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Highly Active Women Gain Less Weight than Men

People will gain significantly less weight by middle age – especially women – if they engage in moderate to vigorous activity nearly every day of the week starting as young adults, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.

Women particularly benefitted from high activity over 20 years, gaining an average of 13 pounds less than those with low activity; while men with high activity gained about 6 pounds less than their low-activity peers. High activity included recreational exercise such as basketball, running, brisk walking or an exercise class or daily activities such as housework or construction work.

Study Shows Gender Difference in Sleep Interruptions

Working mothers are two-and-a-half times as likely as working fathers to interrupt their sleep to take care of others.

That is the finding of a University of Michigan study providing the first known nationally representative data documenting substantial gender differences in getting up at night, mainly with babies and small children. And women are not only more likely to get up at night to care for others, their sleep interruptions last longer—an average of 44 minutes for women, compared to about 30 minutes for men.

U.S. Not Meeting Key Women’s Health Goals

10-Year State-by-State Report Card in Women’s Health

  • Good: Less Cigarette Smoking, More Colorectal Cancer Screening

  • Bad: Fewer Pap Tests, More Chlamydia, More Binge Drinking

The United States has failed to meet most goals for women’s health — largely federal objectives drawn from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 agenda — according to a report released today on the status of women’s health by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Free Information on Anxiety Disorders

The holiday season is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends but it can be stressful, especially if you have an anxiety disorder.   The latest e-newsletter from the Institute for Women’s Health Research focuses on the most common anxiety disorders, especially in women.  Click HERE to view our December e-newsletter.

Young Women with Ovarian Insufficiency at Risk for Depression

Young women with the menopause-like condition, primary ovarian insufficiency, are much more likely than other women to experience depression at some point during their lives, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health. The finding suggests that all women diagnosed with the condition should be evaluated for depression.

Depression is a serious medical illness affecting the brain which involves more than feeling blue or sad for a few days. Symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness, difficulty sleeping or over sleeping, energy loss, and feelings of worthlessness.