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Pandemic Is Leading to More Depression for Pregnant Women Worldwide: Study

Pandemic Is Leading to More Depression for Pregnant Women Worldwide: StudyFRIDAY, April 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and other mental health problems have become much more common among pregnant women and new mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic, an international study finds.Researchers noted that mental health issues can harm not only a woman's own health but also affect mother-infant bonding and children's health over time."We expected to see an increase in the proportion of pregnant and postpartum women reporting mental health distress, as they are likely to be worried or have questions about their babies' health and development, in addition to their own or their family's health," said senior author Karestan Koenen. She is a professor of psychiatric epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston."However, the number of women...

Breast Cancer Over 70: How Much Treatment Is Enough?

20 April 2021
Breast Cancer Over 70: How Much Treatment Is Enough?TUESDAY, April 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many women older than 70 can safely receive fewer treatments for early-stage breast cancer, a new study suggests.Researchers found that adding lymph node removal or radiation to women's treatment did not seem to cut their risk of a breast cancer recurrence, which was low overall.The findings, experts said, support existing recommendations to "de-escalate" those procedures for many older women.The point is to spare them of side effects from treatments that are unlikely to bring benefits, said Adrian Lee, one of the researchers on the study.In practice, though, many women continue to undergo the procedures, said Lee, an investigator with the Women's Cancer Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.At issue are women aged 70...

Epidural in Delivery Not Linked to Autism: Study

19 April 2021
Epidural in Delivery Not Linked to Autism: Study MONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In news that should reassure many pregnant women, having an epidural during childbirth won't increase the child's risk of autism, researchers report. The new findings refute a widely criticized 2020 study that said epidurals were associated with a 37% higher risk of autism. Experts said that study didn't account for numerous socioeconomic, genetic and medical risk factors for autism that could be more common among women who choose epidurals, and pointed out that it was biologically implausible for epidurals to increase autism risk. In addition, several professional societies issued a statement saying the study didn't provide credible scientific evidence that epidurals cause autism. Epidurals are the most common form of pain relief for...

In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for...

19 April 2021
In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer`s ReturnMONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Most people know obesity can lead to diabetes or heart disease, but excess weight can play a role in cancer, too, researchers say.A new study found that breast cancer survivors who are overweight have a statistically significant increased risk of developing a second primary cancer – one not connected to their previous cancer.The risk likely owes to shared risk factors between the two cancers – of which obesity is one – as well as genetic susceptibility and long-term effects of breast cancer treatment, the study authors said."The risk is comparable to what we would see for an initial breast cancer," said Heather Spencer Feigelson, senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, in Aurora. "It's just...

Hormone Treatments May Raise Blood Pressure in Transgender People

19 April 2021
Hormone Treatments May Raise Blood Pressure in Transgender PeopleMONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Monitoring blood pressure is important for transgender people, according to new research, which found changes in systolic blood pressure after the start of gender-affirming hormone therapy.Transgender men and transgender women have a higher burden of heart attack, stroke and related conditions, the study noted.Gender-affirming hormone therapy isn't new. Doctors have prescribed the hormones for more than 25 years, but little is known about their impact on high blood pressure rates and how the effects change over time."There are many important gaps in our knowledge about the effects of hormone therapy for transgender people," said senior author Dr. Michael Irwig, director of transgender medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in...

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