Category: Reports

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk for Gestational Diabetes

Moderate exercise during pregnancy reduces the risk for gestational diabetes and decreases maternal weight gain, according to a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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Primary Chemotherapy as Good as Primary Surgery for Advanced Ovarian Cancer?

Platinum-based chemotherapy followed by delayed surgery appears to be an effective and safe alternative to primary surgical debulking followed by chemotherapy in women newly diagnosed with advanced ovarian carcinoma, according to results from the CHORUS noninferiority trial.

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Women’s Reproductive Health Apps Lack Quality Standards

Some smartphone applications being used to monitor menstruation and fertility are not accurate, and standards are needed, researchers say.

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Efforts May Be Lacking

Gynecologists are not generally complying with guidelines for cervical cancer screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, a survey shows.

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HPV Vaccine Use Stalls in US Girls

HPV vaccination rates in US girls aged 13 to 17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012, which has US federal health officials concerned.

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Oral Contraceptives Tied To Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

Women who use birth control pills are less likely to develop ovarian cancer later in life, a new meta-analysis suggests. Researchers pooled data from 24 studies and found that users of oral contraceptives (OC) had a 27% lower risk of ovarian cancer – and longer use seemed to be tied to more protection. “It reinforces…

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Sex Improves With Vaginal Atrophy Treatment, Survey Finds

Local estrogen therapy (LET) may help postmenopausal women reclaim their sex lives, according to the results of a survey published online June 3 in Menopause. An online poll of more than 1000 couples revealed that women using LET to combat vaginal atrophy/dryness reported having less painful sex (56%), more satisfying sex (41%), and an improved sex life (29%),…

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Low-Fat Diet Before Menopause Best For Lipids: Meta-Analysis

A meta-analysis hints that the effects of a low-fat diet on serum lipids in women are greatest during the premenopausal years. After menopause, the effects of low-fat diets on lipids are less clear. The findings “seem to be important from a practical perspective, especially for premenopausal women,” the study team says. “Based on our results,…

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Mother’s Age Tied To Risk of Delivery Complications

Teenage mothers are at increased risk of preterm delivery, while older moms are more at risk for cesarean section, according to data from Ireland. “It more or less confirmed what we know from previous studies,” said Dr. Deirdre Murphy, the study’s senior author from Trinity College in Dublin. But most studies were done years ago…

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CDC: HPV Vaccine Is Lowering Infection Rates In Teen Girls

The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in adolescent girls in the United States has declined significantly since the human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil, Merck) was introduced in 2006, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates. The study, published online June 19 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, reveals that vaccine-type HPV prevalence…

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