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15 Jan

Nature versus Nurture in Disease and Health

When it comes to disease, which is more powerful genetics or environment?

14 Jan

Preventing Unwanted Pregnancies

More young women using contraception at start of sexual activity.

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FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A severe and potentially disabling form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects up to 5% of women of childbearing age, an expert says.

Like PMS, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) may cause bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue and changes in sleep and eating habits. In PMDD, at least one of these symptoms also occurs: sadness or hopelessn...

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A drug touted as a "female Viagra" can cause severe low blood pressure and fainting when used with alcohol, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

As a result, the agency has ordered the drug's maker Sprout Pharmaceuticals to make a safety labeling change to Addyi (flibanserin).

The boxed warning, contraindication, warnings an...

MONDAY, April 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Talking to your children about sex can be awkward, but new research suggests that parents need to have those conversations much earlier than they do.

In two national surveys, investigators found that between 4% and 8% of boys reported having sex before they were 13. That number varied greatly depending on where the boys lived. In San ...

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The protection that birth control pills offer against ovarian cancer is strongest with the most aggressive forms of the disease, a new study says.

For several years, researchers have noted that women who have used oral contraceptives are less likely to develop ovarian cancer. This study took a closer look at that link.

Researchers...

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A male contraceptive pill, long a goal of men -- and women -- everywhere, may be one step closer to reality, U.S. researchers report.

They say their experimental pill appears to be safe while reducing levels of hormones key to sperm production.

"Our results suggest that this pill, which combines two hormonal activities in one, will ...

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women who get pregnant when using certain contraceptives might have their genes to blame, a new study suggests.

A gene variant that breaks down hormones in birth control could be the culprit, researchers reported.

"When a woman says she got pregnant while on birth control, the assumption was always that it was somehow her fault," s...

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Interpret the data whatever way you will, but a new study shows a jump in women getting long-term contraception in the month following the election of President Donald Trump.

The researchers' theory?

Study author Dr. Lydia Pace acknowledged that "there is limited concrete evidence about why this may have happened," but she stressed th...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The research is in its early days, but Chinese scientists say they're using bartenders' tricks to stir up a new, reversible male contraceptive.

In experiments with rats, the method successfully kept sexually active males from impregnating females for more than two months.

"The two most widely used male contraceptives are condom an...

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Today's teens are better at using birth control when they first become sexually active, but many unexpected pregnancies still occur, new research finds.

Teens who didn't use birth control during their first month of sexual activity faced nearly a fourfold increase in the risk of an unwanted pregnancy within three months, the study found.

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaginal ring meant to prevent pregnancy and HIV looks safe, according to an early stage study.

The dual-purpose ring releases the antiretroviral drug dapivirine and the contraceptive hormone levonorgestrel, said researchers led by Dr. Sharon Achilles, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

"We are very e...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American women are having fewer children, and they're having them later in life, a new government report shows.

"Overall, we saw continuing decreasing trends in total fertility," said report author Danielle Ely, a health statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- During the last few months of her pregnancy, Lisa Livesay closed the door to the nursery she and her husband, Chris, had created for their third child. She couldn't bear to look inside, not knowing if the cozy space would ever be home to their baby.

The couple had anticipated their usual complications -- Lisa's first two pregnan...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Moms who breastfeed their first child for at least five months are likely to have more kids than women who stop sooner or bottle-feed, a new study suggests.

The finding comes from an analysis of data on nearly 3,700 mothers collected between 1979 and 2012. Cornell University researchers compared how many children each woman hoped to have b...

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, may close a big gap in women's access to reproductive health care, a new study suggests.

In a survey of nearly 1,200 women of childbearing age enrolled in Michigan's expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults, one in three said the expanded coverage improved her access...

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Amid lawsuits and plummeting sales for its Essure birth control device, drug giant Bayer announced Friday that it would cease U.S. sales of the product by the end of 2018.

"This decision is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion that the Essure business is no longer sustainable," Bayer said in a statement...

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs taken by more than one-third of U.S. adults have depression as a possible side effect, a new study reveals.

These medications include blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers, hormonal contraceptives and pain medications, researchers said.

And they're used by 37 percent of Americans, according to the study of 26,000 adults.

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if coping with type 2 diabetes as a teenager isn't tough enough, it turns out that many girls with the metabolic disorder also have to deal with irregular periods.

And menstrual cycles that stray from normal can lead to very heavy bleeding and cause extra cramping, said Dr. Megan Kelsey, lead author of a new study. She's an associate p...

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- To help curb complications tied to the permanent contraceptive implant Essure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday slapped new restrictions on the sale of the device.

The step was taken to ensure that all women considering the device "are provided with adequate risk information so that they can make informed decisions," according t...

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An attempt to develop a safe and effective "male pill" is making headway, according to preliminary results of a small study.

In a four-week trial of men under 50, an experimental hormone-based birth control pill was found to be "well-tolerated."

And participants' testosterone levels dropped significantly along with two hormones es...

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of abortion services in the United States can hinge on where a woman lives, a new report shows.

The report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that while legal abortions in the United States are considered safe, many states have rules that limit a woman's access to a safe and effective abortion...

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years.

Now, new research reports that nearly 5 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have struggled with major depression.

And another 4 percent of women in that age group have experienced minor depression. ...

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease used to be thought of as a man's issue, but women are unfortunately catching up.

And though it's still also thought of as an older person's disease, lifestyle factors in your younger years can make you more susceptible. So it's never too soon to protect heart health.

Young women in particular aren't always aware of the...

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence of a link between hormonal birth control and depression in women, researchers report.

"Depression is a concern for a lot of women when they're starting hormonal contraception, particularly when they're using specific types that have progesterone," study lead author Dr. Brett Worly said in a news release from Ohio State Univ...

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Essure implants used in female sterilization have come under fire in recent years, with women reporting a wide array of problems to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

A new study from France shows the implants are relatively safe and do not raise the risk of side effects or health problems, however.

The results show that Essure ...

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that use of the birth control pill is tied to lower odds for ovarian cancer, but new research shows the benefit extends to smokers or women who are obese.

According to the study from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, these trends were also observed for endometrial cancer as well.

Long-term use of the pill was linked to...

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise.

"Because of the elevated risks of severe, adverse short-term perinatal complications, we recommend careful monitoring of any women who conceive ...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newer versions of the birth control pill carry a similar increased risk of breast cancer as earlier ones that were abandoned in the 1990s, a new study reveals.

Women taking modern formulations of the pill have a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared with those who've never been on hormonal contraception, the study of almost 2 m...

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- IUD contraceptive devices may reduce a woman's risk of cervical cancer by about a third, a new review concludes.

Researchers think IUDs might promote an immune response that kills off human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer.

"The data say the presence of the IUD in the uterus stimulate...

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a move that could affect millions of American women, the Trump Administration is poised to roll back a federal mandate requiring that birth control be available as part of employer-based health plans.

Instead, new rules -- expected as early as Friday -- would give employers much wider leeway to declare themselves exempt from providing contra...

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women's access to an abortion clinic varies widely across the United States, with 1 in 5 traveling more than 43 miles to reach a clinic, a new study shows.

American women are, on average, 11 miles from an abortion clinic. But New Yorkers are within 3.2 miles of a clinic, while Wyoming residents must travel nearly 170 miles to access these serv...

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, a new study says.

That means nearly half of the 55.7 million abortions that take place annually aren't safe, said researchers led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute in New York City.

The vast majority of these dangerous pregna...

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) implanted immediately after childbirth can still breast-feed, according to a new study.

There's no reason for women to delay using this type of birth control after having a baby, researchers advised.

"Bottom line: Early placement of a hormonal IUD is a safe, long-term birth contro...

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The start of college means it's time for young women to take charge of their health.

Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers several tips in a university news release.

Know your health status. Talk to your parents and your doctor to make sur...

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About six in 10 sexually active single men in the United States are taking responsibility for birth control, government health officials say.

When they have sex, these unmarried males are using a condom (45 percent), vasectomy, "withdrawal," or a combination, according to a new report released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Contr...

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Zika virus might not remain in the semen of some infected men as long as previously thought, a small study suggests.

The researchers said Zika may only be present in semen for about a month. Previous research had suggested that Zika virus can be found in semen for as long as 188 days after the onset of symptoms.

The new study include...

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men who have had or might undergo a vasectomy, there is good news: A major study finds scant evidence that the procedure raises their risk of prostate cancer.

"At most, there is a trivial association between vasectomy and prostate cancer that is unlikely to be causal," concluded a team led by Dr. R. Jeffrey Karnes, of the Mayo Clinic in R...

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sex is everywhere in the media, and so you may be convinced that today's teens are always looking to "hook-up." But new federal research says it's just not so.

Instead, the study found that most teenagers in high school aren't sexually active.

"The myth is that every kid in high school is having sex, and it's not true," noted Dr. C...

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After having one baby and tending to the infant's dirty diapers and middle-of-the night wails, you'd think that most teens would want to wait awhile before having a second baby.

But, a new U.S. government report finds that's not always the case. Instead, tens of thousands of American teens are getting pregnant for a second time.

M...

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Few teenagers have the experience or resources it takes to start a family. But that doesn't keep them from doing so. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, each year more than 750,000 teenage girls become pregnant. The rate of pregnancy among American teenagers dropped steadily in recent years, but it is higher than almost all other industrialized nations. Whi...

What's so great about condoms? The condom, a thin rubber sheath that fits over your erect penis, traps your semen during sex and keeps you from impregnating a female partner or infecting your partner with a sexually transmitted disease. It can also protect you from picking up one of these diseases yourself by shielding your penis from your partner's secretions. Although they may reduce the sens...

What's so great about the Pill? Birth control pills (also called oral contraceptives or simply "the Pill") are one of the most popular methods of birth control. About 34 percent of women in the United States use them. Taken properly, the most common form of the Pill is better than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. You may have shorter, lighter, and more regular periods while on the Pil...

Overview:

  • Effectiveness: 98 percent (over six months)
  • Cost: Free
  • Protection against STDs: No
Breast milk is the best food for babies. It provides nutrition, strengthens the immature immune system, and may protect against asthma, diabetes, and other diseases. Breastfeeding is good for mothers, too. It helps the uterus return to normal size after delivery, hel...

What's a cervical cap? A cervical cap is the modern version of an ancient contraceptive technique. Through the centuries, women have used everything from beeswax to orange halves to keep sperm from entering the cervix. Today's cervical cap is more sophisticated -- a thimble-sized rubber cap with a firm, rounded rim that sits on top of your cervix and covers the opening. Some women find a cap harde...

What is a contraceptive patch? The Ortho Vera patch is a reversible method of birth control that delivers the same hormones as the pill. It's up to 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. The patch comes in a package of three, enough for one month of birth control. Individual patches are also available in case a patch is damaged or comes off. They look like beige squares measuring a little ...

What is the ring? The ring is a reversible method of birth control that delivers a mix of estrogen and progestin just like a birth control pill. Instead of taking a daily pill, a woman inserts a flexible plastic ring into her vagina and into her vagina and leaves it in for three straight weeks. In the fourth week, it's taken out. When used correctly, the ring is 98 to 99 percent effective at preve...

What's a diaphragm? A diaphragm is a shallow dome-shaped rubber cup that you insert into your vagina to keep sperm from entering your cervix. If you use it perfectly every time, a diaphragm is about 94 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. But it takes some practice to insert the device correctly, and a woman using a diaphragm for birth control has about a 16 percent chance of getting pregnan...

What's a female condom? A female condom is a thin polyurethane pouch that you insert into your vagina before sex to prevent pregnancy and guard against exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. Soft rings at either end hold it in place. Polyurethane is stronger than latex, so female condoms are less likely to tear than regular latex condoms. On the other hand, they're harder to use correctly and ...

What's an intrauterine device? The intrauterine device, or IUD, is a T-shaped plastic stick that's wrapped in copper or filled with a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone and inserted into your uterus. It's better than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. How does it work? The copper IUD interferes with fertilization by keeping sperm away from the egg. If fertilization occurs, it w...

What's natural family planning? The name refers to a variety of methods for predicting the fertile days during a woman's cycle. These techniques are used by couples who are either trying to conceive or trying to avoid pregnancy. Your fertile period lasts from about five days before ovulation to one day after -- but predicting when you'll ovulate each month can be tricky, especially if you're like ...

Can I use spermicides alone for birth control? You can, but they're tricky to use. For that reason, women who rely only on spermicides for contraception have a 29 percent chance of getting pregnant within a year. It's a better idea to use spermicides as backup for other contraceptives, such as condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, or IUDs. When combined with spermicides, these methods are generally ...

What's tubal ligation? It's an operation designed to make a woman sterile. If you're certain that you don't want to have any more children, you can have your Fallopian tubes closed off to prevent your partner's sperm from making it to the egg. Because this surgery is difficult to reverse, most states require a 30-day waiting period before you can schedule it, so that you'll have time to be sure o...

What is a vasectomy? A vasectomy is an operation designed to make a man sterile. A doctor simply cuts the tubes -- called the vas deferens -- that carry sperm from the testes to the pouch that holds the semen, blocking the only chance for sperm to leave the body. If you get a vasectomy, you can still have sex and you'll still ejaculate. The only thing you won't do is worry about causing a pregnanc...

What is a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus. Some or all of the other reproductive organs, including the ovaries, may be taken out as well. If you are a woman living in the United States, there's a one in three chance that you'll have a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Each year US doctors perform about 600,000 hysterectomies. Indeed, after cesarean section, hysterec...

A diagnosis of depression shouldn't feel like a life sentence. Doctors and mental health professionals have more tools than ever to help: Antidepressant drugs can lift your mood, and counseling or psychological therapy can help you understand what's responsible for your dark thoughts -- and how to get rid of them. Equally important, such treatment can help renew your love of life and encourage a m...

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