Women’s Health

More Evidence Favoring Flu Vaccines in Pregnancy

Pregnant and considering whether or not to get a flu vaccine?  Three new studies—as well as a growing body of research related to the effects of flu on the developing fetus—suggest that vaccination is the best option.  In the studies, vaccinated women who were pregnant during flu season were much less likely to have premature or …

Rapid Antidepressants? Perception Changes Fast; Mood, Not So Much

Do antidepressants actually start to work immediately?  Although people with depression don’t usually feel better right away, a fascinating new study suggests that these medications change the way people see the world within hours, not the two to six weeks that patients typically must wait before they sense that their mood has …

Early Trauma, Diet and Cancer: Holocaust study probes links

A link between exposure to traumatic stress and cancer has long been suspected—but researchers don’t yet fully understand how severe stress could produce this insidious effect or which types of cancer might be most affected. A new study of cancer risk amongst Holocaust survivors offers some clues.

The research also suggests that …

The Real Date Rape Drug

Should young women worry about “spiked” drinks and “date rape” drugs?  A new study published in the British Journal of Criminology including surveys of both American and British coeds suggests that the real problem is what’s already in the glass, not what a surreptitious date or stranger might add to it.

“The students who …

More Good Fertility News: Egg Freezing, IVF and Academics

More good news on fertility:   three new studies presented at a recent meeting of fertility doctors found that frozen eggs are as good as fresh– and that babies conceived via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) appear to be smarter than those conceived the old-fashioned way.

The research was presented at the latest meeting of the American …

Newer Isn’t Always Better: Pap Smear Version

Over the last 15 years, the vast majority of American gynecologists have switched from using the traditional “pap” smear to screen for cervical cancer to another screening method called “liquid based cytology” (women may know the test by the popular brand name, ThinPrep).  But a new study of nearly 90,000 women in Holland finds …

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