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How Zika Infects the Placenta

Zika virus can infect and replicate in immune cells from the placenta, without killing them, scientists have discovered. The finding may explain how the virus can pass through the placenta of a pregnant woman, on its way to infect developing brain cells in her fetus.

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Sea Urchins Defy Aging, Study Identifies How Brain Connects Memories Across Time, Regular Exercise at Any Age Might Stave Off Alzheimer’s, and more in the Aging News Source

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Stress Affects Males and Females Differently

Weizmann Institute of Science researchers found that a stress receptor in the brain regulates metabolic responses to stressful situations differently in male and female mice. The results could aid in the development of treatments for regulating hunger or stress responses, including anxiety and depression.

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Loyola First Center in Illinois to Receive Physical Therapy Accreditation in Women's Health

Loyola University Medical Center is the first center in Illinois to be accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in women’s health. Loyola is one of nine centers nationwide to receive the accreditation.

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Too Much Sex Causes Genitals to Change Shape in Beetle Study, Expert on Managing Wedding Stress, Relationship Satisfaction Depends on the Mating Pool, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

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Women May Be Able to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk Predicted by Their Genes

Women with a high risk of developing breast cancer based on family history and genetic risk can still reduce the chance they will develop the disease in their lifetimes by following a healthy lifestyle, new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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Researchers Link Gene Expression Patterns of Normal Tissue to Breast Cancer Prognosis

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In the journal npj Breast Cancer, researchers reported they identified a particular gene expression pattern in normal-appearing breast tissue around tumors that was linked to lower 10-year survival rates for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.

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First Women Join Sandia Hiring Program for Combat-Injured Veterans

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Two young women, one disabled by a mortar blast in Afghanistan and the other injured in several battles while helping women in Baghdad, are the first two women veterans in Sandia National Laboratories’ Wounded Warrior Career Development Program (WWCDP).

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NAU Researcher: Nurses Can Apply Science of Caring to Combat Compassion Fatigue

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NAU’s Dorothy Dunn, assistant professor and doctor of nursing, has been actively researching the intentionality of compassion energy—the converse of compassion fatigue—in order to help nurses balance life and profession.

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Lung Function May Affect Vocal Health for Women

Vocal fatigue is a common complaint among teachers and one of the most debilitating conditions that can lead to vocal damage. The typical symptoms include hoarseness, vocal tiredness, muscle pains and lost or cracked notes. However, the actual physiological mechanism of vocal fatigue is still being explored. Now, a group of researchers have found a potential link between pulmonary function and the symptoms of voice fatigue unique to women, the predominate population of teaching workforce.

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Johns Hopkins Students Design Prosthetic Foot for High Heels

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After losing a leg to injury or disease, women adjusting to life with a prosthetic limb face the same challenges as men, with perhaps one added complication: how to wear high-heels? Students have developed an early version of a potential solution.

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Depression Lowers Women's Chances of Pregnancy

Women with severe depressive symptoms have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant, while the use of psychotropic medications does not appear to harm fertility, a study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine shows.

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Acupuncture Used in Clinical Settings Reduced Symptoms of Menopause

Acupuncture treatments can reduce the number of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause by as much as 36 percent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Women’s Heart Fund 10th Annual Spring Luncheon Features Panel Discussion on Women’s Health

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The Women’s Heart Fund is hosting the 10th Annual Spring Luncheon on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, NJ. All members of the community are invited to attend the fundraising event and learn more about important women’s health topics through a newly introduced interactive panel discussion.

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Telephone-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Significantly Improves Menopause Symptoms

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Chatting on the phone with a “sleep coach” and keeping a nightly sleep diary significantly improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia in women through all stages of menopause, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study also found that such phone-based cognitive behavioral therapy significantly reduced the degree to which hot flashes interfered with daily functioning.

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Women’s Group Urges Illinois Lawmakers Not to Cut Breast Cancer Screening Program

On May 12th, the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force traveled to Springfield, Illinois to lobby lawmakers to fully fund the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, which provides free screenings for uninsured women.

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'Lives Will Be Lost,' If Lawmakers Cut Breast Cancer Screening Funds

Anne Murphy, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, speaks about Advocacy Day at the state capitol in Illinois, and the threat of reduced funding for cancer screening programs for low-income and minority women

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Less Decline Than Expected in Rate of Brain, Spine Defects After Folic Acid Fortification Program

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Rates of neural tube birth defects were already dropping before folic acid food fortification began in the late 1990s, but the decline has since slowed, according to a large new study.

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Concurrent Administration of Antrhacyclines and Trastuzumab in Breast Cancer Patients: New Findings for an Old Challenge

USA-ITALY May 2016. The study entitled “A phase II neoadjuvant sequential regimen of docetaxel followed by high-dose epirubicin in combination with cyclophosphamide administered concurrently with trastuzumab. The DECT trial” has recently appeared in the Journal of Cell Physiology, an international, per-reviewed journal focused on cancer-related issues. The authors belong to a multidisciplinary Italian-American team with a long and productive history of collaboration with Prof. Antonio Giordano, Director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research of Philadelphia, Temple University Pennsylvania, USA and the Department of Medicine Surgery and Neuroscience at University of Siena.