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IUDs ‘may protect against cervical cancer’

Intrauterine devices (IUD) may offer protection against cervical cancer, the third-most common cancer in women around the world, according to a new study by the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, US. The review is the first to combine data from multiple studies of...

FGM not taken seriously by Northern Ireland politicians, says report

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not being taken seriously in Northern Ireland, according to a new report commissioned by the African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI). The report criticised the fact there is no departmental body responsible for the issue and that there...

NHS: Drop in number of women attending cervical cancer screening

Less than three-quarters of women are attending cervical cancer screening appointments in England, according to new data published by the National Health Service (NHS). According to the NHS, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) who were screened within the specified period was 72 per...

HPV vaccine ‘means women only need three cervical scans through life’

Women may only have to undergo three cervical screens in their lifetimes if they have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a new study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK. The research found that three smear tests at the ages of 30, 40 and 55 would offer the same...

Regular exercise can reduce breast cancer treatment side effects

Regular exercise can reduce the side effects of treatment for advanced breast cancer, including fatigue and pain, as well as improve cardiovascular health and quality of life, according to new research. Led by the University of Porto in Portugal, the new research suggests that women with advanced...

HRT linked to better memory in women

A type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may protect memory for some women, according to the findings of a new study led by the University of Southern California (USC), US. The new research has become the latest to indicate that HRT may offer women some benefits, which serves to further...

Vitamin D ‘boosts pregnancy chances for women with PCOS’

Vitamin D may play a key role in helping some women seeking treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-related infertility to get pregnant, according to new research led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, US. PCOS is a hormonal disorder affecting five to ten...

IVF linked to higher risk of spontaneous preterm birth

A new analysis of published studies has discovered an increased risk of roughly 80 per cent of a spontaneous preterm birth when women become pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF) than if they conceive spontaneously. The researchers, from the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, in Milan, Italy, said...

Group B Streptococcus ‘causes 147,000 stillbirth and infant deaths’

An estimated one in five pregnant women around the world carry Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria, a major yet preventable cause of maternal and infant ill health globally, according to new research led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. The series of 11 research papers...

Discontinuing bisphosphonates linked to higher hip fracture risk

Women who temporarily or permanently discontinued bisphosphonates for more than two years have a significantly higher risk of a hip fracture compared to others who continued their treatment, according to new research by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, US. Osteoporosis results from loss of...