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The Mary Kay Foundation awards $1.3 million grant to advance cancer research and discovery

The Mary Kay Foundation awards $1.3 million grant to advance cancer research and discovery

With more than 800,000 new cases of cancer among women in the United States expected this year, according to the American Cancer Society, almost everyone is touched by the disease. [More]
Partial breast radiation after lumpectomy does not increase cancer recurrence

Partial breast radiation after lumpectomy does not increase cancer recurrence

A new study by UCLA scientists has found that women diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with a one-week regimen of partial breast radiation after the surgical removal of the tumor, or lumpectomy, saw no increase in cancer recurrence or difference in cosmetic outcomes compared to women who received radiation of the entire breast for a period of up to six weeks after surgery. [More]
High breast density can impact cancer screening methods

High breast density can impact cancer screening methods

When it comes to breast cancer screening, the density of your breasts affects how well a mammogram can detect cancerous tissues. That's why Pennsylvania and 20 other states have adopted laws requiring radiologists to include information about breast density in every woman's mammogram report. [More]
Caya contoured diaphragm to expand U.S. women's options for nonhormonal barrier contraception

Caya contoured diaphragm to expand U.S. women's options for nonhormonal barrier contraception

With the launch of the Caya contoured diaphragm this June, women in the United States will have access to a method of contraception that is nonhormonal, has few side effects, and can be used for up to two years. Last fall, the United States Food and Drug Administration cleared the single-size Caya contoured diaphragm for marketing in the US, and now the diaphragm is available by prescription from healthcare providers. [More]
Weight loss, combined with vitamin D supplements, reduces chronic inflammation

Weight loss, combined with vitamin D supplements, reduces chronic inflammation

For the first time, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of several diseases, including some cancers. [More]
Weight loss along with vitamin D supplementation reduces chronic inflammation

Weight loss along with vitamin D supplementation reduces chronic inflammation

For the first time, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. [More]
FDA provides safety update about Essure Birth Control Implant

FDA provides safety update about Essure Birth Control Implant

The FDA first announced their intention to provide a safety update about Essure late yesterday evening. Today's much anticipated report comes on the heals of a private citizen petition that raised serious concerns about the Essure Birth Control Implant and resulted in the launch of an FDA investigation into the birth control device. [More]
Selective use of biomarker testing for breast cancer patients can save millions of dollars in health care spending

Selective use of biomarker testing for breast cancer patients can save millions of dollars in health care spending

A review of medical records for almost 200 patients with breast cancer suggests that more selective use of biomarker testing for such patients has the potential to save millions of dollars in health care spending without compromising care, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. [More]
PROMISSE study: Most women with lupus can expect good pregnancy outcomes

PROMISSE study: Most women with lupus can expect good pregnancy outcomes

One of the most important and anxiety-producing concerns among patients with lupus is whether it is safe to become pregnant. A pioneering study led by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has shown that most women can expect a good pregnancy outcome if their lupus is inactive and they are free of certain risk factors. [More]
UT Southwestern researchers identify two proteins within fetal lungs that initiate labor process

UT Southwestern researchers identify two proteins within fetal lungs that initiate labor process

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified two proteins in a fetus' lungs responsible for initiating the labor process, providing potential new targets for preventing preterm birth. [More]
Stress during pregnancy affects babies' brain development

Stress during pregnancy affects babies' brain development

Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother's vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers. [More]
Animated video on TV star Rita May's cancer experience launched to improve awareness of radiotherapy treatment

Animated video on TV star Rita May's cancer experience launched to improve awareness of radiotherapy treatment

A SHORT animated video inspired by the real-life experiences of TV star Rita May while she underwent radiotherapy treatment at Weston Park Hospital has been launched to improve awareness of the life-saving treatment. [More]
Hormones used in breast cancer treatment could affect disease progression, outcomes in some patients

Hormones used in breast cancer treatment could affect disease progression, outcomes in some patients

Recently, researchers have discovered that the hormone progesterone, an ingredient in contraceptives and menopausal hormone replacement therapies, might stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells that are resistant to anti-estrogen therapy and chemotherapy. [More]
Water retention linked to changes in sex hormone levels

Water retention linked to changes in sex hormone levels

Water retention—a cause of bloating—is associated with changes in sex hormone levels. Many women experience water retention during menopause, but how sex hormones affect water balance is not understood. A new study in in the American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology sheds light on the connection, finding that sex hormones can directly control how the body reabsorbs water. [More]
Rates of high-grade cervical lesions decrease in young U.S. women following availability of HPV vaccines

Rates of high-grade cervical lesions decrease in young U.S. women following availability of HPV vaccines

A new analysis indicates that rates of high-grade cervical lesions decreased in young U.S. women after vaccines were made available to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), but the trend may be due in part to changes in cervical cancer screening recommendations. [More]
Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Providing health workers with training on how to educate young women about intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants reduced the rate of unintended pregnancy by almost half in a study of women seeking family planning services. [More]
New study analyses how policy actions affect tobacco consumption among Spanish women

New study analyses how policy actions affect tobacco consumption among Spanish women

Cigarette prices and images on cigarette packets have an impact on women in terms of continuing to smoke or quitting. In fact, less educated women are more responsive to pictorial labels on cigarette packets, as revealed by a study that has analysed, for the first time, the generation differences among female smokers, a group which, despite policy measures, has not stopped growing. [More]
New Christian Doppler Laboratory for Clinical Molecular MR Imaging opens at MedUni Vienna

New Christian Doppler Laboratory for Clinical Molecular MR Imaging opens at MedUni Vienna

Today the new Christian Doppler Laboratory for Clinical Molecular MR Imaging (MOLIMA) was opened at the University Clinic of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at MedUni Vienna. Its aim is to bring about a significant improvement in the prognosis or course of a disease. The research institute, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, develops high-resolution, quantitative imaging techniques to allow disease to be identified at an even earlier stage. [More]
Human breast milk bought online poses serious health risks

Human breast milk bought online poses serious health risks

The recent craze for human breast milk, which has become a lucrative online market, poses serious health risks, according to British experts. [More]
Study demonstrates potential of new approach for sorting out BRCA1 gene variants

Study demonstrates potential of new approach for sorting out BRCA1 gene variants

Patients seeking certainty in genetic tests often receive a perplexing result. Many learn they carry a 'variant of unknown significance' of a disease-linked gene. Such variants might -- or equally might not -- increase disease risk. [More]
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