What to know about fibroadenomas of the breast

(Timothy Huzar/ Medical News Today) — A fibroadenoma is a type of lump that can develop in the breast and typically appears in females. Fibroadenomas are very common, but they are benign, which means that they are noncancerous. Other than the lump itself, a person with a fibroadenoma is unlikely to experience any symptoms. In […]

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Biocell textured breast implants under scrutiny as women complain of pain

(Marcy Cuttler/ CBC News) — For Katherine Smylie, it was a five-year journey to figure out the hair loss, memory fog, irritable bowel syndrome and constant pain — especially the migraines. “I had migraines every day for over two-and-half years,” the Edmonton woman said. Her doctors told Smylie she was crazy, she said, and there was […]

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5 signs you might have uterine fibroids

(Nataliya Stefanus/ Baltimore Post-Examiner) — When you hear the phrase uterine fibroids you can easily get scared, but these non-cancerous tumors are more common than you might think and less dangerous too. Many women don’t even know they have fibroids, because they can be asymptomatic. In fact, only a third of all women suffering from this condition […]

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Most women with incontinence skip the doctor

(Kara Gavin/ Futurity) — Nearly half of women older than 50 say they are sometimes incontinent—a problem that can range from a minor nuisance to a major issue, according to a new poll. Yet two-thirds of these women have not talked to a doctor about the sometimes embarrassing, little-discussed issue. And only 38 percent said they […]

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Uncovering endometriosis: conference brings painful condition out of the dark

(CBC News) — Pain remained a steadfast companion for Laura Millions Cone from her childhood into adulthood. It wasn’t until she was in her early 20s that she got a name for that pain: endometriosis. Having fought hard first to get a diagnosis, and then the health care she needed, she has now become an […]

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Persistent pelvic pain: Women suffer in silence amid ignorance and stigma

(Alexandra Alvaro/ Australian Broadcast Corp News) — Each time Kate Mokrzecki presented to doctors with pelvic pain, they put it down to a different condition — appendicitis, a liver infection, intestinal problems. She was even tested for a heart condition. “There wasn’t much help, really. After they did that test [for heart problems], they just left […]

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Exposure to cleaning products can affect lung health in women but not men: study

(Agence France-Presse/ Relax News) — New European research has found that women who regularly use cleaning products and sprays, either at home or in their work, are more likely to experience a decline in lung function than men, or women who do not clean. Carried out by researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway, […]

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Diabetes risk increased in women who work long hours

(Monica Beyer/ Medical News Today) — Women who work 45 hours or more each week may be upping their risk of diabetes, new research finds. Men who work the same number of hours, however, are not affected. While prior research has suggested a link between a long work week and an increased risk of diabetes, most […]

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There’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ vagina, and that’s a good thing

(Blake Bakkila/ Health) — When the researchers behind a new study decided to determine what constitutes a “normal” vulva, they recruited more than 600 female study subjects who each consented to having their external vaginal area measured—including the clitoris and inner and outer labia. What did the study conclude? That there’s so much variety when it […]

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Early periods may heighten obesity risk later

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Women who began puberty early are more likely to be overweight, a new study reports. Specifically, the earlier they had their first period, the more apt women were to have a higher body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. Researchers at Imperial College […]

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