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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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

PMS: An Update on Solutions

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – Up to 75 percent of women experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome) with symptoms like anxiety, irritability and fatigue, health experts say. PMS is thought to be the result of a chain reaction that starts with the drop of the hormone progesterone near the end of every monthly cycle. In lab studies, an international team of researchers found that the active ingredient in the ...

Early Periods, Higher Heart Risks?

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Women whose periods started before age 12 may face an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new British study suggests. Early menopause, pregnancy complications and hysterectomy are also associated with a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, according to the research. "More frequent cardiovascular screening would seem to be sensible among women who are ...

Health Tip: Positive Parenting

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The younger teen years are some of the most emotional, physical and difficult years for adolescents. As hormones change and teens go through puberty, they may be self-conscious about their changing bodies and may worry frequently about what others think. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests things parents can do to help a young teen: Be honest and direct with your teen ...

Early Puberty in Girls May Take Mental Health Toll

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – A girl who gets her first menstrual period early in life – possibly as young as 7 – has a greater risk for developing depression and antisocial behaviors that last at least into her 20s, a new study suggests. "Girls who go through puberty earlier than peers tend to be more psychologically vulnerable during adolescence," said study lead author Jane Mendle, a clinical ...

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

Posted 14 Nov 2017 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 ...

Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks

Posted 10 Nov 2017 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 ...

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