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  1. Secondary lymphedema is common in women treated for breast cancer. It may be a result of surgery or radiotherapy. Edema commonly affects the arm, leading to discomfort, reduced arm movements, pain and diminish...

    Authors: Ganeswara Rao Melam, Syamala Buragadda, Adel A. Alhusaini and Nisha Arora
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:23
  2. Breast cancer can be perceived as a traumatic event with disturbing effects on psychological domains such as depression, anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In contrast, growing evidence has shown that...

    Authors: Catarina Ramos, Isabel Leal and Richard G. Tedeschi
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:22
  3. 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
  4. Ultrasonography has been extensively used in women suspected of having a gynecological malignancy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of 3D ultrasonography and power Doppler for discrimination b...

    Authors: Mohamed El-Sharkawy, Akmal El-Mazny, Wafaa Ramadan, Dina Hatem, Aly Abdel-Hafiz, Mohamed Hammam and Adel Nada
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:18
  5. Several studies of smoking cessation programs in clinical settings have revealed poorer outcomes for women compared to men, including counselling alone or in combination with pharmacotherapy. The objective of ...

    Authors: Nadia Minian, Jessica Penner, Sabrina Voci and Peter Selby
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:17
  6. Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is the most common form of violence that harms the health of women and the fetus but practiced commonly in developing countries. There is scarcity of information rega...

    Authors: Bedilu Abebe Abate, Bitiya Admassu Wossen and Tizta Tilahun Degfie
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:16
  7. This study assessed the perceived benefits and barriers to exercise participation in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and monitored changes in response to a lifestyle intervention.

    Authors: Rebecca L. Thomson, Jonathan D. Buckley and Grant D. Brinkworth
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:14
  8. 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
  9. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an urgent public health priority. It is a neglected issue in women’s health, especially in urban slums in Nepal and globally. This study was designed to better understand the...

    Authors: Keshab Deuba, Anustha Mainali, Helle M. Alvesson and Deepak K. Karki
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:11
  10. Mammographic breast density is a useful marker for breast cancer risk, as breast density is considered one of the strongest breast cancer risk factors. The study objective was to evaluate and compare mammograp...

    Authors: Meggiorini Maria Letizia, Vestri Anna Rita, De Stefano Maria Grazia, Cipolla Valentina, Bellati Filippo, Maffucci Diana, Nusiner Maria Paola, Aragona Cesare and De Felice Carlo
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:8
  11. 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
  12. In Uganda, the risk of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions remains high due to relatively low contraceptive use. There is paucity of data on knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and practices towards mode...

    Authors: Henry Nsubuga, Juliet N. Sekandi, Hassard Sempeera and Fredrick E. Makumbi
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:6
  13. About two thirds of patients with cervical cancer in Tanzania present with advanced tumor stage, leading to significant morbidity and mortality. We designed a study to determine the factors associated with the...

    Authors: Ramadhani Mlange, Dismas Matovelo, Peter Rambau and Benson Kidenya
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:5
  14. With the unacceptably high level of unmet need for family planning in Sub-Saharan Africa, reducing unmet need is paramount in the fight against the high levels of induced abortions, maternal and neonatal morbi...

    Authors: Atem Bethel Ajong, Philip Nana Njotang, Martin Ndinakie Yakum, Marie José Essi, Felix Essiben, Filbert Eko Eko, Bruno Kenfack and Enow Robinson Mbu
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:4
  15. There are a lot of different causes of abdominal pain; in this case, a young woman suffers from three diseases with similar symptoms. Adult intestinal mal-rotation is a rare condition of deviation from the nor...

    Authors: Alessia Cusimano, Ahmed Mohammed Alaaeldien Beniamin Abdelghany and Andrea Donadini
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:3
  16. Poor access and low contraceptive prevalence are common to many Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Unmet need for family planning (FP), defined as the proportion of women wishing to limit or postpone ch...

    Authors: Joseph K. Wulifan, Stephan Brenner, Albrecht Jahn and Manuela De Allegri
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:2
  17. Gout is more common in men, and is often perceived by both patients and health practitioners to be a disorder of men, but its prevalence in women is increasing. Little is known about women’s experience of gout...

    Authors: Jane C. Richardson, Jennifer Liddle, Christian D. Mallen, Edward Roddy, Suman Prinjha, Sue Ziebland and Samantha Hider
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:122
  18. 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
  19. The perinatal period has been identified as a period of vulnerability for various disorders (particularly anxiety and depressive disorders), which have been associated with negative outcomes for both mother an...

    Authors: Vathsala Sagayadevan, Siau Pheng Lee, Edimansyah Abdin, Janhavi Vaingankar, Helen Chen, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:119
  20. Palpable breast lump, breast pain, and nipple discharge are common symptoms of breast disease. Breast cytology (fine-needle aspiration, nipple discharge smear, and touch preparation) accurately identifies beni...

    Authors: Ken Munene Nkonge, Emily Adhiambo Rogena, Edwin Owino Walong and Dennis Karani Nkonge
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:118
  21. Studies exploring the knowledge, attitude and patterns of OCs use among women in Jordan are lacking. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge, attitude, and patterns of oral contraceptives (OCs) utilizati...

    Authors: Sanaa K. Bardaweel, Amal A. Akour and Maria-Vanessa Z. Kilani
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:117
  22. This multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was performed to determine whether the use of oral probiotic preparation (prOVag®) containing three Lactobacillus strains together with standar...

    Authors: Piotr B. Heczko, Anna Tomusiak, Paweł Adamski, Artur J. Jakimiuk, Grzegorz Stefański, Aleksandra Mikołajczyk-Cichońska, Magdalena Suda-Szczurek and Magdalena Strus
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:115
  23. Early detection of loco-regional breast cancer recurrence improves patients’ overall survival, as treatment can be initiated or active treatment can be changed. If a suspicious lymph node is diagnosed during a...

    Authors: Matthias Hammon, Peter Dankerl, Rolf Janka, David L. Wachter, Arndt Hartmann, Rüdiger Schulz-Wendtland, Michael Uder and Evelyn Wenkel
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:114
  24. Adding testosterone to hormonal therapy could improve sexual function and general well-being among women during climacteric. We evaluated the effectiveness of testosterone undecanoate on sexual function in pos...

    Authors: Reuthairat Tungmunsakulchai, Sukanya Chaikittisilpa, Thiti Snabboon, Krasean Panyakhamlerd, Unnop Jaisamrarn and Nimit Taechakraichana
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:113
  25. Previous studies demonstrate that people’s satisfaction with healthcare influences their further use of that healthcare system. Satisfied patients are more likely to take part in the decision making process an...

    Authors: Anna Galle, An-Sofie Van Parys, Kristien Roelens and Ines Keygnaert
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:112
  26. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with a range of challenging symptoms which impact patient’s lives. Iranian women with PCOS are likely to face a number of unique difficulties given particular soc...

    Authors: Seyed Abdolvahab Taghavi, Fatemeh Bazarganipour, Siobhan Hugh-Jones and Nazafarin Hosseini
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:111
  27. Women considering female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) are likely to use the internet as a key source of information during the decision-making process. The aim of this systematic review was to determine wha...

    Authors: Hayley Mowat, Karalyn McDonald, Amy Shields Dobson, Jane Fisher and Maggie Kirkman
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:110
  28. Postnatal depression affects 10–15 % of all mothers in Western societies and remains a major public health concern for women from diverse cultures. British Pakistani and Indian women have a higher prevalence o...

    Authors: Yumna Masood, Karina Lovell, Farah Lunat, Najia Atif, Waquas Waheed, Atif Rahman, Rahena Mossabir, Nasim Chaudhry and Nusrat Husain
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:109
  29. Problems related to pain during vaginal penetration are complex and the etiology is multi-factorial. It was the aim of the present study to measure whether treatment using desensitization exercises and cogniti...

    Authors: Suzanne Lindström and Linda J. Kvist
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:108

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  30. Obstetric fistula is a worldwide problem that affects women and girls mostly in Sub Saharan Africa. It is a devastating medical condition consisting of an abnormal opening between the vagina and the bladder or...

    Authors: Lilian T. Mselle and Thecla W. Kohi
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:107
  31. This study aims to explore the perception and satisfaction of cervical cancer screening by Visual Inspection with Acetic acid (VIA) in Meknes-Tafilalet Region among target women.

    Authors: Farida Selmouni, Ahmed Zidouh, Consuelo Alvarez-Plaza and Karima El Rhazi
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:106
  32. Chronic conditions contribute to over 70 % of Australia’s total disease burden, and this is set to increase to 80 % by 2020. Women’s greater longevity means that they are more likely than men to live with disa...

    Authors: Michelle DiGiacomo, Anna Green, Emma Rodrigues, Kathryn Mulligan and Patricia M. Davidson
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:105
  33. Addressing the postnatal needs of new mothers is a neglected area of care throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The study compares the effectiveness of integrating HIV and family planning (FP) services into postnatal...

    Authors: James Kimani, Charlotte E Warren, Timothy Abuya, Charity Ndwiga, Susannah Mayhew, Anna Vassall, Richard Mutemwa and Ian Askew
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:104
  34. A caesarean section (CS) can cause a defect or disruption of the myometrium at the site of the uterine scar, called a niche. In recent years, an association between a niche and postmenstrual spotting after a C...

    Authors: A. J. M. W. Vervoort, L. F. Van der Voet, M. Witmer, A. L. Thurkow, C. M. Radder, P. J. M. van Kesteren, H. W. P. Quartero, W. K. H. Kuchenbecker, M. Y. Bongers, P. M. A. J. Geomini, L. H. M. de Vleeschouwer, M. H. A. van Hooff, H. A. A. M. van Vliet, S. Veersema, W. B. Renes, H. S. van Meurs…
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:103
  35. Research on interpersonal violence towards women has commonly focused on individual or proximate-level determinants associated with violent acts ignores the roles of larger structural systems that shape interp...

    Authors: Stephanie Rose Montesanti and Wilfreda E. Thurston
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:100
  36. Exposure to interpersonal violence, namely verbal and physical abuse, is a highly prevalent threat to women’s health and well-being. Among older, post-menopausal women, several researchers have characterized a...

    Authors: M. Brad Cannell, Julie C. Weitlauf, Lorena Garcia, Elena M. Andresen, Karen L. Margolis and Todd M. Manini
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:98
  37. Health risk appraisal tools may be useful for identifying individuals who would benefit from lifestyle changes and increased surveillance. We evaluated the validity of the Your Disease Risk tool (YDR) for esti...

    Authors: Katerina M. De Vito, Heather J. Baer, Hank Dart, Stephanie E. Chiuve, Eric B. Rimm and Graham A. Colditz
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:101
  38. Family planning has been shown to be an effective intervention for promoting maternal, newborn and child health. Despite family planning's multiple benefits, women's experiences of - or concerns related to - s...

    Authors: Joy J. Chebet, Shannon A. McMahon, Jesse A. Greenspan, Idda H. Mosha, Jennifer A. Callaghan-Koru, Japhet Killewo, Abdullah H. Baqui and Peter J. Winch
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:97

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