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  1. Vitamin D May Ease Painful Periods

    Feb. 28, 2012 -- A single large dose of vitamin D may help women with painful periods feel more comfortable and skip painkillers, Italian researchers report. Antonino Lasco, MD, of the University of Messina, and his team compared the use of the vitamin D dose with placebo pills. They studied 40 wome

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  2. New Drug Treats Fibroids With Fewer Side Effects

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- A new drug appears to be effective for shrinking uterine fibroids and controlling the heavy menstrual bleeding they often cause, according to new research from Europe. In one study, the drug ulipristal acetate proved to be much more effective than a placebo for shrinking the non-mali

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  3. The Tall Toll of High Heels

    Jan. 27, 2012 -- An obsession with wearing high heels may take a toll on women’s muscles as well their pocketbooks. A new study offers a scientific explanation for why walking in high heels can be so painful: It changes the basic mechanics of how women walk. The results show that women who regularly

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  4. Study: Women May Feel More Pain Than Men Do

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- The question has been around as long as “he said/she said” has been a phrase: Basically, who is more capable of handling pain? Though not likely to be the final word, new research shows that women may feel pain more intensely than men do, especially for specific types of pain. Resea

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  5. Even Mild Dehydration May Cause Emotional, Physical Problems

    Jan. 20, 2012 -- Even mild dehydration may affect our moods and ability to concentrate. In a new study of 25 healthy women, mild dehydration dampened moods, increased fatigue, and led to headaches. The women in the study were aged 23, on average. They were neither athletes nor couch potatoes. Women

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  6. Study Finds Bacteria in Unused Paper Towels

    Dec. 28, 2011 -- Grabbing a paper towel in a public restroom may leave more on your hands than you bargained for. Researchers say they’ve found bacteria, including some that are known to make people sick, in unused paper towels. They also found that those bacteria could be transferred to hands after

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  7. DHEA May Help Sex, Symptoms After Menopause

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- Low-dose DHEA works as well as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopausal symptoms and to improve women's sex lives, a small pilot study suggests. DHEA is a hormone widely available in the U.S. as a dietary supplement. DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands, the liver, and

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  8. Eating Fatty Fish Benefits Younger Women, Study Shows

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Younger women can cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by occasionally eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, Danish researchers report. “We saw a positive effect on [heart disease and stroke risk] even from relatively modest intake of fish, so this is encoura

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  9. Some Kotex Tampons Recalled Due to Infection Risk

    Nov. 16, 2011 -- The Kimberly-Clark Corp. says it has ordered a limited recall of 1,400 cases of tampons contaminated with a bacterium that could cause serious infections and, according to the FDA, could be life threatening. "We have so far recovered 98% of the product -- Kotex Natural Balance Secur

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  10. Study: 'Thyroid Support' Supplements May Be Risky

    Oct. 28, 2011 - Nine out of 10 "thyroid support" pills tested by Mayo Clinic researchers contain "risky" levels of thyroid hormones. A wide range of supplements that claim to support or improve thyroid function are available online and in retail stores. Some list only herbs as ingredients. Others ar

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