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Study: The Female Predominant Persistent Immune Dysregulation of the Post COVID Syndrome: A Cohort Study. Image Credit: CHOTE BKK / Shutterstock

Are women more likely to develop long COVID?

Researchers found different groups of symptoms persisting after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with fatigue and higher IL-6 levels common in women. About 75% of the patients they treated were women, indicating a link between sex hormones and immune response. A large proportion of people who recover from COVID-19 suffer from persistent symptoms even six months …

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Scientists can predict which women will have serious pregnancy complications

Scientists can predict which women will have serious pregnancy complications

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Women who will develop potentially life-threatening disorders during pregnancy can be identified early when hormone levels in the placenta are tested, a new study has shown. Pregnancy disorders affect around one in ten pregnant women. Nearly all of the organ systems of the mother’s body need to alter their function during …

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Breast cancer's spread is more likely in Black women, study finds

Breast cancer’s spread is more likely in Black women, study finds

(HealthDay)—After a diagnosis of breast cancer, Black women face a greater risk of having the disease spread to distant sites in the body—a disparity that is not readily explained, researchers say. It’s known that in the United States, Black women have the highest death rates from breast cancer of any racial or ethnic group. Compared …

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Negative relationships linked to worse physical and mental health in postpartum women

Postpartum women in bad romantic relationships are not only more likely to suffer symptoms of depression, they are also at greater long-term risk of illness or death, according to new research from Rice University, Ohio State University and the University of California, Irvine. “Longitudinal changes in HRV across pregnancy and postpartum: Effect of negative partner …

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Secret shopper study sheds light on barriers to opioid treatment for women

Secret shopper study sheds light on barriers to opioid treatment for women

After a 2020 Vanderbilt University Medical Center study showed women have a difficult time accessing treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), investigators analyzed comments received from the study’s participants to further shed light on barriers to care, which included everything from long on-hold times to difficult interactions with clinic receptionists during phone calls seeking appointments. …

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Women who experience acute aortic dissection are more likely to die than men, shows study

Women who experience acute aortic dissection are more likely to die than men, shows study

Women who experience acute aortic dissection-;a spontaneous and catastrophic tear in one of the body’s main arteries-;not only are older and have more advanced disease than men when they seek medical care, but they also are more likely to die, according to research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Data over …

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An Interview with UN Women

An Interview with UN Women

In commemoration of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, we interviewed Nazneen Damji, from UN Women, about the health challenges women face in 2021. Please could you introduce yourself and tell us about your role within UN Women? Nazneen Damji is the Senior Policy Advisor for Gender Equality, HIV, and Health at UN …

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New study aims to reduce HIV incidence among transgender women

New study aims to reduce HIV incidence among transgender women

HIV prevention services will be combined with access to gender-affirming hormonal therapy and peer health navigation to try to reduce the disproportionate percentage of transgender women who are HIV positive in an innovative study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHeath). It’s important that we ensure we …

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Researchers aim to modify fragmented health care system to reduce HIV incidence among trans women

HIV prevention services will be combined with access to gender-affirming hormonal therapy and peer health navigation to try to reduce the disproportionate percentage of transgender women who are HIV positive in an innovative study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHeath). “It’s important that we ensure we are …

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Dementia risk factors similar for men and women, but not high blood pressure

Dementia risk factors similar for men and women, but not high blood pressure

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a study of just over half a million people, George Institute researchers found that while the link between several mid-life cardiovascular risk factors and dementia was similar for both sexes, for blood pressure it was not. The study showed that both low and high blood pressure were associated with a …

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