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External link Changes Recommended for Osteoporosis Screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has lowered their recommended screening age for osteoporosis to include younger women with risk factors for the debilitating disease, which causes bones to become abnormally brittle and prone to fracture.
External linkpdf file CDC Releases 2011 Health Disparities and Inequalities Report [PDF | 3MB]
The report highlights health disparities by varying demographic characteristics, the need for more data and how disparities translate to a person's quality of life over the lifespan.
External link Effects of Depression during Pregnancy Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that higher levels of depression during pregnancy seem to be associated with decreased muscle tone in newborns and higher levels of stress hormones.
External link CDC Releases 2009 STD Surveillance Report
The CDC's Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance 2009 and Trends Summary document is available online and finds that some progress has been made regarding rates of STDs, but disparities persist.
External link HHS Secretary's Priorities
Read or view the priorities HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has set for our agency and the country's health. Highlights? Promote Early Childhood Health and Development, Reduce Teen and Unintended Pregnancy, and Support the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. See them all.
External link NIH Grant to Fund Study of American Indian Disparities Exit Disclaimer
The National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities grant awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to the University of Kansas Medical Center. The university will create a new Center for American Indian Community Health to study and address health disparities facing American Indians.
External link HIV, Aging Result in Bone Loss Exit Disclaimer
Emory University scientist studied the effects of HIV infection on the bones of rats, finding that the virus impacted hormones leading to decreased bone mass and bone loss.
External link Gum Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at New York University studied 20 years of data and found evidence supporting a link between gum disease and brain inflammation, neurodegeneration and Alzheimer ’s disease.
External link Zinc May Give Eggs Better Chance at Health Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at Northwestern University have found that human eggs rely on zinc to mature as the egg is prepared for fertilization.
External link Pesticide Exposure linked to ADHD Exit Disclaimer
A new study out of UC Berkley has found that children exposed to pesticides while still in the mother’s womb have a greater chance of developing attention disorders.
External link When Antioxidants Overload Occurs Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at Penn State have found that polyphenol antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables could be blocking the absorption of iron by the body. Pregnant women and those with an iron deficiency are the most likely to be affected.
External link CDC Quickstats: Breast Cancer Death Rates among Women
The CDC has released data regarding cancer death rates among women, ages 45 to 64, by race from 1990 to 2007.
External link AHRQ: A Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights
This report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study has found new evidence supporting the vaginal birth after cesarean delivery as a safe and reasonable option for most women.
External linkpdf file Report Released: STDs among American Indians in Arizona [PDF | 152.5KB]
This report looks at the STD disparity among American Indians in Arizona, using the Arizona Department of Health Services' sexually transmitted disease surveillance database and looking at the occurrence of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis.
External link Female Respondents Sought for Survey Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are conducting a study to explore ethnic differences in midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. Women ages 40 to 60 are eligible to participate in this study if do not have any mobility problems, can read and write English, are online and whose self-reported ethnic identity is Hispanic, non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African American or N-H Asian. Data will be collected through an internet survey among 500 midlife women in the U.S. from Feb. 1, 2008 and ending May 21, 2011.

Questions can be directed to Chelsea McPeek, Research Assistant at School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, 1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701 or
External link Bad Cholesterol Common, But Screening Rates Low among Young Adults
The report, "Prevalence of Coronary Heart disease Risk Factors and Screening for High Cholesterol Levels among Young Adults, United States, 1999-2006," in the July-August 2010 issue Annals of Family Medicine, found that about half of young adults forgo cholesterol screenings even though about 25 percent have elevated cholesterol levels.
External linkpdf file It Takes Two to Tango: Defining the Role of Fathers [PDF | 616.2KB] Exit Disclaimer
National Healthy Start organization released this brief about the role of fatherhood in child development and the impact involved fathers can have when it comes to encouraging healthy outcomes for mom and child and discouraging negative outcomes, such as infant mortality. The brief also takes a look at what it means to be a father and how maternal-child-health policies could be modified to include men.
External link CDC Survey Finds Too Much Sodium in Diets
About nine of every 10 adults in the United States get too much sodium in their diet due to foods that may not even taste salty. Those nine people are receiving twice their recommended daily intake due to processed foods and eating out at restaurants.
External link More Adults Need to be Screened
Although the number of adults receiving screening for colorectal and breast cancer rose from 2002 to 2008, experts found that there were still thousands of deaths that resulted from lack of screenings, particularly for blacks and Hispanics.
External link Infant Mortality Rates Linked to Prematurity
CDC's National Center for Health Statistics released findings showing that the high rates of infant mortality in the United States are fueled by premature birth rates of one in eight children.
External link Life Expectancy Reaches New High
For the tenth straight year, life expectancy for Americans has increased and reached an all-time high of 77.9 years. The gap between life expectancy for males and females has narrowed and black males are expected to reach an average of 70 years.
External linkpdf file Effects of Vitamin D and Calcium on Health [PDF | 6MB]
This 408-page report released by the federal Agency for Health Research Quality looks at the impact of Vitamin D and calcium on several factors, such as a person’s growth and various types of disease and chronic health conditions.
External link Oral Contraceptives Falter due to Obesity Exit Disclaimer
A study out of Oregon finds that obesity can curtail the effectiveness of contraceptives. Although the oral contraceptives worked for normal-weight and obese women, the drug took longer to achieve drug concentration levels to prevent pregnancy.
External link Hearing Loss Study Tries to Prevent the Norm Exit Disclaimer
A Vanderbilt University study finds that most young people and adults would turn down their music or wear protective ear gear if it was suggested by a professional. The study found that half of respondents had experienced symptoms of hearing loss at some point in time.
External link Using Baking Soda to Improve Health Exit Disclaimer
A study of 134 patients found that a small dose of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) helped slow down the decline of kidney function in patients who also underwent regular treatment for kidney failure.
External link Study Pinpoints FASD Traits Exit Disclaimer
A study from a mental health team in Toronto has found that the characteristics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are similar to traits for attention deficit disorder. The study will appear in the October 2009 of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Exit Disclaimer
External link HIV meds may Curtail HepB Exit Disclaimer
Researchers have found that the prolonged use of highly active antiretroviral therapy treatments by those with HIV also benefits individuals who are also infected with Hepatitis B and protects them from negative effects, such as liver damage.
External link Blacks Claim Top Spot for Obesity
Obesity rates have risen across the nation, but blacks have the highest rates of obesity, about 50 percent higher than other ethnic groups. Hispanics have the second highest obesity prevalence rate at 21 percent.
External link Childhood Obesity linked to Parent Exit Disclaimer
A study in the International Journal of Obesity finds that childhood obesity is strongly linked to behavioral habits of the parent with the same gender versus being a solely genetically-driven condition
External link Abdominal Fat Hampering Black Females Exit Disclaimer
Black women around the ages 20 to 29 are more likely to have more visceral abdominal fat than Hispanic women, and both groups have more fat around their abdomen then older women of the same ethnic groups.
External link Alzheimer’s Conference sheds light on Factors Exit Disclaimer
Research presented at the 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s suggest a link between post traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s and an inverse relationship between exercise and Alzheimer’s.
External link Preeclampsia May be linked to Pollution Exit Disclaimer
A study appearing in the July issue of Environmental Health Perspectives points to the possibility of air pollution in southern California being linked to women experiencing preeclampsia and preterm births.
External link Vitamin D Deficiency Rates Rise Exit Disclaimer
According to a report from the International Osteoporosis Foundation, rates of Vitamin D deficiency are on the rise around the world, but mostly in Southern Asia and the Middle East. Identified risk factors include gender, skin pigment, geographic location and dietary habits.
External link Generic Drugs: Weigh Your Options Exit Disclaimer
A neurologist cautions people to wisely consider when generic drugs may be more beneficial to take instead of just a cheaper option
External link Foods We Eat Responsible for Hunger Exit Disclaimer
Research out of the University of Cincinnati finds that it may be the foods we eat that activate the hormone that causes us to become hungry.
External link Heart Cells exposed to BPA Caused Irregularities Exit Disclaimer
Findings from a study presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting showed a relationship between heart disease in women and bisphenol A (BPA), a component used in clear plastic containers.
External link Healthy Lifestyles on the Decline Exit Disclaimer
An article in the June issue of The American Journal of Medicine finds that healthy habits have not only decreased, but there has been an increase in unhealthy practices among Americans.
External link Exercise as Medicine Exit Disclaimer
Doctors and the American College of Sports Medicine are encouraging individuals and their physicians to turn to recommendations of physical activity in order to help combat chronic diseases and promote health.
External link Salt and Summer Foods Exit Disclaimer
Doctors at the University of Cincinnati are reminding people to be aware of what they eat during the summer months, especially when it comes to salt intake from prepared foods and the affect it can have on a person’s blood pressure.
External link Routine Screening Process May Waste Time Exit Disclaimer
Research from a University of Cincinnati neurologist finds that valuable time is lost when patients who experienced severe strokes are screened using computed tomography angioplasty, which could result in a greater chance of death or disability.
External link Study Shows Alcohol Consumption Persists
A 15-year CDC study found that, on average, one out of eight women consumes alcohol during pregnancy and that number has not decreased, despite warnings from the surgeon general.
External link The importance of Stretching Exit Disclaimer
A University of Cincinnati orthopedist breaks down the essentials of stretching for athletes and those who put their muscles through day-to-day strains.
External link Air Pollution may stunt Fetal Growth Exit Disclaimer
An article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds that air pollutants may curb the normal growth of the fetus.
External link Breathalyzer-like Device Detects GI troubles Exit Disclaimer
A new testing device from the University of Cincinnati is being used to detect the growth of bacteria inside the gastrointestinal tract from a person’s breath.
External link B-12 May Impact Neural Tube Defects
A study out of Trinity College Dublin found that a woman’s lack of the vitamin B-12, around the time of conception may contribute to the development of neural tube defects in their child.
External link Weight Loss Obtainable for Obese Adults
A study in the Feb. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and funded by NIH, shows that diets low in calories with heart-friendly foods lead to sustained weight loss in overweight and obese adults.
External link Parents are Key Factor in Obesity Exit Disclaimer
Researchers out of UCLA have found that a strong link to teens and obesity is the amount and types of food they consume because they follow their parents’ eating habits.
Anti-HIV Gel Shows Promise in Large-scale Study in Women
A 3,000-women study tested the effectiveness of anti-HIV gels that would be inserted into the vagina to deter virus transmission during intercourse.
External link Plan Evaluates Menopause-like Symptoms
External link Alcohol Ads Affect Black Women Exit Disclaimer
A study out of Columbia University’s School of Public Health has found that outdoor ads for alcoholic beverages in New York City, increased survey participants’ drinking by about 13 percent.
External link Preventing Kidney Stones Exit Disclaimer
Physicians are sending out reminders for people to make sure they get enough water during the holidays to prevent kidney stones. Small, but painful kidney stones develop when salts and chemicals crystallize and build up inside the kidneys so they are not able to leave the body with a person’s urine. The rate of kidney stones is higher in men.
External link Views of Alcohol, Coercion Vary Greatly for Boys, Girls Exit Disclaimer
A UK study found that boys and girls opinions varied greatly when presented with different scenarios about teens having sex and when it may be acceptable to for a person to be forced into having intercourse. The use of alcohol as a means to getting a person’s way was viewed as acceptable in the boys’ focus groups.
External link Messages lead to Unwanted Results Exit Disclaimer
Ads meant to increase the number of minorities seeking cancer screening have backfired due to negative messages, according to research published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
External link Study Reveals Increases in Cancer Disparities Exit Disclaimer
A study from the American Cancer Society finds that a decrease in cancer disparities is due to progress in cancers related to smoking. However, disparity rates related to screening and treatment may be on the rise.
External link Testosterone shows Promise for Waning Libidos Exit Disclaimer
In a study of 800 post-menopausal women, a skin patch administering doses of testosterone improved the libido without any additional hormone treatments.
External link Diabetes linked to Language Delays in Children Exit Disclaimer
According to an article in Pediatrics, children of women with pregnancy-related diabetes are twice as likely to experience language development problems.
External link Other Foods offer Protection against Bone Loss Exit Disclaimer
A diet high in fruit and vegetable consumption can also strengthen the bones, according to a new study being prepped for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
External link Health Literacy Alters Transplant Rates Exit Disclaimer
The lower the health literacy rate of a person with kidney disease, the less likely that person is to receive a kidney transplant, according to a study in the January 2009 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
External link Gene Therapy Shows Promise Exit Disclaimer
Scientists have successfully injected a corrective gene into a mouse with a form of sickle cell that later showed no difference from a normal mouse, according to an article in Molecular Therapy.
External link Fertility Patients shows Concerns about Unused Embryos Exit Disclaimer
In a study by researchers from Duke University Medical Center, more than 1,000 fertility patients were surveyed and found to have varying viewpoints of what should be done with their frozen embryos after having successful pregnancies.
External link Hepatitis C Treatment Reduces the Virus but Liver Damage Continues
A study funded by NIH found that even when Hepatitis C was treated in patients, the progression of serious liver disease continued despite a decrease in a person’s viral count and inflammation of the liver.
External link Researchers find Target for Sickle Cell Therapy
Researchers have pinpointed the gene that impacts the formation of hemoglobin and could modify the production of the oxygen-carrying protein in people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia. The study is in the online Dec. 4 issue of Science.
External link Study offers Clues to Human Immune System Exit Disclaimer
A study out of the University of California-San Francisco has found that a pregnant mother’s cells pass through the placenta to create the beginning of a response meant to suppress any attacks against the mother.
External link Secondhand smoke raises odds of fertility problems in women Exit Disclaimer
Females exposed to secondhand smoke, at any age, are more likely to be infertile and experience miscarriages, according to a report from scientists at the University of Rochester.
External link Eating Eggs during Pregnancy Affects Offspring Exit Disclaimer
Biologists at Boston University have found that eating eggs while pregnant seems to protect and alter the offspring’s future. In the study, choline, a nutrient in eggs, seemed to delay the growth of tumors in the offspring of mice who received choline, according to the article in the FASEB Journal.
External link Exposed Newborns More Difficult to Soothe Exit Disclaimer
Research from the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI found that the same babies who experience low birth weight and a higher risk of SIDS because of exposure to cigarette smoke while in the womb, are also less likely to be self soothe and are more irritable. The study, which looked at 56 babies, is published in the online edition of the Journal of Pediatrics.
External link Vitamin D found to fight placental infection Exit Disclaimer
UCLA researchers have found that Vitamin D can promote immune responses in the placenta, according to the online article in the Biology of Reproduction.
External link Monitoring Needed for Kidney Injuries Exit Disclaimer
People who have experienced damage to their kidneys or those who have had kidney surgery can be a increased risk for chronic kidney disease, according to a study appearing in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
External link Culprits of Bone Loss Identified Exit Disclaimer
Loyola University Researchers have found that bone loss in breast cancer survivors can be attributed to more than drug treatments, but also a Vitamin D deficiency, an overactive gland and the body’s dumping of calcium. Their study appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
External link Good Genes Make a Difference Exit Disclaimer
A study appearing in the November issue of the Journal of American Geriatric Society found that people whose parents lived to be 97, had decreased chances of developing chronic diseases.
External link U.S. Prematurity Rate Close to Failing Exit Disclaimer
The March of Dimes slapped the U.S. with a grade of D Wednesday, Nov. 11 after comparing states premature birth rates with the goals for Health People 2010.
External link Deterrents May Fuel Disparities Exit Disclaimer
A study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine finds that black women from lower economic backgrounds were deterred from getting their mammograms because of fears, misconceptions and past experiences.
External link Gender plays a Role Exit Disclaimer
A study presented at the 2008 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology suggests that a persons’ gender helps determine the likelihood of survival for patients with lung cancer.
External link Obese Women More Impulsive Exit Disclaimer
A study out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that obese women were more impulsive than obese men and men and women with healthy weights.
External link Social Factors Affect Pregnancy Exit Disclaimer
Research presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in Philadelphia recommends including rural living as a risk factor for higher blood pressure in pregnant women.
External link Mother’s Mental Health Linked to Pregnancy Results Exit Disclaimer
A study out of the University of Manchester found that women who had a history of serious mental illness were more likely to have a stillborn birth or give birth to a child that dies within the first few months.
External link Removing Sodas from School doesn’t Affect Consumption Exit Disclaimer
A study published in the November/December issue of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that even when sodas were removed from a Maine high school, the level of children’s soda consumption was similar to students in high schools where soda was available.
External link Extra Pregnancy Weight Raises Risks Exit Disclaimer
Women who gained 40 pounds or more during their pregnancy are more likely to have a heavy baby, according to an article published in the November issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Heavy babies can lead to complications during the birth and the likelihood of obesity later in the child’s life.
External link The risk of flaxseed Exit Disclaimer
At the University of Montreal, researchers have found that the consumption of flaxseed oil, during the last two trimesters by pregnant women, quadrupled their risk of giving birth prematurely.
External link Breastfeeding and Obesity Link Exit Disclaimer
Temple researchers conducted a study to find out how breastfeed is linked to lower obesity rates in children. They found that children who are breastfed were able to tell when they were full, while children who were bottle fed were less likely to know they were full and had a higher BMI rate.
External link Hypertension Linked to Environment Exit Disclaimer
A study out of John Hopkins University and published in the November issue of Social Science and Medicine found that disparities in hypertension were decreased when the groups being compared to each other came from the same environments.
External link Low-Carb Diets alter Liver Fuction Exit Disclaimer
A study appearing in the November issue of Hepatology has found that if a person is on a low-carbohydrate diet, the liver will rely on other substances to produce glucose at an increased rate.
External link Birth Control as a Deterrent Exit Disclaimer
Use of oral contraceptives seems to lower women’s risk of developing uterine and ovarian cancers later in life, but researchers from Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine have found that contraceptives could be affecting the way the body processes estrogen.
External link Extra Cash leading to more calories Exit Disclaimer
A cash-incentive program begun by the Mexican government and modeled in the US is aimed at alleviating poverty. And while the outcomes have been positive for children, a UC Berkley study shows that the results have had a downside for parents and even led to greater risks of obesity.
External link 3-D Doppler may detect breast cancer Exit Disclaimer
In the November issue of Radiology, researchers found that using a three-dimensional power Doppler scan of the breast tissue is more accurate in identifying malignant breast tumors.
External link MRI Technique may spot cervical cancer Exit Disclaimer
According to a study published in the November issue of Radiology, researchers have shown that by using a high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging with a special vaginal coil, the MRI may be able to pick up even the smaller tumors.
External link Rate of Suicide Increases Exit Disclaimer
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the suicide rate have increased for the first time in a decade with middle-age Caucasian women showing the greatest increase.
External link Study of boys who commit dating violence Exit Disclaimer
A qualitative study, which appeared in the September issue of the American Journal of Men’s Health, focuses on the lives of teen boys who are violent toward girls. Several common themes among the boys studied were witnessing violence in the home, failing in school and family troubles.
External link Symptoms Related to Stress Exit Disclaimer
A study presented at the 20th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, found that symptoms related to heart disease were often attributed to women’s stress levels and men’s symptoms were perceived as originated from actual physical occurrences.
External link The Link between Cancer and Caffeine Exit Disclaimer
After studying more than 38,000 women over the age of 45, researchers found that the rate of developing invasive breast cancer was not statistically significant to link caffeine consumption to breast cancer, according to an article in the Oct. 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
External link Women Get more Cavities than Men Exit Disclaimer
A professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon is studying how women develop more cavities than men and the influence of an agrarian lifestyle on women’s dental health by using clues from the past.
External link Families Benefit from Sports Exit Disclaimer
This study involving more than 2,000 students and 800 parents found that communication is often better in families whose children play sports and that girls living in urban settings are less likely to have opportunities to play.
External link Immune Systems Tracks Herpes Virus Exit Disclaimer
In the Oct. 10 issue of Science, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine challenge the idea that the Herpes Simplex Virus I, which can cause cold sores, blindness and lethal encephalitis, is invisible to the immune system. Instead, the scientists believe the virus is constantly watched by the immune system, which keeps it from spreading.
External link Movement Necessary for Patients Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at John Hopkins University Medical School are recommending further study into the effects of prolonged bed rest for patients in intensive care units. In an Oct. 8 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers note that keeping patients sedated while on bed rest can lead to weakened muscles and possibly physical impairment after being released from the hospital.
External link Plastics May Protect Cancer Cell Exit Disclaimer
In a study published in the Oct. 8 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, Exit Disclaimer University of Cincinnati researcher finds that exposure to BPA, a chemical found in plastics, may protect cancer cells from chemotherapy.

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