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System failures contribute to self-harm amongst imprisoned women who have been in care

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Women in prison who have experienced the care system as children report using self-harm as a way to communicate, alleviate and end the pain in their lives, new research, led by Lancaster University, finds. Self-harm incidents in custody in England and Wales have recently reached a record high, increasing particularly in …

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'Presence' of a virtual person can reduce anxiety in women

‘Presence’ of a virtual person can reduce anxiety in women

A lot of people feel less anxious in a frightening situation if they don’t have to face it alone. But what if these people suffer from social anxiety – a disorder characterized by fears of embarrassing themselves in social situations? Does the soothing effect of a companion then have the contrary effect? Could a virtual …

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What we do and don't know about the many ways COVID-19 can impact pregnant women and their babies

What we do and don’t know about the many ways COVID-19 can impact pregnant women and their babies

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Pregnant women should get vaccinated to minimize the detrimental health effects COVID-19 has on the placenta, the fetus and the newborn, states Roberta L. DeBiasi, M.D., M.S., division chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s National Hospital in an editorial published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The editorial provides a …

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Government launches new advertising campaign urging pregnant women to 'Get Boosted Now'

Government launches new advertising campaign urging pregnant women to ‘Get Boosted Now’

Pregnant women who have not yet had their first, second, third or booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are being urged to get their jab as soon as possible, as the government launches a new advertising campaign for the New Year. The new campaign joins forces with the experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians …

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Vaccinated women pass COVID-19 antibodies to breastfeeding babies

Vaccinated women pass COVID-19 antibodies to breastfeeding babies

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Women vaccinated against COVID-19 transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants, potentially giving their babies passive immunity against the coronavirus, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research. The study, published in the journalĀ Obstetrics & Gynecology, measured the immune response to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in both breast milk and the stools …

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Early, mid-career women disproportionately affected by COVID-19 pandemic, study reveals

Early, mid-career women disproportionately affected by COVID-19 pandemic, study reveals

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women who are early and mid-career academic faculty members, according to a recent study by University of Illinois Chicago researchers. The study aimed to identify personal and professional characteristics to understand the pandemic’s impact on faculty and, consequently, on policy implications. “Work-Life Balance and Productivity Among Academic Faculty during …

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Study describes the emotional reactions of women who have undergone uterine transplant

Study describes the emotional reactions of women who have undergone uterine transplant

Becoming a mother after receiving a uterine transplant, with the radical change in daily life it brings, gives a feeling of unreality beyond everyday experience. A study led by University of Gothenburg researchers describes the emotional reactions of women who have undergone what was not feasible less than ten years ago. This qualitative study of …

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Financial incentives help pregnant women to quit smoking

Financial incentives help pregnant women to quit smoking

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pregnant women are more likely to stop smoking if financial incentives are offered as part of a treatment plan, finds a trial from France published in The BMJ today. The results show that rewarding women for their smoking abstinence with vouchers throughout their pregnancy was associated with an increase in continuous …

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WHO recommends the use of first long-acting option to protect women from HIV

WHO recommends the use of first long-acting option to protect women from HIV

The first long-acting option to protect women from HIV, proven to reduce women’s HIV risk, has been recommended for use by the World Health Organization (WHO). For nearly two decades, researchers from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast have been supporting development of a new drug-releasing vaginal ring to protect women from infection …

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