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Hot News Flash! Menopause, Sleepless Nights Make Women’s Bodies Age Faster

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Two UCLA studies reveal that menopause--and the insomnia that often accompanies it --make women age faster.

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Uncovering a New Principle in Chemotherapy Resistance in Breast Cancer

A laboratory study has revealed an entirely unexpected process for acquiring drug resistance that bypasses the need to re-establish DNA damage repair in breast cancers that have mutant BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. The findings, reported by Andre Nussenzweig, Ph.D., and Shyam Sharan, Ph.D., at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues, appeared July 21, 2016, in Nature.

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Study Suggests 1.6 Million Childbearing Women Could Be at Risk of Zika Virus Infection

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Research by scientists in the US and UK has estimated that up to 1.65 million childbearing women in Central and South America could become infected by the Zika virus by the end of the first wave of the epidemic.

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UNC-Chapel Hill’s Care4Moms Project to Research, Make Recommendations on Needs of Mothers with Medically Fragile Infants

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The study’s results will help improve health outcomes for mothers, their babies and future pregnancies.

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Study Shows Potential to Reduce HIV Transmission Through Intervention for Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

A team of researchers led by the University of Maryland, School of Public Health’s Dr. Mona Mittal, conducted an integrated HIV risk reduction intervention for a racially diverse group of economically-disadvantaged women with histories of intimate partner violence (IPV). This intervention resulted in a decrease in unprotected sex and an increase in safer sex communication among its participants. It is one of the few interventions to address the association between gender-based violence and risk of HIV acquisition among women.

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Brain Activity and Response to Food Cues Differ in Severely Obese Women, UT Southwestern Study Shows

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The brain’s reward centers in severely obese women continue to respond to food cues even after they’ve eaten and are no longer hungry, in contrast to their lean counterparts, according to a recent study by a multidisciplinary team at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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Scientists Use Already-Approved Drugs to Force Cancer Cell Death, How to Decide if Watchful Waiting Is the Right Choice, Some Adolescent Cancer Survivors May Require More Comprehensive Mental Health Screening, and MORE in the Cancer News Source

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Neuroscientists Get $3.2 Million to Study Brain Mechanisms Underlying Sex Differences in Social Stress

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State University has received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the neurochemical mechanisms underlying social stress in males and females.

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The Complex Crosstalk Between Obesity and Breast Cancer

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A new study published in the Journal of Cell Physiology describes how inflammation that characterizes fatty tissue is one of the main microenvironment actors responsible for promoting cancer. The authors also describe the involvement of steroid hormones and others factors produced by adipose tissue in breast cancer development.

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NIH Awards UAB Three Maternal and Infant Health Grants

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UAB continues to improve maternal and infant health as the only university to be a member of all three NIH perinatal networks.

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Does Hormone Therapy After Menopause Affect Memory?

Contrary to popular belief, taking estrogen after menopause may not affect the memory and thinking abilities of healthy women no matter when the treatment is started. The research is published in the July 20, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Researchers Map Molecular 'Social Networks' That Drive Breast Cancer Cells

A powerful new technology that maps the "social network" of proteins in breast cancer cells is providing detailed understanding of the disease at a molecular level and could eventually lead to new treatments, Australian scientists say.

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Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Sexual Dysfunction in Older Women

Understanding the effects of age and disease on sexual wellbeing is crucial as sexual health is increasingly associated with vitality. In a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at the role metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease play in postmenopausal women's sexual health. They found that metabolic syndrome was strongly associated with decreased sexual activity, desire, and sexual satisfaction and that specific cardiovascular events were linked to reduced rates of sexual activity, but not with sexual desire or satisfaction.

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Older Women in the United States Not Receiving Recommended Bone Density Testing Before Starting Cancer Treatment, Study Finds

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A Medical College of Wisconsin study published in the July issue of JNCCN found that older women are not receiving recommended bone density assessment prior to adjuvant therapy with aromatase inhibitors, possibly making them more vulnerable to bone fracture and comorbidity as a result of injury.

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Wayne State Receives $2.2 Million HRSA Grant to Support Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Leadership Education

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Wayne State University recently received a $2.2 million, five-year grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Maternal Child Health (MCH) Training Program,” or MI-LEND. The purpose of MI-LEND is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with disabilities in Michigan by training individuals from diverse disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and work across disciplines.

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Estrogen Patch in Newly Postmenopausal Women May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Can estrogen preserve brain function and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease when given early in menopause? Newly postmenopausal women who received estrogen via a skin patch had reduced beta-amyloid deposits, the sticky plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a Mayo Clinic study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found. Ultimately, these deposits harm neurons, leading to cognitive problems.

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Wearable Neuromuscular Device May Help Reduce ACL Injuries in Female Soccer Players

Using a wearable neuromuscular device can reduce the risk of ACL injury in female soccer athletes, according to new research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. The study showed functional improvements in athletes who used the devices in combination with a regular training program.

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New Initiative Improves Health Behaviors of Lesbian, Bisexual Women

Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of obesity, smoking and stress when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. To address this issue, a University of Missouri researcher has led the first-ever national study to develop healthy weight programs for lesbian and bisexual communities. Ninety-five percent of the study participants achieved the health objectives that are critical for obesity prevention as identified by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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The Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

Women who exercise during pregnancy are more likely to deliver vaginally than those who do not, and show no greater risk of preterm birth.