Archive for the ‘Women’s health’ Category

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – present in 5-10% of women of childbearing age – have a startlingly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, said a leading expert of reproductive health. The risk is present even in young women who are not overweight, a large study of over 6,000 women in Australia has […]

Nearly one in seven Americans support the mandate that health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must provide birth control, according to a nationwide survey.  Researchers from the University of Michigan asked adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia about universal coverage for birth control, which is being challenged in […]

Public health campaigns stress the importance of identifying and treating a stroke as quickly as possible. The more time that passes the greater the likelihood of permanent damage or death. Despite campaigns to raise awareness, 1 in 5 American women can’t identify a single warning sign, according to a study published this week in the […]

The annual Global Gender Gap report has named Iceland as the best country in which to be a women, with the narrowest gap between men and women. Iceland has maintained its number one position for the past four years. Finland is in second place, with Norway and Sweden in third and fourth respectively. Fifth place […]

A study from Sweden and Norway suggests being pregnant over the age of 30 may be riskier than previously thought. The results could change medical thinking about the definition of “older mothers”, report the Guardian The study of almost 1 million new mothers showed women aged 30 or older are at higher risk of having […]

There are several obvious diseases which attack women and not men, illnesses affecting female genitalia such as ovarian cancer, for example, do not affect men for obvious reasons. People associate other diseases, such as breast cancer, with women much more than with men (though they can get it too). However, some often overlooked diseases are […]

International health experts have called for worldwide access to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, screening tests and treatment as the primary preventative measure against cervical cancer. There are currently two vaccines available which protect women against the two most common strains of HPV (16 and 18) which cause 70% of cervical cancers.

Compiled by the charity Save the Children, the Mother’s Index has rated the best, and worst countries to be a mother. The top three spots are taken by Finland, Sweden and Norway respectively. Neither the UK nor the U.S. appeared in the top 20. The study, now in its 14th year, looks at indicators of […]

Women in their 30s are insuring themselves for almost 33% less than men. Insurance provider Scottish Provident has revealed British women are risking their families’ financial future by undervaluing their life insurance. Figures from the Royal London life office show women in their 30s routinely insure themselves for a third less than men of the […]

The World Health Organization report has shown that life expectancy has increased to the age of 76 for both men and women – a vast improvement meaning that people in the European Region are living longer than ever before. Spain is the healthiest country in the WHO European Region, with women’s life expectancy now standing […]

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