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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 »

Women Disproportionately Affected by Alzheimer's

They're more likely to suffer from it and act as caregivers: study

(Newser) - A new study finds that women are more likely than men to be affected by Alzheimer's disease—both as patients and as caregivers. Three out of five people living with Alzheimer's are women, and women over age 65 have a one-in-six chance of getting the disease—compared to... More »

Black Women Face Racial Disparity on Cancer

Harold Freeman: White women tend to get better treatment

(Newser) - A new study in Cancer Epidemiology confirms a sad truth about America's health system: Black women with breast cancer are more likely to die than white women with breast cancer. Part of the reason is that black women tend to get a more aggressive form, writes Harold Freeman in... More »

Women Must Track Stroke Risk Better Than Men Do

Say the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association

(Newser) - Women need to be more vigilant about their stroke risk than their male counterparts, say new guidelines —the first geared specifically to the fairer sex. While both sexes share many risk factors (think high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking), women have an additional set all their own. Pregnancy, childbirth,... More »

Spanx Can Hurt Your Organs

Shapewear not so kind to your insides, doctors tell Huffington Post

(Newser) - Yet another thing women do for appearance's sake: squeeze their organs. Well, not intentionally, perhaps, but as a side effect of donning the all-popular Spanx and other shapewear. The Huffington Post decided to dig into just how much harm the helpful undergarments might be inflicting, and turned to a... More »

Hospital Refuses to Unplug Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

Marlise Munoz didn't want to be kept on life support, says family

(Newser) - Paramedics Marlise and Erick Munoz of Crowley, Texas, had good reason to talk about their own end-of-life wishes, and Erick says his wife made it clear that she would never want to be kept on life support if there was no chance of recovery, reports the Dallas Morning News . And... More »

Women May Get More Out of Flu Shots

Research suggests they may have stronger immune systems in general

(Newser) - Women react more strongly to flu vaccination than men, a new study has demonstrated, meaning they might be more protected against getting sick. Researchers examined the inflammatory responses of 53 women and 34 men after they got their flu shots, and found that men, particularly men with high testosterone, exhibited... More »

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