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Is Too Much Time Online Raising Suicide Risk in Teen Girls?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – A spike in the amount of time teenage girls in the United States spend online is a likely culprit behind the surge in rates of depression, suicide and contemplation of suicide, new research suggests. The finding stems from an analysis of fatal injury data collected between 1999 and 2015 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as two large ongoing surveys that have been tracking the thoughts of roughly a half-million American teens since 1991. "Around 2012, rates of depression, suicide attempts and suicide itself suddenly increased among teens, especially among girls," said Jean Twenge. She is a psychology professor at San Diego State University and the study's lead author. "The increase occurred right around the same time smartphones became popular," Twenge said. "We found that teens who spent more time online were more likely to have at ... Read more

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Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – About 22,440 American women will learn they have ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in women in the United States. Every woman should know the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. While the causes are unclear, those at increased risk are over age 55; those with a close relative (mother, daughter or sister) with ovarian cancer; and women with a family history of breast, uterine or colon cancers, according to the Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J. Others at increased risk include women who have had breast, uterine or colon cancer and women who have never been pregnant. Women with a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer may be candidates for genetic testing to check for a ... Read more

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8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – The start of college means it's time for young women to take charge of their health. Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers several tips in a university news release. Know your health status. Talk to your parents and your doctor to make sure you're up-to-date with health screenings, shots and prescriptions. Ask about the status of allergies and other health issues. Guard against HPV. Sridhar said college students should make sure they have been immunized for human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. "It can cause cervical cancer but can be prevented by the HPV vaccination and screening with pap smears," she said. Know how to get health care on campus. Find out the location of the closest health center that accepts your insurance. Keep track of menstrual ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Linked to Lower Endometriosis Risk

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Women who breast-fed at least one child appear to have a lower risk for developing endometriosis, new research suggests. Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the reproductive organ on the fallopian tubes, ovaries or another area. "We found that women who breast-fed for a greater duration were less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis," said study author Leslie Farland. She is a research scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Given the chronic nature of endometriosis and that very few modifiable risk factors are currently known, breast-feeding may be an important modifiable behavior to reduce the risk of endometriosis among women after pregnancy," Farland said in a hospital news release. The study involved thousands of women who participated in the Nurses' Health ... Read more

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Does Early Puberty Affect a Girl's Academic Achievement?

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Girls who begin puberty at an earlier age may spend fewer years in school, a new study suggests. On the other hand, starting menstruation later was associated with staying in school longer, British researchers found. For every one year increase in age before starting menstruation, a girl spent an additional 53 days in school, on average, according to the report. "It's well established that the length of time that someone spends in education can have repercussions later on in life," said study lead author Dipender Gill, a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London. "It is associated with socio-economic status, rates of depression, risk-taking behavior and a range of health outcomes, so clearly time spent in education is important," Gill said in a college news release. "This study identifies that the age of puberty may have an effect on the length of ... Read more

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Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds. Previous research has suggested that reproductive hormones play a role in depression risk among women, yet hormone fluctuations are something all women experience. So, the study authors tried to figure out how hormones might be linked to depression. The researchers focused on estradiol. This is the main form of estrogen present during a woman's reproductive years. Estradiol affects levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that's involved in depression. Factors that might increase the length of exposure to estradiol include a younger age at first menstruation and how many menstrual cycles a woman has over her lifetime, the researchers said. This study of more than 1,300 women found that being exposed to estradiol for a longer ... Read more

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No Such Thing as Menstrual Memory Fog

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Contrary to what some have been led to believe, a woman's monthly menstrual cycle doesn't seem to dampen her thinking skills, no matter what time of the month it is. That's the finding of a small study that hopes to put to rest the idea that a woman isn't performing quite at her best during her period. "There might be individual exceptions, but our study did not show a negative impact of hormonal changes on [thinking and memory]," said the study's lead author, Brigitte Leeners. She's the deputy head of reproductive endocrinology at University Hospital Zurich, in Switzerland. The researchers said it's not just a pop culture myth or a persistent old wives' tale that surrounds menstruation and thinking skills. There have been some scientific studies that have suggested that hormones and the way they cycle could affect how a woman thinks and performs. For example, ... Read more

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Concussion Can Spur Short-Term Change in Women's Periods

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – After a concussion, a young woman might notice that her next few menstrual periods are a bit off-schedule, a new study finds. "The findings suggest that adolescent and young women have significantly increased odds of multiple, abnormal menstrual patterns following concussion, compared to those with an orthopedic injury," said lead researcher Anthony Kontos. He's director of research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. "The odds of having two or more abnormal menstrual patterns were significantly higher – six times higher for concussed patients, compared with those with orthopedic injuries," he said. The study included 128 young women, aged 12-21. Sixty-eight had sports-related concussions and 60 had an orthopedic injury, such as muscle strains or tears or broken or fractured bones. Forty-five percent of these women ... Read more

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Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Female runners with a low body weight are more likely to have stress fractures and take longer to recover from them, according to a new study. Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reviewed data on dozens of injuries suffered by female college runners. They found that runners with a body mass index (BMI) below 19 were more likely to suffer stress fractures than others. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. Women with a low body weight were also sidelined longer after an injury. Among those with the most severe stress fractures, recovery time was 13 weeks for women with a BMI of 19 or higher. That compared to more than 17 weeks for those with a BMI below 19, the study found. "We found that over time, we were able to identify the factors that put female runners at an increased risk of developing a stress fracture," ... Read more

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Why Teen Mental Ability Surges While Brain Shrinks

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Scientists say they have an answer to a persistent and quirky puzzle about brain development. They've long known that the brain's gray matter decreases in volume during adolescence – even though mental performance improves dramatically from childhood to young adulthood. Gray matter is the tissue in brain areas involved in seeing and hearing, memory, speech, emotions, decision making and self-control, among other things. While it shrinks in volume during adolescence, a new University of Pennsylvania study finds it becomes more dense to compensate. And while girls have lower brain volume than boys, proportionate to their smaller size, their gray matter is more dense. That may be why their mental skills are comparable, researchers said. "It is quite rare for a single study to solve a paradox that has been lingering in a field for decades, let alone two paradoxes," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Uterine Fibroids

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Uterine fibroids – growths in a woman's uterus – usually aren't cancerous. But they can trigger significant pain and discomfort. The womenshealth.gov website says typical symptoms include: Heavy, painful menstrual periods. A sensation of fullness in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Abdominal swelling. Urinating frequently. Pain during sex. Lower back pain. Reproductive problems. Read more

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'Menstrual Cycle in a Dish' Explores Intricacies of Female Body

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Scientists say they have created a palm-size model of the female reproductive system that even has a period. Dubbed a menstrual cycle in a dish, the miniature 3-D replica includes human and rodent tissue and models of ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, cervix, vagina and liver. The technology could lead to improvements in treating diseases in women's reproductive organs, including cancer and infertility, the model's creators said. "This is nothing short of a revolutionary technology," lead investigator Teresa Woodruff said. Woodruff is a reproductive scientist and director of the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. EVATAR, as it's called, resembles a small cube. A special fluid pumping through all of the organ models performs the function of blood. Hormones and other secreted substances ... Read more

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Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – It's not just a woman's weight that matters when couples are trying to conceive, a new study suggests. When a woman and her partner are both obese, their chances for pregnancy during any menstrual cycle are about half that of a normal-weight couple, according to the analysis from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "It translates to maybe a longer time to get pregnant," said lead study author Rajeshwari Sundaram. She is a senior investigator at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a unit of NIH. Prior studies show an association between female obesity and reduced odds for pregnancy in a single menstrual cycle, as well as a link between men's increased body weight and lower sperm count, the researchers noted. This study breaks new ground because it enrolled couples hoping to get pregnant, not couples undergoing fertility ... Read more

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Premature or Early Menopause More Likely in Women Without Kids: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – The risk of premature or early menopause is higher among women who began having menstrual periods at a young age and did not have children, a new report contends. Premature menopause is when periods naturally stop before the age of 40. Early menopause is when periods naturally stop when a woman is between 40 and 44 years old, the study authors said. The new research included more than 51,000 women in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. Women who started their menstrual periods at age 11 or younger were 80 percent more likely to have premature menopause than those who started their periods between ages 12 and 13. Women who began menstruating at 11 or younger were also 30 percent more likely to have early menopause, the study authors said. Those who had never been pregnant or never had children had a twofold increased risk of premature ... Read more

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Lower-Income Girls in U.S. Feel Unprepared for Puberty

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Girls from poor U.S. families feel they're missing out on vital life lessons about the female body, researchers say. Girls repeatedly said they felt ill-informed about menstruation and other changes related to puberty, according to researchers who reviewed papers published from 2000 to 2014. "Puberty is the cornerstone of reproductive development," study co-author Marni Sommer, an associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, said in a university news release. "Therefore, the transition through puberty is a critical period of development that provides an important opportunity to build a healthy foundation for sexual and reproductive health. Given the importance of this transition, the research is striking in its lack of quantity and quality to date." For the study, researchers at Columbia ... Read more

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