Women's Health

Vitamin D linked to improved live birth rates in women undergoing assisted reproduction treatment

15 Nov 2017 --- Researchers are stressing the need to investigate the potential role of vitamin D supplementation in improving live birth rates following assisted reproduction treatment (ART). This follows a review and meta-analysis published in Human Reproduction, which shows a strong link between low vitamin D concentrations in women and lower live birth rates after ART compared to women who have the right amount of vitamin D in their bodies.

Eating fish could be just as effective as fish oil supplements in fighting asthma in pregnant women

02 Nov 2017 --- Pregnant women who consume fish rather than fish oil supplements are just as likely to protect their offspring from developing asthma. This is according to researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, US, who just published a scientific review of two studies that conclude children whose mothers consume high-dose omega 3 fatty acids daily during the third trimester are less likely to develop such breathing problems.

Folic acid: Gnosis reports more research into metabolism benefits of Quatrefolic 5-MTHF

01 Nov 2017 --- Gnosis SpA has reported multiple studies that show its 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF), known as Quatrefolic, has advantages for human health over folic acid. According to the natural ingredients company, this is because it is the circulating bioactive folate and does not need to be metabolized.

Obesity’s promotion of breast cancer via “as-yet-unknown mechanism” explained

23 Oct 2017 --- Obesity leads to the release of cytokines into the bloodstream which impact the metabolism of breast cancer cells, making them more aggressive as a result. This is according to scientists from Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technische Universität München (TUM) and Heidelberg University Hospital, who report on their findings in Cell Metabolism. The team also reports that it has already been able to halt this mechanism with an antibody treatment.

Taking iron supplements every other day may help with absorption

20 Oct 2017 --- A study has found that in iron-depleted women, providing iron supplements daily as divided doses increases serum hepcidin and reduces iron absorption. According to the results, providing iron supplements on alternate days and in single doses optimizes iron absorption and might be a preferable dosing regimen.

Brussels sprouts and green tea could convert breast cancer from lethal to treatable form

19 Oct 2017 --- Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have found a dietary combination that transforms the most lethal of all breast cancers into a highly treatable breast cancer. Specifically, scientists involved in the Scientific Reports study say sulforaphane – from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts – along with polyphenols from green tea may be the key.

Fonterra probiotics may reduce postnatal depression: study

18 Oct 2017 --- Results of a New Zealand study suggest that Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (DR20) taken during and post-pregnancy positively affected symptoms of maternal depression and anxiety after birth. According to study author Dr. Rebecca Slykerman, the findings are significant as taking a probiotic to assist in postnatal depression is a potentially simple way to help mothers with their mental health.

Hard to digest: Stress might be just as unhealthy as junk food to women

18 Oct 2017 --- A new study at Brigham Young University (BYU) in the US has found that stress may be just as harmful to female bodies as a bad diet. The study with mice shows that in females, stress causes digestive microorganisms to behave similarly to how they act with a high-fat diet.

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.