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One in six pregnant women in Ireland ‘at risk of depression’

It has been revealed that one in six pregnant women in Ireland are at probable risk of depression. A study conducted by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Irish Obstetrics Services found that more than 11,000 women in Ireland are currently at risk. Veronica O’Keane, professor in psychiatry...

Common misconceptions about breast cancer

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end and people begin to focus their attention elsewhere, it seems an appropriate time to discuss some prevalent misconceptions about the disease. Although it is the most common cancer to affect women, there are a number of half-truths and incorrect...

Low doses of oestrogen ‘effective at relieving menopause symptoms’

A study has confirmed that low doses of oestrogen and progesterone therapy started early after menopause are effective at relieving many of the symptoms of the condition. The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), conducted by the Kronos Longevity Research Institute, US, also found that...

Vitamin D supplements for pregnant women ‘should be individualised’

A new study by the University of Southampton, UK, has shown that pregnant women respond differently to vitamin D supplementation depending on their individual attributes. Supplements are less effective at raising vitamin D levels in pregnant women if they deliver their babies in the winter, have...

Water deliveries ‘could present risk to newborns’

Delivering a baby in water offers no benefit to women or babies and could even pose the risk of serious health problems for the newborn, according to new recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr Joseph R Wax, chair of the ACOG Committee on Obstetric...

Pregnancy ‘increases risk of stroke in younger women’

Pregnancy has been found to raise the risk of stroke in younger pregnant women, compared to their non-pregnant peers. A study conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also revealed that older pregnant women are not at higher risk of a stroke. The...

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Potential drug treatment for aggressive breast cancer identified

Scientists have identified a molecule vital to the growth of so-called ‘triple-negative’ breast cancers. It is hoped that this will lead to the development of new drug treatments for patients who are resistant to chemotherapy. The researchers from the UK’s King’s College...

Compound in onions could protect against ovarian cancer

A compound in onions could help prevent ovarian cancer, says a new study by researchers at Kumamoto University, Japan. Researchers found that onionin A (ONA) inhibited the pro-tumour activities of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), which they said are linked with the suppression of the anti-...

Hot flushes in menopause may have genetic link

Scientists have found that genetics may play a part in the hot flushes some women experience during menopause. Researchers, led by a team from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), US, have found more than a dozen common genetic variants that appear to have strong links to menopausal hot...