Gynaecology and Women's Health

Menstruation ‘does not affect cognitive ability’

A new study has shown that the menstrual cycle and levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in the system have no impact on a woman’s working memory, cognitive bias ability to pay attention to two things at once. The study, conducted by the Medical School Hannover, Germany, and...

Finnish mothers ‘carry gene variants protecting them from pre-eclampsia’

Some Finnish mothers carry rare gene variants that protect them from pre-eclampsia, also known as toxemia of pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Helsinki, Finland, in co-operation with two research groups in the US. It is the first time that mothers' genotypes have been...

Women’s risk of angina or stroke ‘affected by reproductive duration’

Every one-year increase in reproductive duration - the years from menarche (a woman’s first period) to menopause - is associated with a three per cent reduction in a woman's risk of angina or stroke, according to a new study. The results, demonstrated in women 60 years of age and older,...

Breast implants ‘could affect ECG results’

New research has revealed that breast implants may impede an electrocardiogram (ECG), which could result in a false heart attack diagnosis. The study was conducted by Dr Sok-Sithikun Bun, a cardiologist at Princess Grace Hospital, Monaco, and colleagues. An ECG records the heart’s electrical...

Most mothers ‘criticised over parenting skills’

Some six out of ten mothers of children aged up to five-years-old report feeling criticised about parenting, according to a new report from the CS Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan, US. The report is based on responses from a national...

Fever during pregnancy ‘may result in risk of autism’

Suffering from a fever during pregnancy could raise the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, according to a study led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US. The research found the effect was most...

Most women ‘not gaining healthy amount of weight during pregnancy’

Some three quarters of women around the world are not gaining a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy, according to a new international study led by Australia’s Monash University. The study found that this leads to preventable adverse health consequences for women and their babies...

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director, passes away

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has passed away at his home in New York, US. A Nigerian physician, he was a globally respected leader in the public health sphere, as well as a key figure in the empowerment of women and young people. He...

Breastfeeding ‘could protect against chronic pain after caesarean section’

Breastfeeding after a caesarean section (C-section) may help manage pain, according to new research by scientists at the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Valme in Sevilla, Spain. The findings reveal that mothers who breastfed their babies for at least two months after birth were...

Female hormones ‘may trigger migraines in adolescent girls’

Changes in female hormones may cause headaches in adolescent girls, but their effect may depend on a girl’s age and stage of pubertal development, according to a new study. Conducted by researchers at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical...