Category Archives: Women’s Health

Depressed women ‘have increased risk of stroke’

Women with depression may also be at increased risk of having a stroke, US researchers suggest.


The research, in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, said doctors should be aware people with depression may neglect their general health.

UK stroke experts said depression alone was unlikely to increase stroke risk.


The women, all aged 54-79, who were all taking part in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study which has been following women across the US since the mid 1970s.

In this study, the researchers looked at data from 2000 to 2006.

Smoking increases heart risk more in women than men

Women who start smoking increase their risk of a by more than men who take up the habit, according to a review of more than 30 years of research.

A study of 2.4 million people, published in the Lancet, showed a 25% difference in increased risk.

The reasons are unclear, say researchers.

The British Heart Foundation said the findings were “alarming” especially as women tended to smoke fewer cigarettes.

The World Health Organization lists heart disease as the world’s biggest killer, affecting more than seven million people each year.

The illness is largely down to lifestyle choice and smoking is one of the main causes. A study by the University of Minnesota showed women are at greater risk from smoking than men.

It analysed 75 sets of data produced by studies between 1966 and 2010.

Cardinal Bagnasco encourages conscientious objection to RU-486

Cardinal Bagnasco encourages conscientious objection to RU-486

Rome, Italy, Aug 4, 2009 / 10:46 am (CNA).- The president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, encouraged doctors who defend life and oppose abortion to exercise their right to conscientious objection in response to the decision by health care officials to allow the sale of the abortion drug RU-486.

In an interview with the Italian daily Avvenire, Cardinal Bagnasco warned the decision encourages Italians to view “abortion as a contraceptive, something that law 194 absolutely forbids,” and he expressed his “sadness, bitterness and care” over the position of health care officials, which he called a “crack in our society.”

Where there is no respect for human life, the cardinal went on, “from conception in its fragility and later during its course, society is less human. That the right of the strongest thus prevails is bitter.”  Behind this society, he added, “is an individualistic culture, hidden under respect for the freedom of women,” who “in reality experience a tragedy, live in suffering and worry; when a truly human culture ought to take care of them.”

Full access to RU486 — abortion is a woman’s choice

Access to safe medical and surgical abortion is a right that women have fought for and are still to fully achieve. They’ve kept fighting because the right to decide if and when to bear children is a cornerstone for women’s equality in society.

This struggle is being played out in Queensland today. A growing pro-choice movement supports repeal of the anti-abortion sections in the state’s criminal laws. Meanwhile, the state government hopes the issue will just go away.

The anti-abortion laws — sections 224, 225, and 226 of the Queensland Criminal Code — criminalise health services needed only by women.

Public opinion is clearly behind law reform. Seventy-nine percent of Queenslanders want abortion decriminalised, said an independent poll in May.

The question asked by many is: why isn’t this law reform a straightforward process in the 21st century?

Labor MPs support new calls to legalise abortion

Labor MPs support new calls to legalise abortion

AT LEAST three Labor MPs are supporting a new push to change the state’s 40-year-old abortion laws.

Angela D’Amore, Helen Westwood and Penny Sharpe have supported calls by a new lobby group to remove abortion from the criminal code.

The group, Pro Choice NSW, was set up after criminal charges were laid against a couple in Queensland who had used RU486, also known as the abortion pill.

Abortion pill rules loosened at clinics

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Abortion provider Marie Stopes International yesterday began offering women the choice of medical and standard surgical abortions at its nine clinics in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration authorised the service to use RU486 under special licensing to give desperately ill people access to drugs not available in this country. The only provisos were that women had to be less than nine weeks pregnant and meet eligibility criteria covering standard surgical abortions, the group said.

Abortion pill approved in Italy

Italy’s drug regulation agency has approved the use of the abortion pill RU486, also known as mifepristone, prompting protests from the Vatican.

The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) ruled late on Thursday that the drug would not be sold in pharmacies and only be administered by doctors.

The pill could only be taken up to the seventh week of pregnancy, it said.

On Thursday, the Vatican said it would excommunicate doctors who prescribed the drug and patients who used it.

Birth Control May Help Ward Off Bacterial Vaginosis

Birth Control May Help Ward Off Bacterial Vaginosis

Birth Control May Help Ward Off Bacterial Vaginosis

Women who are prone to the common vaginal infection, bacterial vaginosis, are less likely to have a recurrence if they take hormonal contraception, whether it be birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections, new research suggests.

In the study, researchers examined medical records for 330 women with a mean age of nearly 25 who visited two sexually transmitted disease clinics in Baltimore between April 2005 and October 2006. About 133, or 40.3 percent, were diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis.

The women were prescribed a contraceptive, either progestin only (such as Depo-Provera) or estrogen-progestin combination (a birth control pill).

RU-486 abortion drug to be allowed in Italy

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RU-486 abortion drug

Italy has approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, capping years of debate and defying opposition from the Vatican, which warned of immediate excommunication for doctors prescribing the pill and for women who use it.

The pill is already available in a number of other European countries. Its approval by Italy’s drug regulation authorities was praised by women’s groups and pro-choice organizations, which say the pill will provide women with an additional, noninvasive procedure.

It drew the immediate protest of the Catholic Church, which opposes abortion and contraception.

“That’s not how you alleviate human suffering, that’s not how you help women, that’s not how you help mankind,” Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, a senior church bioethicist, said in an interview Friday with Associated Press Television News.

White Vaginal Discharge – Natural Remedies

White vaginal discharge is medically known as leucorrhoea which is a condition characterized by the discharge of whitish substance from the female genital organ, the vagina. In a very common term, it is called as whites. The problem is linked with the woman’s reproductive system and its organs. The condition may last for a few weeks or also for months together. If the woman ignores this problem, it may become so chronic after passing some stages.