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Hormonal Birth Control Won't Raise Depression Risk: Study

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Health Tip: Why Women Need Folic Acid

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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, ...

Conceiving Despite IUD Use Is Tied to Higher Odds for Pregnancy Complications

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise. "Because of the elevated risks of severe, adverse short-term perinatal complications, we recommend careful monitoring of any women who conceive while using an IUD," said ...

Epilepsy Drug, Topiramate, Could Raise Birth Defect Risks

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – A common anti-seizure drug may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women, a new study warns. Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester may boost the risk that their child will be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. That risk increase specifically applies to women with epilepsy, who typically ...

Birth Control Pill Tied to Slight Rise in Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – Newer versions of the birth control pill carry a similar increased risk of breast cancer as earlier ones that were abandoned in the 1990s, a new study reveals. Women taking modern formulations of the pill have a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared with those who've never been on hormonal contraception, the study of almost 2 million Danish women found. ...

Health Tip: Talk to Your Child About Sexting

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- "Sexting" refers to sending a text message with pictures that are inappropriate, especially involving nudity. According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 20 percent of teen boys and girls have acknowledged sending such messages. The AAP suggests how to talk about sexting with your child: Discuss the issue with your child, even if you haven't heard about an ...

IUD May Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

Posted 7 Nov 2017 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hormone Therapy May Be OK for Women With Migraines

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Women who suffer from migraines may be able to safely use hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms, a new study suggests. The study of 85,000 U.S. women found no evidence that hormone therapy carried a particular risk of heart attack or stroke among those with a history of migraine headaches. That possibility has been a concern, mainly based on studies of younger ...

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 ...

Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link – but not cause and effect proof – between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was ...

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 ...

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