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Genetic secret to age women start menopause discovered

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 11:37

Research could lead to doctors being able to tell women how long they have got left to start a family

A series of genetic signals that influences the age women begin menopause has been identified, potentially paving the way to fertility treatment that could extend the natural reproductive lifespan of women.

Researchers scanned the genes of more than 200,000 women and found nearly 300 genetic signals that researchers said could help identify why some women are predisposed to early menopause, the health consequences of going through menopause early and whether these signals can be manipulated to improve fertility.

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Meghan launches work initiative for women on 40th birthday

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 09:14

40x40 project encourages people to donate 40 minutes of their time to help women return to workplace

The Duchess of Sussex has used her 40th birthday to launch an initiative to help women back into work after the huge job losses caused by the Covid pandemic.

The project, which was launched with a comedy film featuring a juggling Prince Harry, is called 40x40 and is focused on encouraging people around the world to donate 40 minutes of their time to help women return to the workplace.

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Good old days: why body confidence improves after 60

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 07:12

A New Zealand study claims men and women become more satisfied with their bodies over time – bucking the expectations of our youth-obsessed culture

Name: Happy retirees.

Age: Well, as you know, people retire at different ages, typically from about 60 onwards.

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After my miscarriages I didn’t need to talk – I needed access to better care | Jennie Agg

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 03:49

Until we shift the culture around baby loss, women will still feel abandoned, no matter how many times we say the taboo is being broken

Taboo is an overused word in the media, isn’t it? Miscarriage, in particular, is often described as one of the “last taboos”, although I’ve also seen the label attached to menopause, periods, post-natal depression, finances, pelvic organ prolapse and male incontinence. When Carrie Johnson announced last weekend that she was expecting another baby this Christmas following a miscarriage that she described as “heartbreaking”, the word surfaced again in headlines: “Carrie’s rainbow baby helps shatter the miscarriage taboo”.

I understand the impulse to reach for this kind of language. When I had my first miscarriage, four years ago, it was as if I’d walked into a cave of white noise. Leaving the early pregnancy unit that day with nothing to show for my three-month pregnancy but a pair of hospital-issue paper pants and a flimsy information pamphlet, I felt numb and empty – emptied – and tried to recall a single conversation I’d had about this. The best I came up with was a few lines in an old episode of Sex and the City.

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My partner cheated on me – then told me about the fantastic lover she’d found

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 21:00

This man was well endowed, highly sexed and lasted longer than me. Is our relationship doomed?

I have been with my partner for three years, and a month ago she cheated on me. We discussed the matter and from that I discovered that this guy she cheated with is well endowed, lasted longer than me and has a huge sex drive. She now wants us to fix things, but I am uncomfortable knowing all of this. I am afraid that I will not satisfy her and she may end up going back to this person and that I’ll be hurt. What can I possibly do to overcome all of this?

Don’t believe your partner’s description of the other guy. It sounds spiteful. Is there a reason why she would try to hurt you? Is she angry or resentful of you for some reason? It’s time for a calm talk to try to understand each other far better and to have a chance to express your true feelings without resorting to blaming or name-calling. Tell her honestly that you feel uncomfortable and afraid and say: “Please help me to understand your feelings too.” After a breach of trust it takes time to repair a damaged relationship and the hazy spectre of a rival’s dimensions is really the least of your worries.

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Illegally sterilised Czech women to be offered compensation

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 19:30

Hundreds of mostly Roma women were threatened, tricked or bribed into being sterilised until 2012

Women sterilised without their consent are to be offered compensation in the Czech Republic after President Miloš Zeman signed a bill into law this week.

The women, most of whom were Roma, will be awarded 300,000 Czech crowns (£10,000) from the government as compensation.

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Covid drug could help reduce heavy menstrual bleeding

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 06:35

Trial suggests anti-inflammatory dexamethasone may offer welcome alternative to intra-uterine system

Researchers hope a steroid that shot to prominence during the Covid pandemic may help reduce blood loss in those who experience heavy periods.

The cheap anti-inflammatory dexamethasone was discovered to improve survival rates among patients critically ill with Covid. It is also used for conditions including severe asthma and certain forms of arthritis.

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Pakistan reckons with its ‘gender terrorism epidemic’ after murder of Noor Mukadam

Sun, 08/01/2021 - 19:30

Victims’s family speak of their heartbreak as brutal killing sparks national debate on lack of progress to end violence against women

The family of a 27-year-old woman who was allegedly tortured and beheaded by the son of a business tycoon have spoken of their devastation in a case that has pushed Pakistan to examine what has been called a “gender terrorism epidemic”.

Zahir Zakir Jaffer was arrested on suspicion of the pre-meditated murder of Noor Mukadam, the youngest daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat, after allegedly holding her captive for three days at his apartment in an upmarket area of Islamabad.

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Laura Kenny sets sights on becoming greatest ever GB Olympian

Sat, 07/31/2021 - 23:15

Childhood cycling club says British star had winning outlook from day one as she prepares to ride into history

Members of the Welwyn Wheelers cycling club will be setting their alarms early this week to be sure to catch Laura Kenny’s efforts to smash Olympic records and add three more gold medals to her collection.

Kenny trained at the Hertfordshire club from about the age of nine, with her older sister Emma. The girls took up cycling when their mother decided the sport would be a good way for her to lose weight.

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Women participate less at conferences, even if gender-balanced – study

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 20:00

Exclusive: small changes in conference design can make big difference to female inclusion, say researchers

Women are less likely to participate in proceedings at medical and scientific conferences, even with gender-balanced delegates, although simple interventions in conference design sparked a significant improvement in female inclusion, a study has found.

Medical and scientific conferences are imperative to the professional visibility of clinicians and academics, and researchers conducted this latest analysis based on data gleaned from the Society for Endocrinology’s annual national conferences.

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Aid cuts make a mockery of UK pledges on girls’ education | Zoe Williams

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 03:31

The government’s words at the global education summit are completely at odds with its behaviour. Whatever the event achieves will be despite its UK hosts, not because of them

With all the fanfare Covid would allow, the global education summit opened in London this week. Ahead of the meeting, the minister for European neighbourhood and the Americas was on rousing form. “Educating girls is a gamechanger,” Wendy Morton said, going on to describe what a plan would look like to do just that.

The UK, co-hosting the summit with Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, plans to raise funds for the Global Partnership for Education, from governments and donors. The UK government has promised £430m over the next five years.

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Director of public prosecutions says Brittany Higgins investigation is with AFP, contradicting Karen Andrews

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 16:53

DPP reveals police were given rape allegation advice in June, contradicting claims by police commissioner and home affairs minister that case is with public prosecutor

The ACT director of public prosecutions says the Brittany Higgins investigation is currently back in the hands of the Australian federal police, contradicting both the AFP commissioner, Reece Kershaw, and the home affairs minister, Karen Andrews.

During an appearance at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Kershaw was asked for an update on the Higgins matter.

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Gender equality improves in UK music industry boardrooms

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 19:01

Twelve trade bodies, including the British Phonographic Industry and UK Music, have added female board members since disparity highlighted in 2020

Gender equality in UK music industry boardrooms has improved over the last year, with the boards of 12 major trade organisations now averaging at 42% female – a rise from 34% in 2020.

The organisations include the British Phonographic Industry, the central trade body that runs the Brit awards and Mercury prize and monitors music sales; royalties companies PPL and PRS for Music; plus the Association for Independent Music, Incorporated Society of Musicians, Ivors Academy and others, including umbrella advocacy organisation UK Music. Three of the organisations now have chairwomen, up from only one in 2021.

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Alabama is prosecuting a mom for taking prescribed medication while pregnant | Moira Donegan

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 00:17

At least 18 states require that doctors who know about substance use during pregnancy turn their patients in. A woman could be arrested just for being honest with her doctor

A 36-year-old Alabama woman is facing felony charges for filling a doctor’s prescription. Kim Blalock, a mother of six, suffers from severe back pain caused by degeneration of her spinal discs. “There are days that I can’t get up,” Blalock has said. Her condition worsened over the years following surgeries and car accidents. An orthopedist prescribed hydrocodone, an opiate pain killer, and she started using it occasionally when the pain became too much to handle. She stopped taking her prescription during her most recent pregnancy, but as her bump grew, the weight added pressure on her back, and the pain worsened. Midway through her third trimester, she couldn’t take it any more, and refilled her prescription. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy soon after, this past September. Out of caution, she told her doctor about medications she had taken during pregnancy – including the hydrocodone. That’s where the trouble started. After her son tested positive for hydrocodone, an investigation was launched. The state child services agency found no wrongdoing, but the local police and district attorney pressed on. Two months after she gave birth, seven armed officers raided her house, terrifying her children.

Related: Like millions of Americans, I can never leave my spouse. I’ll lose my healthcare | Jessa Crispin

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Pink offers to pay fines for Norwegian women’s beach handball team

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 07:39

European Handball Federation fined players €1,500 for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms

Pop star Pink has offered to pay the “sexist” fines handed out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team after they refused to wear bikini bottoms while playing.

The European Handball Federation, the sport’s governing body, fined the team €1,500 (£1,295) last week for “improper clothing” at the European Beach Handball Championships.

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Student, 19, hopes to be youngest woman to fly solo around the world

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 05:01

Zara Rutherford, whose parents are both pilots, announces her gap year project

A 19-year-old student has announced her gap year project: aiming to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.

Zara Rutherford, who has British and Belgian nationality, will set off from her home city of Brussels next month for the circumnavigation, which is set to take her up to three months.

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Two-thirds of women in UK military report bullying and sexual abuse

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 13:01

Landmark parliamentary report features evidence of gang rape, sex for career advancement and trophies to ‘bag the woman’

Almost two-thirds of women in the armed forces have experienced bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination during their career, according to a parliamentary report that says the UK military is “failing to protect” female recruits.

Heralding its inquiry into the treatment of women in the armed forces as one of the most vital in its history, the defence subcommittee said 62% of the 4,106 veterans and current female personnel who gave testimony had either witnessed or received “unacceptable behaviour”.

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‘The law is cold. It doesn’t reflect the life lost’: mothers of murdered women tell their stories

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 01:39

Grieving parents of two young women killed by their ex-boyfriends launch a new film to step up their campaign for justice

A new campaign film keeps the pressure on the Ministry of Justice to change the minimum sentence for domestic murder. The Changes That We Can Make features Carole Gould and Julie Devey, two mothers who have been campaigning since February 2020 on behalf of their daughters, Ellie and Poppy.

Sixth-form student Ellie Gould, 17, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Thomas Griffiths, on 3 May 2019. Quantitative trading analyst Poppy Devey Waterhouse, 24, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Joe Atkinson, on 14 December 2018. Though these were frenzied attacks involving multiple injuries, and the killers tried to hide their crimes, the guidelines for murder sentencing meant that both received less than 20 years in prison. Atkinson got 16 years; Griffiths got 12 and a half years.

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Violence against Africa’s children is rising. It stains our collective conscience | Graça Machel

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 20:01

We must apply our own home-grown initiatives if we are to curb abuses of Africa’s most vulnerable

Of all the unspeakable injustices suffered by Africa’s children – and I’ve witnessed many – violence is surely the worst because it is almost entirely preventable. Africa’s children suffer many hardships, including poverty, hunger and disease. Violence against children is avoidable, yet young people in Africa, especially girls, continue to live with sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, forced labour, corporal punishment and countless other forms of abuse.

After decades spent trying to improve young people’s life chances, I had hoped to see at the very least a significant reduction in violence that threatens children. It is now 31 years since the adoption of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and we have seen some governments putting into place laws and policies aimed at ending violence against children. There have also been efforts, though insufficient, towards eradicating female genital mutilation and child marriage, which cause untold lifelong suffering.

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MPs to examine lack of support for working menopausal women

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 19:01

Cross-party inquiry will consider if anti-discrimination laws are needed to help women at peak of careers

A parliamentary inquiry into the workplace treatment of women going through the menopause will examine if legislation goes far enough to address discrimination.

An invisible cohort: why are workplaces failing women going through the menopause? is being launched by the Commons cross-party women and equalities committee, and will draw up recommendations with a view to shaping policies to address gender equality, it has been announced.

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