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Women's public health issues

This section considers studies regarding issues women face in the developed and the developing world, including violence, conflict, poverty, discrimination, and other social, psychological, and biological factors.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Although a large body of studies documents that women’s autonomy in the household is associated with better reproductive health outcomes, these studies typically examined autonomy only from women’s point of vi...

    Authors: Jalal Uddin, Muhammad Zakir Hossin and Mohammad Habibullah Pulok

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:107

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    There is a global increase in migrant workers. In Singapore, there are over 230,000 migrant domestic workers (MDWs). Female MDWs may experience high levels of stress and social isolation, which may negatively ...

    Authors: S. G. Anjara, L. B. Nellums, C. Bonetto and T. Van Bortel

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:98

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    Cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death among women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2010. Heart attacks usually happen in older women thus symptoms of heart disease may be masked by symptoms...

    Authors: Sarah Khan and Syed Adnan Ali

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:88

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    HIV persists as a public health emergency in South Africa, especially among women of childbearing age. In response to the HIV epidemic, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has put forth the 90–90-90...

    Authors: Wendee M. Wechsberg, Jacqueline W. Ndirangu, Ilene S. Speizer, William A. Zule, Winnifred Gumula, Courtney Peasant, Felicia A. Browne and Laura Dunlap

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:85

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    Indigenous women in Canada have been hyper-visible in research, policy and intervention related to substance use during pregnancy; however, little is known about how the social determinants of health and subst...

    Authors: Sana Z. Shahram, Joan L. Bottorff, Nelly D. Oelke, Leanne Dahlgren, Victoria Thomas and Patricia M. Spittal

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:84

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Women's Health 2017 17:122

  6. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of osteoporosis associated with the aging process is anticipated to increase along with the rising aging population. Periodontitis that the most common chronic infections of humankind is conside...

    Authors: Jung-Kyu Choi, Young-Taek Kim, Hye-In Kweon, Eun-Cheol Park, Seong-Ho Choi and Jae-Hong Lee

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:77

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Drugs are the most important treatment option for most diseases, and the majority of medical consultations result in a prescription. Women and men receive different drug prescriptions and differ in therapeutic...

    Authors: Daria Putignano, Dario Bruzzese, Valentina Orlando, Denise Fiorentino, Alessia Tettamanti and Enrica Menditto

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:73

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The benefits of physical activity are well established, yet large numbers of people are not sufficiently active to gain health benefits. Certain population groups are less physically active than others, includ...

    Authors: Gemma C. Ryde, Trish Gorely, Ruth Jepson, Cindy Gray, Ashley Shepherd, Dionne Mackison, Aileen V. Ireland, Brian Williams, Marion E. T. McMurdo and Josie M. M. Evans

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:57

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and is being explored for HIV prevention in Papua New Guinea (PNG). PNG has a concentrated HIV epidemic w...

    Authors: Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Jane Mills, Rachael Tommbe, David MacLaren, Rick Speare and William J. H. McBride

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:53

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Medical devices (MDs) in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are not a well-known source of exposure to plasticizers, in particular during pregnancy. Because of its toxicity, the di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) has be...

    Authors: Cécile Marie, Sebti Hamlaoui, Lise Bernard, Daniel Bourdeaux, Valérie Sautou, Didier Lémery, Françoise Vendittelli and Marie-Pierre Sauvant-Rochat

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:45

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS) in Asia and the Middle-East contribute significantly to global maternal and neonatal deaths. This systematic review explored maternal and neonatal health (MNH) se...

    Authors: Saji S. Gopalan, Ashis Das and Natasha Howard

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:20

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Considering the inequalities and the areas of low socioeconomic status in Brazil, access to health services is a challenge and the delay between diagnosis and treatment represents an important factor of worse ...

    Authors: Naidhia Alves Soares Ferreira, Sionara Melo Figueiredo de Carvalho, Vitor Engrácia Valenti, Italla Maria Pinheiro Bezerra, Hermes Melo Teixeira Batista, Luiz Carlos de Abreu, Leandro Luongo Matos and Fernando Adami

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:13

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Menopause is the onset of aging in women. During this process, some women experience physical changes that may impact upon their psychological and social status, also affecting their quality of life. Furthermo...

    Authors: Martha A. Sánchez-Rodríguez, Lizett Castrejón-Delgado, Mariano Zacarías-Flores, Alicia Arronte-Rosales and Víctor Manuel Mendoza-Núñez

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:1

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Cardiovascular diseases were the leading cause of death in women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2010. The UAE is expected to experience a tripling of heart diseases in the next two decades as risk factor...

    Authors: Sarah Khan, Ayesha Khoory, Dhabia Al Zaffin and Meera Al Suwaidi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:71

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Contraception helps to prevent unplanned pregnancies among human immune virus positive women. The contraceptive utilization status and associated factors were not well addressed in the study area. Therefore, t...

    Authors: Mulugeta Dile Worke, Lealem Meseret Bezabih and Mulat Adefris Woldetasdik

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:67

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Menarche is a milestone for adolescent girls. The timing of menarche is influenced by genetics, social status and nutritional status (e.g., height, weight and body mass index [BMI]) and impacts future health (...

    Authors: Zhenjie Wang, Shaonong Dang, Yuan Xing, Qiang Li and Hong Yan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:61

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Early childbearing influences women’s health. This study aims to examine the effects of socio-demographic factors on nutritional status of early childbearing mothers in Bangladesh based on Body Mass Index (BMI...

    Authors: Ashraful Islam, Nurul Islam, Premananda Bharati, Saw Aik and Golam Hossain

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:58

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Unintended pregnancy is among the major public health problems that predispose women to maternal death and illness mainly through unsafe abortion and poor maternity care. The level of unintended pregnancy is h...

    Authors: Faiza Mohammed, Abdulbasit Musa and Abdella Amano

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:56

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  19. Content type: Research article

    By focusing upon formal sex education programmes, the Mozambican government has significantly enhanced the general health of adolescents and young adults. However, when it comes to contraception, little is kno...

    Authors: Rehana Capurchande, Gily Coene, Ingrid Schockaert, Manuel Macia and Herman Meulemans

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:48

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Female genital mutilation is currently a public health problem which needs investigation and immediate action. Ethiopia is the second-ranked African country in terms of having higher numbers of circumcised gir...

    Authors: Mulugeta Gajaa, Negash Wakgari, Yigzaw Kebede and Lemma Derseh

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:42

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Attention to prenatal care and child delivery is important for the health of women and children, but in the Amazon these indicators tend to be historically unfavorable, in part by geographical and political is...

    Authors: Andréia S. Guimarães, Saulo A. S. Mantovani, Humberto Oliart-Guzmán, Antonio C. Martins, José Alcântara Filgueira-Júnior, Ana Paula Santos, Athos Muniz Braña, Fernando Luís Cunha Castelo Branco, Thasciany Moraes Pereira, Breno Matos Delfino, Alanderson A. Ramalho, Cristieli S. M. Oliveira, Thiago S. Araújo, Carlos Hermogenes Manrique de Lara Estrada, Nancy Arróspide, Pascoal T. Muniz…

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:37

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is pathology in the gluteus medius and minimus tendons and trochanteric bursa that causes debilitating tendon pain and dysfunction, particularly in post-menopausal wom...

    Authors: Charlotte Ganderton, Adam Semciw, Jill Cook and Tania Pizzari

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:32

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge of danger signs of obstetric complications is first step in the appropriate and timely referral to essential obstetric care. Although women’s knowledge about the obstetric danger signs is important f...

    Authors: Nebiyu Maseresha, Kifle Woldemichael and Lamessa Dube

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:30

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Women in developing countries might experience certain barriers to care more frequently than men. We aimed to describe barriers to essential surgical care that women face in five communities in Ghana.

    Authors: Adam Gyedu, Francis Abantanga, Godfred Boakye, Shailvi Gupta, Easmon Otupiri, Anita Eseenam Agbeko, Adam Kushner and Barclay Stewart

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:27

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  25. Content type: Research article

    It is well documented that the mucosal linings of the female genital tract (FGT) usually provides a robust barrier that protects against sexually acquired infections. However, to the best of our knowledge ther...

    Authors: Nathlee Samantha Abbai, Handan Wand and Gita Ramjee

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:19

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Women’s use of family planning service is influenced by many factors, especially by their decision making power. A woman’s decision-making power, be it individual or decision made in collaboration with a partn...

    Authors: Abeba Daniel Belay, Zelalem Birhanu Mengesha, Manay Kifle Woldegebriel and Yalemzewod Assefa Gelaw

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:12

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Anemia is recognized as a major public health problem that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations. Indigenous women of reproductive age in Brazil are thought to be at high risk, but lack of nationwi...

    Authors: Maria Carolina Borges, Romina Buffarini, Ricardo V. Santos, Andrey M. Cardoso, James R. Welch, Luiza Garnelo, Carlos E. A. Coimbra Jr. and Bernardo L. Horta

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:7

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) has serious consequences for the physical, psychological, and reproductive and sexual health of women. However, the factors that make women to justify domestic violence against ...

    Authors: David Teye Doku and Kwaku Oppong Asante

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:120

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Gender differences between patients and doctors markedly influence the quality of communication in treatment processes. Previous studies have shown that communication between patients and doctors of the same g...

    Authors: Judy Yuen-man Siu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:44

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Vertebral Fractures (VFs) are associated with bone loss that occurs before menopause but is accelerated at menopause as a result of sex hormone deficiency.

    Authors: Aissam El maataoui, Abdellah El Maghraoui, Asmae Biaz, Samira Idrissi Elmachtani, Abdellah Dami, Sanae Bouhsain, Aziza Mounach, Layachi Chabraoui and Zohra Ouzzif

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:41

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The feminisation of ageing and increasing number of widowed women in contemporary society has significant implications. Older women are at risk of poor health, social, and economic outcomes upon widowhood. The...

    Authors: Michelle DiGiacomo, Joanne Lewis, Jane Phillips, Marie Nolan and Patricia M Davidson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:36

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Globally, 25% of children aged 0 to 4 years and more than 10% of women aged 15 to 49 years suffer from malnutrition. A range of interventions, promising for improving maternal and child nutrition, may also imp...

    Authors: Nafisa Halim, Kathryn Spielman and Bruce Larson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:33

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Age at menarche (AAM) and age at natural menopause (AANM) have been shown intimately associated with woman’s health later in life. Previous studies have indicated that AAM and AANM are highly heritable. RANKL/...

    Authors: Peng Duan, Zhi-Ming Wang, Jiang Liu, Li-Na Wang, Zhi Yang and Ping Tu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:32

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of genito-anal injuries in rape survivors varies significantly and the factors associated with the absence of injuries are not well understood. This plays a major role in the conviction of cases...

    Authors: Ruxana Jina, Rachel Jewkes, Lisa Vetten, Nicola Christofides, Romi Sigsworth and Lizle Loots

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:29

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Experiences of forced sex have been shown to be prevalent in Southern Africa. Negative outcomes of forced sex have been documented in general populations of women and men and include alcohol abuse, drug use, m...

    Authors: Theo Sandfort, M Somjen Frazer, Zethu Matebeni, Vasu Reddy and Ian Southey-Swartz

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:22

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Addressing family planning in the postpartum period is crucial for better maternal, neonatal and child survival because it enables women to achieve healthy interval between births. The contraceptive behavior o...

    Authors: Yeshewas Abera, Zelalem Birhanu Mengesha and Gizachew Assefa Tessema

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:19

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Many Americans diagnosed with colon cancer do not receive indicated chemotherapy. Certain unmarried women may be particularly disadvantaged. A 3-way interaction of the multiplicative disadvantages of being an ...

    Authors: Naomi R Levitz, Sundus Haji-Jama, Tonya Munro, Kevin M Gorey, Isaac N Luginaah, Emma Bartfay, Guangyong Zou, Frances C Wright, Sindu M Kanjeekal, Caroline Hamm, Madhan K Balagurusamy and Eric J Holowaty

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:8

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide heterosexual sex is the most common mode of HIV transmission, with the marital heterosexual route becoming a major contributor in sub-Sahara Africa. This study examined the role of inappropriate HIV ...

    Authors: Daniel Adebode Adekanle, Samuel Anu Olowookere, Ayobami David Adewole, Najemdeen Ajao Adeleke, Emmanuel Akintunde Abioye-Kuteyi and Macellina Yinyinade Ijadunola

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:6

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Eliminating family planning (FP) unmet need among HIV-infected individuals (PLHIV) is critical to elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission. We assessed FP unmet need among PLHIV attending two clinics wi...

    Authors: Rhoda K Wanyenze, Joseph KB Matovu, Moses R Kamya, Nazarius M Tumwesigye, Maria Nannyonga and Glenn J Wagner

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:5

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  40. Content type: Research article

    On December 16, 2012 a 23 year old female was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi. We systematically reviewed professional online media sources used to inform the timing, breadth of coverage, opinions and consistency...

    Authors: Mark Phillips, Fargol Mostofian, Rajeev Jetly, Nazar Puthukudy, Kim Madden and Mohit Bhandari

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:3

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  41. Content type: Research article

    HIV related stigma is a recognized barrier to early detection of HIV and causes great suffering for those affected. However, data regarding HIV related stigma among female sex workers (FSW) in China was limite...

    Authors: Ying Yang, Jun Wang, Feifei Lin, Tao Zhang, Feng Yu, Yanping Zhao and Tiejun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:2

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