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About 20, 000 People Homeless After Tajikistan Earthquake, Officials Say "Tajikistan officials say about 20, 000 people have been left homeless after an earthquake rocked the impoverished central Asian nation" on Saturday, VOA News reports. The quake severed electrical supplies and communications in affected areas, officials said (1/3). A regional spokesperson for the country's Civil Defense Committee that oversees the affected area said a clinic, two schools and a power line had been destroyed. "The spokesman reported no deaths but said dozens of sheep and goats were killed in the earthquake, " Agence France-Presse reports (Borisov, 1/3). Several Health Milestones In 2009, But Challenges Continue, WHO Director-General Says At a press conference reflecting on 2009, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan highlighted health achievements, such as the halving of malaria deaths among children in Africa, but noted that challenges remain, VOA News reports.

Early Sexual Encounters Linked To Increased Risk Of Cervical Cancer Among Deprived Women, UK

One of the reasons why cervical cancer is more common among poorer women could be because they start having sex at a younger age than more affluent women, scientists have said. Although deprived women are twice as likely to get cervical cancer as more affluent women, research has shown that their levels of infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) - which is responsible for the majority of cases of cervical cancer - tend to be similar. Researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer investigated the link between deprivation and higher cervical cancer risk. Until now, experts thought that the difference in cases of the disease could be just because poorer women were less likely to go for cervical screening.

10 To 15 Percent Of Women May Be Affected By Disordered Eating

Several maladaptive eating behaviors, beyond anorexia, can affect women. Indeed, some 10 to 15 percent of women have maladaptive eating behaviours and attitudes according to new study from the Universit√ de Montr√ al and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. "Our results are disquieting, " says Lise Gauvin, a professor at the Universit√ de Montr√ al Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. "Women are exposed to many contradictory messages. They are encouraged to lose weight yet also encouraged to eat for the simple pleasure of it." Some 1, 501 women took part in the phone survey on eating disorders and disordered eating.

Women's Digital Imaging Using DXA Total Body Fat Analysis To Help Patients In Weight Management And Fitness Programs

Women's Digital Imaging of Ridgewood (WDI), has begun using Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA), a technology developed to screen for osteoporosis (bone loss), to measure body fat in patients who want a more accurate method of establishing goals and measuring results for weight management and fitness programs. While Body Mass Index (BMI) has been a standard measuring tool, it does not distinguish muscle from fat. DXA analysis measures the percentage of lean muscle, fat tissue mass, bone mineral density (BMD), and bone mineral content (BMC) in the whole body and specific regions such as trunk, arms, legs and pelvis. "Knowing your ratio of fat to lean body mass helps you determine how to reshape your body correctly, " says Dr.

Women Aged 50-65 Face Unique Barriers To Obtaining Health Care, MU Researcher Says

For Americans living in rural areas, obtaining and maintaining health care can be challenging. Aside from common barriers, including shortages of care providers and facilities, older women face additional challenges, according to Kay Libbus, a public health researcher at the University of Missouri. Libbus says that women ages 50-65 living in rural areas are at-risk for inadequate health care coverage and limited access to health information. "There is a gap in health care access for women ages 50-65 living in rural areas, " said Kay Libbus, professor in the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. "These women are beyond child-bearing age, susceptible to developing chronic diseases and often retired or leaving the workforce - and these factors make it difficult to maintain health insurance or obtain new coverage.

Nearly 2 Million Women Attended Breast Screening In 2007 08, UK

The number of women attending breast screening has risen, with nearly two million accepting invitations from the NHS Breast Screening Programme in 2007/08, new figures show. The programme's 2009 annual review shows that 1, 994, 651 women aged 50 to 70 attended screening in 2007/08, up by 93, 418 on the previous year. Over 73 per cent of the 2.5 million women who received an invitation attended their appointment. The total number of invitations for screening has also increased - by just over 100, 000 women - thanks in part to the fact that units in Bolton, King's College London, Coventry, Manchester and Guildford have started to include women from a wider age group in their screening programmes.

NPR Examines Controversial Okla. Abortion Law Facing Court Challenges

NPR's " All Things Considered " on Thursday examined the debate over an Oklahoma law that requires a woman seeking an abortion to answer dozens of questions on topics relating to her job, education, relationship with her partner and why she is opting for an abortion. The law calls for the survey answers to be posted on a state Web site without the women's names. Opponents of the law, which is being challenged in court by the Center for Reproductive Rights, call it an invasion of privacy that is intimidating to women and unrelated to improving public health. They also fear that posting the answers online will allow people to identify specific women based on the information provided on the surveys, especially in small, rural communities.

Curvy Kate Winslet Tops UK 'Perfect Body' Chart

Curvy actress Kate Winslet has topped a UK national poll to find the perfect celebrity body. The Oscar-winning film star, who has been praised for promoting a more realistic body shape, took the top spot with 16% of the overall votes - narrowly pipping shapely Kelly Brook into second place with 15%. And super thin celebrities Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss finished bottom of the poll carried out with 2, 000 respondents by Slimming World and YouGov, scoring just 1% each of the votes. Former Casualty actress and Slimming World Woman of the Year, Rebecca Wheatley, who herself lost over 12 stone with the slimming club, believes this marks a shift in people's perception of what is attractive - especially for women, with whom Winslet scored two thirds of her votes.

Assessing Lead Time Of Selected Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers

Concentrations of the biomarkers CA125, human epididymis protein 4 (HE4), and mesothelin began to rise 3 years before clinical diagnosis of ovarian cancer, according to a new study published online December 30 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. However, the biomarkers became substantially elevated only in the last year prior to diagnosis. The stage of the cancer at the time of marker elevation is not known. CA125, HE4, mesothelin, B7-H4, decoy receptor 3, and spondin-2 have been identified as potential ovarian cancer biomarkers, but their behavior in the pre-diagnostic period, with the exception of CA125, has not been evaluated previously.

2009 Fellows Announced By AAAS And Boston University School Of Medicine

Gail Entner Sonenshein, PhD, a professor in the department of biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine, and director of the School's Program in Research on Women's Health, has been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 531 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 20 February from 8 to 10 a.

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