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Women Die More from Heart Attacks Than Men—Unless the ER Doc Is Female

September 12, 2018

Women make up a mere quarter of emergency doctors in the U.S., according to data from the American Medical Association. This statistic does not signal well to gender equality in medicine or young women considering the specialty—and it may have even darker implications for patients. A new study suggests female …

Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault

It was the big tech equivalent of “drink responsibly” or the gambling industry’s “safer play”; the latest milestone in Silicon Valley’s year of apology. Earlier this month, Facebook and Instagram announced new tools for users to set time limits on their platforms, and a dashboard to monitor one’s daily use, …

Probiotics Do Not Really Help Says Latest Research

People have been swearing by routine intake of probiotics such as yoghurt and other good bacteria that are supposed to help in prevention of several diseases and maintain good health. A new study from a group of Israeli scientists says that these probiotics are in fact useless. The results of …

National Health Survey of Women Reveals Many Feel Anxious or Are Clinically Depressed

September 05, 2018

Australian women are smoking less and exercising more, but many are anxious and a significant number say they have been diagnosed with depression, according to one of the nation’s biggest health studies.
The data provides compelling insights into the wellbeing of today’s women, who have been christened the “sandwich generation” as …

Five of the scariest antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the past five years

Nearly one million people die every year from bacterial infections that cannot be treated with common antibiotics. This is frightening because right now we don’t have any alternatives to these antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that prevents the antibiotic from working. Changes in bacteria, known as resistance mechanisms, …

How Australia can fix the market for plasma and save millions

Australia’s demand for plasma, a component of blood that transports nutrients, is rapidly outpacing domestic supply. This means enormous quantities of plasma must be imported from overseas, where donors are paid for donating.
Two factors can help explain the shortfall. First, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a monopoly to collect all …

‘Utterly Wrong’: What Happens when the Alcohol Industry Makes Pregnancy Warning Posters

August 29, 2018

Thousands of posters warning pregnant women about the dangers of alcohol have had to be removed from the walls of hospitals and GP clinics around the country.
Fairfax Media can reveal DrinkWise, a “safe drinking” group almost entirely funded by alcohol companies, recently withdrew 2400 pregnancy warning posters after doctors and …

A Molecular Reason Why Obese People Have Trouble Losing Weight

August 27, 2018

Obesity rates in the U.S. and abroad have soared: The world now has more overweight people than those who weigh too little. One reason relates to the way the body reacts to its own fat stores by setting in motion a set of molecular events that impede the metabolic process …

A digital birth control app blamed for dozens of pregnancies just got FDA approval

August 20, 2018

A mobile app that bills itself as “digital birth control” has received marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but it’s still under investigation in Sweden and the United Kingdom for resulting in dozens of unwanted pregnancies.
The app, Natural Cycles, costs about $80 per year and comes with an oral basal thermometer. …

Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills

People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills’ effectiveness, a recent study suggests.
Researchers studied data on 521,028 adults prescribed blood pressure pills for the first time and 131,764 people taking at least four different pills to lower their blood pressure.
Roughly 18 …

Scotland’s Ayrshire to give free tampons to tackle period poverty

Scotland’s North Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority in Britain to provide free sanitary provision in public buildings, hoping to tackle “period poverty”.
The council said on Friday women and girls would be given free sanitary towels and tampons via vending machines in toilets in public premises, extending a …

The First Drug Specifically for Postpartum Depression is Nearing Approval

August 29, 2018

Pregnancy changes a woman’s body and brain in ways scientists are still working to understand.
Consider postpartum depression: some 10% to 20% of mothers feel a prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, and inability to bond with their newborns after giving birth, for anywhere between a few weeks and six months. The condition is likely due to a …

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