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6 Things You Should Know This Week in Women's Health News (September 25)

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1 in 10 American women drink alcohol while pregnant.

According to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every ten pregnant women consume alcohol while they are pregnant. Of the women surveyed who drink during pregnancy, approximately a third reported that they not only drink, but binge drink. The study was done over the course of five years and consisted of 200,000 women.

Everyone is surrounded by a cloud of their own bacteria.

According to a new study from the University of Oregon published in the PeerJ journal, each person has a unique bacterial cloud that surrounds them. If you walk through someone’s ‘cloud’, their bacteria will land on your skin and go inside of your lungs, said the study. The researchers found that they were able to identify the 11 individuals surveyed by observing their unique surrounding bacteria.

The FDA is set to review Essure, a permanent contraceptive, after complaints.

Designed to be an alternative to having ‘tubes tied’, Essure is implanted into women as a permanent contraceptive solution. However, approximately 17,000 women who have Essure implanted have reported chronic pain, bleeding and other complications. The FDA website cites the need to review the contraceptive due to “symptoms that are not included in the labeling, and were not observed in post-approval studies, or described in the clinical literature such as extreme fatigue, depression and weight gain.”

Increasing fitness after being diagnosed with cancer can help reduce risk of death.

The British Journal of Sports and Medicine analyzed approximately 70 existing studies on the link between exercise and cancer. They reported that the risk for death was reduced by 13 percent in those who moderately exercise compared to those with low levels of activity. The World Health Organization recommends two and half to five hours of exercise per week to obtain health benefits.
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Every state has over a 20 percent obesity rate, and three states have over 35 percent.

According to new data from Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest obesity rates in the country of over 35 percent each. The states with the lowest obesity rates of approximately 20 percent are the District of Columbia, Colorado and Hawaii. According to the CDC, approximately 17 percent of children are in the obese weight category and over a third of adults are obese in the U.S.

The key to knowing whether your breast cancer will relapse could be in your genes.

Research from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge compared primary and secondary tumors, and could distinguish that there was a difference in the genetics and mutations that were not present during the initial diagnosis. This suggests that additional cancer genes acquired after diagnosis may be involved in a patient having their cancer relapse. Utilizing this information early on in treatment could help to identify who is at risk for relapsing cancer.

Reviewed September 28, 2015 by Michele Blacksberg RN

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