Women's Health News and Studies

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Infant BMI Predicts Childhood Obesity

A recent study identifies ways to assess BMI during infancy, when interventions may be more effective. ... read more »

Fend Off Diabetes with High-Protein Breakfast

A nutritional study from Missouri finds that a breakfast high in protein will fend off the dangerous spikes in glucose and insulin that often lead to diabetes. ... read more »

Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Diabetes, Heart Disease

Recent studies indicate that adults and teenagers who regularly drink diet beverages tend to be overweight and at increased risk for metabolic syndrome, a forerunner for heart disease and diabetes. ... read more »

NIH: New Drugs Must Be Tested on Both Sexes

The National Institutes of Health want to see changes made in the way medical researchers in the U.S. conduct scientific studies. At the moment, the vast majority of tests are conducted on males. ... read more »

Yoga Mat Chemical in Hundreds of Everyday Food Products

The sandwich chain, Subway, made headlines in recent days for announcing it would no longer use a tongue-twisting synthetic chemical in the loaves of bread made and sold at its sandwich shops. ... read more »

Food and Beverage Packages Source of Toxic Chemical Exposure

A group of scientists has published its concerns for the safety of the packaging materials used in the food and beverage supply. ... read more »

Improve Breakfast Quality to Improve Kids’ Grades

A new study is re-igniting the breakfast conversation and it comes with scientific evidence that when breakfast quality improves, kids’ grades do, too. ... read more »

New Owner Raises Toxoplasmosis Drug by 5,000+% Overnight

Shkreli made headlines around the world after changing the per-pill price of a little-known drug from $13.50 to $750, a price increase of more than 5,000% overnight. ... read more »

Live Healthier with 7 Fruit, Veggie Servings a Day

The government of the United Kingdom recommends it's citizens consume five servings of fruits and/or vegetables every day for optimum health. A new study says mores better. ... read more »

Gelatin in Flu Shots Trigger Allergic Reactions

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot every year for everyone 6 months old or older. ... read more »

ADHD: Real Diagnosis or Provocative Sales Pitch?

It's been more than 50 years since Dr. Keith Conners first started hiscampaign to convince other doctors and parents that the 'bad seed' kidmay actually suffer a neurological disorder. His message was heard andnow he regrets it. ... read more »

Read Labels: Soybean Oil Linked to Excess Pounds

Scientists are conducting a series of tests that compare the pros and cons of various fats and oils. They find that some fats, such as soybean oil, are linked to more excess pounds than others. ... read more »

Dad’s Folic Acid Consumption May Be Vital To Baby’s Health

Gentlemen, please eat your greens. And cereal, fruits, and veggies. Your children's lives may depend on it. ... read more »

Water Before Meals Washes the Pounds Away

Want to lose a few pounds? A new study from England indicates one easy way to do so is to turn to the kitchen tap for an effective weight loss strategy. ... read more »

Here's How Hot Chili Peppers Melt Away the Pounds

Did you ever notice you eat less when a meal is hot, spicy, and laced with chili peppers? A new study confirms that, yes, it’s the chilies’ fault but it’s not because of the blazing taste buds. ... read more »

BPA Exposure Affects Behavior in Girls

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a plastic additive known to cause health problems in infants. ... read more »

HIV-Positive Infant Cured

In a small town in Mississippi, a mother reports to the hospital in labor. She has received no prenatal care and has no idea she is HIV-positive. When her infant is born, HIV tests are positive and suggest the infant contracted the virus in utero. ... read more »

Probiotics No Help for Colicky Babies

A new study, conducted a little differently than most, indicates that probiotics are actually no help with colicky babies in most cases. ... 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 »

Home-Improvement DIYers Risk Toxic Dust Exposure

A study measured dust levels when common DIY tasks are done and found these projects to be a lot dirtier work than might be expected. Pregnancy is not the time to be a hands-on DIY participant. ... read more »

Sugar is Bigger Heart Attack Risk Than Eggs

A very large-scale study, involving tens of thousands of Americans, revealed recently that it's sugar, not the fat in the egg yolks you crave, that increases the risk for heart disease. ... read more »

Study Shows Reproductive Problems After Antibiotic Treatment

In many cases, animal studies are completed before human studies are funded. In this case, an animal study on the antibiotic tetracycline provides enough base information on possible fertility problems to support further study in the human population. ... read more »

6+ Months Breastfeeding Lowers Early Breast Cancer Risk

A study of 504 breast cancer patients indicates breastfeeding for six months or longer can delay the onset or reduce the risk of early breast cancer even when early breast cancer runs in the family. ... read more »

Benefits of Immediate NICU High-Frequency Breathing Support

One of the toughest hurdles that premature babies must overcome is breathing. Preemies almost always require breathing support in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). ... read more »

1 in 6 Kids Suffers Neurodevelopmental Disorder

One in six American children suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder, including but not limited to, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders ASD), or delays in speech and language. ... read more »

Anti-Vaxxers Reconsider After Learning Measles Complications

Many efforts to change the minds of anti-vaxxers focus on the safety of vaccination. This approach isn’t very effective and often encourages parents to become even more adamantly opposed. ... read more »

Cancer Treatment in the Premenopausal Woman

Researchers believe keystone research into ovarian reserve, markers are crucial to the future of reproductive medicine. Thousands of women undergo cancer treatments each year, some of which affects fertility by destroying follicles that play a crucial part in egg maturation and overall fertility. ... 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 »

Sun Bunnies Beware: Your Sunscreen Probably Doesn’t Work

Summertime is big business for sunscreen products but an annual survey indicates they either don’t work as advertised or they contain products you’d probably rather not put on your skin. ... read more »

Coughs, Sneezes Spread Flu Germs Farther Than Expected

The gas cloud that forms after a cough or a sneeze is a lot more complicated than originally thought, according to a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). ... read more »

Dads Turn Baby Time into Personal Fitness Routines

Two fathers, in particular, have turned their baby time into personal fitness routines that benefit dad while entertaining baby. These fathers have even turned their baby-inspired workouts into books. ... read more »

Fertility Awareness Among Organ Transplant Women

According to researchers in Nebraska and New York, female transplant patients are not adequately informed about fertility issues, contraception and chance of pregnancy after a solid organ transplant. ... read more »

Autism and Glutamate Receptors

Using data on the action of mGlu5 receptors on the cell's surface, pharmaceutical companies developed drugs that would lower the volume of the surface receptors and control autistic behavior. ... read more »

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