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  1. Belly Fat Is Culprit in Stroke Gender Gap

    Feb. 25, 2010 (San Antonio) -- The midlife gender gap in stroke rates continues to widen, with women aged 45 to 54 now three times more likely than men in that age group to report having had a stroke. Several years ago, the same researchers reported that between 1999 and 2004, women aged 45 to 54 we

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  2. New Way to Predict Women's Heart Risk

    Feb. 16. 2010 -- New guidelines for predicting women's heart disease risk, updated in 2007 by the American Heart Association (AHA), work well, according to researchers who put the new strategy to the test. The guidelines recommend a simplified approach to assessing a woman's heart disease risk, cate

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  3. Gout Raises Women's Heart Attack Risk

    Feb. 8, 2010 -- Women with gout may be at greater risk of suffering a heart attack than men with gout. A new study shows that women with gout were 39% more likely to have a heart attack than women without the disease. In comparison, men with gout were 11% more likely to have a heart attack than heal

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  4. Green Tea Extract May Treat Uterine Fibroids

    Jan. 26, 2010 -- An extract from green tea may be useful in treating uterine fibroids, a condition that affects 25%-30% of U.S. women, new research indicates. Fibroids of the uterus, a condition called uterine leiomyoma, can be debilitating, leading to excessive vaginal bleeding, anemia, and fatigue

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  5. Chemical May Be Linked to Thyroid Disease

    Jan. 21, 2010 -- A chemical compound used to make non-stick cookware, food wrappers, and water-resistant coatings for carpets and fabrics has been linked to an increased risk for thyroid disease in an early study. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has previously been shown to influence thyroid hormone l

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  6. Drug May Boost Women's Sexual Desire

    Nov. 19, 2009 -- An investigational drug that didn't perform well as an antidepressant appears to slightly boost sexual desire as well as the number of satisfying sexual encounters in women with lagging libidos, a study shows. The research was presented this week at the 12th Congress of the European

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  7. Preeclampsia Linked to Reduced Thyroid Function

    Nov. 17, 2009 -- Pregnant women who develop preeclampsia may have an increased risk for reduced thyroid function later in life, new research indicates. About 3% to 5% of women experience preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine that develops during the second half

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  8. FDA OKs Menstrual Drug Lysteda

    Nov. 13, 2009 -- The FDA today approved Lysteda tablets (tranexamic acid), the first non-hormonal product cleared to treat heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). Lysteda works by stabilizing a protein that helps blood to clot. Heavy menstrual bleeding is reported each year by about 3 million U.S. w

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  9. IUD Mirena OK'd to Treat Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

    Oct. 1, 2009 -- The FDA today approved the intrauterine device Mirena to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use intrauterine contraception as their main form of pregnancy prevention. Mirena is the first intrauterine device (IUD) approved by the FDA for this additional use. The FDA approved

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  10. Women's Weight Tied to Healthy Aging

    Sept. 29, 2009 -- For women, the odds of being healthy at age 70 are best for those who don't gain a lot of weight between ages 18 and 50 and who aren't obese at 50. That news appears in the "Online First" edition of BMJ. But millions of middle-aged women are overweight and obese, and they can't go

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