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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Women's Health: Popular media influences choice of childbirth ♦ When do mothers need others? ♦ Non-hormonal management of menopausal symptoms

Popular media influences choice of childbirth Women's magazines influence whether women decide to have a more natural childbirth or not, with most of the messages biased towards promoting the benefits of medicalized birth.
Female cystic fibrosis patients need more contraceptive guidance Only half of women with cystic fibrosis report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally. As recently as the 1960s, children with cystic fibrosis -- an inherited disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to form in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs -- often died before attending elementary school. Today many people with the disease live into their 30s, 40s and beyond
Non-hormonal management of menopausal vasomotor symptoms Hot flashes are a common menopausal symptom. They tend to intensify during the perimenopause and usually subside within 5 years after the final menstrual period. However in some women frequent hot flashes are a long term problem and may last for more than 7 years.
'Thinspiration' images of women on social media sites examined Some of the most popular social media sites are filled with images of extremely thin women that might be harmful to those who view them -- whether they are seeking them or not, according to research. The images were often cropped to remove heads or focus on just a few body parts.

When do mothers need others? New research examines how mothers underwent a remarkable transition from the past – when they had one dependent offspring at a time, ended support of their young at weaning and received no help from others – to the present, when mothers often have multiple kids who help rear other children.

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