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August 10, 2020

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Different Hormone Therapies Affect Brain Function Differently

Sex hormones influence the structure and function of the brain, but little is known about the effect of hormone therapies (HT) on changes in the brain during menopause. A new study shows smaller ...

Probiotics With Top-Performing Lactobacillus Strains May Improve Vaginal Health

Vaginal Lactobacillus bacterial strains largely perform better than strains currently used in probiotics for vaginal health, according to a new study. The findings suggest that a vaginal health ...

Human Pregnancy Is Weird -- New Research Adds to the Mystery

Scientists set out to investigate the evolution of a gene that helps women stay pregnant: the progesterone receptor gene. The results come from an analysis of the DNA of 115 mammalian ...

Point-of-Care Diagnostic for Detecting Preterm Birth on Horizon

A new study provides a first step toward the development of an inexpensive point-of-care diagnostic test to assess the presence of known risk factors for preterm birth in resource-poor areas. The ...

Hormone Therapy Associated With Improved Cognition

Estrogen has a significant role in overall brain health and cognitive function. That's why so many studies focused on the prevention of cognitive decline consider the effect of reduced estrogen ...

New Mechanism in the Liver Helps Prevent Invasive Fungal Infections

An expert in intravital microscopy is making breakthroughs in invasive fungal infections. He has discovered a pathway by which liver macrophages capture fungi before dissemination to target organs ...

Laser Therapy Gains Credibility as Effective Option for Treating Vaginal Problems

Nearly 50% of menopausal women complain of vaginal dryness, itching, and burning, among other commonly reported menopause symptoms. Laser therapy is one of the newer techniques for addressing these ...

Estrogen Improves Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

Brain-selective estrogen treatment improves the symptoms of Parkinson's disease in male mice, according to new research. These findings may help explain the sex differences in Parkinson's ...

Worrisome Birth-Control Knowledge Gaps

A new study has uncovered concerning gaps in knowledge about birth control effectiveness. The research included four forms of contraception: IUDs, birth control pills, male condoms and ...

Cells Required for Development of a Healthy Uterus

A team led by investigators has uncovered insights on a type of a critical cell that to the formation of a functioning ...

Biostatistician Studies Link Between Microbiome and Preterm Birth

Pregnant African American women are more likely than white women to give birth prematurely, but they're underrepresented in studies of preterm birth rates. A biostatistics is working to change ...

Drug-Resistant Infections: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Starve 'Em, Scientists Find

To treat Candida albicans, a common yeast that can cause illness in those with weakened immune systems, researchers limited the fungus' access to iron, an element crucial to the organism's ...

Preventative Antibiotics After Assisted Childbirth Almost Halve Maternal Infection Rate and Reduce Overall Antibiotic Use

Giving a single dose of preventative antibiotics to all women after childbirth involving forceps or vacuum extraction could prevent almost half of maternal infections including sepsis -- equivalent ...

Patent-Pending Probiotic Could Disrupt Crohn's Disease Biofilms

Probiotics typically aim to rebalance bacteria populations in the gut, but new research suggests they may also help break apart stubborn biofilms. Biofilms are living microbial communities -- they ...

Minimally Invasive Uterine Fibroid Treatment Safer and as Effective as Surgical Treatment

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) effectively treats uterine fibroids with fewer post-procedure complications compared to myomectomy, according to new research. Women who received this ...

How Does Estrogen Protect Bones? Unraveling a Pathway to Menopausal Bone Loss

Women who have reached menopause are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis, which can lead to bone fractures and long-term impairment of mobility. Studies have suggested a link between reduced ...

Study Identifies Possible Causes of and Protectors Against Premature Birth

Seven types of bacteria and certain immune factors in a woman's vagina and cervix may be responsible for increasing the risk of spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) or protect against it, according ...

Study Offers Clues for Why Birth Control May Fail

Women who get pregnant while using birth control may carry a gene that breaks down the hormones common in contraceptives, according to researchers in a new ...

'Mutation Hotspot' Allows Common Fungus to Adapt to Different Host Environments

A new study finds that samples of Candida albicans from patients frequently lack one copy of a vital master regulator, which gives them flexibility to lose the other copy and adapt to different ...

Fungus from the Intestinal Mucosa Can Affect Lung Health

Researchers have described the mechanism of 'immune cross-reactivity'. The immune system's reaction to Candida albicans in the intestine seems to amplify pathogenic immune processes in ...

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