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Here in the Pacific NW, Spring is a big deal…. It’s the revival of hope that the rainy/gray days will be less and less and eventually rare. Not everyone can tolerate these many months from roughly November through May/June… the gray, the wet and the dark can be stifling to the mood. I’m an Oregonian… […]

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Stress is an all-encompassing concept, but it is a very core physiological reaction to life events, and is mediated by hormones, cytokines, and catecholamines. While we cannot possibly avoid all stressors, chronic and/or severe stress can exceed our adaptation mechanisms. Stressors come in all sizes and shapes that include physical or emotional events, environmental, or […]

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Sometimes we get to go back to basics and simple lifestyle changes, that can then make a big difference. This study in premenopausal women prone to urinary tract infections demonstrates the point. Researchers assessed 140 premenopausal women who had at last 3 urinary tract infections in the previous year, and who reported a daily fluid […]

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Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is excessive blood loss within 24 hours of delivery. The definition is > 500 mL of blood loss in a vaginal birth, > 700 mL in assisted delivery or > 1000 mL if a C-section. PPH is a leading cause of maternal mortality throughout the world and occurs in 2% of all […]

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Menstrual cramps, when due to functional problems and the release of prostaglandin F2alpha in the menstrual fluid, are a common monthly problem in menstruating women. The usual immediate treatments are anti-inflammatory drugs and prostaglandin inhibitors. One such nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) is mefenamic acid. A prospective, randomized, crossover study was conducted for 2 months in 122 […]

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Endometriosis is a common cause of chronic pelvic pain and menstrual cramps, and affects about 10% of women in the U.S. The researchers conducting this study analyzed data from 72,394 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II that began in 1989, who gave birth one or more times. Endometriosis that was confirmed by laparoscopic surgery, […]

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The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of Chamomile Extract and Mefenamic acid (MA) on the severity of symptoms of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This study was conducted on 90 women in Iran, with 45 women in each group. Women were included if they were single, ages 18-35, normal body mass index, a […]

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Results from previous observational studies on the relationship between low serum levels of vitamin D and the risk for multiple sclerosis was recently advanced in a Finnish Maternity Cohort including 1.8 million samples of serum from 800,000 women. A group of 1092 women diagnosed with multiple sclerosis were included in the study and then matched […]

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