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In early July, 2014, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued guidelines challenging the need for a vaginal speculum and bimanual (internal) pelvic exam as an integral part of a routine well-woman office visit. The ACP reviewed the evidence and concluded that the routine pelvic examination is not useful in screening for malignancies other than […]

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Introduction: The relationship between the microbiota in the gut and the etiology (cause) of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is becoming increasingly clear. IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions, and more common in women. It is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain and variable types of other symptoms including episodic diarrhea and/or constipation, […]

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This randomized, double-blind, 2-group parallel, clinical trial conducted in Brazil compared the effects of melatonin compared with a placebo on endometriosis-associated pelvic pain, brain derived neurotrophic factor level and sleep quality. Forty women were randomized into melatonin 10 mg/day (n=20) or placebo (n=20) groups for 8 weeks. Forty women with chronic pelvic pain, who were […]

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Another quality study has emerged using the oral encapsulated lavender essential oil. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial investigated two doses of oral lavender essential oil in comparison to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, paroxetine, in patients who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Individuals were given a lavender essential oil made from the […]

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The authors of this study were testing the hypothesis that Asian women may have fewer health complaints and that this may be due to higher consumption of soy products. This double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study assessed the effect of soy isoflavones on menopausal symptoms, bone mineral density (BMD), serum cytokines, and bone metabolism indices. Chinese menopausal […]

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There has been interest for some time now about the role of vitamin D levels in the blood and the potential protective benefits of adequate levels in the prevention of breast, colon and other adenocarcinomas. This meta-analysis was conducted using a PUBMED search for observational studies of serum 25(OH)D and risk of breast cancer between […]

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Walking and Bone Health

The purposes of this study were to evaluate the effects of a walking routine on bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine, at the femoral neck (a part of the hip), at the radius (wrist) and for the whole body in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and to identify the optimal duration of a walking […]

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Peanuts to the Rescue!

In this study, children of women who participated in the Nurses Health Study II (NHSII) and the Growing Up Today Study 2 (GUTS2) and were born between January 1990 and Dec 31, 1994 were identified. A questionnaire was sent out in 2009 to the mother of every child in these two studies in order to […]

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Breast Milk

Some mothers are unable to successfully provide breast milk to their infants, and thus use pasteurized donor milk, which is considered an acceptable and even recommended source for preterm infants in particular. There are regulated milk banks of donor milk, which is available. These regulated milk banks screen donors and pasteurize milk to remove potential […]

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This small randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in 30 breast cancer patients to assess curcumin’s ability to reduce the severity of radiation dermatitis. Women with non-inflammatory breast cancer or carcinoma in situ and were receiving radiotherapy, were randomized to receive either 2.0 grams three times per day of curcumin or placebo during their […]

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