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8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

Posted 9 days ago 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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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 author Julia Hormes. She is a psychologist at the University at Albany, State University of New York. "In a society that emphasizes the 'thin ideal' of female beauty, women may view menstruation as a socially acceptable excuse to indulge in otherwise 'taboo' food," she explained. For the study, the researchers surveyed 275 female undergraduate students who represented a broad range of cultural backgrounds, with 81 born outside of the United States. The investigators found foreign-born respondents ... 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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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 of researchers determined that acupuncture did not help women who were infertile because of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance that keeps them from releasing an egg (ovulating) during the menstrual cycle. Acupuncture is a key element of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate specific body points. Previous research has found it might benefit constipation, depression and morning sickness, among other ... 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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'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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Genes May Play Role in More Severe Form of PMS

Posted 3 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – A new study links the activity of certain genes to a premenstrual mood disorder that affects 2 to 5 percent of women of reproductive age. The disorder, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), causes more severe symptoms than premenstrual syndrome, better known as PMS. PMDD symptoms include disabling irritability, sadness and anxiety before a menstrual period. The link "adds to evidence that PMDD is a disorder of cellular response to estrogen and progesterone," said study researcher Dr. Peter Schmidt. He's with the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "For the first time, we now have cellular evidence of abnormal signaling in cells derived from women with PMDD, and a plausible biological cause for their abnormal behavioral sensitivity to estrogen and progesterone," he said in an NIH news release. Scientists ... Read more

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Later Start, Finish to Menstruation May Extend Women's Lives

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Women whose periods begin later and who experience menopause later in life are more likely to live to be 90, new research suggests. "Our study found that women who started menstruation at age 12 or older, experienced menopause, either naturally or surgically, at age 50 or older and had more than 40 reproductive years had increased odds of living to 90 years old," said study author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the department of family medicine and public health at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Shadyab said his grandfather lived to the ripe old age of 102. And that's what started his interest in researching longevity. The new study included a racially and ethnically diverse group of over 16,000 American women who were part of the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. Fifty-five percent of these women lived to age 90. "Our team found ... Read more

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Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hormones may affect a woman's dental health throughout her lifetime. The American Dental Association cites these examples: During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums. Each month during menstruation, a woman may have bleeding and swollen gums, swollen salivary glands or canker sores. These symptoms should subside when menstruation ends. Some women who take birth control pills are more likely to develop a dry socket after oral surgery. Gingivitis, including swelling, soreness, tenderness and reddening of the gums, is possible during pregnancy. Regular brushing, flossing and visits with your dentist can help with all of these issues. Read more

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