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  1. The impact of COPD on patient’s quality of life is well established, but gender differences have received little attention.

    Authors: Chantal Raherison, Isabelle Tillie-Leblond, Anne Prudhomme, Camille Taillé, Elisabeth Biron, Cecilia Nocent-Ejnaini, Benigne Mathieu and Juliette Ostinelli

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:31

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The current conflict in Syria continues to displace thousands to neighboring countries, including Lebanon. Information is needed to provide adequate health and related services particularly to women in this di...

    Authors: Amelia Reese Masterson, Jinan Usta, Jhumka Gupta and Adrienne S Ettinger

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:25

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nevertheless, the level of women’s awareness about cervical cancer is unknown. Knowledge, attitude and practice (...

    Authors: Catherine Ali-Risasi, Paul Mulumba, Kristien Verdonck, Davy Vanden Broeck and Marleen Praet

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:30

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths among women in Nepal. The long symptom to diagnosis interval means that women have advanced disease at presentation. The aim of this study was to i...

    Authors: Deepak Gyenwali, Gita Khanal, Rajan Paudel, Archana Amatya, Jitendra Pariyar and Sharad Raj Onta

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:29

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Women can choose from a range of contraceptive methods that differ in important ways. Inadequate decision support may lead them to select a method that poorly fits their circumstances, leading to dissatisfacti...

    Authors: Kirk D Wyatt, Ryan T Anderson, Douglas Creedon, Victor M Montori, John Bachman, Patricia Erwin and Annie LeBlanc

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:28

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Population-based breast cancer screening programs were implemented to reduce breast cancer mortality and to improve recovery chances. Breast cancer screening participation among migrant women differs from that...

    Authors: Eva-Maria Berens, Lisa Stahl, Yüce Yilmaz-Aslan, Odile Sauzet, Jacob Spallek and Oliver Razum

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:24

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Primary care physicians are frequently faced with the challenge of evaluating primary amenorrhea in adolescent girls. Approximately 15% of these women have abnormal genital examination, with Müllerian agenesis...

    Authors: Flora Bacopoulou, George Creatsas, George P Chrousos, Nikoleta Papanikolaou and Efthimios Deligeoroglou

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:23

    Content type: Case report

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  8. Low-income urban working mothers face many challenges in their domestic, environmental, and working conditions that may affect their mental health. In India, a high prevalence of mental health disorders has be...

    Authors: Sandra Mary Travasso, Divya Rajaraman and Sally Jody Heymann

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:22

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Vocal local (VL) is a non-pharmacological pain management technique for gynecological procedures. In Africa, it is usually used in combination with pharmacological analgesics. However, analgesics are associate...

    Authors: Sarah C Keogh, Kenzo Fry, Edwin Mbugua, Mark Ayallo, Heidi Quinn, George Otieno and Thoai D Ngo

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:21

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Although uterine prolapse (UP) occurs commonly in Nepal, little is known about the physical health and care-seeking practices of women with UP. This study aimed to explore women’s experiences of UP and its eff...

    Authors: Binjwala Shrestha, Sharad Onta, Bishnu Choulagai, Amod Poudyal, Durga Prasad Pahari, Aruna Uprety, Max Petzold and Alexandra Krettek

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:20

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Postnatal care is essential to save the life of the mother and newborn. Knowledge on the determinants of postnatal care assists the policy makers to design, justify and implement appropriate interventions. The...

    Authors: Vishnu Khanal, Mandira Adhikari, Rajendra Karkee and Tania Gavidia

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:19

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The health of females is more at risk during disasters. Studies that focus on the comparison of males and time span are few. This article focuses on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of female victims...

    Authors: Ying Liang and Runxia Cao

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:18

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Reproductive events may affect the onset of chronic diseases. We examined the possible association between reproductive parameters and intima media thickness (IMT) or carotid plaques in the common carotid arte...

    Authors: Doris Stöckl, Annette Peters, Barbara Thorand, Margit Heier, Wolfgang Koenig, Jochen Seissler, Joachim Thiery, Wolfgang Rathmann and Christa Meisinger

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:17

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Microscopic colitis (MC) induces gastrointestinal symptoms, which are partly overlapping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), predominately in middle-aged and elderly women. The etiology is unknown, but associ...

    Authors: Bodil Roth, Rita J Gustafsson, Bengt Jeppsson, Jonas Manjer and Bodil Ohlsson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:16

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Sexual violence is considered a serious violation of human rights which affects mainly young women and adolescents. There is little information about the conditions under which sexual offences occur. We evalua...

    Authors: Márcia de Toledo Blake, Jefferson Drezett, Maria Auxiliadora Vertamatti, Fernando Adami, Vitor E Valenti, Adriana Costa Paiva, Joseval Martins Viana, Daniela Pedroso and Luiz Carlos de Abreu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:15

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Little is known as to the extent gastrointestinal (GI) complaints are reported by women around menses. We aimed to describe GI symptoms that occurred premenstrually and during menses in healthy women, and to s...

    Authors: Matthew T Bernstein, Lesley A Graff, Lisa Avery, Carrie Palatnick, Katie Parnerowski and Laura E Targownik

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:14

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Many women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. In developing countries particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, where access to emergency obstetrical care is often limited, obstetri...

    Authors: Yitayih Wondimeneh, Dagnachew Muluye, Abebe Alemu, Asmamaw Atinafu, Gashaw Yitayew, Teklay Gebrecherkos, Agersew Alemu, Demekech Damtie and Getachew Ferede

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:12

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Understanding women’s perspectives of female genital cutting is particularly critical for understanding the roots of the problem and enhancing effectiveness of any prevention program. Very limited research has...

    Authors: Nazar P Shabila, Abubakir M Saleh and Rojan K Jawad

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:11

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The editors of BMC Women’s Health would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 13 (2013).

    Authors: Peter O'Donovan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:9

    Content type: Reviewer acknowledgement

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  20. Hysterectomy prevalence has been shown to vary by education level. Hysterectomy influences age at amenorrhoea. The aim of this study was to examine these associations in Germany within population-based data sets.

    Authors: Andreas Stang, Alexander Kluttig, Susanne Moebus, Henry Völzke, Klaus Berger, Karin Halina Greiser, Doris Stöckl, Karl-Heinz Jöckel and Christa Meisinger

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:10

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The association between student characteristics and depression among students attending women’s colleges (single-sex institutions of higher education that exclude or limit males from admission) is poorly under...

    Authors: Katherine T Wilson, Ashley E Bohnert, Alex Ambrose, Destiny Y Davis, Dina M Jones and Matthew J Magee

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:8

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Chinese menopausal women comprise a large population and the women in it experience menopausal symptoms in many different ways. Their health related quality of life (HRQOL) is not particularly well studied. Ou...

    Authors: Kuo Liu, Liu He, Xun Tang, Jinwei Wang, Na Li, Yiqun Wu, Roger Marshall, Jingrong Li, Zongxin Zhang, Jianjiang Liu, Haitao Xu, Liping Yu and Yonghua Hu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:7

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Intimate partner violence (IPV) related injuries have been recognized among health care professionals. However, few studies have provided detailed information on injuries to the head, neck and face regions in ...

    Authors: Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, Anna Wai-Man Choi, Daniel Yee-Tak Fong, John Kit-Shing Wong, Chu-Leung Lau and Chak-Wah Kam

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:6

    Content type: Research article

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  24. In light of the recent debate on the use of financial incentives to promote long-acting contraception and sterilisation among women who use illicit drugs we discuss attitudes to contraception, pregnancy and pa...

    Authors: Anna Olsen, Cathy Banwell and Annie Madden

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:5

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Transient exposures may influence fertility and early embryonic development. To assess the time of conception in vivo and conduct concurrent biomonitoring, ovulation must be identified prospectively. We report on...

    Authors: Christina A Porucznik, Kyley J Cox, Karen C Schliep and Joseph B Stanford

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:4

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Solitary fibrous tumour of the uterine cervix is an extremely rare phenomenon. We present a case of the largest cervical tumour of this type in this anatomical location reported so far.

    Authors: Andrzej Nowakowski, Wojciech Kozłowski, Dariusz Włodarczyk, Marta Szajnik-Szczepański and Włodzimierz Baranowski

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2014 14:3

    Content type: Case report

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  27. The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence and risk factors for intergenerational (IG)-sex in females aged 15–19 residing in Barbados.

    Authors: Nicole Drakes, Clarissa Perks, Alok Kumar, Kim Quimby, Colin Clarke, Rajul Patel, Ian R Hambleton and R Clive Landis

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:53

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Induced abortion is a common medical intervention. Whether psychological sequelae might follow induced abortion has long been a subject of concern among researchers and little is known about the relationship b...

    Authors: Inger Wallin Lundell, Susanne Georgsson Öhman, Örjan Frans, Lotti Helström, Ulf Högberg, Sigrid Nyberg, Inger Sundström Poromaa, Gunilla Sydsjö, Ingrid Östlund and Agneta Skoog Svanberg

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:52

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common, chronic condition which affects women living with the condition both physically and psychologically. Social support may be beneficial to sufferers in coping with chronic ...

    Authors: Sarah Holbrey and Neil S Coulson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:51

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Migraine, a common chronic-intermittent disorder among reproductive age women, has emerged as a novel risk factor for adverse perinatal outcomes. Diagnostic reliability of self-report of physician-diagnosed mi...

    Authors: Chunfang Qiu, Michelle A Williams, Sheena K Aurora, B Lee Peterlin, Bizu Gelaye, Ihunnaya O Frederick and Daniel A Enquobahrie

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:50

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Despite rising breast cancer incidence and mortality rates, breast cancer screening (BCS) rates among women in Qatar remain low. Previous studies indicate the need to better understand the many complex beliefs...

    Authors: Tam Truong Donnelly, Al-Hareth Al Khater, Salha Bujassoum Al-Bader, Mohamed Ghaith Al Kuwari, Nabila Al-Meer, Mariam Malik, Rajvir Singh, Sofia Chaudhry and Tak Fung

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:49

    Content type: Research article

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  32. There are few studies reporting mortality of women of reproductive age (WRA) in developing countries. The trend and patterns of their mortality may be important for documenting the health status of the populat...

    Authors: Maram Mane, Ane B Fisker, Henrik Ravn, Peter Aaby and Amabelia Rodrigues

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:48

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The menopause is associated with a tendency to gain weight. Several alterations in fat deposits occur, leading to changes in the distribution of body fat. There are strong indications that, in middle age, obes...

    Authors: Angela A F Gravena, Sheila C R Brischiliari, Tiara C R Lopes, Cátia M D Agnolo, Maria D B Carvalho and Sandra M Pelloso

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:46

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Some young women experience delays in diagnosis of cervical cancer, but little research about ways of studying these delays has been published. A major challenge is that gynaecological symptoms are common in y...

    Authors: Anita WW Lim, Lindsay JL Forbes, Adam N Rosenthal, Kantipati S Raju and Amanda-Jane Ramirez

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:45

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Little research on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and social perceptions toward this behavior has been disseminated from Eastern Europe. This study explores the prevalence and risk factors of IPV and the just...

    Authors: Eve Waltermaurer, Maia Butsashvili, Nata Avaliani, Steve Samuels and Louise-Anne McNutt

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:44

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Endometriosis is a common condition which causes pain and reduced fertility. Treatment can be difficult, especially for severe disease, and an accurate preoperative assessment would greatly help in the managme...

    Authors: Tom K Holland, Alfred Cutner, Ertan Saridogan, Dimitrios Mavrelos, Kate Pateman and Davor Jurkovic

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:43

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Clomiphene citrate (CC) is first line treatment in women with World Health Organization (WHO) type II anovulation and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Whereas 60% to 85% of these women will ovulate on CC, onl...

    Authors: Marleen J Nahuis, Nienke S Weiss, Fulco van der Veen, Ben Willem J Mol, Peter G Hompes, Jur Oosterhuis, Nils B Lambalk, Jesper MJ Smeenk, Carolien AM Koks, Ron JT van Golde, Joop SE Laven, Ben J Cohlen, Kathrin Fleischer, Angelique J Goverde, Marie H Gerards, Nicole F Klijn…

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:42

    Content type: Study protocol

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  38. Breast cancer is the most common malignancy afflicting women, and the most common cancer overall in Jordan. A woman’s decision to go for screening is influenced by her social support network. This study aims t...

    Authors: Hana Taha, Raeda Al-Qutob, Lennarth Nyström, Rolf Wahlström and Vanja Berggren

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:41

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Approximately 1% of all couples trying to conceive will suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). Nutritional deficiencies have been postulated as a possible cause of RPL and in particular, selenium deficien...

    Authors: Viju V Thomas, Robert Knight, Stephen J Haswell, Stephen W Lindow and Zephne M van der Spuy

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:40

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The effect of commonly used oral contraceptives (OCs) on blood pressure is still unclear. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between OCs use and blood pressure and the prevalence of hyperten...

    Authors: Hyejin Park and Kisok Kim

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:39

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Understanding contraception from the perspective of the user may help to improve compliance. The aim of this project was to determine the factors that influence the noncompliance in young women that use combin...

    Authors: Txantón Martínez-Astorquiza-Ortiz de Zarate, Teresa Díaz-Martín and Txantón Martínez-Astorquiza-Corral

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:38

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Violence against women is a worldwide problem and serious human rights abuse that occurs among all social, cultural, economic and religious groups. There is a paucity of research on intimate partner violence a...

    Authors: Hazha H Al-Atrushi, Namir G Al-Tawil, Nazar P Shabila and Tariq S Al-Hadithi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:37

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Past studies of relationships between alcohol and hip fracture have generally focused on total alcohol consumed and not type of alcohol. Different types of alcohol consist of varying components which may affec...

    Authors: Jessica T Kubo, Marcia L Stefanick, John Robbins, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Mark R Cullen, Matthew Freiberg and Manisha Desai

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:36

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Many medical situations necessitate a stressful period of waiting for potentially threatening test results. The medical waiting period is often associated with negative anticipatory anxiety and rumination abou...

    Authors: Henrietta DL Ockhuijsen, Agnes van den Hoogen, Nickolas S Macklon and Jacky Boivin

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2013 13:35

    Content type: Study protocol

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