A simple swab to make a world of difference

Cervical cancer is unique: it’s the one cancer that can be almost entirely prevented through a combination of vaccination and screening. We call vaccination “primary prevention” – it stops you ever getting infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). We call screening “secondary prevention” – it allows you to prevent the development of cancer even though … Continue reading A simple swab to make a world of difference

Epigenetics and pregnancy stress: should we be scared?

Preparing for a child is hard, and it’s only exacerbated by all the information that gets thrown at mothers about what to do and what not to do. One of these common ideas is that if a mother experiences stress when pregnant, her offspring will suffer. But don’t panic – genetics is highly complex biology … Continue reading Epigenetics and pregnancy stress: should we be scared?

Undiagnosed endometriosis compromises fertility treatment

Undiagnosed endometriosis can drastically affect a woman’s ability to fall pregnant as well as the success of any fertility treatment undertaken, according to a new study from the University of Queensland, published today in the journal Human Reproduction. This is particularly alarming because around one in nine Australian women is affected by the condition, and … Continue reading Undiagnosed endometriosis compromises fertility treatment

Women disadvantaged when it comes to cardiac care

Women with some cardiac conditions receive less evidence-based treatment than their male counterparts, research published today by the Medical Journal of Australia has confirmed. Researchers from the University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital and Concord Repatriation General Hospital analysed registry data for patients diagnosed with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) – which includes myocardial infarction and … Continue reading Women disadvantaged when it comes to cardiac care

An AI that can diagnose endometriosis?

University of Adelaide researchers hope to develop an artificial intelligence algorithm that can eventually diagnose endometriosis via ultrasound, without the need for invasive surgery. One in nine Australian women will be diagnosed with endometriosis by the age of 44. The painful condition currently requires keyhole surgery to diagnose accurately, which means diagnosis is frequently delayed. … Continue reading An AI that can diagnose endometriosis?

Fibromyalgia could stem from autoimmune problems

Many symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) are caused by antibodies that increase the activity of pain-sensing nerves, according to UK and European research. This may mean that FMS is a disease of the immune system, rather than originating in the brain as currently thought, opening new options for treatment. FMS is a chronic condition that … Continue reading Fibromyalgia could stem from autoimmune problems

Self-collection could encourage cervical screenings

A new study suggests that self-collection could be an effective way to increase cervical screenings, with Australians reacting positively to self-swabbing experiences. The uncomfortable speculum exam is one of the main reasons people don’t get cervical screenings, and thus one of the things preventing Australia from eliminating cervical cancer. Over the past four years, a … Continue reading Self-collection could encourage cervical screenings

How women enhance their sexual pleasure

Pairing, shallowing, rocking or angling. These are techniques women use to increase their sexual pleasure during vaginal penetration, according to US scientists who surveyed more than 3,000 volunteers – all in the interest of health and wellbeing, of course.   Results from the “OMGYES Pleasure Report” are published in the journal PLOS ONE. The survey, which was completed by women … Continue reading How women enhance their sexual pleasure

Chronic pain in women could be genetic

Women tend to be more greatly affected by chronic pain, which may be due to differences in the group of genes that influence the severity of the condition. A team of researchers, led by Kiera Johnston of the University of Glasgow, conducted a genetic study investigating chronic pain in men and women. They found that … Continue reading Chronic pain in women could be genetic

Contraception planning for women with heart disease

Cardiologists need to address the risk of pregnancy appropriately with women of child-bearing age, and encourage contraception planning for women with heart disease, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Pregnancy can create further health problems for people with cardiovascular disease, leading to an increased risk of morbidity … Continue reading Contraception planning for women with heart disease

Is Australia on track to eliminate cervical cancer?

Australia is aiming to officially eliminate cervical cancer by 2028, but more work needs to be done to bring Indigenous communities in line with that goal, according to a new report. The NHMRC’s Centre of Research Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control has released a 2021 progress report, detailing Australia’s movement towards a target of fewer … Continue reading Is Australia on track to eliminate cervical cancer?

Cancer risk for First Nations women

Although Australia is on track to become one of the first countries to eliminate cervical cancer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are being left behind. In a study published in Preventative Medicine, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and the Cancer Council New South Wales (CCNSW) say we must act urgently to address … Continue reading Cancer risk for First Nations women