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‘Scary’ lung disease now afflicts more women than men in U.S.

‘Scary’ lung disease now afflicts more women than men in U.S.

COPD, traditionally considered a man’s disease, now kills more women in the US than men. Women account for 58% of the 14.7 million people in the U.S. living with the disease and 53% of those who die from it. Nearly 8% of women in the U.S. have reported a COPD diagnosis, compared with just under 6% of men.

April 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Docs worry there’s ‘nowhere to send’ new and expectant moms with depression

Docs worry there’s ‘nowhere to send’ new and expectant moms with depression

Nationally, depression affects up to 1 in 7 women during or after pregnancy, but of those women who screen positive for the condition, 78 percent don’t get mental health treatment.

March 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new animal study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

March 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Legal abortions found to be safe, but state regulations limit access, National Academy of Science report

Legal abortions found to be safe, but state regulations limit access, National Academy of Science report

While legal abortions in the U.S. are safe, the likelihood that women will receive the type of abortion services that best meet their needs varies considerably depending on where they live, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

March 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels: Nearly half of U.S. counties don’t have a single practicing obstetrician-gynecologist. Nevertheless, thanks in part to opposition from doctors and hospitals, midwives are far less prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries.

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women throughout the world. Approximately seven times more women will die from heart disease than breast cancer. Even in women with breast cancer, dying from heart disease is a leading cause of death.

February 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

The number of women in the United States who use marijuana during pregnancy has been difficult to gauge, partly because some women are reluctant to tell their doctors; at least 24 states consider substance use during pregnancy a form of child abuse, so divulging such information can have serious consequences. Still, a number of studies nationally suggest there’s been a sharp jump in pot use among pregnant women. Younger mothers, especially, were reported using marijuana during pregnancy.

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

Inflammation due to infection inside the pregnant womb can alter the activity of genes essential for normal fetal heart formation. 

January 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

The overall infant mortality rate in the US–the number of children who die during the first year of life for every 1,000 live births–was 5.90 in 2015. Washington’s rate was significantly lower, 4.8, giving the state the 8th lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

Cuba, a poor country, may seem an unlikely role model for American health care but its infant mortality rate, at 4.3 per 1,000, is lower than the United States’ 5.7 per 1,000 and much better than the rate of 14.5 per 1000 rate seen in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, comparable to war-torn Syria.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More