1 in 20 younger women suffers major depression
1 in 20 younger women suffers major depression

Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years.

Female hormones may play part in asthma
Female hormones may play part in asthma

There may be a link between asthma in women and changes in levels of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, researchers report.

For women, blocked arteries not the only trigger for heart attacks
For women, blocked arteries not the only trigger for heart attacks

Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out.

Ms drug poses hard choices for women wanting children
Ms drug poses hard choices for women wanting children

A powerful multiple sclerosis drug presents women with a tough dilemma if they would like to have children, a pair of new studies suggests.

Menopause may worsen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
Menopause may worsen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests.

A diet to boost a woman's fertility?
A diet to boost a woman's fertility?

Could the so-called Mediterranean diet boost success of infertility treatment involving in vitro fertilization?

Women seem more prone to winter blues
Women seem more prone to winter blues

The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds.

Weighing too much or too little when pregnant can be risky
Weighing too much or too little when pregnant can be risky

For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best.

Skinny in 20s, earlier menopause later?
Skinny in 20s, earlier menopause later?

Young women who are underweight may have an increased risk of early menopause, potentially jeopardizing their health, a large new study suggests.

What you may not know about ovarian cancer
What you may not know about ovarian cancer

In a report that will likely surprise many women, researchers say most cases of ovarian cancer originate in the fallopian tubes, not the ovaries.

HPV vaccine safe for adult women: study
HPV vaccine safe for adult women: study

Vaccines that ward off the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV) are safe for adult women, according to a study of more than 3 million Scandinavians.

Common exercise therapy may not help women with leaky bladder
Common exercise therapy may not help women with leaky bladder

A commonly promoted exercise purported to help a woman control a leaky bladder probably isn't effective, experts say.

Delays in diagnosis hurt women who have heart disease
Delays in diagnosis hurt women who have heart disease

Women with heart disease aren't treated as aggressively in the operating room as men are, and delays in diagnosis may be the reason why, a new Canadian study suggests.

Postpartum depression likely to recur with future pregnancies
Postpartum depression likely to recur with future pregnancies

Women who have suffered from postpartum depression are more likely to go through it again after subsequent pregnancies, a new Danish study shows.

Early onset of pregnancy complication may raise heart risks
Early onset of pregnancy complication may raise heart risks

Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds.

Widening waistlines may raise women's cancer risk
Widening waistlines may raise women's cancer risk

Excess belly fat increases older women's risk of some cancers, new research suggests.

Zika may not last in semen as long as thought
Zika may not last in semen as long as thought

Zika virus might not remain in the semen of some infected men as long as previously thought, a small study suggests.

Are blood transfusions from younger or female donors riskier?
Are blood transfusions from younger or female donors riskier?

Red blood cell transfusions from young or female donors may lead to lower survival rates for recipients, according to a new Canadian study.

How pregnancy can trip you up
How pregnancy can trip you up

A pregnancy "waddle" really does increase a woman's risk for falls, a new study reveals.

Study hints at HPV vaccine's cancer prevention promise
Study hints at HPV vaccine's cancer prevention promise

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to prevent abnormalities that can lead to cervical cancer, a new study shows.

Exercise may help thwart ovarian cancer
Exercise may help thwart ovarian cancer

Lack of exercise is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer and of death from the disease, two new studies suggest.

Many male docs may overlook female heart risks
Many male docs may overlook female heart risks

Many male primary care doctors regard heart disease as a man's issue and don't assess risk in female patients, a new French study finds.

6 ways women can take care of their tickers
6 ways women can take care of their tickers

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, but there are a number of preventive measures women can take, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Obesity rates rising among women
Obesity rates rising among women

More American women than ever are obese, while the number of men carrying around far too many pounds has held steady, new research shows.

Women with migraine may face higher threat of heart disease, stroke
Women with migraine may face higher threat of heart disease, stroke

Women who suffer from migraine headaches may have a slightly increased risk of heart disease or stroke, a new study suggests.

When new moms work longer hours, breast-feeding takes a back seat
When new moms work longer hours, breast-feeding takes a back seat

Every working mom knows how hard it can be to juggle the demands of her job with the needs of her new baby, particularly when it comes to breast-feeding.

1 in 3 female doctors faces sexual harassment
1 in 3 female doctors faces sexual harassment

Thirty percent of female doctors face sexual harassment on the job, new research shows.

Devout women may enjoy better health
Devout women may enjoy better health

Routinely attending religious services may confer a halo of better health around American women, a new study suggests.

Night shift work may be tough on a woman's heart
Night shift work may be tough on a woman's heart

Women who work rotating night shifts may face a slightly increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Celebrity cases may help spur rise in double mastectomies
Celebrity cases may help spur rise in double mastectomies

Media coverage of celebrities who battle breast cancer is not always balanced or thorough, and this skewed view may be one factor in the growing popularity of double mastectomies, a new study suggests.

After pregnancy-linked diabetes, healthy diet may ease blood pressure
After pregnancy-linked diabetes, healthy diet may ease blood pressure

Women with pregnancy-related diabetes may be able to reduce their future risk of high blood pressure by eating a healthy diet, researchers report.

Spring a good time to instill healthy habits in kids
Spring a good time to instill healthy habits in kids

The arrival of warm weather is a perfect time to make family lifestyle changes that can help children achieve and maintain a healthy weight, a doctor says.

More U.S. women delivering babies at home or birth centers
More U.S. women delivering babies at home or birth centers

More women in the United States are choosing to deliver their babies at home or in birth centers, a new study indicates.

Anxiety, depression may reduce women's success with IVF
Anxiety, depression may reduce women's success with IVF

Depression and anxiety -- but not necessarily antidepressants -- are associated with a lower chance of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests.

Obesity linked to higher asthma risk in women
Obesity linked to higher asthma risk in women

As weight rises, so too does the risk for asthma, U.S. health officials report.

Obese women on birth control pills may face higher risk of rare stroke
Obese women on birth control pills may face higher risk of rare stroke

Obese women who take oral contraceptives may have a higher risk for a rare type of stroke, a new study suggests.

Severe migraines linked to complications during pregnancy, childbirth
Severe migraines linked to complications during pregnancy, childbirth

Severe migraines are associated with an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth, especially among older women, new research suggests.

Women in cardiac arrest may be less likely to receive help
Women in cardiac arrest may be less likely to receive help

Women are less likely than men to be helped by bystanders if they suffer cardiac arrest, a new study finds.

As caregivers, women may suffer more than men
As caregivers, women may suffer more than men

Women may face greater challenges than men when looking after a loved one with a serious illness, a new study suggests.

Surgeons perform first U.S. uterus transplant
Surgeons perform first U.S. uterus transplant

Cleveland Clinic surgeons this week performed the nation's first uterus transplant, an experimental procedure offering women without a womb the possibility of pregnancy.

Cervical cancer can be prevented
Cervical cancer can be prevented

Although cervical cancer claims the lives of an estimated 4,000 American women every year, the disease is largely preventable, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Physically demanding job, high blood pressure a bad mix for women
Physically demanding job, high blood pressure a bad mix for women

Having a physically demanding job and high blood pressure may triple a woman's risk of heart disease, a new study contends.

Too much, too little sleep during pregnancy may prompt weight gain
Too much, too little sleep during pregnancy may prompt weight gain

Sleeping too few or too many hours a night may lead to excessive weight gain during pregnancy, a new study suggests.

Girls who eat more fiber may face lower breast cancer risk later
Girls who eat more fiber may face lower breast cancer risk later

Teenage girls who get plenty of fiber in their diets may have a lower risk of breast cancer later in life, a new, large study suggests.

Sleepless nights might raise women's type 2 diabetes risk
Sleepless nights might raise women's type 2 diabetes risk

Women who have chronic sleep problems may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Harvard researchers report.

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