Women and girls are losing access to care amid coronavirus pandemic, health workers and U.N. agency warn

As coronavirus lockdowns continue to restrict movement around the world, female patients face an uncomfortable paradox: The measures intended to keep them safe from the pandemic could have dangerous long-term impacts on their health.
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An ambitious year for climate action is a big year for women’s empowerment

This year, the Paris Agreement's effectiveness as a global response to the climate crisis is being tested as governments are preparing to submit more ambitious national targets for mitigation and adaptation.


Thinx competitor Knix is pushing for better regulation of period underwear

“To restore faith in our category, we need to push for better regulation,” says the CEO of Knix, a Thinx competitor.

Air pollution tied to hypertension in pregnant women: Study

High blood pressure is one of the most-common health issues women develop during pregnancy. New research shows that air pollution in high-traffic areas increases the risk.

Breast cancer linked to permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners in study of almost 50,000 women

A study based on the medical records of more than 45,000 women found a positive correlation between permanent hair dye and breast cancer—particularly among those who are black.

The unspoken disease affecting 80 per cent of midlife women

When Bridget Taylor, 45, woke up to see something “protruding from my stomach”, she took herself straight to A&E.

The Nepali women who deliver birth control by hiking

Staff members of Marie Stopes International navigate wild bulls, treacherous singletrack, and rushing rivers to make long-term birth control accessible to some of the hardest-to-access places in Nepal.


Kathleen Mogelgaard, Robert Engelman: Want to ward off the apocalypse? Invest in women's health and rights

A world with less population growth offers greater chances of addressing the challenges humanity faces - and investment in women can get us there.


Sivananthi Thanenthiran: Women’s rights are key in slowing down population

The increase in world population by 2 billion in the next 30 years will present a serious global challenge especially if we do not find new paradigms of development thought and renewed global political leadership.


Pretty hurts: Are chemicals in beauty products making us ill?

Cosmetics and personal care items women use every day are packed with a constellation of chemicals that health advocates say could be connected to a host of health problems.


ASD risk higher with prenatal exposure to pesticides

Prenatal exposure to common agricultural pesticides is associated with a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


DDT exposure raises ALL women's risks of breast cancer 40 years later, study finds

The now-banned pesticide DDT is a suspected carcinogen, but was once widespread. New research from the Public Health Institute suggests women's breast cancer risks spike 40 years post-exposure.
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How diapers and menstrual pads are exposing babies and women to hormone-disrupting, toxic chemicals

Most diapers and sanitary pads contain volatile organic compounds and phthalates and with this continued, long-term exposure a significant amount of these harmful chemicals could be absorbed via the genitals, according to a new study.

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