Why more and more girls are hitting puberty early
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(Jessica Winter/ The New Yorker) — Megan Gray was eight years old when she got her first period. She was playing hide-and-seek with her older sister and a friend at their friend’s house in suburban Sacramento. She was wearing pink jeans, which she had saved up for a long time to buy. She tied a sweatshirt around her waist to hide  …

Frequent hair straightener use doubles uterine cancer risk
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(Corrie Pelc/ Medical News Today) — A new study from the National Institutes of Health has found that women who use hair straightening products are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than those who do not. Researchers believe Black women may be at increased risk due to a higher usage rate of hair straightening products.  …

What are the signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women?
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(Megan Soliman/ Healthline) — A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked. This can cause a variety of symptoms, which may develop suddenly or gradually over hours, days, or weeks.

According to The Heart Foundation, while chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a heart attack, it doesn’t  …

6 secrets to keeping your sexual well-being in top form
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(Radhika Bhirani/ Health Shots) — Being healthy is about holistic wellness, and sexual health forms an integral part of it. So, on this World Sexual Health Day, let us tell you how to maintain sexual health for the sake of your own well-being and for your relationship.

Sex, sexual well-being and sexual pleasure have largely  …

More than 6 drinks a week leads to higher health risks — especially for women
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(Stephanie Dubois, Ioanna Roumeliotis/ CBC News) — Having more than six drinks per week leads to an increased risk of a host of health issues, including cancer, according to new proposed guidelines published Monday.

Any level of alcohol consumption had a net negative impact on health for almost every disease reviewed   …

How a diet high in carotenoids can help women live longer, better
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(Nancy Schimelpfening/ Healthline) — Women tend to live longer than men but, paradoxically, tend to have more health issues as they age.

Scientists have speculated that it might be due to various factors, including hormonal and genetic differences between women and men.

However, new research from the University  …

Supply shortage for epidurals causing concern across Canada
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(Sean Leathong, Alexandra Mae Jones, CTV News) — Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences that human beings can go through, and more than half of these labours involve one specific intervention for pain: an injection called an epidural.

But according to Health Canada, epidural catheters are on their list of medical  …

6 things no one tells you about C-section recovery
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(Anne Fritz, Patia Braithwaite/ SELF) — If you’re getting ready for parenthood, you may have a ton of questions about C-section recovery. Well, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a lot to discuss, and because C-sections are major surgery, preparation is helpful even if your plan is to have a vaginal birth. You  …

Ultrasounds no longer required in Quebec before getting abortion pill
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(Selena Ross/ CTV News) — A group of Quebec doctors has successfully pushed for a big change to how abortions are given in the province, widening access to abortions by medication.

Until now, Quebec has required patients to have ultrasounds before obtaining the two-pill regimen that induces a medical abortion.

In the rest  …

Health mistakes no woman over 40 should make, experts warn
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(Heather Newgen/ Eat This, Not That) — We all live busy lives juggling careers, school, family and friends, but taking care of ourselves should be the top priority because without good health, we won’t have very productive lives.

After 40 our bodies start to change–we lose muscle mass, our metabolism slows down and  …

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