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One Key Factor Raises Gay and Lesbian Teens' Suicide Risk

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Teens who are gay or lesbian but engage in heterosexual sex are at higher risk of a suicide attempt, new research suggests. "These findings are a wakeup call," said lead investigator Francis Annor of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. "We need to learn more about why teens who engage in sexual activity ...

15 Percent of Teens Say They've Sexted

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – About 15 percent of teenagers say they've shared a sexually explicit image or video of themselves over the internet or via phone messaging, researchers say. And nearly twice as many – about 27 percent – said they've received a "sext," either from the original sender or from someone passing it along, according to a review of 39 prior studies. Sexting between teenagers is ...

Hormonal Birth Control Won't Raise Depression Risk: Study

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

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

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 ...

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

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by

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 ...

The Best and Worst Ways to Say 'I Love You'

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – To make someone feel loved, a small gesture might be best, a new study suggests. When Americans were asked what makes them feel loved, things such as showing compassion or snuggling with a child were tops. The least effective measures? Controlling behaviors, such as wanting to know where someone is at all times. "Whether we feel loved or not plays an important role in ...

IUD May Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

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 ...

White House to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate in Employers' Health Care Plans

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

Abortion Access Varies Widely Across U.S.

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Women's access to an abortion clinic varies widely across the United States, with 1 in 5 traveling more than 43 miles to reach a clinic, a new study shows. American women are, on average, 11 miles from an abortion clinic. But New Yorkers are within 3.2 miles of a clinic, while Wyoming residents must travel nearly 170 miles to access these services, according to ...

Nearly Half of the World's Abortions Are Unsafe

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by

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 ...

STDs Hit All-Time High in U.S.

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – New cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States reached an all-time high in 2016, federal health officials reported Tuesday. There were 1.6 million cases of chlamydia, 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and 28,000 of syphilis reported that year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in its annual report on STDs. And the diseases are on ...

More Teen Dads?

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – The number of teen mothers in the United States remained stable over two generations, but the number of teen fathers increased, new research shows. For the study, researchers analyzed data from two groups of about 10,000 people – those born in 1962-1964 and those born in 1980-1982. In both groups, about 8 percent of females were mothers at age 17. But the percentage of ...

Are Today's Teens Putting the Brakes on Adulthood?

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Parents may still marvel at how fast their kids grow up, but a new study finds that U.S. teenagers are maturing more slowly than past generations. In some ways, the trend appears positive: High school kids today are less likely to be drinking or having sex, versus their counterparts in the 1980s and 1990s. But they are also less likely to go on dates, have a part-time ...

8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by

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, ...

6 in 10 of America's Single Guys 'Take Responsibility' for Contraception

Posted 31 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – About six in 10 sexually active single men in the United States are taking responsibility for birth control, government health officials say. When they have sex, these unmarried males are using a condom (45 percent), vasectomy, "withdrawal," or a combination, according to a new report released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the ...

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