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Archive for the ‘Women’s Health’ Category

A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention states that women who smoke or has a history of smoking have a greater likelihood of developing colon cancer compared to women who never smoke. Furthermore, women smokers are also more likely to develop the disease compared to male smokers. Lead researcher Dr. Inger Gram, a professor in the department of community medicine at the University of Tromso in Norway reports that smoking even ten or fewer cigarettes per day increases women’s risk of colon cancer by 20 percent. They found that a type of tumor specifically related to smoking […]

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Posted in: Colon Cancer, News Briefs, Women's Health

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Uterine Fibroids Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomata, are noncancerous tumors that often result in bleeding and pain in premenopausal women. They are the leading cause of hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) in the US. Researchers led by Donna Baird, Ph.D., from the National Institute of Health found that women who had low vitamin D levels are more likely to develop uterine fibroids than those who had sufficient levels. Their study involved more than 1,000 women, aged 35-49, who were screened for fibroids using ultrasound. Participants’ blood samples were also used to measure their vitamin D levels, known as 25-hydroxy D. Levels of […]

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Posted in: Menopause, News Briefs, Vitamin C, Women's Health

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A recent clinical investigation shows that premenopausal women who are otherwise healthy but have larger waistlines have lower bone quality and less bone formation than those who had less abdominal fat.  Although previous studies have shown that obesity may protect against osteoporosis (a condition characterized by weak bones), recent studies have challenged this belief.  Other scientists have found that central obesity is inversely associated with bone mineral density (BMD). Adi Cohen, MD, of Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues believe that since obesity is a growing public health problem, it is necessary to study the effects of truncal […]

Continue reading More Abdominal Fat Linked to Unhealthy Bones in Women

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Obese women were found to have a two-fold increased risk of heart attack or stroke within four to five years after giving birth compared to women with normal weight. This was true even after accounting for the risk factors of heart disease including smoking and other complications that are related to pregnancy, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting at the American College of Cardiology. The study involved more than 273,000 Danish women who had given birth between 2004 and 2009 with mean age of 30 years. None of the participants had history of heart disease, stroke […]

Continue reading Heart Attack, Stroke Risks Increase in Young Obese New Mothers

Posted in: News Briefs, Obesity, Obesity Risk, Women's Health

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Researchers from Sweden suggest that pregnant women who consume caffeine like coffee are more likely to give birth to SGA (small for gestational age) babies or babies with lower than the normal birth weight given their gestational age.  SGA is linked to higher risk of morbidity and death of newborns. Research Verena Sengpiel says that the correlation between consumption of caffeine and fetal growth was established even among women who followed the recommended limit of caffeine intake at 200 mg per day or equivalent to two cups of coffee. The research team conducted a study involving 59,000 pregnant women from […]

Continue reading Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Growth

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