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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Woman's Health: Protecting women from multiple sclerosis ♦ Misconception about impact of double mastectomy ♦ Moderate exercise helps prevent gestational diabetes,

Protecting women from multiple sclerosis An innocent mistake made by a graduate student in a lab who accidentally used male mice instead of female mice during an experiment, has led scientists to a novel discovery that offers new insight into why women are more likely than men to develop autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
No improvement in cognition with postmenopausal hormones Menopausal hormone therapy given to recently postmenopausal women in the US for up to four years does not improve cognition, but may have some positive benefits for some mood symptoms.
Misconceptions about impact of double mastectomy A survey of women with breast cancer found that nearly half considered having a double mastectomy. But of those who considered it, only 37 percent knew that the more aggressive procedure does not improve survival for women with breast cancer.
Women's contribution to healthcare constitutes nearly 5% of global GDP, but nearly half is unpaid and unrecognized A major new Commission on women and health has found that women are contributing around $3 trillion to global health care, but nearly half of this (2.35% of global GDP) is unpaid and unrecognized
Moderate exercise helps prevent gestational diabetes, reduce weight gain during pregnancy Women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to have gestational diabetes, and the exercise also helps to reduce maternal weight gain, finds a study. Gestational diabetes is one of the most frequent complications of pregnancy. It is associated with an increased risk of serious disorders such as preeclampsia, hypertension, preterm birth, and with induced or caesarean birth.

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