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Abused caregivers have double chance of poor health

05/23/2017

Women who become caregivers after experiencing intimate partner violence have twice the normal odds of experiencing depressive symptoms and stress and they also had worse physical health than other women.

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Having babies doesn’t make you fat

05/21/2017

“There is a long-held perception that having babies contributes to women’s weight gain leading to overweight and obesity." Researchers at the University of Canberra have found that pregnancy is not a trigger for significant weight gain in Australian women.

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Healthy habits during pregnancy not enough

04/17/2017

Changing diet and lifestyle during pregnancy is too little and too late to reduce the risk of major complications, according to a University of Queensland researcher. “The evidence overwhelmingly showed healthier pregnancies when women were able to make positive lifestyle changes before conception, such as eating well, being more active or quitting smoking,”.

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Even ‘healthy’ weight gain raises pregnancy diabetes risk

04/05/2017

Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes, even if their weight remains within the healthy body mass index (BMI) range.

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Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetes

03/15/2017

Older Australian women taking cholesterol-lowering statins face a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes. UQ School of Public Health researcher Dr Mark Jones said women over 75 faced a 33 per cent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins.

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Early periods associated with risk of gestational diabetes

03/06/2017

The age at which girls start menstruating could flag a later risk of diabetes during pregnancy. Research into this topic is of particular public health importance due to global trends of girls starting their menstrual cycles at a younger age.

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Women carers are more diverse than once thought

01/23/2014

Originally published on The University of Queensland website. A University of Queensland study has challenged perceptions about women providing care for disabled, ill or frail family members. The study examined the patterns of caring undertaken by more than 26,000 young and mid-age Australian women using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health. Study…

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