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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. There is increasing knowledge of sex-specific differences in cardiovascular disease and recognition of sex disparities in management. In our study, we investigated whether a cardiovascular programme tailored t...

    Authors: Ting Ting Low, Siew Pang Chan, Shin Hnin Wai, Zhou Ang, Kyu Kyu, Kim Yee Lee, Anne Ching, Sarah Comer, Naomi Qiu Pin Tan, Elizabeth Grace Hui En Thong, Tracy Nang, Mohan Dutta and Carolyn S. P. Lam

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:56

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  2. Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Given the considerable negative impacts of intimate partner...

    Authors: Sheila Harvey, Shelley Lees, Gerry Mshana, Daniel Pilger, Christian Hansen, Saidi Kapiga and Charlotte Watts

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:55

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  3. Unintended pregnancy is a persistent and global issue with consequences for the health and well-being of mothers and babies. The aim of this paper is to examine unintended pregnancy over time in the context of...

    Authors: Stephanie Ann Grilo, Xiaoyu Song, Tom Lutalo, Margo Mullinax, Sanyukta Mathur and John Santelli

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:46

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  4. Poor quality maternity care may lead to increased maternal dissatisfaction, and subsequent decreased utilization of health services or both. In a responsive health system, determining suitable delivery care, i...

    Authors: Zack Ndirima, Florian Neuhann and Claudia Beiersmann

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:38

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  5. Little is known about the occurrence and health consequences of intimate partner sexual assault. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and correlates of sexual assault in the context of intimate p...

    Authors: Supa Pengpid, Karl Peltzer, Orapin Laosee and Kawinarat Suthisukon

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:37

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  6. Ethiopia is one of the sub-Saharan Africa countries with the highest maternal mortality. Maternal near-misses are more common than deaths and statistically stronger for a comprehensive analysis of the determin...

    Authors: Ewnetu Firdawek Liyew, Alemayehu Worku Yalew, Mesganaw Fantahun Afework and Birgitta Essén

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:28

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  7. There is dearth of research about female sexual dysfunction (FSD), especially in China, because of conservative beliefs. Previous studies indicated the relationship between subclinical hypothyroidism and anxie...

    Authors: Han Luo, Wanjun Zhao, Hongliu Yang, Qianqian Han, Li Zeng, Huairong Tang and Jingqiang Zhu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:26

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  8. Cervical cancer prevention using cervical cytology is insufficiently sensitive, a significant proportion of HPV-infected women having normal cytology.

    Authors: Antoine Adenis, Valentin Dufit, Maylis Douine, Jerome Ponty, Laure Bianco, Fatiha Najioullah, Odile Kilié, Dominique Catherine, Nadia Thomas, Jean Luc Deshayes, Paul Brousse, Gabriel Carles, Claire Grenier, Vincent Lacoste, Vincent Molinie, Raymond Cesaire…

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:25

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  9. Adolescent pregnancy is a public health concern worldwide. There are disparities in the occurrence of adolescence pregnancy in different social groups and settings; however, few studies have focused on the con...

    Authors: Hridaya Raj Devkota, Andrew Clarke, Shanti Shrish and Dharma Nanda Bhatta

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:23

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  10. Cervical cancer is a significant public health issue in Xinjiang China. In order to provide scientific basis for cervical cancer intervention in Xinjiang, women’s knowledge of cervical cancer was investigated ...

    Authors: Guzhalinuer Abulizi, Tangnuer Abulimiti, Hua Li, Guzhalinuer Abuduxikuer, Patiman Mijiti, Su-Qin Zhang, Ayinuer Maimaiti, Muyasier Tuergan, Ayiguli Simayi and Miherinisha Maimaiti

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:21

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  11. Few studies have been able to determine whether the likelihood of spousal violence is higher or lower among childless women compared with women who have children. This is because most studies linking childless...

    Authors: Bola Lukman Solanke, Adeleke Luqman Bisiriyu and Amos Oyedokun

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:20

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  12. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a major global public health concern and is a risk factor for adverse health outcomes. Early identification of GBV is crucial for improved health outcomes. Interactions with heal...

    Authors: Nishi Suryavanshi, Shilpa Naik, Smita Waghmare, Nikhil Gupte, Sameer Khan, Vidya Mave, Andrea Deluca, Amita Gupta, Jonathan Golub, Robert C. Bollinger and Anita Shankar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:19

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  13. Few studies on gynaecological problems of young females in Arab countries were published. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of dysmenorrhea and predictors of its pain among university stude...

    Authors: Heba A. Abu Helwa, Areen A. Mitaeb, Suha Al-Hamshri and Waleed M. Sweileh

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:18

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  14. Rubella primary infection during early stages of pregnancy is associated with high risk of congenital Rubella syndrome (CRS). Prevention of CRS in the resource-limited countries requires multiple strategies. H...

    Authors: Mariam M. Mirambo, Mtebe Majigo, Seth D. Scana, Martha F. Mushi, Said Aboud, Uwe Groß, Benson R. Kidenya and Stephen E. Mshana

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:3

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  15. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a member of the Papillomaviridae family. The prevalence of HPV genotypes may vary according to the region and the population studied. Quilombo communities are ethnic and racial group...

    Authors: Maria do Desterro Soares Brandão Nascimento, Flávia Castello Branco Vidal, Marcos Antonio Custódio Neto da Silva, José Eduardo Batista, Maria do Carmo Lacerda Barbosa, Walbert Edson Muniz Filho, Geusa Felipa de Barros Bezerra, Graça Maria de Castro Viana, Rebeca Costa Castelo Branco and Luciane Maria Oliveira Brito

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:1

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  16. Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) infection is the most prevalent non-viral sexually transmitted pathogen worldwide. Among pregnant women, the infection may cause adverse birth outcomes such ...

    Authors: Richard H. Asmah, Harriet N. A. Blankson, Kekeli A. Seanefu, Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, Georgina Awuah-Mensah, Momodou Cham and Patrick F. Ayeh-Kumi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:130

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  17. Cisplatin is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug classified as an alkylating agent. It is used for the treatment of a variety of cancers such as cervical, breast, stomach, prostate, bladder and oesophageal, to na...

    Authors: J. Paken, C. D. Govender and V. Sewram

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:129

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Female survivors of sexual violence in conflict experience not only physical and psychological sequelae from the event itself, but often many negative social outcomes, such as rejection and ostracisation from ...

    Authors: Jocelyn Kelly, Katherine Albutt, Justin Kabanga, Kimberley Anderson and Michael VanRooyen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:127

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  19. Middle-aged women experience various menopausal symptoms during the menopause. These symptoms can affect their quality of life and health. Several epidemiological studies reported that obesity associates with ...

    Authors: Seul Koo, Younjhin Ahn, Joong-Yeon Lim, Juhee Cho and Hyun-Young Park

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:126

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  20. Although Indonesia has relatively high contraceptive prevalence, postpartum family planning (PP-FP) has not been a particular point of emphasis. This article reports the results of analyses undertaken in order...

    Authors: Siswanto Agus Wilopo, Althaf Setyawan, Anggriyani Wahyu Pinandari, Titut Prihyugiarto, Flourisa Juliaan and Robert J. Magnani

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:120

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  21. Female sterilisation is usually performed on an elective basis at perceived family completion, however, around 1–3% of women who have undergone sterilisation elect to undergo sterilisation reversal (SR) at a l...

    Authors: Khadra A. Jama-Alol, Alexandra P. Bremner, Gavin Pereira, Louise M. Stewart, Eva Malacova, Rachael Moorin and David B. Preen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:117

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  22. 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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  23. Indonesia has a considerably high incidence of maternal and infant mortality. The country has however been experiencing a social and economic transition, influencing its general population demographics and nut...

    Authors: Hora Soltani, Nur I. Lipoeto, Frankie J. Fair, Karen Kilner and Y. Yusrawati

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:102

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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

  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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