Gynaecology and Women's Health

Pre-eclampsia linked to rise in heart disease risk

Pre-eclampsia may permanently alter women’s blood vessels, leaving them with an increased lifetime risk of heart disease, according to new research by Pennsylvania State University, US. The researchers compared women who had healthy pregnancies with those that experienced pre-eclampsia, which...

New treatment recommendations for pregnant women with HIV

A group of international experts have issued new recommendations on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV that could help them make more informed choices. Published in the BMJ, the recommendations are different from current guidelines. The authors say they are intended to support...

Coping skills ‘can affect women’s anxiety levels’

New research has found that having a strong sense of coherence and good coping skills can help women facing adversity to overcome anxiety. The study - carried out by the University of Cambridge, UK - found that women encountering difficult circumstances, such as living in a deprived community, who...

MHRA warns against HIV home-testing kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned that people should not use the HIV/Aids Home Test Kit as it could be giving users unreliable results. According to the BBC, the medicines regulator has seized 114 of the kits from two suppliers in the UK and advises anyone...

Religious women likely to have less knowledge about HPV virus vaccinations

Young women who closely follow a religion are less likely to have access to important information about vaccines protecting them against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study has discovered. University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute and College of Nursing in Salt Lake City, US,...

US improving women's access to female condoms

Women across the US are getting better access to female condoms as an effective form of contraception, it has been reported. According to a study from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, US, the number of states that are now making female condoms available to women through...

Study: Abstinence until marriage programmes ‘a failure’

Abstinence until marriage programmes and policies in the US are ineffective as they do not delay sexual initiation or reduce sexual risk behaviours, according to a new study by the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, US. These policies also violate adolescent human rights,...

PrEP variation ‘safe and well-tolerated in women’

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens containing the antiretroviral drug maraviroc have been found to be safe and well-tolerated in women at risk of HIV infection. This is compared with mtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, sold by the brand name Truvada, according to results from a phase...

Climate change-related extreme heat may adversely affect pregnancy

New research has claimed that pregnant women are an important but largely overlooked group vulnerable to the effects of climate change-related extreme heat. The study was conducted by Dr Sabrina McCormick, of the Milken Institute School of Public Health (MPH) at George Washington University, US...

High-fat diet in pregnant women could increase cancer risk

New research suggests that pregnant women who adopt a high-fat diet could be more at risk of developing cancer. The study, which observed pregnant female mice, found that exposure to a diet that got at least 41 per cent of its calories from fat were more prone to tumour growth. If the findings can...