Grooming Pubic Hair could Increase STI Risk

Those that groom their pubic hair have a higher self-reported history of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to researchers from California. The study examined the grooming practices of both men and women and found that those who groom (either by shaving, waxing, or cutting with scissors) had a higher incidence of contracting STI’s than those that do not. The association was stronger for … Continue reading Grooming Pubic Hair could Increase STI Risk

Vaginal Rings Prevent HIV Transmission

Vaginal rings help prevent HIV infection in African women, according to researchers. The ring was proven to be both safe and effective, providing extended protection against women who are at high-risk for contracting the disease. Results from the international collaboration, including scientists from the U.S., U.K., continental Europe, and Africa, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on December 1st 2016. About 36.9 million … Continue reading Vaginal Rings Prevent HIV Transmission

Gestational Diabetes Causes Earlier Onset of Puberty in Females

New research suggests that mothers with gestational diabetes might induce earlier onset of puberty in their female children. What is gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) prevalence is as high as 9.2% in the United States, a percentage that has increased significantly in recent decades1. A 2016 longitudinal study of obese women, women with GDM, and their daughters has shown that complications of GDM extend … Continue reading Gestational Diabetes Causes Earlier Onset of Puberty in Females

Is E-cigarette Smoking Dangerous?

E-cigarettes are touted as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco smoking, but evidence proving this claim are limited. What are E-Cigarettes? An E-cigarette is an umbrella term for several electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDs), which also include E-cigars, E-pens, and E-pipes. Since their introduction to the U.S. in 2007, ENDs have been promoted as healthier alternatives to standard cigarette smoking, which claim the lives of … Continue reading Is E-cigarette Smoking Dangerous?