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Notes on Women's Health
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Does Ibuprofen Make COVID-19 Symptoms Worse? Here’s the Evidence

Does Ibuprofen Make COVID-19 Symptoms Worse? Here's the EvidenceThe COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation. With this virus being the main topic of conversation, there is a lot of information circulating that may or not be true. One recent topic of discussion surrounding the virus and its treatment is the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen).

But is there any real evidence to back up these claims? Here is all of the information you need about COVID-19 and anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, and their effects on COVID-19 symptoms.

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Are Pregnant Women at Greater Risk for Developing COVID-19?

Are Pregnant Women at Greater Risk for Developing COVID-19-GarofaloThe COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on all of our lives. If you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, it’s especially important to know the facts about how COVID-19 can affect you during pregnancy. 

The good news is that there is no current evidence that pregnant women are at a higher risk of severe illness than the general population. However, there are some extra precautions to take if you are pregnant to be sure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible during this time. The current health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are constantly being adjusted as scientists learn more about this virus, so it’s important to make sure you have up-to-date information.

This article will provide the latest information on what we know regarding the risks for pregnant women developing COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 and PregnancyThe current global outbreak of COVID-19, commonly called coronavirus, is an issue of great concern for the general population, especially those who are pregnant, elderly or those who have serious chronic medical conditions.

After the 2015 outbreak of the Zika virus, which can be transmissible from mother to fetus and cause microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, it is reasonable to wonder what additional risks coronavirus may pose to pregnant women. Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 coronavirus and pregnancy. 

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New Information on the Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian CancerTalcum powder is a powdered form of the mineral talc, valued for its ability to absorb moisture and reduce friction. This makes it a common ingredient in many household cosmetic and hygiene products like baby powder, adult face and body powder, and deodorizing powders. While the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel considers talc safe enough for human use, it has faced controversy and concerns over its safety in recent years.

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What is the Link Between Age and Breast Cancer Risk?

Age and Breast Cancer Risk Multiple risk factors can influence a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime. While many of these risk factors are controllable, such as being overweight after menopause, being physically inactive and drinking alcohol, other risk factors, like age, are beyond a woman’s control. This is not to say that every woman will develop breast cancer as she advances in age. However, the risk of breast cancer does increase with age.

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How to Sleep When Pregnant: An Update

How to sleep when pregnant - Norwalk, CTExpectant mothers have been advised for years that sleeping on the left side of their body during pregnancy is best for the baby. Sleeping on the back, called the supine position, was particularly discouraged. Failure to follow this recommendation came with warnings of increased risk of stillbirth, underweight newborns, and gestational hypertension in the mother.

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How to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women with Aspirin

How to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women with AspirinHypertension, or high blood pressure, can be a health risk for anyone. However, this condition is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children. There is an even greater danger if gestational hypertension becomes a condition called preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is defined as maternal high blood pressure during pregnancy accompanied by signs of organ damage. Not only is preeclampsia a chief cause of preterm births, but this problem can eventually progress to eclampsia, which often results in seizures, coma, and even death.

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Are You Dense? The Link between Breast Density and Breast Cancer

The Link between Breast Density and Breast CancerThere are several important breast cancer risk factors among women, such as age, family history of breast cancer and reproductive history, but breast density is one risk factor that has not received extensive attention from the media. In this article, I explain breast density, how to find out if you have dense breasts, and what breast density means for your health.

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FDA Approves First-Ever Postpartum Depression Drug

Postpartum Depression DrugLearn the Facts about Postpartum Depression and this New Medication

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 20 percent of new mothers are affected by some degree of postpartum depression. While treatments for postpartum depression have long been available, there has never been a drug specifically intended to address this potentially serious condition — until now. The approval of brexanolone (brand name Zulesso) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) represents a promising step forward for women suffering from postpartum depression and offers new hope for both them and their loved ones.

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The ARRIVE Clinical Trial: New evidence supports the safety of elective labor induction at 39 weeks

Pregnant woman counting down days until laborThe normal human gestation period is nine months or 40 weeks. Of course, real life is rarely textbook perfect, and most women do not go into spontaneous labor at exactly 40 weeks, 0 days of pregnancy. The majority of babies arrive a few days before or after this mark, and this mild unpunctuality is usually not a cause for concern.

As of 2009, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reported that almost one-quarter (22%) of all pregnant women in the United States underwent induction of labor. This figure had more than doubled since 1990. Of course, many women have inductions for medically-indicated reasons, but elective inductions are also popular for reasons of convenience or to choose their child’s birth date. Read More