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 […]

FIND OUT MORE

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 […]

FIND OUT MORE

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 […]

FIND OUT MORE

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 […]

FIND OUT MORE

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, […]

FIND OUT MORE

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 […]

FIND OUT MORE

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 […]

FIND OUT MORE

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 […]

FIND OUT MORE

Menopause and heart health: Why timing hormone therapy is key

(Lauren Sharkey/ Medical News Today) — Researchers already know that menopause affects the heart, but a new study suggests that changes start to take place in the years leading up to this phase. The study findings could change how doctors administer hormone replacement therapy. The older a person gets, the more likely they are to […]

FIND OUT MORE

Brain study may explain why depression is more common in women

(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — Researchers have scanned the brains of 115 participants and found that inflammation can lead to a loss of pleasure — called anhedonia — in women but not in men. Depression, the “leading cause of disability worldwide,” is far more prevalent in women than it is in men. Worldwide, over […]

FIND OUT MORE