Women's Health

Patients’ values ‘affect attendance for pelvic floor dysfunction treatment’

The types of life values held by patients affect their medical treatment attendance for pelvic floor dysfunction, says new research. According to scientists from the University of Swansea, UK, the condition is common, affecting over 25 per cent of all women in the UK. It involves incontinence and...

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...

Period syncing myth debunked

Menstrual cycles do not actually sync up between women who spend a lot of time together, new research has found. Despite the fact that no scientific studies have been able to prove the theory that those with uteruses can experience synced cycles, the idea has become almost fact. However, a new...

Misunderstanding surrounding periods is still rife in UK

Almost half (44 per cent) of girls don't understand what's happening when they get their first period, a new report has found. The Independent reports that there is a lot of misunderstanding around periods and menstrual health in the UK, with many girls and young women unaware of what is...

WHO: Zika no longer public health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus no longer represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). It was explained that the WHO’s Emergency Committee originally recommended a PHEIC in February 2016 on the basis of an extraordinary cluster of...

Past exposure to dengue may boost Zika’s potency

Patients previously exposed to dengue may be at risk of suffering more severe symptoms when infected with the Zika virus, new research has suggested. A paper published in Nature Immunology claimed that researchers found most dengue antibodies were found to help the Zika virus proliferate and invade...

Extent of HIV and hepatitis C co-infections revealed

Some two million people around the world are infected with both HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a new report. Figures from the University of Bristol and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK reveal that 2.3 million individuals are living with both diseases,...

Mothers of winter babies urged to take vitamin D supplements

Expectant mothers with babies due in the winter months are being urged to take vitamin D supplements to strengthen their newborns' bone density. New research from the UK's University of Southampton, which was made possible thanks to funding from the charity Arthritis Research UK, found that...

Antiretroviral therapy 'reduces HIV in females'

US doctors have discovered* that antiretroviral therapy (ART) can significantly reduce the presence of HIV in the reproductive tracts of affected females. Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine found that women who were treated with ART were 93 per cent less likely to...

More people becoming resistant to HIV drug

An increasing number of people in Africa are becoming resistant to a common HIV drug, making it harder for doctors to treat the potentially life-threatening condition. This is the finding of a study funded by the Wellcome Trust and carried out by researchers at University College London (UCL) in...