Gender Disparities

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STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

STUDY: Up To 240,000 Texas Women Have Resorted To Self-Induced Abortion As Anti-Choice Laws Force Clinic Closures

With the massive increase in state level anti-abortion laws over the past five years, women’s access to safe and legal abortion care has become severely limited across large swaths of the country. This is especially true in Texas, where a series of restrictive anti-abortion measures have forced more than half of the state’s 41 abortion … Continue reading

Too Little, Too Late? SXSW Admits Canceling Online Harassment Panels ‘Was A Mistake’, Plans Daylong Summit Instead

Facing boycott threats from numerous major media outlets, the director of the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, acknowledged Friday that he made a mistake by caving to pressure from Internet trolls and canceling two scheduled panels about online harassment within the gaming community. In place of the canceled panels, he said, SXSW … Continue reading

Five Things Every Woman Should Know About The New ‘Female Viagra’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week gave final approval to the first-ever drug aimed at increasing sexual desire in women. Often referred to as “female Viagra” or “pink Viagra”, the drug, Flibanserin, will become available via prescription by Oct. 17 under the name Addyi. The pink pill aims to enhance libido in … Continue reading

Depression, Bipolar Disorder Put Teens At Risk Of Heart Problems

Major depression and bipolar disorder are among the most common mental disorders among young people, and new research suggests the long-term health consequences of these disorders could be more severe than once thought. According to a scientific statement released this week by the American Heart Association, both depressive and bipolar disorders put teenagers at heightened … Continue reading

New Evidence Suggests Women’s Brains Are More Vulnerable To Alzheimer’s

Women’s brains appear to be more vulnerable to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease than men’s, according to a trio of new studies that could explain why women make up more than two-thirds of all diagnosed Alzheimer’s cases in the United States In one study, researchers from Duke University Medical Center found that women who … Continue reading

The New $10 Bill Will Feature A Woman

A woman will be featured on the new version of the $10 bill, the Treasury Department announced Thursday, marking the first time women have been represented on the nation’s currency in well over a hundred years. “America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we … Continue reading

‘Female Viagra’ May Soon Be A Reality

The first-ever “female Viagra” may soon be reality, culminating years of contentious efforts to introduce a libido drug for women. After twice rejecting the drug, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel gave its stamp of approval Thursday to flibanserin, a new pill designed to boost low sexual desire in otherwise healthy women. The advisory … Continue reading

Why Girls With Autism Are Diagnosed Later Than Boys

Greater public awareness of autism has made early diagnosis and intervention much more likely. But new research finds this is more often the case for boys than girls. A new study from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore indicates that generally girls are getting diagnosed with autism at a later age than boys, perhaps because … Continue reading

New Research Highlights Heavy Drinking Among American Women As An Emerging Public Health Threat

More Americans — especially American women — are drinking heavily and engaging in episodes of binge-drinking, according to a large new study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The findings, published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, show that heavy drinking among Americans rose 17.2 … Continue reading

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