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Could Soaps, Shampoos Be Pushing Girls Into Early Puberty?

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – Exposure to chemicals found in a wide array of personal care products has been linked to early puberty among girls, a new investigation warns. The issue centers on specific chemicals including phthalates, parabens and phenols. They're found in an array of products, including perfumes, soaps, shampoos, nail polish, cosmetics, toothpaste, lipstick, hairsprays and skin ...

Female Genital Mutilation Decreasing in African Nations

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 – Female genital mutilation/cutting has declined sharply in most of Africa, but the practice is still widespread in western Asia, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data collected in 29 countries in Africa, as well as in western Asia (Iraq and Yemen) between 1990 and 2017. The greatest declines among girls up to the age of 14 were in: East Africa, from 71 percent in ...

Health Tip: When College Kids Should Go to the Doctor

Posted 26 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The closeness of college dorms and cafeterias means students are prone to getting sick or acquiring infections. Colleges typically have a medical facility on campus that students can go to if they feel sick, but a more serious illness may require a visit to the emergency room. The American Academy of Pediatrics says college students shouldn't ignore any of these symptoms that could mean a ...

Scent of a Woman: Fertile Females Smell Better to Men

Posted 17 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman. Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the "fittest" for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men. "Women with high estrogen and low progesterone levels are most attractive to men in an olfactory sense," said study ...

Scent of a Woman: Fertile Females Smell Better to Men

Posted 17 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman. Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the "fittest" for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men. "Women with high estrogen and low progesterone levels are most attractive to men in an olfactory sense," said study ...

Health Tip: Cope With Stretch Marks During Puberty

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Stretch marks aren't confined to pregnant women. Youngsters in puberty also may develop these lines on the body due to rapid growth. Skin is typically quite elastic, the Nemours Foundation points out, but when it overstretched, small scars known as stretch marks may develop. Nemours suggests how to make stretch marks less noticeable: Use a sunless self-tanner. Apply body makeup that is the ...

Why Alzheimer's May Be Tougher to Spot in Women

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – If your memory starts slipping, your gender may play a role in whether or not you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. How? Women excel in a skill called verbal memory – the ability to learn and remember verbal information such as stories or grocery lists. At the moment, tests to detect Alzheimer's disease rely heavily on measuring this skill, ...

Health Tip: Use Tampons Safely

Posted 18 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Tampons – cylindrical devices used to stem a woman's menstrual flow – are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as medical devices. The FDA offers these tips for safe tampon use: Follow all directions on the product's label. Wash hands before and after use. Only use tampons during the menstrual period. Change a tampon every 4-to-8 hours. Use the lowest-absorbency tampon for ...

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 ...

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