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Our systematic review found that sexual minority women experience worse treatment in the healthcare system. Roman Kosolapov/ Shutterstock

Sexual minority women face barriers to health care

Health services are routinely falling short when it comes to providing care to lesbian, bisexual, trans and other sexual minority women.
3D mammograms may be useful in investigating abnormalities, but as a means of routine screening, they may do more harm than good. From shutterstock.com

For routine breast screening, you may not need a 3D mammogram

3D mammography is becoming more widely available, but is it superior to the traditional 2D technology for breast cancer detection? The answer isn't clear-cut.
Vigorous exercise is safe while pregnant, even in the final trimester. But if you don’t feel up to it, lighter exercise is beneficial too. From shutterstock.com

Is vigorous exercise safe during the third trimester of pregnancy?

It's normal for expectant mums to worry about how their activities might affect their baby's health. But when it comes to vigorous exercise, the evidence shows there's nothing to worry about.
Women may need to shop around for a new doctor if the first one refuses to perform an abortion for religious reasons. from www.shutterstock.com

Women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill becomes law

Doctors who won't perform abortions on religious grounds may have stronger legal protection and may not be compelled to refer women to an alternative provider. Here's why that's bad news for women.
This isn’t the first time scientific research has found a link between menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer. From shutterstock.com

We don’t know menopausal hormone therapy causes breast cancer, but the evidence continues to suggest a link

A study published recently in The Lancet indicated menopausal hormone therapy is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. How can we interpret the results?
Women have heart attacks too and can have different symptoms to men, like jaw pain, breathlessness or nausea, as well as the familiar chest pain. So why don’t we see this on TV? from www.shutterstock.com

According to TV, heart attack victims are rich, white men who clutch their hearts and collapse. Here’s why that’s a worry

It's time characters on TV reflected not only women's experience of heart disease but those of men from diverse backgrounds if we want to prevent more people dying from heart disease.
For women who have had gestational diabetes, maintaining a healthy diet can help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on. From shutterstock.com

Had gestational diabetes? Here are 5 things to help lower your future risk of type 2 diabetes

Women who have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But regular checks, a healthy diet and exercise are can help to manage this risk.
What makes chips and chocolate so appealing at certain times of the month? Ken Tannenbaum/Shutterstock.com

Ack! I need chocolate! The science of PMS food cravings

Women might find themselves reaching for sweets and potato chips in the two weeks before their period, even if they don't have a diagnosis of PMS. An OBGYN explains these cyclical food cravings.
Many women perceive period pain as something they just have to put up with. But the symptoms can be managed. From shutterstock.com

Period pain is impacting women at school, uni and work. Let’s be open about it

Period pain is common, and the evidence shows it can hinder a woman's performance at school, university and work. To tackle this problem, we need to start talking about it.

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