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Vitamin D levels may drop when women stop using birth control

Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s


Mount Vernon Cancer Centre delivers maximum comfort for breast oncology service

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, has recently upgraded its range of breast boards to improve patient comfort and optimise clinical efficiency. The centre’s


New-born mortality rates in Ethiopia down by 40% thanks to VSO volunteers

In Ethiopia, the first 28 days of a baby’s life can be a matter of life or death. Since 2013, international development charity VSO has increased the number of neonatal


Breastfeeding associated with better brain development

A new study, which followed 180 pre-term infants from birth to age seven, found that babies who were fed more breast milk within the first 28 days of life had


Procedure associated with increased risk of premature birth and neonatal loss

Researchers are urging surgeons to reconsider using a particular type of thread for a procedure to prevent premature birth. New research has found this thread was associated with an increased


Hysterectomy with ovary conservation doubles odds of hot flashes, night sweats

Research has shown that hysterectomy doubles the odds of a woman enduring persistent hot flushes and night sweats, even if they  retain their ovaries. A University of Queensland School of Public


Recommendation for better counselling access to be offered to women preferring cesarean births

A study involving over 6,500 pregnant women from six countries in northern Europe highlights a clear need for appropriate support and advice when cesarean section (c-section) is elected for non-medical


Early and late menopause can increase risk of type 2 diabetes

Women who begin menopause before age 46 or after 55 have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study of more than 124,000 women enrolled in


Menopause and insomnia make women age faster

Two UCLA studies, respectively published in July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Biological Psychiatry, suggest menopause and the insomnia that often accompanies it are factors that


Women who start menstruation, menopause later more likely to live to 90

The number of women living to age 90 in the United States has increased significantly in the past century. Currently estimated at 1.3 million, this demographic is expected to quadruple