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Reproductive health - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Within the framework of the World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, reproductive health, or sexual health/hygiene, addresses the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life.[1] Reproductive health implies that people are able to have a responsible, satisfying and safer sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so. One interpretation of this implies that men and women ought to be informed of and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of birth control; also access to appropriate health care services of sexual, reproductive medicine and implementation of health education programs to stress the importance of women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth could provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant.  
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High Schoolers' Cigarette Use Hits Lowest Level Since 1991

A national survey of youth behaviors showed traditional smoking is down to 11%, but now 24% of teenagers use e-cigarettes. Almost half said they texted or emailed while driving; 30% report having sex.  
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WHO recommends eight week abstinence or safer sex after return from Zika areas

To prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus, people who return from areas of active Zika transmission who have no symptoms of infection should still abstain from sex or use safer sex practices for at least eight weeks, the World Health Organization has said.1  
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WHO recommends eight week abstinence or safer sex after return from Zika areas

To prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus, people who return from areas of active Zika transmission who have no symptoms of infection should still abstain from sex or use safer sex practices for at least eight weeks, the World Health Organization has said.1  
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Patterns of Sexual Behaviour and Anal HPV Prevalence

Anal HPV is highly prevalent in men who have sex with men of all ages, whereas cervical HPV declines with age. Is this difference due to different sexual behavior patterns or something else?  
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Androgen Treatment Leads to Elongated Telomeres in Small Trial

The phase 1-2 study showed such unexpectedly high efficacy from treatment with the sex hormone danazol that investigators ended the study early.  
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over 3 years ago
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WIN-TAVI: Pregnancy History Predicts Better TAVI Outcomes

The first all-female TAVI registry study highlights the importance of female reproductive history and the need to "collect female-specific characteristics" for every mixed-sex study.  
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MoM Hip Implant Failure Linked to Manufacturing Variation

Bilateral prosthesis, smaller liners, female sex, and production after 2006 were associated with increased risk for revision surgery in patients with metal-on-metal hip implants.  
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over 3 years ago
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Meta-Analysis: Age, Sex No Barrier to Beta-Blockade in HF

The benefit of beta-blockers is retained in heart-failure patients with reduced EF regardless of sex or age, calling into question the practice of "withholding such treatment in women or elderly patients," the authors said.  
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Sex, Intimacy in Advanced HF: Patients Want the Conversation

The simple, two-question assessment tool given during a palliative-care consult showed that patients want to talk about these issues "even when close to the end of life," said an expert.  
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No Worries: PSA 'Bounce' With Prostate Cancer Tied to Sex

A small rise and fall in PSA level commonly occurs after radiation therapy for prostate cancer. These bounces are strongly associated with erectile function status, a new study says.  
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Ohio Woman Sues Sperm Bank After Birth of Mixed-Race Baby

A white Ohio woman sued a sperm bank in federal court on Friday for mistakenly giving her, and her white same-sex partner, sperm from an African-American donor, court documents showed.  
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β blockers for heart failure

In their linked article, Kotecha and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.i1855) present a meta-analysis of individual patient data (IPD) and conclude that β blockers reduce all cause mortality and admission to hospital related to heart failure in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and in sinus rhythm, irrespective of age and sex.1 These findings reinforce the recommendations of current clinical guidelines.2 3 In daily clinical practice, however, prescription rates of β blockers and the doses taken are lower than might be expected based on the available evidence. β blockers seem to be underused, especially in women and older adults of both sexes. Studies from secondary care clearly show suboptimal prescribing, although reported prescription rates vary considerably.4 5 In primary care, uptake of β blockers is even lower.6 7  
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Effect of age and sex on efficacy and tolerability of β blockers in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction: individual patient data meta-analysis

Objectives To determine the efficacy and tolerability of β blockers in a broad age range of women and men with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) by pooling individual patient data from placebo controlled randomised trials.  
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Sex Matters in the Diagnostic Performance of CAD Testing

"Women may derive greater positive prognostic value from CTA than from stress testing," the author of a sex-specific analysis of the PROMISE trial said, but more data are needed before clinical practice shifts.  
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Targeting Social Media May Increase HIV Testing Among Gay Men

Promoting HIV testing on some of the same social media sites that men who have sex with men and transgender people use to meet friends and sex partners can raise testing rates in these communities, according to results of a U.S. trial.  
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over 3 years ago