Women's Health

The Pharmacy Times® Women’s Health resource center provides clinical news and articles, pertaining to women’s wellness, nutrition, fitness, weight loss, and answers to other potentially more intimate questions.

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Radiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have published an approach in the American Journal of Roentgenology to manage what they expect to be a fairly common occurrence as COVID-19 vaccination programs ramp up.
 
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Eating a low-quality diet high in foods and food components associated with chronic inflammation during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of obesity and excess body fat in children, especially during late childhood.
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Researchers from University College Dublin, Ireland found that children of mothers who ate a higher quality diet during pregnancy that is low in inflammation-associated foods had a lower risk of obesity and lower body fat levels in late childhood than children whose mothers ate a lower quality diet during pregnancy that was high in inflammation-associated foods.
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Recreational substance use was associated with 1.5 to 3 times higher odds of heart disease, with stronger associations among young women.
 
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection rate among pregnant women was estimated to be 70% higher than in similarly aged adults in Washington state.
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Study suggests the major risks to pregnancy are from maternal respiratory illness due to COVID-19 and urged prevention measures as a key to ensure safety.
 
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More research has shown that females experience negative psychological impacts at a rate higher than males.
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Fractional CO2 laser therapy may offer a nonhormonal treatment to improve sexual function in survivors of breast cancer with genitourinary syndrome of menopause.
 
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Attaining healthy blood sugar levels after pregnancy did not decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in mid-life for women with a history of gestational diabetes.
 
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Women whose tumors responded to estrogen treatment were found to benefit from hormone therapy, whereas those whose tumors did not respond experienced worsening disease.
 
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The investigators said the undertreatment of coronary artery disease in women largely stems from a failure to recognize key differences in cardiovascular risk factors and symptoms in women.
 
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The collaboration begins today, which is also World Cancer Day, and the organizations will be working together to develop and share resources and educational information for the medically integrated oncology pharmacy team.