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Resistance Training Programs Appear To Improve Some Cognitive Skills In Older Women

One year of once- or twice-weekly resistance training appears to improve attention and conflict resolution skills among older women. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Ph.D., P.T., of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues studied 155 women age 65 to 75. Participants were randomly assigned to participate in resistance training once (54 women) or twice (52 women) weekly, whereas 49 women in a control group participated in twice-weekly balance and tone training. After one year, women in both resistance training groups significantly improved their scores on tests of selective attention (maintaining mental focus) and conflict resolution.

Forced Marriages: Research Thesis Hopes To Lift Veil On Practice

Sakina (fictitious name) was born in Bangladesh yet raised in Montreal. At 16, she returned to her homeland with her parents under the pretext of visiting her sick grandmother. The young woman was then forced to marry a man twice her age - despite her resistance. The girl later wrote to her mother that she was kept in a locked room, where she was beaten and raped. After two months, her mother granted her return to Montreal. By 19, Sakina was forced to marry again. According Madeline Lamboley, a PhD student from the Universit√ de Montr√ al School of Criminology, this true story mirrors the fate an unconfirmed number of female immigrants in Quebec, France and the U.

Research Finds That Fat Behaves Differently In Patients With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Fat tissue in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome produces an inadequate amount of the hormone that regulates how fats and glucose are processed, promoting increased insulin resistance and inflammation, glucose intolerance, and greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study conducted at the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal disorder of women of childbearing age, affecting approximately 10 percent of women. It is the most common cause of infertility, and an important risk factor for early diabetes in women. "We're beginning to find that fat tissue behaves very differently in patients with PCOS than in other women, " said Ricardo Azziz, M.

NPR Examines Obama Administration's Global Family Planning Policies

NPR's " Morning Edition " examines how global family planning fits into the Obama administration's global health policy. "The administration has already restored funding for the United Nations Population ... Fund, which for eight years received no U.S. support. And in his first week, President Obama lifted an executive order that existed in the Reagan and Bush administrations that prohibited U.S.-funded programs from providing information about abortion services, " according to NPR. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham "Clinton has called for an increase in reproduction health education services and contraceptives for young people, links between HIV services and family planning, more prenatal care and a reduction in unsafe abortions, " the program reports.

Obama's FY 2011 Budget Gives Global Health Funding Boost

President Barack Obama's FY 2011 budget request for global health totals $9.6 billion and includes funding for global health activities within the State Department, USAID and HHS, the Wall Street Journal reports. "That compares with $8.8 billion enacted for fiscal 2010, " according to the newspaper (McKay, 2/1). "While scientists concentrating on domestic problems had worried about deep [budget] cuts, global health appears to have been sheltered by Mr. Obama's promise to exempt international affairs and global security, " the New York Times writes. "In her own preliminary analysis, Jennifer Kates, a vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which specializes in health policy, said the amount of money devoted to programs in the president's Global Health Initiative, which is split among several agencies, appeared to have risen about 8 percent, " according to the New York Times.

Abstinence-Only Program Shows Success In Reducing Teen Sex

"An experimental abstinence-only program without a moralistic tone can delay teens from having sex, a provocative study found, " The Associated Press reports. "Billed as the first rigorous research to show long-term success with an abstinence-only approach, the study differed from traditional programs that have lost federal and state support in recent years." The classes did not focus on a message of saving sex until marriage or "disparage condom use." Instead, the classes "involved assignments to help sixth- and seventh graders see the drawbacks to sexual activity at their age." The study divided the students into four groups. One group received eight abstinence-only classes, another group had general healthy behavior instructions and the other two groups had either safe-sex classes or a curriculum that mixed abstinence and safe sex content.

Cedars-Sinai Researchers: Fat Behaves Differently In Patients With Polycistic Ovary Syndrome

Fat tissue in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome produces an inadequate amount of the hormone that regulates how fats and glucose are processed, promoting increased insulin resistance and inflammation, glucose intolerance, and greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study conducted at the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal disorder of women of childbearing age, affecting approximately 10 percent of women. It is the most common cause of infertility, and an important risk factor for early diabetes in women. "We're beginning to find that fat tissue behaves very differently in patients with PCOS than in other women, " said Ricardo Azziz, M.

AAPPO Kicks Off Women's Health Initiative

The American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO) today launched a new effort to help PPOs communicate with women about surgical options. In recent years "minimally invasive" options have become available for selected procedures, offering less pain, shorter hospital procedures, and often lower costs. "With more than 193 million Americans enrolled in a PPO - which is 69 percent of all insured Americans - AAPPO has a great opportunity to use this new effort to spread the word to PPOs on ways to educate women about minimally invasive options and to encourage women to ask for procedures that cause less pain and scarring, and that also have a faster recovery time, " said Loraine Hardin, vice president and chief operating officer of the Principal Financial Group's Health Division and a member of the AAPPO Board of Directors.

Study Shows Experimental Abstinence-Only Education Program Delays Sexual Activity

An experimental abstinence-only education program without moralistic themes was more effective in delaying sexual activity among teens than three alternative sexual education programs, according to an NIH-funded study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the AP/Washington Post reports (Tanner, AP/Washington Post, 2/1). The study, conducted from 2001 to 2004, involved 662 black public school students in a city in the Northeastern U.S. The study randomly assigned students -- all in either sixth or seventh grade -- to one of four sex education classes and monitored their levels of sexual activity over the next two years.

Fat Behaves Differently In Patients With Polycistic Ovary Syndrome

Fat tissue in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome produces an inadequate amount of the hormone that regulates how fats and glucose are processed, promoting increased insulin resistance and inflammation, glucose intolerance, and greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study conducted at the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is the most common hormonal disorder of women of childbearing age, affecting approximately 10 percent of women. It is the most common cause of infertility, and an important risk factor for early diabetes in women. "We're beginning to find that fat tissue behaves very differently in patients with PCOS than in other women, " said Ricardo Azziz, M.

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