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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Study shows freezing office temperatures affect women’s productivity

(Susan Davis and Audrey Nguyen/ NPR) — Maybe you know colleagues who keep a sweater or a blanket at their desks to stay warm as the air conditioning tries to ice them out. Alternatively, maybe you have a co-worker who always comments on how warm the space is. Either way, it’s evident that the battle […]

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Everything you need to know about Pap smears

(Zawn Villines/ Medical News Today) — A Pap smear, sometimes called a Pap test or smear test, is a procedure that doctors use to look for changes in the cells of the cervix. These cellular changes can result from cancer, precancer, or the human papillomavirus (HPV). During a Pap test, a doctor or specialized nurse […]

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Adenomyosis: little discussed disease, related to endometriosis, often goes undiagnosed

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — Physicians and patients are becoming more aware of the chronic disease endometriosis. What is getting ignored now is a disease that often accompanies endometriosis called adenomyosis. In endometriosis, endometrial-like tissue grows on organs outside of the uterus. In adenomyosis, the actual endometrial lining grows into the uterine muscle, damaging the […]

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Too soon to pull breast implants tied to cancer, U.S. panel

(Associated Press) — U.S. government medical advisers said Monday it’s too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel didn’t recommend any immediate restrictions on breast implants after […]

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Women’s heart attack symptoms are different, and clinical care must catch up

(Glen Pyle/ The Conversation) — One evening, you tune in to your favourite medical drama. As the scene opens, the calm of the hospital is shattered when a patient grabs their chest and collapses to the floor. The impossibly good-looking medical team rush in and work feverishly to save the heart attack victim. In your […]

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Study: leave benign ovarian cysts in place

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay News) — It’s a common gynecological finding: A growth on an ovary, which turns out to be a benign cyst. Is surgical removal necessary? Not always, according to data from a new study of more than 1,900 such cases in which outcomes were tracked for two years post-diagnosis. The team behind the research […]

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Montreal firms mount class-action lawsuit against breast implant manufacturers

(Phil Carpenter/ Global News) — The year Judith Lépine turned 19, she says, was one of the most difficult of her life. “I’m telling you [now] I want to live,” she said, weeping. “I’m 25, I am not dead.” But in her late teens, she thought of giving up. The reason, she says, was suffering as a […]

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