Women's Health News and Studies

Your New Baby and the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2013. Americans have many questions, including how the act affects pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn coverage. ... read more »

Lifetime Autism Price Tag $2 Million Plus

A study puts the lifelong price tag for living with autism at roughly $2.4 million (£1.414 million). ... read more »

Obese Women Less Likely to Develop Endometriosis

Medical research has associated obesity with a long list of potential health problems and diseases. Among them is high-risk of pregnancy and delivery complications. ... read more »

Cause of Pain in Women with Endometriosis

Researchers know little about how pelvis pain is caused in women with endometriosis. In a recent study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, researchers suggest neural growth factors may play a part in the development of endometrial pain. ... read more »

SSRIs May Not Help Adults Who Had Early Life Stress

Unfortunately, SSRIs don’t work for everybody. Dr. Jeremy D. Coplan noticed SSRIs often don’t work on depression patients who had experienced early life stresses. ... read more »

Experience of Acupuncture Eases Cancer Drugs’ Side Effects

The results of a recent clinical trial may offer the hope of relief from the distresses of cancer drugs by the experience of acupuncture. ... read more »

Low-Fat Yogurt May Cause Asthma and Hay Fever

Researchers have found a connection between eating low-fat yogurt during pregnancy and an increased risk of hay fever and/or asthma in their children. ... read more »

Radiation Exposure May Affect Testicular Cancer Rates

According to a new preliminary study by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, male infants born to mothers exposed to radiation in early pregnancy may suffer from increased risk of testicular cancer later in life. ... read more »

Hazelnut Oil: A New Source for Healthy Formula Fats

A mother's breast milk is perfect in every way and can provide all the nutrition her baby needs for more than a year. When a new mother cannot or chooses not to breastfeed, infant formula is the alternative. ... read more »

The Link Between Oral Contraceptives and Prostate Cancer

Researchers have published their findings in BMJ Open linking prostate cancer with the use of oral contraceptives, such as birth control pills. ... read more »

Common Orthopedic Problems in Newborns

Orthopedic problems in newborns are common with flat feet, in-toeing and bowlegs being common in the United States, but not all populations exhibit the same newborn orthopedic problems. ... read more »

Sensorineural Hearing Loss After Passing Newborn Screen

A new study recently published in the JAMA Network journal Otolarynology ' Head and Neck Surgery, brings to light the inconsistencies betweennewborn screening results and childhood hearing. ... read more »

Flu Outbreak Reaches Epidemic Proportions in US, CDC Says

The word epidemic is not used lightly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but that is exactly the word being used to describe flu season 2012-2013. ... read more »

Respiratory Exacerbations in Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, degenerative disease present at birth. The disease progresses with age and can cause premature death due to complications. ... read more »

Whole Body Skin Cleansing with Chlorhexidine in Neonates

In medical centers with low-resource reserves, cleansing the umbilical cord with chlorhexidine is used to reduce mortality rates. ... read more »

Predicting Borderline Ovarian Tumor Relapse

BOTs (Borderline Ovarian Tumors) carry a higher risk of relapse ' up to30%. Factors associated with relapse have not been accurately identified leaving doctors with incomplete prognostic information prior tosurgery. ... read more »

Mitochondrial Diseases in Children a Thing of the Past?

Researchers from the NYSCF (New York Stem Cell Foundation) partnered with CUMC (Columbia Medical Center) to create a special technique to stop mitochondrial diseases from genetically passing on to children. The technique is in the earliest clinical stages. ... read more »

How Do Parents Feel About an HPV Vaccine for Boys?

HPV (human papilloma virus) is passed during intercourse or other sexual contact, including oral sex. Girls can choose to be vaccinated against some strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer, but girls are not the only ones at risk. ... read more »

HIV, Sexual Violence and Special Populations

According to researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in adolescent and pregnant populations, the immune system may be altered, but the alteration increases the risk of HIV infection. ... read more »

Obese Dads Pass Poor Immunity to Children

Duke University is behind a new study published in the BMC Medicine journal. According to the study, paternal obesity may increase the risk of disease, including cancer, to offspring. ... read more »

Early Sexual Activity and Early Substance Use

Experts know, based on previous research and data collection, that conduct problems are predictive of an earlier sexually active start, higher risk of pregnancy and higher risk of contracting an STD, including HIV. ... read more »

Slow Growth in Infancy Disappears by Teen Years

Slow growth in infancy can be difficult for some parents to deal with or understand, but researchers from the University of Bristol claim growth rates tend to reach near normal by teen years. ... 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 »

Vaccine for Cytomegalovirus (CMV) on the Horizon

The cytomegalovirus (CMV) may not be a virus most people have heard of, but it is one of the leading causes of birth defects in the world. About one in 750 infants are born with a birth defect contributed to CMV. ... read more »

Parenteral Therapy Resistance and Tubo-Ovarian Abscess (TOA)

Parenteral therapy bypasses the gastrointestinal system and hits the circulatory system directly. Researchers from the Yokohama City University Medical Center have attempted to find risk factors that could predict therapy resistance in tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA). ... read more »

High-Risk Teens and the Papanicolaou Test

Current standards suggest testing for cervical cancer starting at age 21, but researchers believe there could be an unrealized need for testing earlier in high-risk teen populations. ... read more »

Are BRCA 1/2 Mutations Associated with Early Onset Menopause?

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics at UC San Francisco recently published a study testing a possible connection between BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations and early onset menopause. ... read more »

Erection Problems Early Sign for Heart Disease or Death

A new Australian study published in PLoS Medicine claims even the slightest case of erectile dysfunction could be caused by an underlying heart condition that could increase risk of early death. ... read more »

Sexual Risk Behaviors Amongst Cocaine and Heroin Users

Based on the results of a study, published in the journal Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, condom use shows a lack of intimacy and trust and HIV status is determined based on appearance rather than negative HIV testing. ... read more »

The Womb: Battleground in Texas

The womb is the battleground in Texas these days, in a fight for healthcare rights that centers around the closing of 37 of the state's 42 Planned Parenthood-sponsored medical facilities. ... read more »

Prevalence of Vaginal Candidiasis in Young Women

Nigerian researchers recently published a study on vaginal candidiasis in The Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal showing a high rate of vaginal candidiasis in women with vaginal infections. ... read more »

Safety of Indomethacin IUD: Random Control Study

Researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital report indomethacin IUD are effective and carry a low risk of complications, including expulsion, bleeding and pain. ... read more »

Newborns May Get Sick So Beneficial Microbes Can Flourish

Within the first few months of a baby's life, many parents come to the realization that their new little bundle of joy is sometimes more bundle, less joy. This realization often occurs during long sleepless nights while trying to soothe a fussy or sick baby. ... read more »

Abdominopelvic Tuberculosis Mimics AOC and PID

Doctors and researchers in the Jiangsu Province in China note 28 cases of Abdominopelvic Tuberculosis (TB) commonly misdiagnosed as advanced ovarian cancer (AOC) or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). ... read more »

Apnea in Children Hospitalized With Bronchiolitis

Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California recently published a study that aimed to find common characteristics that increased the risk of apnea in children admitted to the hospital with bronchiolitis. ... read more »

Promiscuous Moms May Produce Sexier Sons, In Mice

A promiscuous mother may produce sons that are more appealing to female mice, according to a new study. Female mice are attracted to pheromones present in the urine of male mice. ... read more »

IVF and the Marital Challenge

In vitro fertilization (IVF) and other forms of assisted reproduction therapies (ART) rely on substantial doses of mood-affecting hormones, which add higher peaks and deeper valleys to one's everyday emotional roller-coaster. ... read more »

Childhood Anemia at High Altitude

According to researchers and authors from Harvard Medical School, children at high altitude are at increased risk of severe disease and anemia than children raised at lower altitudes. The study was published in the October 7, 2013 edition of Pediatrics online. ... read more »

Breast Milk Sold on Internet May be Tainted

Breast milk purchased over the internet could make babies sick, according to a new study. Researchers found high amounts of bacteria in most of the samples they purchased through two internet companies. ... read more »

Role of Socioeconomic Status on Maternal Depression

Quality of life, for pregnant women and new mothers, can be affected by depression. Research also points to negative side effects on newborn growth and development when depression is an issue for new mothers. ... read more »

Scientists Develop New Method to Understand Chlamydia

Scientists have developed a new way to track the activity of a microbe and the response of its intended host cell. ... read more »

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Relieves Menstrual Cramps

A drug used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) relieves menstrual cramps, according to a new study published in the medical journal Human Reproduction, without causing side effects. ... read more »

Father's Diabetes May Cause Low Birth Weight

  Babies with a low birth weight are likely to have a father with late-onset diabetes, according to new research. Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, this is one of the first studies to use information from the large, long-term study, UK Biobank.  ... read more »

Fruit Fly Study Reveals Possible Key to Autism

Some of the classic characteristics of the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) describe a state of sensory overload - colors are too bright, light too intense, sounds too vivid, touch too acute, and odors that overwhelm. ... 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 »

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 »

Newborns Aware of Their Own Existence on Day Two

One question many parents ponder is when does this glorious littleperson know it is indeed a separate and unique human being. When doesthe sense of self come into a baby's existence? ... read more »

Drug Abuse Causes Long-Term Impairment of Sexual Performance

Drug abuse can have direct, immediate and devastating effects of sexual performance and fertility. Men who seek rehabilitation to stop drug abuse may be surprised to find out that sexual performance may be lacking even after they stop taking drugs. ... read more »

Risk of Prostate Cancer Lower after Circumcision

Researchers in King County, Washington have completed a study that reveals a possible link between circumcision and prostate cancer risk. According to the study, men who are circumcised before their first sexual experience are less likely to develop prostate cancer. ... 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 »

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