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stroke risk

(HealthDay News) — People born with a hole in their heart face an increased risk for stroke after surgery, a new study finds. This common type of birth defect — known as patent foramen ovale (PFO) — is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart that does not close after birth. “We already…

Low Carb Diets Boost Risk

(HealthDay News) — Having a baby? Case studies suggest don’t skimp on carbs! Low carb diets such as the ketogenic diet and other weight loss diets may have adverse effects to your baby during pregnancy according to recent research. Following a low-carbohydrate diet during pregnancy may increase a woman’s risk of having a baby with…

defects

(HealthDay News) — Women who have a baby with a congenital heart defect may face a heightened risk of heart disease years later, a large study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 1 million women, those who’d given birth to a baby with a heart defect were up to 43 percent more likely to…

hpv cervical cancer awareness month

(HealthDay News) — Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) has become the standard of care in screening for cervical cancer. But now, Canadian researchers say it may become unnecessary in women aged 55 or older who have one negative result with the test. The DNA-based HPV test is highly accurate in detecting 14 high-risk strains of…

cervical cancer

The Pap test has long been the gold standard for cervical cancer screening. It involves checking a sample of cervical cells for abnormalities that could lead to cancer. More recently, the human papillomavirus (HPV) test has become available, which checks the same cells for strains of HPV that may develop into cancer. A new study…