Women's Health News and Studies

Desire To Be Other Gender Higher in Autistic, ADHD Kids

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were found to be more inclined to wish they were the opposite gender. ... read more »

Saturated Fats Put Body Fat Where Heart, Diabetes Most Risky

Researchers in Sweden have discovered that some fats make us dangerously fat in the belly while another type is responsible for bulges elsewhere. ... read more »

NICU Volunteer “Cuddlers” Embrace Labor of Love

For some very lucky preemies, NICU volunteer 'cuddlers' come to the rescue. These volunteers are trained to hold and comfort NICU babies when parents and nurses can't be there. ... read more »

E-Cigarettes Not So Healthy Alternative

A new study suggests the need to re-think the safety of e-cigarettes. They aren't quite so safe for smokers or others in the vicinity. ... read more »

Vitamin C Linked to Reduced Risk of Stroke

It's unclear at this time how vitamin C protects against stroke but it could help regulate blood pressure. ... read more »

Does Birth Order Influence Adult Health?

The first-born male child may be more prone to disease later in life than his younger siblings. ... read more »

Autistic Brains Never Stop, Stay Busy Even During Seep

A study has resulted in the discovery of what may be the key to understanding the deeply introspective nature of so many people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. ... 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 »

Daytime Naps Maybe Not So Beneficial After Age 2

A new study provides sound scientific evidence that once a child reaches age 2, naps can be more trouble than they’re worth. ... read more »

More Evidence Antibiotics Are More Harmful Than Expected

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to cure bacterial infections — and they usually do — but a growing body of evidence indicates antibiotics are more harmful than once expected. ... read more »

Angelina Jolie Has Ovaries Removed to Avert Hereditary Cancer

Jolie, 39, chose to publicize a preventive double mastectomy she had in 2013. ... read more »

Exercising Spouse Positively Impacts Other Spouse

Researchers in Baltimore may have discovered that when one spouse gets plenty of exercise, his or her spouse is more likely to exercise regularly, too. ... read more »

Schools Need Improved PE Classes for Every Kid, Every Day

Dr. Gregory D. Myer says if more attention were paid to quality in PE classes, grades and classroom behaviors would improve. So would children’s health. ... 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 »

HPV: Stem Cell Division Determines Cancer or Cure

The reason why some people find their HPV infections go away while others develop cancer has remained a mystery to medical science. ... read more »

Is Your Smartphone Making Your Brain Lazy?

The findings of a recent study indicate a growing reliance on smartphones to solve problems rather than thinking them through on brain power alone, a situation described as "cognitive miserliness." ... 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 »

What Would You Do If Genetic Testing Revealed Future Illness?

What would you do if genetic testing revealed future catastrophic illness for yourself or a child? Would you want to know? ... read more »

Poor Parenting Plays Part in Bullying

According to researchers at the University of Warwick, bullying may be associated with poor parenting practices, including overprotective parenting. ... read more »

ADHD Kids Learn Best While Fidgeting

The findings of a recent study suggests the need to rethink the way children with ADHD are managed in the classroom and says kids with ADHD learn best while they’re fidgeting. ... read more »

Limit Household Bleach for Healthier Children

Many parents turn to chlorine bleach for the cleanest clean but a new study indicates children are healthier when the use of household bleach is limited. ... read more »

Girls’ Autism Symptoms Usually Subtle, Delaying Diagnosis

A study finds that girls' symptoms of autism are so different than boys’ symptoms that girls are often misdiagnosed or their diagnosis comes much later than most boys’ diagnoses. ... read more »

Childhood Nightmares Could Signal Adolescent Psychosis

Persistent childhood nightmares — those that happen repeatedly or for a prolonged period of time — might signal the future development of troubling psychotic behaviors by age 18. ... read more »

Infant Surgery: Regional Better Than General Anesthesia

The currently preferred method to dull pain in infant surgery is general anesthesia (GA) but a recent study indicates less invasive anesthesia — regional anesthesia (RA) — may produce safer outcomes. ... read more »

Discovered: First Gene Strongly Associated with Autism

An international team of researchers has discovered a gene that is more strongly associated with autism than any other to date. ... 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 »

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 »

Latest Birth Control Pills Increase Clot Risk

The newest version of the pill increases the risk of dangerous deep veinous thrombosis (DVT) blood clots. ... read more »

Surprise Finding: Preemies Face COPD in Mid-20s

Adults born prematurely (ex-preterms) and diagnosed with BPD are at increased for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ... read more »

Female Viagra Gets FDA Approval; Critics Ask Why

Earlier this month, a panel of advisors for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 18-6 in favor of approval of a flibanserin, a pink pill touted as the “female Viagra.” ... read more »

Whole-Body Vibration Platforms Damage Spine, Joint Tissue

High-frequency, low-amplitude whole-body vibration (WBV) platforms have become popular in recent years but a study urges caution; these “no work” workouts might not be so good on the joints. ... read more »

Exercising Teens Face Reduced Risk of Cancer in Middle Age

A recent study from Vanderbilt University has uncovered an added benefit of exercise: when girls were exercising regularly as teens, they faced a reduced risk of cancer when they reached middle age. ... read more »

Spoiled Rotten: Irish Family's First Girl Born in 117 Years

For one brand-new baby girl in Ireland, being spoiled rotten is more than a rite of passage: it’s an ancestral birthright. Saoirse Grace May is the first girl born into this Irish family in 117 years. ... read more »

Grandmother Hypothesis: How Menopause Shaped Human Evolution

The “grandmother hypothesis” suggests monogamy and longevity exist today because grandmothers of long, long ago stopped being fertile decades before they reached the end of their natural lifespans. ... read more »

Ease Up on Antibiotics to Decrease Diabetes Risk

The findings of a recent Danish study of antibiotics and diabetes strengthens the growing body of evidence that links the two. ... 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 »

The Bigger the Family, the More Frequent the Viral Infections

In some families, it seems there’s always somebody sick. 26 families of varying size agreed to participate in the study which indicates the bigger the family, the more frequent the viral infections. ... read more »

Pphubbing: Cellphones Wreck Relationships, Trigger Depression

Overzealous cellphone use “can undermine the bedrock of our happiness — our relationships with our romantic partners.” The researchers have even given the phenomenon a name: pphubbing. ... 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 »

Enjoy Sweet Dreams When Kids Use Bedtime Pass

A recent study from the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health finds bedtime arguments can be eliminated by something as simple as a bedtime pass. It only works if parents follow the rules, too. ... read more »

Autistic Children Often Creatively Advanced

Parents may have already suspected this but a recent British study confirms people with autistic characteristics are often more creatively advanced than their peers. ... read more »

Binge Drinking Rate Skyrocketing for American Women

The number of American women who were binge drinking from 2005-2012 skyrocketed. ... read more »

Exercise Takes Sting Out of Teen Bullying

Good physical health promotes good mental health, too, and may help take the sting out of bullying for teenagers. ... read more »

Scientists Create Building Block of Human Egg and Sperm

Researchers from University of Cambridge have successfully created a building block that must be present so a stem cell can become a human egg or sperm. ... 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 »

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 »

Oxytocin: The “Cuddle Chemical” Drives Male Monogamy

Oxytocin is a pretty amazing thing. Some scientists call it the cuddle chemical, others call it the love hormone. A recent study calls it the driving force behind male monogamy. ... 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 »

Hello, Flu Season!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the vaccine for the 2015-2015 flu season is right on target and should provide better protection this year than last. ... read more »

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