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Used consistently, monthly vaginal ring may be highly effective against HIV in women

When used consistently for a month at a time, a vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral (ARV) drug called dapivirine provides significant protection against HIV, suggest results of new data analyses


Certain characteristics predispose women to different hot flash, night sweats pattern

Most women will get hot flashes or night sweats at some point in life. However, when these symptoms occur and how long they last can vary dramatically. New findings show


Breastfeeding alters maternal metabolism and protects against diabetes for up to 15 years after delivery

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München has studied the metabolism of women with gestational diabetes after giving birth. Along with partners at the Technical University of


Nuffield Health improves breast screening service for women across the UK

The UK’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider Nuffield Health has, as part of its wider investment programme, improved its breast screening service with a technology refresh which includes six systems from


Third of pregnant women iron deficient; risk thyroid-related pregnancy complications

A third of pregnant women have iron deficiency, putting them at increased risk of having a thyroid disorder and suffering complications such as miscarriages and preterm births. These are the


The benefits of exercise during pregnancy

Researchers collected and re-examined clinical trial data on exercise during pregnancy and whether it plays a role in preterm birth, and found that exercise is safe and does not increase


HHV-6A infection of the uterus linked to infertility

A new study reported that HHV-6A infects the lining of the uterus in 43 per cent of women with unexplained infertility but cannot be found in the uterine lining of


Cervical cancer screening samples will now be tested for human papilloma virus

The process of cervical screening is to be changed to allow women to benefit from more accurate tests. After a successful pilot programme and a recommendation by the UK National


Smartphone apps not so smart at helping users avoid or achieve pregnancy

You might not want to depend on your smartphone app alone to help you avoid or achieve pregnancy, say the authors of a new study. A review of nearly 100


Smoking may have negative effects on sperm quality

A recent study found that that sperm of men who smoke has a greater extent of DNA damage than that of non-smokers. Researchers also assessed 422 proteins in participants’ sperm.