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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Are Her Chocolate Cravings a Product of the Culture?

Posted 26 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – While some U.S. women believe they need a dose of chocolate because their period is near, the culture they live in may be key to that impulse, new research suggests. Chocolate cravings are common among premenstrual American women – but unusual elsewhere in the world, the new study finds. "Menstrual chocolate cravings may be a culture-bound construct," said study lead ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, But Not Infertility Due To PCOS

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Acupuncture, a 3,000-year-old healing technique, received mixed reviews in two new studies from China – one focusing on incontinence and the other on a cause of female infertility. A research team found acupuncture did improve symptoms of stress incontinence – an involuntarily loss of urine, such as when a woman sneezes or coughs. But in a separate study, another team ...

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 ...

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