Heavy alcohol use alters brain functioning differently in young men and women


Scientists have found that brain functions in young men and women are changed by long-term alcohol use, but that these changes are significantly different in men and women. This indicates not only that young people might be at increased risk of long-term harm from alcohol use, but also that the risks are probably different in men and in women, with men possibly more at risk.

Gender gap in death from heart attack reduces particularly in younger women


The gender gap in death from heart attack has reduced over the past two decades particularly in younger women, according to research presented today at ESC Congress.1 The study in over 50 000 patients found that overall in-hospital mortality for heart attack patients was halved during the 20 year period.

Flame retardants and likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing fertility treatments


Women with higher urinary concentrations of a common type of flame retardant had reduced likelihood of clinical pregnancy and live birth than those with lower concentrations, according to researchers. The study is among the first to examine associations between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) — which are used in polyurethane foam in many products, including upholstered furniture, baby products, and gym mats — and reproductive outcomes in women.