June 25, 2012 For women born since 1933, lung cancer death rates in California have dropped by more than half. In Alabama, they have more than doubled.
June 25, 2012 A recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that obese individuals were 25 percent more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people of normal weight. They say fat cells also make proteins and estrogen that inflame joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
June 21, 2012 Many women over 50 grapple with issues related to body image and food. Two-thirds of women surveyed said they were unhappy with their overall appearance. Nearly 8 percent reported purging within the last year, and about 4 percent reporting binge eating at least once a week.
June 20, 2012 A Danish study suggest that light and moderate drinking during pregnancy may not be hazardous for the fetus. But the researchers advise that to be absolutely safe, women should refrain from drinking while pregnant.
June 13, 2012 French researchers report in a new paper that a reconstructive surgery they used to try to repair the genitalia of women circumcised at a young age has helped many of them experience sexual pleasure one year after the surgery.
June 12, 2012 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in draft recommendations released Tuesday that taking vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day doesn't reduce the risk for bone fractures among postmenopausal women. So the group is taking steps to recommend that women refrain from taking the supplements for those purposes.
June 7, 2012 Sandoz, a unit of drug giant Novartis, is recalling 10 lots of Introvale birth control pills that may have pills in the wrong positions. It's the third big recall of birth control pills because of packaging problems in less than a year. Taking the wrong pills at the wrong time can lead to an unintended pregnancy.
June 1, 2012 Participation is down in races to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity. Some Komen supporters remain skeptical about the group, even though a decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood was reversed quickly.
May 25, 2012 Defenders of an Obama administration rule requiring most health insurance plans to offer access to contraception without copays say there's no validity to arguments it violates religious freedom.
May 22, 2012 Shuai, a Chinese immigrant who lives in Indiana, is still facing charges of murder and feticide following a failed suicide attempt in Dec. 2010, when she was 33 weeks pregnant.
May 21, 2012 More than 40 Catholic educational, charitable and other entities filed a dozen lawsuits in federal court around the nation Monday, charging that the Obama Administration's rule requiring coverage of birth control in most health insurance plans violates their religious freedom.
May 18, 2012 A state court in Indianapolis granted a Chinese immigrant $50,000 bond in a case that has mobilized advocates for women's rights and abortion rights nationwide. The case could set a precedent for the prosecution of pregnant women whose infants die.
May 10, 2012 But the most likely adult users, as you might have guessed, are women between 18 and 25. Around 30 percent of white women in that age group had used an indoor tanning machine of some sort in 2010.
May 8, 2012 A survey of more than 1,000 OB-GYNs who work in religious hospitals finds that more than one-third report they've had a conflict regarding religious-based policy for patient care. At Catholic hospitals, the figure was 52 percent.