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  1. Birth Control Pills Not a Major Source of Estrogen in Water Supply

    Dec. 10, 2010 -- Oral contraceptives account for just 1% of the estrogen found in our drinking water supply, according to a new report in Environmental Science & Technology. Reports of intersex fish, including male fish with some female characteristics, led to widespread concerns about female hormon

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  2. U.S. Gets 'Unsatisfactory' Grade on Women's Health

    Dec. 9, 2010 -- More women are binge drinking and fewer women are getting Pap smears to test for cervical cancer, a new analysis reveals. On a positive note, a lower proportion of women are dying of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and breast cancer. The nation and most states continued to receiv

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  3. Researchers Urge Routine Use of Breast Shields During Chest CT Scans

    Dec. 1, 2010 (Chicago) -- Breast shields should be used to spare the breast tissue from radiation in men and women undergoing CT scans of the lung. So say researchers who found that the shield -- a thin piece of heavy metal placed in front of the chest - does not affect the diagnostic accuracy of th

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  4. Veterans' Caregiving Often Falls to Spouse

    Nov. 10, 2010 -- When veterans with service-related injuries or illness need caregivers, the role typically falls on women, usually spouses or partners, a new report finds. The study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the United Health Foundation reports that 96% of veterans’ caregivers are

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  5. Surgeons Call for Gentler Hysterectomy

    Nov. 9, 2010 -- Two-thirds of hysterectomies performed in the United States involve abdominal surgery, even though there is a growing consensus that less invasive procedures are generally safer with quicker recovery times. In a position paper released this week, the American Association of Gynecolog

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  6. New Clues to Chronic Pelvic Pain

    Long Beach, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2010) -- Conditions that cause chronic pelvic pain -- such as irritable bowel syndrome and overactive bladder -- often occur together, and now new research may have uncovered more information on why. Nerves in the painful organ may ''leak'' information to nerves in an adj

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  7. Better Research Leads to Strides in Women's Health

    Sept. 23, 2010 -- Better research in the past 20 years has led to lower death rates from breast cancer, heart disease, and cervical cancer. But little progress has been made in other conditions that affect women, including autoimmune diseases such as lupus, lung cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, acco

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  8. Stress May Raise Risk of Premenstrual Syndrome

    Aug. 24, 2010 -- Feeling stressed out in the weeks preceding your menstrual cycle may raise your risk for experiencing more severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, a study shows. Women who reported high levels of stress in the two weeks before they got their period were two to three times more

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  9. Cranberry Juice Fights Urinary Tract Infections Quickly

    Aug. 23, 2010 -- Scientists report that within eight hours of drinking cranberry juice, the juice could help prevent bacteria from developing into an infection in the urinary tract. Previous studies have suggested that the active compounds in cranberry juice are not destroyed by the digestive system

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  10. Women's Chronic Pain More Intense

    Aug. 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- Women's chronic pain is different than men's, and health care providers and therapists need to focus on that, says an expert who talked about those differences at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. ''Research has shown that women experience sig

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