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Women Live Longer, but With More Health Issues
Women Live Longer,
but There's a Catch

Women Live Longer, but There's a Catch

Researchers say they have more health issues than men, an overlooked problem in health care

(Newser) - Women may live longer than men, on average, but a new study suggests their quality of life in later years is often hampered by health problems. The study in Lancet Public Health found that while men are more affected by conditions that cause earlier death, women live with higher levels...

Starting the Menopause Journey? This Could Be a Risk

Fluctuating hormone levels may trigger depression symptoms or worsen existing ones

(Newser) - Women approaching the onset of menopause face a 40% higher risk of depression than in their earlier years, according to new research, showing the need for support and screening. Experts from University College London performed a meta-analysis of seven studies involving more than 9,000 women in the US, Australia,...

More Than One Glass of Wine a Day Is Trouble for Women

Study sees higher risk of heart disease

(Newser) - The latest study on the risks of alcohol might give pause to women who drink more than one glass of wine a day on average:
  • Overall risk: Women ages 18 to 65 who had at least eight drinks a week—an average of more than one a day—had a

Women Get Exercise Benefits in Half the Time as Men

'For a given amount of time and effort put into exercise, women had more to gain'

(Newser) - Women who exercise for 150 minutes per week will lower their risk of death significantly more than men who do the same. That's according to a new observational study suggesting that when it comes to exercise, women can do less and benefit more. "The beauty of this study...

Cold Water Dip Eases More Than Hot Flashes
Cold Water Dip Eases
More Than Hot Flashes

Cold Water Dip Eases More Than Hot Flashes

Women report reduced anxiety, symptoms of menstruation and menopause with cold plunges

(Newser) - Cold plunges are all the rage. Groups dedicated to the practice have sprung up around the world, while a seemingly endless number of companies offer portable ice baths for just such a use. These organizations tout the potential health benefits, including reduced inflammation and anxiety. But as experts tell NPR...

Case Against Woman Who Miscarried Sets Off 'Firestorm'

Brittany Watts of Ohio, whose fetus was found in toilet, is charged with abuse of a corpse

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who miscarried in a toilet is facing a charge of abuse of a corpse in "an extremely rare interpretation of a state law," per the New York Times . The case "has touched off a national firestorm," with some arguing Brittany Watts acted as...

When SCOTUS Ruling Leaked, Women Stockpiled Abortion Pills

Demand for 'advance provision' spiked at times when future access to pills looked questionable

(Newser) - Thousands of women stocked up on abortion pills just in case, with demand peaking in the past few years at times when it looked like the medications might become harder to get. Medication abortion accounts for more than half of all abortions in the US, and typically involves two drugs:...

Maybe Menopause Doesn't Have to Happen
Doesn't Have
to Happen

Maybe Menopause Doesn't Have to Happen

Sumathi Reddy of the 'Wall Street Journal' explores the topic, noting women might live longer, healthier lives

(Newser) - The headline on the story by Sumathi Reddy in the Wall Street Journal poses a provocative question: "What if we could get rid of menopause?" And the piece is anything but a mere thought exercise on the subject. It turns out that scientists—mostly female scientists—are already on...

Doc to Bindi Irwin: 'How Did You Live With This Much Pain?'
Doc to Bindi Irwin: 'How Did
You Live With This Much Pain?'
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Doc to Bindi Irwin: 'How Did You Live With This Much Pain?'

Conservationist has surgery for endometriosis, which one doc once told her she just had to accept

(Newser) - Wednesday is International Women's Day , and March is Endometriosis Awareness Month—both of which made a personal reveal by Steve and Terri Irwin's 24-year-old daughter especially relevant. People reports that the Australian celebrity conservationist posted a picture of herself on social media , recuperating post-surgery in a hospital bed,...

Women Are Suffering Unnecessarily From Menopause
Women Are
From Menopause


Women Are Suffering Unnecessarily From Menopause

'New York Times Magazine' examines why hormone treatment therapy gets a bad rap

(Newser) - The headline makes a strong assertion: "Women Have Been Misled About Menopause," it reads above a deep dive into the subject by Susan Dominus in the New York Times Magazine . Dominus draws on decades of research as well as anecdotal accounts (including from herself and her friends in...

Lawmaker Apologizes After Likening Women to Cows

Editorial had warned comments could make Idaho 'a laughingstock'

(Newser) - A new Idaho legislator narrowly elected in November thought the first bit of wisdom he should share with a state House committee was that much can be learned about women's reproductive rights by observing milking cows. On Thursday night, hours after being called out in a newspaper editorial, Republican...

Chemical Hair Straighteners Linked to Uterine Cancer
Chemical Hair Straighteners
Linked to Uterine Cancer

Chemical Hair Straighteners Linked to Uterine Cancer

Frequent use appears to double a woman's risk of developing uterine cancer

(Newser) - If you're looking for a reason to join the natural hair movement , this could be it: Using chemical hair straighteners may come with an increased risk of uterine cancer, according to a new study by the National Institutes of Health. The study of 33,500 women in the US...

Katie Couric Got a Call, Then 'the Room Started to Spin'

Journalist reveals breast cancer diagnosis and surgery, urges others to get checked

(Newser) - On her eighth wedding anniversary, Katie Couric found out she had breast cancer. "I felt sick and the room started to spin," the former TV anchor writes of the day, June 21, on her Katie Couric Media website. Her doctor had told her she was overdue for a...

Serena Asked for Lifesaving Help, Was Told She Was Talking 'Crazy'

Tennis star describes advocating for herself in 'Elle'

(Newser) - Serena Williams has previously opened up about almost dying following the 2017 birth of her daughter, but never before like this. The tennis star describes the horror of four surgeries in a week in a nearly 2,500-word essay in the April edition of Elle magazine. An emergency C-section , triggered...

Study On COVID Shot, Menstruation is 'Reassuring'

Vaccines may cause irregular periods, but only temporarily

(Newser) - A new study appears to validate reports from women who experience changes to their menstrual cycles after receiving COVID vaccinations, but researchers are saying not to panic. Per the New York Times , some women experienced later periods than usual, while others said bleeding became heavier or was accompanied by pain....

'Broken Heart Syndrome' On Rise Among Older Women
'Broken Heart
On Rise
Among Women
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'Broken Heart Syndrome' On Rise Among Women

Study finds takotsubo cardiomyopathy cases are increasing, especially in ages 50 to 74

(Newser) - The technical term is takotsubo cardiomyopathy, but most would probably know the ailment by its informal name— broken heart syndrome . Now, a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds that cases are on the rise, particularly among women ages 50 to 74, reports WebMD . Don't...

Here, Women Under 25 Will Get Birth Control for Free

French health minister says it's 'unbearable that women cannot protect themselves'

(Newser) - Women under 25 in France will soon get birth control—including the pill, IUDs, contraceptive patches, and other methods—for free. President Emmanuel Macron's government said Thursday that it would expand an existing program offering free contraception to women under 18 beginning next year as affordability is proving an...

For Women, a Potential Wrinkle Over COVID Shots
For Women, a Potential
Wrinkle Over COVID Shots
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For Women, a Potential Wrinkle Over COVID Shots

Vaccine may lead to false positives on mammograms

(Newser) - It's a bit of a Catch-22: COVID vaccinations are making it possible for more women to venture out and get mammograms after putting them off for a year or so. But those same vaccinations appear to be distorting results and leading to false positives on the exams, reports the...

Secretary of State Alters US Approach to Human Rights

Antony Blinken reverses some Trump administration policies

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized Trump administration policies Tuesday in revealing the State Department's annual report on human rights, which was drafted under the previous administration. "Some have argued that it's not worth it for the US to speak up forcefully for human rights—or that...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Women

Minnesota comes out on top, Mississippi is at the bottom

(Newser) - Pay gaps, the minimum wage, the pandemic—all issues that affect women disproportionately, though there are some areas of the US that offer better opportunities for women than others. WalletHub tries to shake those locations out, looking at more than two dozen metrics in two main categories: women's economic...

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