Women

Having babies really does change women's brains

This week, she asks: could so-called 'baby brain' actually be a helpful affliction? Is it time for women doctors to ask for a pay rise? And, when will Australia give three-parent babies the green light?

The upside of 'baby brain'

I'm definitely not the first woman to think she's lost her mind after having a baby, and thanks to the kind people at Nature Neuroscience, I can now rest assured that not only is this totally normal but, ultimately, helpful.

Fallopian tubes may have big role in ovarian cancer fight

Research increasingly points to the likelihood that some of the most aggressive ovarian cancers originate in the fallopian tubes. Most doctors now believe there is little to lose by removing the tubes of women who are done bearing children -- and potentially much to gain in terms of cancer prevention.

The stakes in this research are high. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers, killing 14,000 women a year in the United States. It is often diagnosed in the late stages, when it is more difficult to treat.

Why more young women are body building

She says: "I was a size zero. I wanted to actually have that curvy figure and that's why I got into training."

She thinks the trend started in America on social media.

"I think for girls, lifting weights feel good.

"Now they've got empowerment - they don't need a man for money.

"It feels good to walk into that gym, to walk into a weight room and curl more than a guy"

"Some people see it as a bit of self-obsession but I'd say it's the complete opposite.

Women 'nearing equality with men - in alcohol consumption'

The analysis of 4 million people, born between 1891 and 2001, showed that men used to be far more likely to drink and have resulting health problems.

But the current generation have pretty much closed the gap, the BMJ Open report says.

The changing roles of men and women in society partly explain the move towards boozing parity.

The study showed that in people born in the early 1900s, men were:

New car sparks internet outrage

Car manufacturer SEAT and lifestyle publication Cosmopolitan are facing backlash over a brand new car for "women" that was jointly unveiled at Cosmopolitan's FashFest event in London on Friday.

The result of a collaboration between the manufacturer and the magazine, the SEAT Mii comes complete with jewel-effect rims, a handbag hook, and "eyeliner headlights" that are "emphasized in the same way as make-up emphasizes the eye," according to the manufacturer.

Perceptions towards Samoa women leaders changing

Twenty-four women are contesting the Samoa general election on March 4, compared to just nine women candidates in the previous election.

In 2013, the law was changed to ensure five seats or 10 percent of the 49 seats in Parliament are reserved for women.

Samoa to host Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministerial Meeting

There will also be a number of side meetings during this time.

They include the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005 – 2015 Monitoring Group; Senior Officials Meeting and
Partners Forum.

The Government of Samoa and the Commonwealth Secretariat will partner in coordinating the meeting.

Weight loss, exercise may boost fertility odds for women with PCOS

Researchers compared pregnancy outcomes for 150 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that occurs when the female body makes higher than normal amounts of testosterone and androgens, sex hormones associated with male traits.

UN launches $25 billion strategy to end preventable deaths of mothers and children

An initial commitments of more than $25 billion for the next five years to provide life-saving treatments, from immunizations to perinatal care.

The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health includes new policies and ground-breaking partnerships from 40 countries and over 100 international organizations, philanthropic foundations, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector.