Women's Health News and Studies

New Type 1 Diabetes Genetic Discovered to Be “Game Changer”

Approximately 3 million people in the US have T1D. It develops during infancy or childhood and, since there is no cure at this time, the disease remains with the patient for the rest of his life. ... read more »

Housework Partners Don’t Have as Much Sex

According to a recent study published in American Sociological Review, men who do 'women's' chores are less likely to have sex than men who partake in more 'manly' chores around the house. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Reduces Mom's Risk of MS Relapse

In 2014, NPR reported on a woman who realized in the throes of morning sickness that she didn’t have any MS symptoms; her story led to discovery of a link between the hormone estriol and MS. ... read more »

Experts Recommend 3-Step Diagnostic Process for Autism

A new study of two different kinds of genetic tests identified ASD in a small number of patients, leading the test’s authors to recommend a 3-step diagnostic process when autism is suspected. ... read more »

Kids Bombarded with Tempting Booze Ads on TV Sport Events

A study published in January indicates children who grow up watching booze ads on TV are more likely to imbibe themselves. They have a tendency start early and are prone to overindulgence. ... read more »

Could Autism's Rise Be Due to Diagnostic Pattern Shifts?

Parents and medical professionals alike are justifiably alarmed at the skyrocketing rise in the disorder, especially since there are no real answers for what actually causes autism. ... read more »

Mom vs. Dad Baby Talk and Child Development

A recent study from Washington State University (WSU) explored the different ways different people speak to young children and how these communication differences affect or influence the child. ... read more »

Parent Training Improves Behaviors of Autistic Children

A new study identifies a 24-week program that trains parents of autistic children how to handle their disruptive behavior and outbursts with superior results. ... read more »

Future Cognitive Development Reflected in Newborn’s Eyes

A new study suggests there’s more than joy to be found in a newborn’s eyes. A baby’s gaze is a signal of how well his or her visual cognitive abilities will develop throughout early childhood. ... read more »

Penis Transplant Restores Organ After Botched Circumcision

A 21-year-old man in South Africa recently received a rare penis transplant and is reportedly doing fine. The unnamed patient “has made a full recovery and has regained all function..." ... read more »

Stillbirth 10% Higher for Boy Babies

A recently published study from the United Kingdom finds that the global rate of stillbirth is 10% higher for boy babies than for girls. ... read more »

Smoking While Pregnant: Poor Impulse Control in Child

A study provides evidence that the children of mothers who smoked while pregnant are more likely to exhibit poor impulse control and be thrill seekers as adults than are the children of non-smokers. ... read more »

Circumcision Safest During First Year

Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the prepuce (foreskin) of the penis. The practice has been controversial for ages. The safety of circumcision was put to the test in a recent study. ... read more »

New Catheterization Procedure for Babies with Hole in Heart

Approximately 9 of every 1,000 people are born with some form of heart defect, the most common of which are septal defects. ... read more »

Keep Grandma Mentally Sharp; Let Her Babysit One Day a Week

Good news for grandma! Researchers recently discovered that postmenopausal grandmothers who babysit their grandchildren one day a week score highest on tests of mental acuity. ... read more »

Baby May Never Outgrow Atopic Dermatitis

Approximately 10% to 15% of kids in the United States will be diagnosed with atopic dermatitis (AD), usually before they turn two. ... read more »

Should Technology Allow Parents to "Design" Their Babies?

Is modern science approaching the point where designing the baby of one's dreams becomes a reality? ... read more »

Shared Sleeping Infant Deaths: Texas Polar Vortex

The chilling antics of the polar vortex left Central Texas temperatures far below normal this winter. Texans bundled up to stay warm and cozy during a winter so cold it broke records. ... read more »

Lighting Up the Christmas Tree With Lead

One of the joys of Christmas is watching a child's face light up when Christmas tree lights are turned on. But is playing with them safe? ... read more »

Avoid Food Allergies: 17 Weeks of Breast Milk

Seventeen seems to be the magic number to best protect a baby against the development of food allergies. A recent British study found that babies who are fed only breast milk until at least 17 weeks old are less likely to develop food allergies by age 2. ... read more »

Too Much Sports May be Bad for Adolescent Well-Being

Health professionals are promoting exercise to help curb rising childhood obesity rates but results from a new study show that getting too much exercise might actually be bad for a child's health. ... read more »

PTSD Symptoms Increase Risk for Obesity in Women

Women who suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorde (PTSD) are at higher risk for becoming obese, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. This research was the first to show that the symptoms of PTSD can contribute to obesity. ... read more »

Bill Gates Foundation Grants Winner for New Condom

Each year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation runs contests, or 'challenges,' for endeavors pursuant to its mission. This year, one GCE contest involved developing a new type of male contraception. ... read more »

Eat Mediterranean for Lifetime of Robust Health

If the Mediterranean diet brings such robust vitality to middle-aged women past their childbearing years, imagine what it can do for young women and the children they bear. ... read more »

8 Public Places to Avoid During Cold and Flu Season

The best way to treat a cold or the flu is not to get them in the first place. Prevention means knowing where these nasty germs are hiding and avoiding them like the plague. ... read more »

Cinnamon May Help Treat PCOS

Adding cinnamon to the diet may be an effective treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

New Warnings About Bed Sharing with Infants

The number of babies who share a parents' bed has more than doubledsince the early 1990s, according to the recent National Infant SleepStudy, despite a number of public service ads warning of the increasedrisk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). ... read more »

Intelligence Link to Time Spent Breastfeeding

Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital believe cognitive development, or intelligence, may be associated with the length of time an infant spends breastfeeding. ... read more »

United States Updates HIV Screening Recommendations

A recent publication in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports a change has been made to screening recommendations that include recommendations for screening during pregnancy. ... read more »

Binge Drinking is a Threat to Young Girls and Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive consumption of alcohol accounted for 23,000 deaths each year between 2001 and 2005. ... read more »

Child Abuse and Autism Risk

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry reports a connection between child abuse and future risk of having children with autism. ... read more »

Why Do Cancer Treatments Differ from Person to Person?

Researchers from Australia seem to be one step closer to solving the mystery of why cancer treatments work in one patient but not another. ... read more »

Pregnancy Hormones Ease Chronic Pain

During pregnancy, childbirth, and thereafter, many women don't experience pain to the degree expected. Many who use opiates for pain management find they don't need as much of it during this time. ... read more »

Fatherhood Packs on the Pounds

Most men gain a little weight after they get married. A new study indicates fatherhood packs on the pounds, too. Each added pound puts a man closer to the health risks associated with excess weight. ... read more »

Ever Wonder What Skinny People Eat for Breakfast?

Do you ever wonder what skinny people eat for breakfast? You’re not alone. Researchers at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab wondered about the same things so they asked. ... read more »

58% of Female Smokers are Victims of Domestic Violence

As many as one in three women in the world are thought to have experienced physically or sexually violent attacks from their intimate partners. A study links smoking and domestic violence. ... read more »

Violence Against Women May Include Contraceptive Sabotage

Contraceptive sabotage is more common than many women may recognize, leading ACOG to establish guidelines and support materials for obstetricians to educate patients who may be experiencing violence at home. ... read more »

Early Breast Cancer Detection Test for African-American Women

Young African-American women are more likely to develop triple-negative strains of breast cancer. These strains have a high mortality rate with most patients living less than five years. ... read more »

Not in the Mood? Sleep On It!

A new study indicates someone not in the mood should sleep on it for an extra hour tonight to improve libido tomorrow. ... read more »

Women’s Risk of STD Infection In Sync With Menstrual Cycle

Research reveals a woman’s risk of STD infection is in sync with her menstrual cycle and it’s all about making it easier for a successful pregnancy to occur. ... read more »

Is Social Media Fueling Rise in STD Cases?

Studies indicate a rise in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that are thought to be driven by social media use. ... read more »

Timing of Maternal Tdap Immunization Is Vital to Infant

It is assumed that mothers immunized for pertussis (Tdap) pass enough antibodies on to the infant to protect against infection until infant Tdap immunizations begin, if antibodies are not passed in sufficient amounts the infant is not protected until vaccination begins. ... read more »

Hypothyroidism Risk in Newborns with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia

Researchers from the Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles pulled medical records for 135 newborns from the optic nerve hypoplasia registry. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels were tested in all subjects. ... read more »

Psychosocial Correlates of Exclusive Breastfeeding

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests at least six months of breastfeeding to ensure optimal health and well-being for every infant, though a small percentage of mothers breastfeed for this length of time. ... read more »

Newborn Care Practices and Health Seeking Behavior

Although the details of the research are limited, a new study out of Gujarat, India shows a direct connection between socioeconomic status and medical care sought and received by pregnant women and newborns. ... read more »

Neonatal Intestinal Obstruction Treatment Effects

Neonates born with intestinal obstructions are treated surgically in infancy. There are no studies revealing the long-term motor and cognitive development of these children during childhood years. ... read more »

Lower Sexual Interest in Postpartum Women

After giving birth, women often report having lower sexual interest. It is often accepted as just being a part of giving birth and moving from pregnant woman to new mom. The revelation could help women feel less negative about looming sexual interest. ... read more »

HPV Vaccinations: Fear and Misinformation

HPV is one of the causes of cervical cancer. Gardasil offers preventative protection against HPV infection, but not all high-risk young women understand the benefits of the vaccination. ... read more »

Granulosa Cell Tumors of the Ovary: Review of 43 Cases

Granulosa cell tumors are rare tumors that can develop on the ovaries. There are two types of the disease - juvenile and adult. ... read more »

Emphatic Skills Improve Patient/Physician Relationship

Emphatic skills, including socialization, empathy and communication style are important to creating that initial bond of trust between patient and physician in all medical settings. ... read more »

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