Women's Health

Cutting down on cadmium could help prevent endometrial cancer

10 Aug 2017 --- A study by researchers at the University of Missouri has found that women with increased levels of cadmium – a metal commonly found in foods such as kidneys, liver and shellfish as well as tobacco – also had an increased risk of endometrial cancer.

Taiyo Introduces Sunfiber Supplement for Women

15 Jun 2017 ---  Taiyo has launched a new food supplement targeting digestive health in women. According to the company, women in particular suffer from digestive irregularity due to a lack of fiber in their daily diet. “Regular Girl” is a synbiotic blend of two key ingredients — Taiyo’s clinically proven prebiotic Sunfiber and functional probiotics such as Bifidus lactis — for a healthy gut in one easy-to-take product. 

Alcohol Consumption Leads to Greater Loss of Muscle Tissue in Postmenopausal Women

07 Jun 2017 --- Although both aging and menopause are known to affect sarcopenia, which is a loss of muscle mass and strength, a new study has for the first time linked alcohol consumption with a higher prevalence of sarcopenia in postmenopausal women. The study outcomes are being published online today in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Tea Consumption Linked to Epigenetic Changes in Women

01 Jun 2017 --- Researchers have shown that tea consumption in women leads to epigenetic changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism. Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that turn our genes off or on. It is well known that our environment and lifestyle factors, such as food choices, smoking and exposure to chemicals, can lead to epigenetic changes. In the current study, researchers from Uppsala University in collaboration with research groups around Europe, investigated whether coffee and tea consumption may lead to epigenetic changes.

Higher BMI Linked to More Severe Menopause Symptoms: US Study

31 May 2017 --- A new study finds that hot flashes are associated with a higher body mass index (BMI). Vasomotor symptoms (VMS), such as hot flashes and night sweats, cause serious discomfort in many women at menopause. The details were published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Just One Alcoholic Drink a Day Increases Breast Cancer Risk: Study

25 May 2017 --- Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, finds a major new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The study adds support to the notion that breast cancer risk is strongly linked to lifestyle. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in US women with over 252,000 new cases estimated this year and AICR estimates that one in three breast cancer cases in the US could be prevented if women did not drink alcohol, were physically active and stayed a healthy weight.

Vitamin D Supplementation May Improve Fertility

23 May 2017 --- Researchers will today present new data on the link between vitamin D and male fertility at the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) in Lisbon. The new results add to our understanding of the effects of low vitamin D levels on testosterone levels and whether vitamin D supplementation could help improve fertility in both sexes.

Lesaffre Human Care to Showcase Women’s Health Products, Yeast Protein at Vitafoods

28 Apr 2017 --- Lesaffre Human Care, supplier ingredients from yeast and bacteria fermentation for the global human care markets, will be presenting Lynside Vaginactiv, its new range of ingredients dedicated to women’s health at Vitafoods this year. As of now, the range includes two unique and completely natural solutions that have demonstrated efficacy on vaginal health in recent studies, in particular in fighting pathogenic yeast Candida albicans, a prominent cause of vaginal infections.

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Type of Post-Menopausal Breast Cancer by 40 Percent

07 Mar 2017 --- The Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of a type of post-menopausal breast cancer by 40%, according to a major new study funded by World Cancer Research Fund. 

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Could Reduce Risk of Bone Loss in Women

27 Jan 2017 --- An anti-inflammatory diet, high in vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains, could be the key to preventing bone fractures and promoting overall bone health for some women. Data from the landmark Women's Health Initiative was used to compare levels of inflammatory elements in the diet to bone mineral density and fractures, and found new associations between food and bone health.

Brain Stimulation with Electrodes May Temporarily Lessen Bulimia Symptoms

26 Jan 2017 --- A 20-minute session of transcranial direct current stimulation has been proven to improve the symptoms of bulimia nervosa sufferers, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Maria Kekic from King's College London, UK, and colleagues.

Soy Isoflavones Useful in Treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

25 Jan 2017 --- New research into whether soy isoflavones can ease the symptoms of Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has shown some positive results.

Deficiency in Vitamin B12 Dangerous for Pregnant Women

25 Jan 2017 --- An in-depth study of 11,216 pregnancies from 11 countries has concluded that low levels of vitamin B12 are associated with an increased risk of preterm birth. With B12 present only in animal food products, researchers are stressing how vitally important the diet of a pregnant woman is for her fetus and pregnancy.

FDA Releases New Fish Consumption Advice for Pregnant Women

24 Jan 2017 --- The US Food and Drug Administration and the US Environmental Protection Agency have issued final advice regarding fish consumption for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant – as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children. The advice is aimed to help people make informed choices when it comes to fish that are healthy and safe to eat. 

No Major Health Concerns for Female Competitors Undergoing Intensive Weight Loss

12 Jan 2017 --- Researchers of the University of Jyväskylä have published a study that shows for the first time what effects an intensive weight reduction had in rather a large group of normal weight females. The study comes after worries about the potential negative consequences of fat loss regimens for aesthetic purposes in normal weight females have been surfacing in the media.

Diet High in Meat Protein Linked to Heart Failure in Postmenopausal Women

15 Nov 2016 --- Postmenopausal women who follow a high-protein diet could be at higher risk of heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016. 

Pregnant Women Need Personalized Vitamin D Supplementation

28 Oct 2016 --- Pregnant women respond differently to vitamin D supplementation depending on their individual attributes, according to a new study from Southampton University. The study found that supplements are less effective at raising vitamin D levels in pregnant women if they deliver their babies in the winter, have low levels of vitamin D early in pregnancy or gain more weight during pregnancy.

Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Could Reduce Fertility

18 Oct 2016 --- New data presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress shows that artificial sweeteners and sugar found in women’s diets could negatively affect women’s chances of IVF success.

Depression in Early Pregnancy Linked to Gestational Diabetes

20 Sep 2016 --- Women who reported feeling depressed during the first two trimesters of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to an analysis of pregnancy records, according to Researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

Consumption of Certain Fatty Acids Linked to Type 2 Diabetes in Women

15 Sep 2016 --- New research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) meeting in Munich, Germany (12-16 September) shows that consumption of certain fatty acids is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women. The study is by Dr Guy Fagherazzi and Courtney Dow, INSERM Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health (CESP) and University Paris-Saclay, Villejuif, France, and colleagues.