Latest Women’s Health News

If you are looking for information, tips, and answers to women’s health questions, you have come to the right place. As a program of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health, we can offer you expert advice and current articles from the women’s health community about maturing women related health topics, including:

  • Dietary concerns
  • Fitness
  • Menopause management
  • Necessary medical tests
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis prevention

You’ll also find cutting edge women’s health news from the Cleveland Clinic, as well as developments from other women’s health news outlets all within the Speaking of Women’s Health community section.

Make sure to stay up-to-date on current women’s health news, articles and videos by viewing the releases below.

  • Association of Spontaneous Preterm Delivery and Future Maternal Cardiovascular Disease

    February 2018 -- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors are well established. However, little is known about a woman’s cardiovascular response to pregnancy, which appears to be an early marker of future maternal CVD risk. Spontaneous preterm delivery (sPTD) has been associated with a ≤3-fold increased risk of maternal CVD death later in life compared with having a term delivery. This review focuses on 3 key areas to critically assess the association of sPTD and future maternal CVD risk: (1) CVD risk factors, (2) inflammatory biomarkers of interest, and (3) specific forms of vascular dysfunction, such as endothelial function and arterial stiffness, and mechanisms by which each may be linked to sPTD. The association of sPTD with subsequent future maternal CVD risk suggests that a woman’s abnormal response to pregnancy may serve as her first physiological stress test. These findings suggest that future research is needed to understand why women with sPTD may be at risk for CVD to implement effective interventions earlier in a woman’s life.

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  • Breast cancer treatments can raise risk of heart disease, American Heart Association warns

    February 2018 - The American Heart Association issued a stark warning Thursday for women with breast cancer: Lifesaving therapies like chemotherapy and radiation can cause heart failure and other serious cardiac problems, sometimes years after treatment.

    The organization said patients and doctors shouldn’t avoid the treatments but instead take steps to prevent or minimize the cardiac risks. It stressed that breast cancer survivors can improve their chances of a long, healthy life by exercising regularly and sticking to a healthy diet.

    The cautionary message, published online Thursday in the journal Circulation, came in the organization’s first comprehensive scientific statement on the complex interactions between breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. While much of the information is  known to oncologists, the report could be a helpful reference tool for patients as well as primary care, emergency room and other doctors who treat breast cancer patients.

    In many ways, the AHA statement is trying to change the mind-set of women diagnosed with breast cancer who consider it the biggest threat to their health. It noted that breast cancer survivors who are 65 and older and were treated for their cancer are more likely to die of cardiovascular problems than breast cancer.

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  • For the first time, a drug is indicated specifically for BRCA-mutated breast cancer

    January 2018 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the approval of olaparib (Lynparza, AstraZeneca) to include the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in patients who carry the specific inherited BRCA mutation.

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  • Egg-preserving hysterectomy raises heart risks later, study indicates

    January 2018 - Women who undergo hysterectomy before age 35 may face significantly higher long-term heart risks, even if their ovaries are preserved, a study found.

    The research by experts at Mayo Clinic focused on more than 2,000 US women who had their uterus removed but left their ovaries intact -- widely considered the most desirable option if possible because it prevents a woman from entering early menopause.

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  • 2018 Influenza Antiviral Recommendations

    The flu season is in full swing in many parts of the country and is expected to rise in the next coming weeks! Even if the vaccine is less effective on the most common strain of flu this season, it is not too late to get your flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones! Read these 2018 influenza antiviral recommendations from the CDC.

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  • USPSTF releases statement on hormone therapy for prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women

    The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published its recommendation against the use of combined estrogen and progestin and of estrogen alone in women with prior hysterectomy for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women (a D recommendation).

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  • Women's Health: Interdisciplinary Techniques for the Management of HSDD

    Listen to Dr. Holly L. Thacker's webcast on Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD), Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) and interdisciplinary treatments. Dr. Thacker discusses: 

    • Sexual health and prevalence of FSD in women
    • First in class therapy and interdisciplinary techniques for HSDD management 
    • Helpful FSD resources for patients and physicians
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  • Risk of Cardiac and Stroke Death Increases After Discontinuing Hormone Therapy

    Highest risk occurs in first year after discontinuation, especially in women aged younger than 60 years.

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  • BMI May Affect Timing of Menopause

    Women with a low BMI could have an increased risk of early menopause. A study reveals 30% higher odds of early menopause in underweight women (BMI, < 18.5 kg/m2), while overweight women (BMI, 25 kg/m2 to 29.9 kg/m2) had a significant 21% to 30% lower odds.

    Early menopause is associated with increased health risks for CVD, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and earlier mortality. Early menopause affects fertility, which is critical in women who continue to delay childbearing.

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  • FDA Approves and ACIP Recommends Shingrix Shingles Vaccine

    FDA approves and ACIP recommends Shingrix for adults aged 50 years and older to prevent shingles.

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