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One Woman's Story Illustrates Jarring Stat for Black Women

They are 3 to 4 times more likely to die in or after childbirth than white women

(Newser) - The maternal mortality rate in the US is much higher than in other affluent countries, and a ProPublica story examines a major reason why: Black women in particular die far more often—at three or four times the rate—than white women in or after childbirth. Here is one way... More »

Report Reveals Good News on the Breast Cancer Front

Deaths have plummeted—but there's still a disparity based on race

(Newser) - Some good news to share this week: Deaths from breast cancer have plummeted over a 26-year period. A report released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society shows a 39% decline in breast cancer-related deaths between 1989 and 2015, reports the Washington Post . The report notes 322,600 deaths were prevented... More »

WHO: Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Aren't Safe

Most disturbing are those abortions that fall into the 'least safe' category

(Newser) - Between 2010 and 2014, nearly 56 million women around the world got abortions each year—and the World Health Organization has found that almost half of them weren't safe. Per a WHO/Guttmacher Institute study published in the Lancet journal, of those 55.7 million annual abortions, just over 17... More »

India's Advice to Pregnant Women 'Irrational'

Pamphlets suggests they avoid meat, eggs, and lust

(Newser) - A government pamphlet's advice for pregnant women in India isn't going over well. The booklet titled "Mother and Child Care" tells the women to "detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust," spurn "impure thoughts," look at "beautiful pictures" to benefit... More »

1 in 10 Women Suffer Painful Sex: Study

Causes include physical problems but also psychological ones

(Newser) - A new study out of Britain reveals that pain during sex afflicts a surprising number of women. The survey of nearly 7,000 sexually active women found that one in 10 reported some type of pain during intercourse, the BBC reports. Writing in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and ... More »

Cervical Cancer Deaths Show a Huge Racial Gap

Black women dying at a rate 77% higher than thought, and twice the rate of white women

(Newser) - Many more American women are dying from cervical cancer than previously thought, with black women in particular dying at rates akin to those in sub-Saharan Africa, the New York Times reports. Although cervical cancer is highly preventable, African-American women are dying at a rate 77% higher that previously estimated, CNN... More »

Women's Rights Advocates: Get Your IUDs Now, Before Trump

Amid fears of stripped reproductive rights, ObamaCare repeal, women look for long-term birth control

(Newser) - Donald Trump's statements on abortion caused no small outcry, and now some women worried about what reproductive health rights look like under a Trump administration are looking toward long-term contraception. The Washington Post reports there's been a recent uptick in various media—including Jezebel and Elle —and... More »

Scientists Pinpoint When a Woman's Sex Drive Declines

It seems to start 20 months before her final menstrual period

(Newser) - Sex is important to most middle-aged women, a fact established by a new study in the journal Menopause, which found that 75% of 1,390 middle-aged women reported sexual functioning to be moderately to extremely important. But roughly 20 months before menopause hit, these women reported a "notable decline... More »

Cranberry Juice Stops UTIs? Um, Nope

Scientists say it's just an old wives' tale

(Newser) - Among things all females learn early on is that you guzzle cranberry juice to prevent a urinary tract infection, which one in five women will eventually get. The reason: cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, or PACs, which can keep bacteria from sticking to the bladder and urinary tract. That's why a... More »

Texas' Maternal Mortality Spike Hard to Explain 'in Absence of War'

Advocates blame state for slashing health care funding, forcing clinics to close

(Newser) - The rate at which women die in Texas from pregnancy-related complications is higher than in any other US state—or even in the rest of the developed world, reports the Guardian . A study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the maternal mortality rate in Texas doubled in a... More »

No Evidence Pelvic Exams Are Necessary: Task Force

More study is needed, group says

(Newser) - If you hate the annual pelvic exam, potentially good news: A government task force says there's no evidence that it's necessary to do the exams as a matter of routine for healthy, asymptomatic, non-pregnant women. The United States Preventive Services Task Force , which the New York Times describes... More »

She Vomited. It Was Her Sole Heart Attack Symptom

If not for her husband's prodding, Sue Palmer would probably be dead

(Newser) - After waking up to urgently vomit, most of us would climb back under the covers to sleep off whatever bug had hit us. That was Sue Palmer's instinct in the early-morning hours of Jan. 13, 2015, she writes for the Washington Post . Her husband, Tim, wouldn't let her.... More »

Broken-Heart Syndrome Is Real—and Dangerous

Study points to possible calming remedies, including yoga

(Newser) - Roberta Silver was driving along when her heart began to pound. Later at a hospital, she was told that she had suffered a heart attack. But the tests disagreed. "I had no blockage, nothing," Silver says. Ultimately, doctors changed the diagnosis to broken-heart syndrome . Some researchers now believe... More »

MRIs Reveal Hidden Toll of Childbirth

Study finds that 15% of women suffer serious pelvic injuries

(Newser) - Childbirth can take a toll on a woman's body that rivals the damage endured by hardcore athletes—and a team of researchers has the MRI scans to prove it. The University of Michigan team found that 15% of women suffer pelvic injuries that don't heal, even when they... More »

Millions of Women Suffer From This Ignored Disease

Endometriosis affects 176M women, including 7.6M in US

(Newser) - Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Padma Lakshmi , and another 176 million women suffer from an often painful, debilitating disease that few people have heard of—including primary care doctors. It's estimated that one woman in 10 of reproductive age have endometriosis, a disease that occurs when tissue similar to the... More »

Study: Certain Carbs Can Up Your Risk of Depression

Added sugars, refined grains boost women's depression risk by 23%

(Newser) - Feeling depressed? Don't turn to PB&J on white bread in an attempt to make yourself feel better, especially if you're a woman. A diet high in certain carbohydrates—highly refined ones, like that bread, for instance—may bump up the risk of depression in postmenopausal women, per... More »

Women May Be More Vulnerable to Alzheimer's

And once trouble starts, it spreads faster than it does in men, study suggests

(Newser) - About two-thirds of the Alzheimer's patients in the US are women, and conventional wisdom has long explained away that stat with another: Women live longer. Now, though, three new studies suggests that women's brains are actually more vulnerable to the disease and other forms of dementia, reports NPR... More »

Women Sleep More, Wake Up Feeling Worse

The alarm-clock app Sleep Cycle delves into sleeping habits

(Newser) - For women who sleep long hours but wake up cursing the day, there's an app for that—or at least an app that corroborates your experience. The alarm-clock app Sleep Cycle gathered stats on one million users across 50 nations over nine months, and found that women aged 16... More »

Moms Who Give Birth at Older Age Live Longer

Study: Those who conceive naturally after 33 more likely to live into 90s

(Newser) - Women who are able to get pregnant naturally and give birth in their mid-30s and after tend to live longer than other women, a new study suggests. Specifically, Boston researchers found that women who gave birth after age 33 were twice as likely to live to 95 than women who... More »

High Court Sounds Conflicted on Contraceptive Case

Women justices and conservative justices at odds over health care mandate

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sounded deeply divided today as it heard arguments in a politically charged challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate , with its women on one side and its conservatives on the other. The hearing combined two cases—Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v.... More »

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