Women's Health

Vietnamese HIV patients at risk amid lowering of foreign funds

An advocate for HIV/AIDS patients across Vietnam, says thousands of sufferers are facing the prospect of a medication shortage, due to foreign donors deciding to pull out. A large majority of treatments for HIV patients across the country comes either from or through the US government agency Pepfar...

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...

Working longer hours could have negative effect on women's health

Working long hours has a more pronounced effect on the health of women than men, a new study has suggested. Researchers from Ohio State University in the United States published a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the US, which surveyed 7,500 people in order to...

Russian researchers 'edging closer' to new Zika medicine

Researchers in Russia have claimed that tests for a new medicine that could potentially be effective in treating the Zika virus are close to completion. According to Sputnik News, the country's health minister Veronica Skvortsova told reporters: "The testing of new medicines against Zika,...

Women’s placebo effects boosted by vasopressin

Women are particularly susceptible to the pain-relieving placebo effect of vasopressin, according to the official journal of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. In a recent study by the society, it was revealed that placebos are used to help accurately measure clinical responses when studying the...

STIs 'behind birth of monogamy'

Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) may have led to the development of monogamy in early humans, according to a new study. Research carried out by scientists from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada suggests that the spread of STIs due to polygamous relationships may have eventually...

Epilepsy 'does not make it harder for women to get pregnant'

Women with epilepsy are able to get pregnant just as easily as females without the condition, according to a new study. Research conducted by doctors from a number of health centres in the US led to the discovery that epilepsy has no significant effect on a woman's ability to conceive. This is...

Why do women now outlive men?

For centuries, men outlived women, but there has been a significant shift in recent years, with females now often living for several years longer than their male counterparts. According to new research from doctors at Uppsala University in Sweden, lower birth rates have played a key role in...

Super-gonorrhoea spreading throughout UK

The sexually-transmitted infection (STI) super-gonorrhoea is spreading rapidly throughout the UK, according to a new report. Super-gonorrhoea is a strain of the STI that has become antibiotic-resistant over time, making it extremely difficult for doctors to treat, potentially affecting people's...

Combined HIV and hepatitis C jab 'a possibility'

A combined HIV and hepatitis C vaccination may come to market in the near future, according to a presentation at the recent International Liver Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Statistics show that some 2.3 million people around the world are living with both HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV),...