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6 Things You Should Know This Week in Women's Health News (October 9)

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Women who have survived cancer more likely to have a baby with ovarian tissue transplants.

According to a new study from Denmark, women who receive ovarian tissue transplants after surviving cancer have approximately a 1 in 3 chance of successfully conceiving. The study examined 41 women who removed one of their ovaries and had it frozen when diagnosed with cancer. After the cancer treatment was complete, the ovarian tissues were transplanted into the lasting ovary. Of the women in the study, 32 wanted to get pregnant and of that 32, ten women were able to successfully conceive and give birth.


Physically being with loved ones rather than just talking on the phone can help ward off depression.

In a study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics, it was found that individuals 50 and over who saw their loved ones three times a week or more were less likely to experience symptoms of depression. Utilizing data from the “Health and Retirement Survey” from the University of Michigan, which surveyed approximately 11,000 adults, the research demonstrated that those who saw their loved ones infrequently were twice as likely to report depression-like symptoms.
The Inquisitir

The number of women choosing long-lasting contraceptives like the IUD or implant is increasing.

According to new data from a non-profit organization, the Guttmacher Institute, the number of women who choose long-lasting contraceptive devices has increased from about 9 percent in 2009 to nearly 12 percent in 2012. These numbers are up significantly from 2002, where the Guttmacher Institute reported only 2.4 percent of women in America used long-lasting contraceptive devices.

Nursing babies may get enough vitamin D from their mother’s milk if the mother takes supplements.

As an alternative to vitamin D drops, a new U.S. study shows that if a mother takes high-dosage vitamin D supplements then the infant may not need to take the supplement. The study gave 334 new mothers vitamin D supplements that ranged from 400 to 6,100 IU (International Units) every day. For the women who took the largest dose of the supplement and breastfed, their babies had approximately the same level of vitamin D as if they had taken the daily vitamin D drops recommended by pediatricians.
FOX News

30 minutes of exercise a day may not be enough to keep your heart healthy.

New research published in the Circulation journal reviewed 12 different studies with a total of approximately 370,000 people and found that those who exercised four times as much as the recommended 30 minutes a day reduced their risk for heart failure by 35 percent. The research also showed that those who exercised for twice as much as the recommended half hour a day reduced their heart risk failure by 20 percent.
Washington Post
Daily Mail

The first born child is more likely to be nearsighted than their siblings.

According to a new study published in the JAMA Ophthalmology, the first born child is 10 percent more likely to be nearsighted compared to those born later. The researchers suggest that the reason for this is that the first born child is more likely to be pressured by parents in school, and therefore may spend more time doing more "near" activities like reading. Researchers studied about 89,000 people, ages 40 to 69, and compared birth order and nearsightedness.
CBS News
Washington Post

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