Why dont doctors trust women? Because they dont know much about us | Gabrielle Jackson

The medical community have known for a century that women are living in constant pain. Theyve done nothing about it Its frustrating to have questions that dont get answered. Its altogether disturbing to find out that those questions havent even been asked. When I was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 23, I didnt know enough to ask the right questions. I assumed my gynaecologist had all the answers, and listened carefully to his thoughtful explanations. I thought I knew it all. Or at least that he knew it all. But I was wrong. It was only after more than a decade of feeling weak, second-rate, wimpy and affect at least 50 million US women alone. I discovered that some of …

We dont need to bleed: why many women are giving up on periods

With recent confirmation that periods have no health benefit, an increasing number of women are using contraception to stop them altogether For some, it is about bringing an end to debilitating pain or dark thoughts. For others, it is as simple as being liberated from the sinking realisation that you need a tampon but you left them in your other handbag. When a new wave of feminist authors and activists are calling on women to embrace their periods, the idea that some do not want a monthly bleed and are seeking to avoid having them altogether can seem radical. The technology is there, in contraceptives. They dont only prevent pregnancy. A recent drop in tampon sales How your period is …

The popularity of 3D mammograms is taking off, but not in every part of the US, study says

(CNN)3D mammograms haven’t yet been proven to be the best screening tool for breast cancer, but more women in the United States are getting them. Researchers found that the popularity of 3D mammography wasn’t growing in all areas of the country. The combination of 2D and 3D mammography was more popular and grew faster in Northeast and Northwest regions of the United States, while Southeast regions showed slower growth and overall use. Screening with both 3D mammography and 2D mammography was the most common method of screening in less than 5% of regions in 2015, but grew to be the most common in 42% of regions by 2017. In regions with high use of 3D mammography, residents were more likely …

World’s rivers ‘awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics’

Largest global study finds the drugs in two-thirds of test sites in 72 countries Hundreds of rivers around the world from the Thames to the Tigris are awash with dangerously high levels of antibiotics, the largest global study on the subject has found. Antibiotic pollution is one of the key routes by which bacteria are able develop resistance to the life-saving medicines, rendering them ineffective for human use. A lot of the resistance genes we see in human pathogens originated from environmental bacteria, said Prof William Gaze, a microbial ecologist at the University of Exeter who studies antimicrobial resistance but was not involved in the study. The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a river antibiotics graphic The Danube, Europes second-largest …

Q: Am I a bad parent if my kids don’t eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day?

(CNN)I went to my son’s annual checkup last week. He’s 5. The doctor stressed how important it is for him to eat five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day. Short of force-feeding or hiding spinach in brownies Jessica Seinfeld-style, this is not happening. So we’re falling way short on the fruits/veggies guidelines — every single day. Am I a bad mom? Frantic About Food Answering your questions about potentially bad parenting behavior. We will help you work through the guilt. By some measures, we wisened up. We became aware of how packaged foods make it all too easy to consume tons of sugar and not a lot of nutrients. Also, we’ve become more conscious of the ways food …

Kids2 rocking sleepers recalled after five infant deaths

(CNN)Kids2 recalled all models of its rocking sleepers on Friday after five infant deaths in the sleepers. The announcement comes on the heels of a similar recall of Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleepers after the popular product was linked to more than 30 infant deaths in 10 years. That recall affected about 4.7 million sleepers, officials said.