Healthcare

Lung Passes Breast as Top Cancer Killer of Women

For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries reports the UK’s Daily Mail. The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. Lung cancer has been the top cancer killer for men for decades. ‘We’re […]

Survey indicates most U.S. women believe they are not up to date on vaccinations

A national survey from Rite Aid and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) reveals that the majority of adult women living in the United States do not believe they are up to date on vaccinations to protect against many preventable diseases. According to a telephone survey of 1,000 randomly selected U.S. adult women age 26-74, […]

CDC: life expectancy in the US reaches record high

Life expectancy at birth among the US population – defined as “the average number of years that a group of infants would live if the group was to experience throughout life the age-specific death rates present in the year of birth” – increased from 78.7 years in 2011 to 78.8 years in 2012. This is […]

Does Your City Have A Doctor Shortage

In just 10 years, the U.S. will face a shortage of over 130,000 doctors, according to AAMC estimates. The increase in demand for health care and aging population will put many cities at risk for severe doctor shortages. BetterDoctor compared the latest Census data against the number of primary care doctors in every American city. […]

Potassium-rich foods cut stroke, death risks among older women

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. “Our findings give women another reason to eat their fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium, and […]

Wearing a bra ‘does not cause cancer’

Wearing a bra does not increase postmenopausal women’s risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The rumor that bras cause breast cancer was fueled by a 1995 book by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer called Dressed To Kill.  In it, the authors claim […]

Are females more susceptible to effects of marijuana?

Researchers are beginning to focus on the different effects cannabis has on males and females due to the recently legalized recreational use of marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado and several other states that are looking into it. In the first study to assess sex differences in sensitivities to THC, the key ingredient in cannabis, Medical […]

Daughters 2x’s More Likely to Care for Parents than Sons

In 1900, the elderly (defined as persons 65 years or older) constituted just 4 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. By 2010, they represented 13 percent, growing in number from a population of 3 million to 40 million. Currently, there are close to 11 million elders who […]

Risky situations increase anxiety for women but not for men

Risky situations increase anxiety for women but not for men, leading women to perform worse under these circumstances, finds a study to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. “On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” said study […]

GAO: $840 million price tag on HealthCare.gov website

The Obama administration has spent roughly $840 million on HealthCare.gov, including more than $150 million just in cost overruns for the version that failed so badly when it launched last year. GAO’s report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, details a long series of management, oversight, and contracting problems that plagued […]