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5 Things You Should Know This Week in Women's Health News (December 18)

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Ovarian cancer deaths can be prevented by up to 20 percent when using blood testing.

New research from the University College of London said that by doing annual blood testing that the risk for death from ovarian cancer goes down about 20 percent. The earlier the ovarian cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat and reduce the risk of fatality. The study involved over 200,000 women who had gone through menopause between the ages of 50 and 75, and observed them for a 14 year time period. During the observation period, approximately 1,300 of the women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, from which 649 died of the cancer.

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Smoking cigarettes or being exposed to secondhand smoke may lead to infertility and early menopause.

A study done by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute that analyzed data from about 88,700 US women over a five year period. It was found that women who had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their life were 14 percent more likely to be infertile and 26 percent more likely to go into early menopause than those who had never smoked. Women who had never smoked but were exposed to the most amounts of secondhand smoke were 18 percent more likely to have trouble getting pregnant and enter menopause early compared to those who were exposed to the least amount of secondhand smoke.

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The FDA is proposing an age restriction on tanning bed usage.

A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration is suggesting an age limit for usage of tanning beds for only those 18 years or older. The proposal also states that the FDA would like to increase limitations on usage for those over 18, by having them sign a “risk acknowledgement certificate” prior to their first use that shows they have been told of the risks associated with indoor tanning. The FDA is also proposing increased safety of eye protection during indoor tanning and making warning signs more prominent.



Abortion and miscarriage rates are approximately the same and the lowest they have ever been, says CDC.

In 2010, Abortion and miscarriage rates fell to the lowest they have been since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics began keeping track in 1976. Of the pregnancies that occurred in 2010, about 17 percent resulted in miscarriage and 18 percent resulted in abortion, with 65 percent of pregnancies resulting in a live birth.


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Kids who are able to easily taste sugar are more likely to be overweight.

A small study from the Monell Center (A center that works with smell and taste) observed approximately 200 children between the ages of 7 and 14. The children were given water containing varying levels of sucrose and asked if they could taste anything. The children with higher weight were more sensitive and able to discern the taste of sugar than those who weighed less.


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