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Treating Menopausal Symptoms: An Expert Describes Pros, Cons

Treating Menopausal Symptoms: An Expert Describes Pros, ConsTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For women experiencing menopause symptoms with no sign of relief in sight, it doesn’t have to be this way.An expert in women’s health offers some suggestions for helping control symptoms during this time of life when menstrual cycles end."We sometimes hear the question, 'Do I need to treat hot flashes or night sweats?' and the answer for many may be, 'yes.' Because hot flashes and night sweats affect quality of life and productivity at work and at home for women," said Dr. Jewel Kling, chair of the division of women’s health at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.Other common symptoms include insomnia and mood changes.One treatment is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This typically includes estrogen plus progestogen, according to a Mayo...

Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating Disorders

23 January 2023
Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating DisordersMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.The main driver of eating disorders in older women? Body dissatisfaction, the researchers found.When researchers looked at eating disorder symptoms among 36 women aged 45 to 61, they found that body dissatisfaction was a key risk factor for eating disorders across the lifespan, especially in midlife. Perimenopausal and early post-menopausal women were more likely to report a fear of gaining weight or losing control of their eating. Perimenopause is the transition before menopause that may be marked by irregular or skipped periods, among other...

Is Rest Really Best After a Child Has a Concussion?

23 January 2023
Is Rest Really Best After a Child Has a Concussion?MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When kids suffer a concussion, an extended period of rest at home is always the best course, right? Perhaps not.In fact, a new study suggests that -- despite what many people may presume -- getting kids back to school quickly is the best way to boost their chance for a rapid recovery and better outcomes.The finding stems from a look at post-concussion outcomes of more than 1,600 children between the ages of 5 and 18."There has been minimal research to date that provides guidance to clinicians, parents and schools regarding an appropriate time for youth to return to school after a concussion," said study leader Christopher Vaughan, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children's National Hospital in Rockville, Md.The current guidance, he said, is...

Penis Birth Defects Are on the Rise – Are...

20 January 2023
Penis Birth Defects Are on the Rise – Are Environmental Toxins to Blame?FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are seeing an alarming increase in cases of a specific genital malformation in male babies, and new research suggests environmental factors might be at play.The malformation is known as hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra is not at the tip of the penis, but on the underside of the organ.In the study, scientists identified a direct link between hypospadias tissue samples and the presence of epigenetic alterations -- changes to the molecular factors and processes around DNA that determine how genes behave."Previous researchers have done extensive analyses and not found any kind of genetic DNA sequence mutations that correlate with the presence of the disease, so there has always been a big question mark regarding where it comes...

She Used Pills to Medically Abort -- But Had a Dangerous Ectopic Pregnancy

19 January 2023
She Used Pills to Medically Abort -- But Had a Dangerous Ectopic PregnancyTHURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022, access to surgical abortion became increasingly restricted in several states, pushing many women to pursue medication abortions.But the case of a 22-year-old who took mifepristone and misoprostol -- bought on the internet to end a pregnancy -- serves as a cautionary tale. She was about six weeks pregnant based on her last menstrual period and developed severe abdominal cramps six days after taking mifepristone.She thought she had had a "regular" pregnancy, but after increased pain and two visits to the emergency department, doctors instead diagnosed a life-threatening ruptured ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg grows...
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