11 signs of thyroid problems that women should know

(Leslie Goldman/ Woman’s Day) — Lisa Haber, now 41, struggled with weight issues, fatigue, and dry skin as a teenager. She visited an endocrinologist, who said her thyroid was not to blame. But in 2013, when she was 37 and trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, she went to her internist and had her thyroid retested. She found out that it […]

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Your sexual health as a cancer survivor

(Coleen Moretti/ Cure Today) — Many survivors experience sexual side effects due to cancer treatments, but there are steps they can take to improve the health and safety of their sexual encounters, says Dr. Mindy Goldman from the Gyn Center for Cancer Survivors and At-Risk Women from UCSF. “I am really happy to be here […]

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Oral contraceptive pills may protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer

(Lindsay Carlton/ Very Well Health) — New research is reiterating oral contraception is more than just a helpful family planning tool. Scientists are studying the pill’s preventative effects against some types of cancer—and on the flip side, the link between hormonal contraceptives and risk of breast cancer. A December study, published in Cancer Research, looked at […]

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Cervical cancer survival may improve by targeting senescent ‘zombie’ cells

(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University/ Medical Xpress) — How well women with cervical cancer respond to treatment and survive correlates with the level of 10 proteins in their blood that also are associated with a “zombie” cell state called senescence, Medical College of Georgia scientists report. They looked at pretreatment levels of these […]

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USask research team part of project to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada

(Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News) — A research team at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), as well as the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), are joining forces for a project that seeks to eliminate cervical cancer. The project is being funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) totalling $1.6 million. The goal is to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada by 2040. USask College […]

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Tanning Beds and Sunbathing May Raise Endometriosis Risk

(Nicholas Bakalar/ The New York Times) — Women who use tanning beds or who sunbathe are at increased risk for endometriosis, according to new research. Endometriosis — the growth of uterine tissue outside of the uterus — is a painful chronic condition that in some cases can lead to infertility. Researchers used data on 116,429 […]

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The Menopause Transition Is a Time of Serious Heart Disease Risk

(Meryl Davids Landau/ Everyday Health) — If you’re a woman in the menopause transition, hot flashes and night sweats aren’t the only things that should grab your attention. It turns out that the stage of fluctuating hormones leading to your final period is a risky time for your heart health. That’s the consensus of nearly […]

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In-vitro fertilization will once again be free for Quebec couples, but only for one cycle

(CBC News) — The Quebec government has tabled a bill to restore public funding for one round of in-vitro fertilization for couples struggling to conceive. Junior Health Minister Lionel Carmant said Wednesday that women between the ages of 18 and 40 years old, regardless of whether or not they already have children, would be eligible […]

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Social isolation tied to high blood pressure in women

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Women who are socially isolated have an increased risk for high blood pressure, researchers report. But men, not so much. Scientists used data on 28,238 Canadian men and women aged 45 to 85 who are participating in a large continuing study on aging. The researchers found that compared with […]

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Postpartum depression may persist for years after giving birth: study

(Alice Broster/ Forbes) — It’s estimated that between 70% and 80% of new parents experience low moods after giving birth. This can range from baby blues to more severe postpartum depression. Having a baby isn’t only an incredibly traumatic event for your body. You have to become accustomed to sleepless nights, changes in your hormones […]

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