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Mitochondrial DNA mutations affect male and female fertility and ageing

Research indicates for the first time that mutations within the DNA sequence of mitochondria impact on the energy producing capacity of these ...

Maintaining healthy DNA delays menopause

An international study of nearly 70,000 women has identified more than forty regions of the human genome that are involved in governing ...

Study finds connection between severe menopausal symptoms and history of recent abuse

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Menopause is associated with many bothersome symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, difficulty with mood, memory or concentration, and changes in sexual function. Mayo Clinic physicians recently released findings from research that demonstrated a connection between the severity of menopausal symptoms and a woman’s recent experience of abuse. ... Full story

New Study in Women’s Health Issues: Health of Postmenopausal Women Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - A new study using data from the Women's Health Initiative found that risk of all-cause mortality was higher among postmenopausal women veterans than among postmenopausal non-veterans despite similar risk for postmenopausal cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, or hip fractures. The study, "Prospective Analysis of Health and Mortality Risk in Veteran and Non-Veteran Participants in the Women’s Health Initiative," has been published online ahead of print and will appear in the November/December issue of the journal Women's Health Issues. ... Full story

Female genital cutting is based on private values rather than social norms

Worldwide an estimated 125 million girls and women are cut despite the fact that female genital cutting leads to serious health problems throughout life. Development agencies spend millions of dollars every year on interventions promoting the abandonment of cutting. ... Full story

VCU researcher helps to discover a more convenient and efficient treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Confining antidepressant treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder to only the days that women are symptomatic is effective at lessening the condition’s symptoms, according to a collaborative study from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale University and Cornell University. ... Full story

The successful ovulation of 100 eggs from 1 female mice

Scientists at Kumamoto University have developed a new method of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, termed ultra-superovulation, in which ovulation of a very large number of eggs from one female mouse occurs. This development makes it possible to analyze gene function more efficiently through mass production of knockout mice. ... Full story

Women needed for research into post-menopause

A James Cook University researcher is undertaking research into the exercise and lifestyle of post-menopausal women and is seeking participants for her study. ... Full story

Alternative therapies for menopausal women – a poor alternative?

New research from Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine has found that nearly half a million Australian women aged 40-65 years could be using complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) for menopausal symptoms, despite little evidence of their effectiveness and potential side-effects. ... Full story

New clues in mice link cholesterol to fertility

By Julia Evangelou Strait - Whether made by the body or ingested through diet, cholesterol plays a vital role in cells. Cholesterol also is a building block of steroids and hormones, including those that trigger puberty and support pregnancy. ... Full story

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