In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" for the week of January 27, 2012, Bailey Mosier discusses a study that suggests that women feel more pain then men, we’ll also learn why kids use less sun protection as they age and in an age where we are still debating Pro Life vs. Pro Choice, some doctors say a legal abortion is safer than a full-term pregnancy.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.
Pain affects more than 116 million Americans annually, and in this week’s edition, we’ll learn why some researchers are saying women as a whole feel more pain than men. We’ll also learn why kids use less sun protection as they age and in an age where we are still debating Pro Life vs. Pro Choice, some doctors say a legal abortion is safer than a full-term pregnancy. Have a look.
Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine recently found that women report higher pain intensity on average compared with men with the same diagnoses.
Some say women may, in fact, feel more pain than men, but others caution environmental factors may come into play. Women may be better at communicating their pain than men or in a culture where men are discouraged from being wimps, men may be suppressing their pain or don’t report it like most women do.
But many advocates are campaigning for the 50 million American women who are in pain each year to have better access to pain medications, potentially even bypassing insurance companies.
A new study of Massachusetts adolescents showed that as children age, their use of sun protection drops by 50 percent.
And with sun damage at a younge age linked to a higher risk for developing deadly skin cancer later on, our children’s attitudes about sun protection has many researchers worried.
A team from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City surveyed 360 fifth graders about their time in the sun, how often they used sunscreen and their attitudes about tanning and surveyed those same children again three years later.
One in four eight graders used sunscreen when going outside for more than six hours – which was half as many who said they used sunscreen in fifth grade. And four out of 10 kids said they went outside for the sole purpose of getting a tan – compared to two out of 10 kids in fifth grade.
Researchers warn we need more public health campaigns and as a society need to do a better job of promoting skin cancer prevention and skin protection to help change our children’s attitudes and their fearlessness of the sun.
In a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers contend that having a legal abortion is safer than carrying a baby to term.
The researchers say a woman carrying a baby to full term is 14 times more likely to die than a woman who chooses to have a legal abortion. To get their figures, researchers combined information from multiple national datasets between 1998 and 2005 and found that of known live births, there were 2,856 deaths between those years. For legal abortions, 64 deaths were reported for that time.
Many doctors are skeptical of the findings and say this study is mere speculation at best because abortion mortality is not so clearly recognized or reported and that abortion carries with it significant risks.
That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.