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    1. Study: Trash Old, Unused Drugs

      May 18, 2012 -- Prescription medication "take-back" programs are increasingly promoted as a way to safely dispose of unused drugs, but they are no better for the environment than simply throwing old drugs in the trash, a new study suggests. When researchers used a complicated methodology called "com

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    2. Sunscreen Ingredient Linked to Endometriosis

      May 11, 2012 -- Certain chemicals that are widely used in sunscreens and other products because they protect against UV light are associated with an increased risk of developing the gynecological condition endometriosis, a new study shows. But the Personal Care Products Council, a group that represe

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    3. Menopause: Smokers Have More Hot Flashes

      May 3, 2012 -- There are countless reasons why women who smoke should kick the habit for their health, but here's one more. Smoking women have more hot flashes as they transition through menopause, and this is especially true for women who carry certain genes, a new study finds. Previous research ha

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    4. Mental Stress May Be Harder on Women's Hearts

      April 24, 2012 -- Coping with mental stress may be harder on a woman's heart than a man's, according to new research. Men and women given the same stressful math problem all had an increase in blood pressure and heart rate while solving it, as expected, says researcher Chester Ray, PhD, professor of

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    5. Do False-Positive Mammograms Predict Cancer Risk?

      April 5, 2012 -- More than half of women in the U.S. who get annual mammograms will have at least one false-positive reading after 10 years of screening, and now new research suggests that these women may be at increased risk for breast cancer. Women in a Danish study who had at least one false-posi

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    6. Vitamin E Fails to Prevent Heart Failure

      March 20, 2012 -- Taking vitamin E supplements may not help when it comes to preventing heart failure among women. A new study shows that vitamin E supplements had no effect on women’s risk of developing heart failure. It’s the first large-scale study on the effectiveness of vitamin E in preventing

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    7. Trans Fats Linked to Stroke in Women

      March 1, 2012 -- Artery-clogging trans fats have been linked to heart disease in study after study, and now new research suggests that the fats may also increase stroke risk in women. Middle-aged and older women whose diets contained the most trans fats in the newly reported study had the highest ri

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    8. Study Reaffirms That Pap Tests Save Lives

      March 1, 2012 -- Regular Pap tests can, and do, save the lives of women diagnosed with cervical cancer, a new study shows. Women whose cervical cancers were found by a Pap test had a 92% cure rate. The cure rate fell to 66% among women who were diagnosed because of symptoms. Even those women who had

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    9. 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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    10. 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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