judged or policed, with their bromances, whereas they often were fearful of being their true selves with their romances through worry that sex may be withheld, they may end up arguing, or they may be judged negatively," he explained. That could mean that romance is starting to lose some of its ... Read more

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Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid – a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects – before they know they're pregnant, a new survey has found. The poll, conducted by the March of Dimes, also revealed significant racial disparities: Just 10 percent of black women and 27 percent of Hispanic women of childbearing age report taking multivitamins with folic acid before pregnancy. "One of the things that's striking for us is how much more we need to make sure women understand the importance of being healthy before pregnancy," said Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes Foundation. "Half of all pregnancies are unexpected, which means women of childbearing age need to be doing all they can to be healthy in the event they do get pregnant," she said. In the United States, more than 120,000 babies – about 3 percent of all ... Read more

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Fertility Tests May Not Be Best Gauge of Your Biological Clock

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Women in their 30s and early 40s who want to know whether their biological clocks are running out should skip fertility testing, a new study suggests. Fertility clinics commonly use blood and urine tests to assess the quantity and quality of eggs remaining in a woman's ovaries – information that clinicians can use in making decisions about treating infertile women. However, a study in the Oct. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that these tests cannot predict whether a woman in her later reproductive years will get pregnant naturally. "We were hoping to see that these biomarkers would predict a woman's ability to get pregnant, but we didn't find that," said Dr. Anne Steiner, the study's lead author. Steiner, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said there's "huge interest" in ... Read more

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White House to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate in Employers' Health Care Plans

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – In a move that could affect millions of American women, the Trump Administration is poised to roll back a federal mandate requiring that birth control be available as part of employer-based health plans. Instead, new rules – expected as early as Friday – would give employers much wider leeway to declare themselves exempt from providing contraception due to moral or religious objections, The New York Times reported. More than 55 million women currently have access to free birth control due to the contraceptive coverage mandate, according to data compiled under the Obama administration. The new rules would also affect hundreds of thousands of women who get free contraception under the Affordable Care Act. The expected action from the White House fulfills a promise President Donald Trump made to voters during the 2016 election campaign. According to the Times, ... Read more

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Abortion Access Varies Widely Across U.S.

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Women's access to an abortion clinic varies widely across the United States, with 1 in 5 traveling more than 43 miles to reach a clinic, a new study shows. American women are, on average, 11 miles from an abortion clinic. But New Yorkers are within 3.2 miles of a clinic, while Wyoming residents must travel nearly 170 miles to access these services, according to researchers from the Guttmacher Institute in New York City. "How far a woman has to travel for an abortion is a key measure of access, alongside stigma, restrictive laws and financial constraints," said study author Jonathan Bearak. "Our findings illustrate the vast differences in access to abortion mapped across the U.S., with women in remote, rural areas facing the longest journeys for an abortion," Bearak added. The study results were published Oct. 3 in The Lancet Public Health. Laws in 14 states ... Read more

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Nearly Half of the World's Abortions Are Unsafe

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – More than 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, a new study says. That means nearly half of the 55.7 million abortions that take place annually aren't safe, said researchers led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute in New York City. The vast majority of these dangerous pregnancy terminations occur in Africa, Asia and Latin America, they found. Analyzing records for abortion globally, the research team deemed 55 percent of all terminations between 2010 and 2014 "safe." That meant they were performed using a WHO-recommended method (medical abortion, vacuum aspiration, or dilatation and evacuation) and involved at least one trained person. "The highest proportions of safe abortions were seen in countries with less restrictive laws, high economic development and well-developed health infrastructures, ... Read more

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STDs Hit All-Time High in U.S.

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – New cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States reached an all-time high in 2016, federal health officials reported Tuesday. There were 1.6 million cases of chlamydia, 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and 28,000 of syphilis reported that year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in its annual report on STDs. And the diseases are on the rise in a number of groups, including women, infants, and gay and bisexual men. "Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. "STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond," he said in an agency news release. Young women account for nearly half of all diagnosed chlamydia infections, but syphilis and gonorrhea are ... Read more

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