Women's Health

Examining Racial Disparities in US Maternal Mortality

Examining Racial Disparities in US Maternal Mortality

State-level reforms and improvements in healthcare practices and institutional attitudes are necessary to improve maternal mortality rates.

Trump Administration Finalizes Birth Control Coverage Opt-Out

Trump Administration Finalizes Birth Control Coverage Opt-Out

A birth control coverage opt-out for employers was finalized by the Trump administration.

Mistaking Legal Recourse for Evidence-Based Medical Practices in Surrogacy

Mistaking Legal Recourse for Evidence-Based Medical Practices in Surrogacy

Paying a surrogate to carry a fetus shoehorns a fourth, and fifth, party into the already tight therapeutic triangle formed by the biological mom, fetus, and physician.

Sexual Harassment, Assault Affect Physical and Mental Health in Women

Sexual Harassment, Assault Affect Physical and Mental Health in Women

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Women who were exposed to sexual harassment and/or assault were found to experience higher blood pressure, poorer sleep, and mood changed that can affect mental health.

Uncertain Future for Health Laws After Supreme Court Crisis Pregnancy Center Ruling

Uncertain Future for Health Laws After Supreme Court Crisis Pregnancy Center Ruling

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The recent Supreme Court decision on crisis pregnancy centers is expected to complicate the future of some health laws.

Medicaid Expansion Programs Improve Women's Access to Reproductive Services

Medicaid Expansion Programs Improve Women's Access to Reproductive Services

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One-third of the women enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program reported improved access to birth control and family planning services.

The Ethics of Forced Cesarean Deliveries: An Unthinkable Practice, Examined

The Ethics of Forced Cesarean Deliveries: An Unthinkable Practice, Examined

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"Moral norms" in the medical domain must be applied to pregnant women and their physicians.

Examining the Ethics of Deceased vs Living Uterus Donors

Examining the Ethics of Deceased vs Living Uterus Donors

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The first live birth after a uterus transplant was achieved in Sweden in 2014, followed by 4 more births, all from uteri provided by living donors.

In Shocking Opposition, Trump Administration Denies Decades of Breastfeeding Research

In Shocking Opposition, Trump Administration Denies Decades of Breastfeeding Research

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In a move that shocked world health officials, the Trump administration indicated its opposition to a resolution intended to encourage breastfeeding among new mothers

Conflicting Values, Ethical Questions: When Viewpoints Differ From Your Employer

Conflicting Values, Ethical Questions: When Viewpoints Differ From Your Employer

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How should a clinician act on personal values when those values clash with their employers?

New Poll Offers Women's Perspective on Women's Health Issues

New Poll Offers Women's Perspective on Women's Health Issues

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The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released results from a new poll examining the public's view on women's issues.

Women Often Unaware of Their Hospital's Religious Affiliation

Women Often Unaware of Their Hospital's Religious Affiliation

Women of reproductive age are often unaware of their hospital's religious affiliation.

Placebo Effect of Various Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug Treatments Assessed

Placebo Effect of Various Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug Treatments Assessed

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For this study, the authors aimed to quantify this effect by conducting a systematic review of various databases to identify studies that included a placebo arm and used Female Sexual Function Index as a clinical outcome.

Disparities in Breast Reconstruction Access Persist Despite Advocacy Efforts

Disparities in Breast Reconstruction Access Persist Despite Advocacy Efforts

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Because most reconstructive surgeons are not trained in communicating complex risk information, some women may choose to have the procedure done without fully understanding the risks.

Addressing Conceptions of Hymenoplasty Among Healthcare Providers

Addressing Conceptions of Hymenoplasty Among Healthcare Providers

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Among some communities, hymenoplasty is seen as a "pragmatic choice" for women to conform to societal conceptions of virginity.

In Free Speech-Backed Ruling, Supreme Court Sides With California Crisis Pregnancy Centers

In Free Speech-Backed Ruling, Supreme Court Sides With California Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra expressed concern that the ruling would create "needless" barriers between women and access to medical care.

Widespread Under-representation of Women in Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Trials

Widespread Under-representation of Women in Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Trials

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While the number of women participating in cardiovascular disease clinical trials has increased, representation varies significantly depending on the type of trial.

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

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The American College of Physicians has released 7 position statements supporting equality in healthcare for women.

#WhatIWishIdKnown: National Women's Health Week 2018

#WhatIWishIdKnown: National Women's Health Week 2018

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The goal of National Women's Health Week is to encourage women to take steps to be healthy at any age.

AHA: Annual OB/GYN Appointment Can Benefit Women's Heart Health

AHA: Annual OB/GYN Appointment Can Benefit Women's Heart Health

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An annual wellness exam performed by an OB/GYN can be used to evaluate a woman's heart health.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Create Potential Public Health Concerns

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Create Potential Public Health Concerns

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The debate about crisis pregnancy centers has reached the US Supreme Court.

OB/GYNs Can Help Identify and Increase Access to Care for Sex Workers

OB/GYNs Can Help Identify and Increase Access to Care for Sex Workers

Sex workers should be counseled about the health risks associated with sex work.

New Media Attention on Rising Maternal Mortality in the United States

New Media Attention on Rising Maternal Mortality in the United States

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Why is maternal mortality increasing in the US? Like most complicated issues, there is no simple answer.

Miscarriage Risks Increase with Use of Common Antibiotics

Miscarriage Risks Increase with Use of Common Antibiotics

Certain medications seem safer than others, but the overall danger is low, researchers say.

Increasing Rates of Breast Cancer Among Asian-American Women

Increasing Rates of Breast Cancer Among Asian-American Women

Out of 7 nationality groups studied, only Japanese women did not have an overall increase in the disease.

Female Preference From Immigrants Often Resisted by OB-GYN Physicians

Female Preference From Immigrants Often Resisted by OB-GYN Physicians

Findings were based on physician interviews regarding immigrant women's requests.

New Drug Approved by FDA to Treat Various Female Cancers

New Drug Approved by FDA to Treat Various Female Cancers

The PARP inhibitor may help fight tumors affecting the ovaries, fallopian tubes or peritoneum.

Fertility Clinic Access Limited for Many American Women

Fertility Clinic Access Limited for Many American Women

Among those of childbearing age, 29% had no access to clinics, while another 11% had only one.

Providing Healthcare for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Providing Healthcare for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Health-care providers often overlook the unique health needs of lesbian and bisexual women.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Affected 2.5 Million American Women

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Affected 2.5 Million American Women

The high rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections in the US means many women are at risk.

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