Women's health newsfeed

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IVF entitlement 'to be extended' in UK

Plans exist in the UK to extend eligibility for in vitro fertilization (IVF) on the National Health Service (NHS) to older women, smokers and those with a body mass index greater than 30, it has been

'Checks needed' for urethral diverticulum

Checks for urethral diverticulum – where a small outpouching forms next to the urethra - should be included in the evaluation of women with voiding dysfunction and pelvic disorders, it has been c...

'Further research needed' into HPV vaccine uptake

Further research is needed to understand why many young women are not receiving a vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV), it has been suggested.

Californian women 'embracing HPV vaccine'

A quarter of adolescent girls in California have started the series of shots that protect against human papillomavirus - which is linked to cervical cancer - less than two years after the HPV vaccine

Pre-pregnancy health 'must improve'

Too few women follow nutritional and lifestyle recommendations before they become pregnant, even when conception is planned, it has been claimed.

Research points to role for herpes vaccine

Debate continues over whether a herpes vaccine could in fact protect humans against bacterial diseases.

Genetic hotspot for breast cancer identified

A new 'genetic hotspot' for breast cancer has been found in Asian women by researchers from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Centre in Nashville, Tennessee.

Free HPV vaccine 'being encouraged in Australia'

Young women in Australia are being encouraged to take advantage of the current free cervical cancer vaccine on offer, it has been reported. A spokesperson for the New South Wales Central West

Cancer patients 'should have access to health records'

Cancer patients could benefit from having access to their health records, according to the Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada (CACC). The organisation's Report Card on Cancer in Canada claim

Bone drug can improve breast cancer disease-free survival

New research claims to show the addition of zoledronic acid to endocrine therapy can help improve the disease-free survival rates of early stage breast cancer in premenopausal women.