Obesity speeds up the start of puberty in boys, study finds
(The Endocrine Society) Girls are not the only ones who go through puberty early if they have obesity. Boys with obesity enter puberty at an earlier age than average, according to a study that will be presented Sunday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in New Orleans, La. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

EVE SIMMONS: Spare us from the smug mums like Kate who say breast is the ONLY way 
Since giving birth to her first child ten months ago, TV presenter Kate Quilton has become something of a poster-girl for breastfeeding, warning about the 'tricks' used by formula milk companies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are black women and girls associated with danger? Implicit racial bias at the intersection of target age and gender - Thiem KC, Neel R, Simpson AJ, Todd AR.
We investigated whether stereotypes linking Black men and Black boys with violence and criminality generalize to Black women and Black girls. In Experiments 1 and 2, non-Black participants completed sequential-priming tasks wherein they saw faces varying i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Widening cracks in patriarchy: mothers and daughters navigating gender norms in a Mumbai slum - Cislaghi B, Bankar S, Verma RK, Heise L, Collumbien M.
Inequitable gender norms can be harmful to girls' and boys' health and sexuality. Programmatic approaches that help renegotiate gendered power relationships are sorely needed. This qualitative study reveals how Parivartan, a sport-based intervention in a M... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Irish girl, 14, who has been battling cancer for 12 years flies to the US for treatment
Robyn Smyth, 14, from Dublin, Ireland, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age three. She's relapsed four times since and the family is now flying to Michigan for treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Younger Female Blood Donors Vulnerable to Iron Deficiency
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Blood donation is associated with iron deficiency among both adolescent girls and younger adult women in the United States, according to a study recently published in Transfusion. Eshan U. Patel, M.P.H., from the Johns... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Devastated family tell how girl, four, turned blue and suddenly died at home after 'catching a cold'
Chloe Hardy - who was seemingly fit and healthy - collapsed at her home in South Cave, Humberside, on Wednesday, March 13. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colombian baby girl born with her twin INSIDE her
The little girl called Itzamara, born on February 22 in Barranquilla, Colombia, is an incredibly rare example of 'fetus-in-fetu' births, first described in 1808 but rarely seen since. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Knowledge of female genital schistosomiasis lacking in Ghana, study finds
(PLOS) Urogenital schistosomiasis (US), a chronic parasitic disease, is endemic in Ghana and policymakers have undertaken efforts to control it, largely through mass drug administration of praziquantel given to school-aged children. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have found that awareness of Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS), a specific gender manifestation of US, is lacking, which affects the ability to control this disease in girls and women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

School safety and school connectedness as resilience factors for students facing terror - Yablon YB.
The aim of the study was to investigate the mediating effect of school safety and school connectedness on the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and posttraumatic growth (PTG) among boys and girls facing terror. A cross-sectional research ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Pediatrician Who Sexually Abused 31 Children Gets 79 Years Pediatrician Who Sexually Abused 31 Children Gets 79 Years
Johnnie Barto of Pennsylvania, now 71, was cleared in 2000 by the state medical board on charges he molested two girls after regulators found the charges were'incongruous'to his reputation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - March 20, 2019 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

AHA News: Family Adopts Three Children With Three Different Heart Conditions
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- James and Tara Fussell were on a Caribbean cruise celebrating their 10th anniversary when they decided to give their son and two daughters another sibling. The girls were adopted from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 20, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Testosterone exposure affects fraternal twin girls in later life
According to research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, girls exposed to higher testosterone levelsin utero, from their twin brothers, are less likely to have a higher education and more likely to earn less in adulthood.Independent (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 20, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Girl, nine, survives her inoperable cancer doctors d
Caroline Brown, from Northumberland, had an earache, weight loss, and lack of energy over four months in 2017. Then seven, a stage-four tumour was eventually found close to her brain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia: Heart Disease Threatens Life of 13 Year Old
[Foroyaa] Hawa Sarjo, a 13 year old girl has been seriously affected by a heart disease for the past ten years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WVU researcher finds some Medicaid populations more likely to die by suicide
(West Virginia University) A West Virginia University researcher has discovered the suicide rate of some Medicaid-insured youth -- including girls and young women -- is higher than those with private insurance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reports of Breast Implant Illnesses Prompt Federal Review
The Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at breast implants because of renewed safety concerns. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY and RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: your-feed-science Implants Breasts Medical Devices Breast Cancer Women and Girls Plastic Surgery Autoimmune Diseases Allergan Inc Food and Drug Administration Mentor Worldwide LLC Sientra Inc. Source Type: news

Examining Africentric cultural values, ethnic identity, and substance use abstinence in low-income, early adolescent, African American girls - Sanchez D, Hamilton ER, Gilbert DJ, Vandewater EA.
This study examined... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

School environment and gender-based violence: what type of mobilization for girls' education in sub-Saharan Africa? - Abath AA.
This article proposes a reflection on the fight against gender-based violence in schools. The results of many studies on gender-based violence at school reflect the high vulnerability of girls who are the primary victims of sexual assault, sexual and gende... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Social networks influencing Black girls' interpretations of Chris Brown's violence against Rihanna - Stephens DP, Eaton AA.
This study identifies the social networks used by urban Black girls to interpret a highly publicized episode of dating violence and ensuing conflicts between hip-hop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna. Forty-three adolescent Black girls (age 11-17 years) were a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Does Sharing the Womb with a Brother Affect Girls?
A study links having a male twin with women’s educational, financial, and childbearing decisions. Researchers suspect prenatal exposure to testosterone may play a role. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 19, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Professional Hair Removal Catches On With the Preteen Set
Dermatologists and salons that offer waxing and laser treatments report seeing an increasing number of girls as young as 8. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHIVANI VORA Tags: Hair Women and Girls Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) Teenagers and Adolescence Parenting Social Media Source Type: news

Health, rights situation critical among women and girls in conflict-scarred Dara ’a
DARA ’A, Syrian Arab Republic –With the crisis in Syria soon to enter its ninth year, the people of Dara ’a Governorate face especially harrowing conditions, with hostilities killing civilians asrecently as July.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Girls with a male twin are less likely to thrive due to testosterone exposure, report suggests
New research on Norwegian twins suggests that it's nature, not nurture, that causes girls with brothers to be less likely to thrive in adult life because testosterone changes their development. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Joanne battles stage 4 kidney cancer
Four years ago, Joanne Romero, who lives in Texas, was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer when she was 26 weeks pregnant. Despite her challenges, Joanne remains positive and hopes her story serves as an inspiration to others.   My journey began on Feb. 16, 2015. I was currently 26 weeks pregnant. I was experiencing a cough that continued to get worse. That day, I was scheduled to have a lung procedure to see what was causing the cough. My high-risk OB ordered an ultrasound the night before. She wanted to make sure my baby was doing well enough for the procedure. During the ultrasound, the ultrasound tech a...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - March 18, 2019 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

It ’s Simple, but Requires Determination
Women are responsible for providing water for their families. Many spend hours travelling to the wells and back home every day, carrying heavy clay pots on their heads. Credit: Irfan Ahmed/IPSBy Monika Weber-FahrSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Mar 18 2019 (IPS) I am drafting this on International Women’s Day – March 8 – with an eye towards World Water Day on March 22. On International Women’s Day we celebrate progress in gender equality. At the same time, we recognize how much remains to be done: how many women remain excluded from decision-making across many professions. Changing this is urgent. Water – c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Monika Weber-Fahr Tags: Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation W Source Type: news

Training, Mentorship, and Repurposed Equipment Expand Family Planning Use in Tanzania
March 18, 2019By repurposing unused surplus medical equipment, health facilities in Tanzania have addressed a crucial shortage of health workers who are certified to provide intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs) to clients in 22 districts throughout the country.As part of theTanzania Family Planning Outreach program, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development,IntraHealth International trained 300 public-sector health workers to deliver long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in 165 health facilities in 22 districts during 2014 –2016. But during follow-up sessions of mentorship and su...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Tanzania Tanzania Family Planning Outreach Education & Performance Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

Lesotho: Lesotho - Male Councillor Campaigns for Safe Abortion
[Gender Links] "Our girls' future, health and safe life is in our hands and knowledge is power," says Councilor Mohlomi Setlaba. He want councils to work together with traditional and community leaders for to campaign for safe abortion. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

One teenager's tragic hidden secret
High school junior Alexandra Valoras, a straight-A student, class officer and robotics whiz, nonetheless felt she wasn't ever good enough; hiding her despair behind a sunny disposition to the outside world, she ended her life before her 18th birthday. Jim Axelrod talks with the young woman's parents, friends and teachers about the signs that were missed; the private journals in which the girl wrote down strikingly uncharacteristic words of pain; and how Alexandra's mom and dad are bringing a message of awareness to other students. [If you are in crisis: Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK...
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A lost girl's diary: The hidden anguish of Alexandra Valoras
The high school junior was a straight-A student, class officer and robotics whiz, who nonetheless felt she wasn't ever good enough – signs she kept hidden until she ended her life (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ask your mum questions and you may discover … yourself
When Elma van Vliet decided to start asking her mother about her life, the results were remarkableIt wasn ’t until Margreeth van Vliet-Smit was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 2001 that Elma van Vliet realised how much she didn’t know about her own mother. She didn’t know what dreams and adventures Margreeth had had when she was a young woman. She didn’t know what her mother had done on Satu rday afternoons as a small girl. She didn’t even know how to make the chicken soup Margreeth had always made when her daughter was ill. “And she was the only person in the world who knew how to m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 17, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Amelia Hill Tags: Family Books Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Culture Source Type: news

Vaping ‘epidemic’ among teenage girls could lead to breast cancer later in life, warns top surgeon
One of the top breast cancer surgeons in Britain has warned teenage girls vaping could lead to breast cancer. Professor Kefah Mokbel has written to Ministers calling for new guidance on e-cigarettes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How the iconic Bond girl pose could leave you with an agonising bad back 
Flexing the abdominal muscles hard, as if doing a stomach crunch, while slightly tucking in your bottom, it’s possible to reduce your waist circumference by a good few inches. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide
Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means providing training so they have the skills to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to their benefit, and taking active measures to boost the numb ers of women in ICT leadership positions, including in academia and entrepreneurship. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

“We are working against all odds”: Despite progress, FGM and child marriage numbers cause alarm
Damboya, ETHIOPIA/New York, UNITED NATIONS –Tadelech Ermias remembers the ridicule she faced when she refused to undergofemale genital mutilation (FGM), which was considered a requirement for brides in her community. “It was inconceivable then for a girl to get married without being cut,” she said. That was 10 years ago, in the southern Domboya District of Ethiopia.  Members of her family were aghast. But she gathered strength from the lessons she learned in a special group of girls – the uncut girls club. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Heart-melting video shows blind girl terrified of hospitals SINGING during brain scan to keep calm
During a recent scan, Evie, who is thought to live in Michigan after being adopted from China, can be seen singing Alessia Cara's 'Scars to Your Beautiful' while her therapist plays the guitar. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decision-making in the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting in Sudan: a cross-sectional study - Sabahelzain MM, Gamal Eldin A, Babiker S, Kabiru CW, Eltayeb M.
BACKGROUND: Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is a form of violence against women and girls that is widely performed in about 30 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia. In Sudan, the prevalence of FGM/C among women aged 15-49  years was 87% ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

PCOS risk may be determined by pre-pubertal hormone
According to research, published inThe Journal of Clinical Endocrinology& Metabolism, levels of anti-Mullerian hormone may be able to diagnose PCOS risk in girls before they begin menstruating.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 15, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

People Affected by Leprosy in Latin America Unite for Their Rights and Their Voice
Family photo of part of the 111 participants in the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen's Disease, on the steps of the Morisco Palace, the headquarters of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, which hosted the three-day meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 14 2019 (IPS) With the decision to found a regional coalition to promote rights and greater participation in national and international forums and decisions, the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen’s disease, popu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Regional Categories Ter Source Type: news

Girl, five, shunned as a monster has her 'piercing silver' eyes removed after being adopted
Chris and Eryn Austin brought partially-sighted Primrose to the Georgia in the US in 2016. Doctors decided to remove her eyes after MRI scans showed severe damage. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These Sports Are Most Likely To Send Kids To The ER With Brain Injuries
CNN) — Almost 2 million children and teens — an average of 283,000 each year — were seen in emergency rooms across the United States for traumatic brain injuries between 2010 and 2016, according to a new government report. Football, bicycling, basketball, playground activities and soccer were the sports and activities most likely to send children to emergency rooms for TBIs, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traumatic brain injuries, which include concussions, are caused by impacts to the head or the body. The is...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Concussions Source Type: news

Yoga for Incontinence? Evidence Is Lacking
Yoga exercises are often recommended to help control urinary incontinence in women, but there is no solid scientific evidence that they work. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Yoga Incontinence Women and Girls Age, Chronological Source Type: news

Fewer Boys Are Suffering Head Injuries, But Rate Rises for Girls
THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 -- There's good news and bad news from a new study of children visiting U.S. emergency departments for head injuries: The rate of these potentially serious events has fallen among boys, but risen for girls. In recent years,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Building Grit in Girls Through Mountain Biking
Experts say the sport encourages strength, confidence and a chance to splash in mud puddles. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: A.C. SHILTON Tags: Bicycles and Bicycling Women and Girls Cycling, Mountain Bike Parenting Source Type: news

Tobacco Industry Targets Women in Asia
A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPSBy Wendell Balderas and Mary AssuntaBANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 14 2019 (IPS) International Women’s Day on 8 March recognized and celebrated the progress women are making globally. The day also acknowledged the risks, exploitation and suffering many continue to endure. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) puts the spotlight on the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics targeting women and girls especially in Asia to market its deadly products. While smoking prevalence among females remains relatively ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Wendell Balderas and Mary Assunta Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

'Miracle' girl born with ultra-rare genetic deformity defies parents and doctors
Charlotte Patt, from Wisconsin in the US, was born with Shprintzen-Goldberg syndrome, a condition believed to have only been recorded in around 50 people around the world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 In 3 Children Suffer From Back Pain, New Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – Back pain is a common complaint among middle-aged adults, but not something you expect to hear from your child. Yet a new survey finds that one in three kids between the ages of 10 and 18 reported backaches in the past year. In part, because our kids are getting heavier. Kids who reported back pain tended to weigh more and had higher body mass index (BMI).  But there are other factors that may play a role. Participation in competitive sports was strongly linked to back pain, more commonly in JV and varsity athletes than younger or recreational players. Kids who use one strap to carry their backpac...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Back Pain Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

Experts Are Calling for a Ban on Gene Editing of Human Embryos. Here ’s Why They’re Worried
In November 2018, Chinese biophysicist Jiankui He stunned the world when he announced that he had used a controversial gene-editing technology, called CRISPR, to genetically alter the genes in embryos and give them immunity to HIV. The embryos were transferred to the woman who provided the eggs to create them, and twin girls were born. The move, considered highly experimental and unethical by most scientists around the world, prompted intense debate in the scientific community about not just the implications for the twins, but for society as well. When applied to human eggs, sperm and embryos, gene-editing technologies, of...
Source: TIME: Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Genetics Source Type: news

Devastating Consequences of Missed Pediatric Stroke: Laney's Story Devastating Consequences of Missed Pediatric Stroke: Laney's Story
Laney was a 4-year-old girl who died after a much delayed diagnosis of stroke, and her parents hope her story might save another child's life.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - March 13, 2019 Category: Radiology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news