Women's Health

Up to 50% of women neglecting their own health

Nearly half of women neglect their own health, as they don’t have the time they need to focus on it, according to a new study from GCI Health, HealthyWomen, and Redbook magazine in the US. In the survey, more than 1,000 women between the ages of 30 and 60 were asked about their own health...

Polycystic ovaries linked to double liver disease risk

Women with polycystic ovaries have been found to have a two-fold risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in a new study. The research was carried out by scientists at the University of Birmingham in the UK and was linked to the increased male hormones that are associated with the condition...

More women with heavy menstrual bleeding ‘should be offered test’

More women with heavy menstrual bleeding should be offered a hysteroscopy to discover the cause, according to new guidance from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The decision could see 10,000 more women in England given the test. Heavy bleeding can...

Insight into menstrual bleeding ‘could lead to new treatments’

Scientists have uncovered a cause of heavy menstrual bleeding, which could offer hope for women living with the condition. The researchers from the University of Edinburgh, UK, said they identified a key protein that could explain heavy bleeding as well as pave the way for new treatments that avoid...

Scientists refine risk of HIV infection in women

Scientists have identified seven bacterial species whose presence in high concentrations may significantly increase the risk of HIV infection in women. This is the finding of research carried out for a number of years in six African countries. The researchers said the new discovery adds strength to...

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...

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...

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...

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...