Category Archives: Women’s Health

Women’s Health: find news and clinical information relating to women’s health issues including (but not limited to) breast cancer, menopause, contraception as well as articles on women’s access to medical facilities and healthcare.

Improved sanitation and access to water decreases infant, child, and maternal mortality

Increased access to improved water sources and improved sanitation are each associated with a significant decrease in mortality in children younger than 5 years, mortality due to diarrhea in children younger than 5 years, infant mortality, and maternal mortality. These were the findings of a large observational study that included… 

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Cervical cancer guidelines analysis focuses on balancing prevention and cost concerns

Over the years, a number of authoritative sources have issued various guidelines regarding cervical cancer screening. Even though all of the guidelines are based on the evidence, they vary in their ultimate recommendations and can be difficult to coordinate and apply to practice. A recent Perspective article in the New… 

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Study draws attention to potential gender disparities in cardiovascular care in India

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among women in many parts of India, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Andhra Pradesh Rural Health Initiative. Now in a paper published recently in the journal Heart, members of the George Institute for Global… 

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Proton-pump inhibitors linked to hip fractures in women, especially smokers

Regular use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) can increase the risk for hip fracture in postmenopausal women, especially those with a history of smoking, according to a study published recently in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Key Point: Postmenopausal women who are regular users of PPIs have an increased risk of… 

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Chest pain often absent in young women with myocardial infarction

Women with myocardial infarction (MI) are more likely to present without chest pain than men. Younger women without chest pain as a presenting feature of MI are also more likely to die in the hospital compared with their male counterparts, although this effect diminishes with age. Key Point: Women with… 

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Statin use in postmenopausal women increases risk of type 2 diabetes, but benefits may still outweigh risks

A recent study has found that that the use of statins in postmenopausal women is associated with an increased risk of diabetes mellitus (DM). However, further studies are warranted, and some experts say that the benefits still outweigh the risks. The study set out to evaluate whether statin use in… 

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Aspirin worth a look for preventing cervical cancer in HIV-infected women

Aspirin and other drugs that inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) should be evaluated for their potential to prevent cervical cancer in women infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), say researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, United States. They found that HIV influences the production… 

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