Vaginal-fluid transplants in the works for US women

(Ben Cost/ New York Post) — Good news for women with imbalanced nether regions. US scientists are working to provide vaginal-fluid transplants to women suffering from bacterial vaginosis (BV), a condition characterized by “unusual discharge that has a strong fishy smell,” per the BBC. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine team working on the […]

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Breast cancer risk in hormone replacement therapy linked to type and length of treatment, study says

(Nicole Ireland/ CBC) — New findings published in the Lancet medical journal provide more certainty than ever that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. The risk is higher than previously thought — and persists years after women stop taking the treatment — says Gillian Reeves, one of the […]

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Women who started their periods early could have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes

(Agence France-Presse) — New Chinese research has found that girls who start their periods earlier may be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Carried out by researchers from Zhengzhou University, the new large-scale study looked at 15,346 postmenopausal women in rural China to investigate whether early menarche, which is […]

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New procedure that postpones menopause could also lead to longer fertility

(Dr. Manny Alvarez/ Fox News) — One quest to significantly postpone menopause could allow women to have children later in life. According to the National Institute on Aging, women going through menopause can have a host of symptoms, ranging from irritability to hot flashes to a lowered sex drive. In addition, post-menopausal women have a […]

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Women’s mid-life stress linked to memory decline

(Futurity) — A new study links stressful life experiences among middle-aged women — but not men — to greater memory decline in later life. The researchers say their findings add to evidence that stress hormones play an uneven gender role in brain health, and align with well-documented higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease in women than […]

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VM-Med celebrates 25 years

On the 18th of October 2019, VM-Med, originally known as the Ville Marie Medical & Women’s Health Centre, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. As the date nears, I have been reflecting on the history and the development of VM-Med. It has been quite an adventure, and it all started as a small breast centre with […]

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Testosterone may improve women’s sex lives after menopause

(Monica Beyer/ Medical New Today) — A wide-ranging review of 36 trials found that testosterone may have profound positive effects on sexual function and well-being in postmenopausal women. This review, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, included blinded randomized controlled trials of testosterone treatment that had lasted for at least 12 weeks. In total, […]

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Why do we procrastinate? Scientists pinpoint two explanations in the brain

(Emma Betuel/ Inverse) — There are an infinite number of excuses for putting off your to-do list. Letting clutter build up feels easier than Marie Kondo-ing the whole house, and filing your taxes on time can feel unnecessary when you’ll probably get an extension. The roots of this common but troubling habit run deep. In […]

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The pelvic exam and menopause

(WebMD) — A pelvic exam is a way for doctors to look for signs of illness in organs in a woman’s body before, during, and after menopause. The word “pelvic” refers to the pelvis. The exam is used to look at a woman’s: • Uterus (the womb)• Vagina (the muscular canal which extends from the […]

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Women less likely than men to receive CPR in public

(Gianluca Mezzofiore/ CNN) — CPR mannequins are getting breasts — with the goal of saving women’s lives. The so-called Womanikin is an attachment for flat-chested CPR dummies that aims to change the finding that women are 27% less likely than men to receive CPR if they suffer from a cardiac arrest in public. Researchers suspect […]

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