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Wise Words on Women's Health

Posted 30 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – May is Women's Health Month. With that in mind, doctors are offering suggestions for steps that women can take to reduce their risk of diseases and safeguard their health, both physical and mental. Dr. Blanca Sckell is medical director of the Ambulatory Care Center and internal medicine program at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, in New York City. She offered the following ...

Are You Ignoring Endometriosis?

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Endometriosis is a painful condition affecting many women, yet often years pass before it's diagnosed. Tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus starts growing outside it, often affecting the ovaries, the bowel or tissue lining your pelvis. Cysts or scar tissue can form. Beyond intense physical pain, endometriosis can affect everything from your mood and ...

Hair Care Products for Black Women May Disrupt Hormones

Posted 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – Many black women use a plethora of hair care products that contain chemicals that can interfere with their hormones, researchers warn. They noted these chemicals could be a reason why black women have higher rates of certain hormone-related health conditions than other women in the United States. For example, black women begin puberty at younger ages, and they have higher ...

Add Heart Check to Annual Ob-Gyn Visit, Experts Say

Posted 10 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – A "well" visit to her ob-gyn can benefit a woman's heart, two leading U.S. medical groups say. "As the leading health care providers for women, ob-gyns provide care that goes far beyond reproductive health and are in a unique position to screen, counsel and educate patients on heart health," said Dr. Haywood Brown, immediate past president of the American College of ...

Can Type 2 Diabetes Lead to Irregular Periods for Teen Girls?

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – As if coping with type 2 diabetes as a teenager isn't tough enough, it turns out that many girls with the metabolic disorder also have to deal with irregular periods. And menstrual cycles that stray from normal can lead to very heavy bleeding and cause extra cramping, said Dr. Megan Kelsey, lead author of a new study. She's an associate professor of pediatric ...

Too Much Drinking May Be Tied to PMS: Study

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – How much a woman indulges in alcohol may have ties to her premenstrual syndrome symptoms, a new global research review suggests. "We estimate that 11 percent of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) cases may be associated to alcohol intake worldwide," according to a team led by Bahi Takkouche, of the University of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. The researchers also estimated ...

Even Organic Cotton Tampons Can Cause Toxic Shock: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 – Although still exceedingly rare, menstrual toxic shock syndrome can be dangerous and has been tied to the use of tampons. And new research finds that the type of fibers used in manufacturing tampons doesn't seem to matter – 100-percent cotton or synthetic-fiber varieties were each linked to toxic shock. One alternative to tampons, the menstrual cup, was also linked with ...

Can Mom-to Be's' Weight Affect Daughters' Risk for Early Puberty?

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – Girls whose moms were overweight or had high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to enter puberty early, a large new study suggests. The Kaiser Permanente researchers said their findings could lead to new strategies to curb early puberty, which can have adverse long-term health effects for girls. "We know that maternal weight can influence childhood weight. ...

Common Gynecologic Condition, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Linked to Mental Health Issues

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – Could women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) be at increased risk for mental health problems? And are their children more likely to have autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? That's the suggestion of a new British study that hints at a connection between the gynecologic condition and mental health issues, but does not prove cause and effect. ...

Early Periods May Heighten Obesity Risk Later

Posted 2 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 – Women who began puberty early are more likely to be overweight, a new study reports. Specifically, the earlier they had their first period, the more apt women were to have a higher body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. Researchers at Imperial College London analyzed data from hundreds of thousands of women in the United ...

Early Periods Tied to Mental Health Issues Into Adulthood

Posted 10 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – Mental health problems can last into adulthood for girls who start having their periods at an early age, a new study suggests. Previous research had found that girls with early periods have more frequent and severe mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. They're also more prone to substance abuse, delinquency and failing or dropping out ...

Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is believed caused by a hormonal imbalance that affects the release of a woman's egg each month. The condition, which usually causes infertility, affects up to one in 10 women of childbearing age, the Office on Women's Health says. The agency mentions these common symptoms of PCOS: Irregular menstrual cycle. Excess hair on the face, chin, or parts of the body ...

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

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Could Smoggy Air Affect a Girl's Periods?

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – The quality of the air she breathes might have an impact on a teen girl's menstrual cycle, a new study suggests. U.S. researchers said that exposure to smoggy air could raise teen girls' risk for irregular periods. "While air pollution exposures have been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary [lung] disease, this study suggests there may be other systems, such as the ...

Essure Female Sterilization Device Appears Safe: Study

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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