Updates from Women’s HealthFirst

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To Weight Gain In Older Women

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July 27, 2012

A new study published in the journal of Women's Health finds that older women who don't get enough vitamin D might be slightly heavier than those who do. The study, which examined about 4,600 aged 65 and older for 4½ years, found that women with low levels of vitamin D in their blood gained about ... read more


New Study Finds Depression During Pregnancy Linked To Premature Births

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July 26, 2012

Women who have depression symptoms during pregnancy may be more likely to deliver prematurely, a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology finds. Researchers found that of more than 14,000 pregnant women, those who screened positive for possible clinical depression had an increased chance of preterm birth, with 14 percent delivering ... read more


New CDC Study Finds 1 In 13 Pregnant Women Consume Alcohol

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July 25, 2012

Despite repeated warnings from healthcare professionals about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy, a new study reveals that as many as 1 in 13 pregnant women, or about 8 percent of expectant mothers, consume alcohol. The study, published in the July 20 issue of the CDC's journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, finds that 51.5% ... read more


Study Finds Lack Of Sleep Drastically Increases Stroke Risk In Healthy Adults

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July 23, 2012

Feeling tired, run-down, and overworked? Active all day but up all night tossing and turning? Turns out that getting a good night's sleep isn't just for beauty anymore. A new study finds that getting less than six hours of sleep quadruples the risk of stroke among healthy men and women aged 45 and older. The ... read more


New Study Finds Only A Third Of U.S. Moms Who Plan To Breast-Feed Meet Goals

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July 19, 2012

While most American women plan on breast-feeding their newborns, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that fewer than one-third of those who planned to exclusively breast-feed for three months or more met that goal. The biggest factor in whether or not a woman met her breast feeding goal seemed to be whether ... read more


Study Says Diet During Pregnancy Is Safe, Reduces Risk Of Complications

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May 28, 2012

A new study published in the May 18 issue of the British Medical Journal finds that it is not only safe for a pregnant woman to go on a diet, but it can even be benficial and reduce the risk of dangerous complications. The study, which analyzed 44 relevant studies comprised of more than 7,200 women, ... read more


More Than 1 In 10 Babies Worldwide Born Prematurely; U.S. Rates Similar To Developing Countries

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May 12, 2012

The first ever country-by-country global comparison of premature births, released by the World Health Organization, found that 15 million babies a year are born preterm, or more than one in 10 live births. About 1 million of those babies die shortly after birth, while countless others suffer a significant, life-long physical, neurological or educational disability, ... read more


U.S. Fertility Trends Relatively Stable; Children Born To Unmarried Couples On The Rise

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May 9, 2012

While many fertility trends have remained stable in the U.S. over the last decade, there is one that is bucking this trend: the number of first births among unmarried couples who were living together. According to a new report by the National Survey of Family Growth, that figure has risen from 12% of first births ... read more


Study Shows Positive Outlook May Be Good For Your Heart

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May 7, 2012

It is no secret that negative mental states, such as chronic depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, are detrimental to cardiovascular health. Less is known about how positive psychological traits affect heart health, until now. In the first and largest study on the topic to date, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found ... read more


Some Simple Steps To Boost Energy Levels & Keep Exhaustion At Bay

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April 16, 2012

In today's hectic, nonstop world, fatigue has become an almost routine part of life. For women juggling career and family responsibilities, this can be especially true. "We live in a culture in which people accept lagging energy as a fact of life," explains integrative medicine specialist and author Frank Lipman, M.D. This hurried lifestyle is ... read more