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Dry Eyes No More: New Insight May Lead to Better Detection and Treatment of Common Autoimmune Disease

Sjogren's syndrome affects an estimated four million people in the U.S., but diagnosis is often delayed because its symptoms are similar to other conditions. A new study in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology describes a protein with the potential to be an earlier and more precise indicator of the disease.

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Does Exercise Benefit Cancer Patients?

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Award-winning registered dietitian who holds a Ph.D. in exercise science explores how exercise can help patients with cancer.

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HPV Infection Can Be Identified in Self-Collected Vaginal Swabs

High risk, potentially cancer causing human papillomavirus infections are common among women in Papua New Guinea. But self sampling with vaginal swabs may provide materials that screen as accurately as the more labor-intensive approach using cervical samples obtained by clinicians. This finding is critical to developing same day screening and treatment, which is key to ensuring that women with precancerous lesions are treated in this largely unconnected (electronically) country, and in others like it. The research appeared online April 13, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, which is published by the American Society for Microbiology.

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Rare Cancer Brings Two Young Women Together as Lifelong Friends

Two young Alabama women formed a bond over a rare germ cell cancer affecting only 1,000 women across the United States.

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Lower Weight, Diabetes, and Heart Disease Can Worsen Quality of Life for Frail Older Women

Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently learned that older women who are frail, and who have six or more chronic health conditions, are twice as likely to have a lower quality of life compared to women with less than three risk factors.

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Female Hormones May Make Women Less Susceptible to Kidney Failure Than Men

• Researchers detected transient increases in enzymes indicative of kidney health that correlated with specific phases of the female reproductive hormone cycle. • The findings indicate that nonreproductive organs may undergo periodical adaptations phased by menstrual cycle–driven hormone changes.

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A Breast Cancer Awareness Legacy Lives On

The Nancy Floyd Haworth Foundation announced that it has donated to four New Mexico organizations to support women battling breast cancer: the Anita Salas Memorial Fund, Comadre à Comadre program, YWCA New Mexico and the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance.

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Ben Taub Hospital Newborn ICU Garners National Award for Patient Care

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The neonatal intensive care unit for sickest of newborns at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital is the only Gold Level recipient of the Beacon Award for Excellence in Texas. The prestigious designation is awarded to hospitals with exceptional patient care and is given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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The Female Pelvis Adjusts for Childbearing Years

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According to new studies, wide hips do not reduce locomotor efficiency.

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Breast Density and Outcomes of Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening

In a study appearing in the April 26 issue of JAMA, Elizabeth A. Rafferty, M.D., formerly of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and colleagues evaluated the screening performance of digital mammography combined with tomosynthesis (a type of imaging) compared with digital mammography alone for women with varying levels of breast density.

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Poor Understandability of Notifications Sent to Women Regarding Breast Density

In a study appearing in the April 26 issue of JAMA, Nancy R. Kressin, Ph.D., of the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues examined the content, readability, and understandability of dense breast notifications sent to women following screening mammography.

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Radiant Zinc Fireworks Reveal Quality of Human Egg

A stunning explosion of zinc fireworks occurs when a human egg is activated by a sperm enzyme, and the size of these “sparks” is a direct measure of the quality of the egg and its ability to develop into an embryo. The discovery has potential to help doctors choose the best eggs to transfer during in vitro fertilization.

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New Mayo Clinic Book Guides Women Through Menopause with Clinically Proven, Practical Advice

As preteens, girls often take health classes to teach them about their changing bodies during puberty. For moms-to-be, classes deal with pregnancy and newborn care.

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Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Prevalence of Homosexuality in Men Is Stable Throughout Time Thanks to Genetics, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Prevalence of Homosexuality in Men Is Stable Throughout Time Thanks to Genetics, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

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Multivitamin Use Protects Against Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), in collaboration with investigators from the cooperative group SWOG, have found that use of multivitamins prior to diagnosis may reduce the risk of neuropathy in breast cancer patients treated with the class of drugs known as taxanes. The team will present their findings at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2016, to be held April 16-20 in New Orleans.

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Newly Identified Genetic Markers May Help Guide Treatment Selection in Breast Cancer

Two previously unrecognized genetic markers may predict whether breast cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy followed by tamoxifen, according to preclinical research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), in collaboration with the cooperative research group SWOG and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The results of this research will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2016, to be held April 16-20 in New Orleans.

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Study Identifies Effects of Hormonal Contraceptives on Anti-Viral Immunity

Women account for approximately half of all individuals living with HIV worldwide, and researchers wanted to identify the risk factors that increase susceptibility of women to genital infection.

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UT Southwestern Plastic Surgeons Develop Innovative Microsurgery Technique for Reconstructing Breast After Mastectomy

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UT Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons have developed a new breast reconstruction technique that combines advantages of two different types of microsurgical procedures using abdominal and other tissue to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy.

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Delaying Radiation Therapy for Women with Very Early Breast Cancer Ups Recurrence

Delaying radiation therapy too long after surgery significantly increases the risk of recurrent tumors in women treated for very early, or what is referred to as “stage 0,” breast cancer, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.