• Study links breast cancer to birth control — here's what you need to know
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    Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

    Study links breast cancer to birth control — here's what you need to know

    A new study on birth control pills shows a slightly higher risk of breast cancer among women taking hormonal contraception, but it does not control for other possible factors correlated with the disease.

  • Moms spend money on daughters, while dads spend on sons, study finds
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    Maggie Parker

    Moms spend money on daughters, while dads spend on sons, study finds

    When asked bluntly, parents deny any favoritism based on their children’s gender, but a host of studies have found otherwise when it comes to gifts and spending.

  • Pregnant Women Who ‘Eat for Two’ Risk Harming Their Health
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Pregnant Women Who ‘Eat for Two’ Risk Harming Their Health

    Experts now warn that moms-to-be who believe in the “one for me, one for the baby” eating plan could risk harming their health and the health of their baby.

  • Long Women’s Bathroom Lines Can Be Fixed Easily, Scientists Say
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    Korin Miller

    Long Women’s Bathroom Lines Can Be Fixed Easily, Scientists Say

    An average bathroom has 20 to 30 percent more places to pee for men than for women, researchers discovered.

  • These 5 Countries Are Getting the Most Plastic Surgery in the World
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    Jessica Ankomah

    These 5 Countries Are Getting the Most Plastic Surgery in the World

    The top five countries with residents opting for plastic surgery are the United States, Brazil, Japan, Italy, and Mexico.

  • 'Period Brain' Doesn't Exist, Says New Study
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    Lauren Sharkey

    'Period Brain' Doesn't Exist, Says New Study

    A new study has shown that women are just as competent while menstruating as when they’re not. Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki studied 88 menstruating women.

  • Drinking Alcohol Might Make Your Cells Age Faster
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    Korin Miller

    Drinking Alcohol Might Make Your Cells Age Faster

    While experts generally agree that drinking alcohol in moderation is OK, having too much alcohol has been linked to a slew of serious health problems like liver disease, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. For the study, researchers analyzed the drinking history, alcohol habits, and DNA of 255 people, about half of whom sought alcoholism treatment services at a hospital in Japan. As a result, they get shorter over time, but certain things like alcohol abuse can also speed up this aging process. And, by having shortened telomere lengths, alcoholic participants were at a greater risk of developing age-related diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and dementia.

  • Could French Fries Be Killing You?
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    Korin Miller

    Could French Fries Be Killing You?

    No one would ever claim that French fries are as healthy as having a salad, but they seem pretty harmless overall. Now, new research has found a link between the junk food and a higher risk of death.

  • New Cancer Drug Is So Effective Against Tumors, the FDA Approved It Immediately
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    Korin Miller

    New Cancer Drug Is So Effective Against Tumors, the FDA Approved It Immediately

    “The data was so good, they had to approve it.”

  • Lawn Mowers Are Sending 13 Kids to the Hospital Every Day 
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    Amy Capetta

    Lawn Mowers Are Sending 13 Kids to the Hospital Every Day 

    According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, about 13 U.S. kids daily get emergency treatment for a lawn mower-related injury, or nearly 4,800 children each year.

  • Vigorous Exercise Helps Lower Breast Cancer Risk for Both Younger and Older Women
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    Amy Capetta

    Vigorous Exercise Helps Lower Breast Cancer Risk for Both Younger and Older Women

    A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) states that vigorous exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in both pre- and post-menopausal women. The link between vigorous exercise and breast cancer prevention was “a bit of a surprise,” experts say. The results from this comprehensive research — which was comprised of 119 studies, including data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer — also found “strong evidence” that moderate exercise decreases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer (the most common type of breast cancer).

  • New Report Highlights States With Most Staggering Childcare Costs
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    Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

    New Report Highlights States With Most Staggering Childcare Costs

    In Washington, DC, childcare costs add up to over 89 percent of the typical single mom’s income. A new report released on Thursday by the Democratic members of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on the state of childcare in America finds that access to high-quality early learning childcare is more critical than ever for American families — and even more difficult to find. The report found that access to affordable high-quality childcare will increase employment opportunities: For every 10 percent decrease in childcare costs, mothers are anywhere from 0.5 percent to 4 percent more likely to work.

  • Older Mothers May Make Better Mothers, Say Researchers
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    Amy Capetta

    Older Mothers May Make Better Mothers, Say Researchers

    Janet Jackson recently welcomed a son at age 50. According to research published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, “older” women are likely to handle the many aspects of parenting better compared with younger mothers. The study also mentions previous research, which concluded that older moms are likely to worry less during their pregnancy, are more positive about becoming parents, and have an overall more positive attitude toward their children.

  • Could a Cup of Tea a Day Keep the Dementia Away?
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    Dr. Oz The Good Life

    Could a Cup of Tea a Day Keep the Dementia Away?

    As if you needed another reason to drink tea!

  • Our Survey Shows How Women Feel in Trump’s America: Stressed, Motivated … and Happy
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    Laura Kenney

    Our Survey Shows How Women Feel in Trump’s America: Stressed, Motivated … and Happy

    “Stressed” is the most common word that women use right now to describe how they feel as females in today’s world, according to the results of an exclusive new Yahoo survey. March 8 is International Women’s Day, and because our audience is pretty equally split down the center when it comes to politics, Yahoo Style + Beauty decided that instead of going on strike to support “A Day Without Women,” like many women’s websites,  we’d present the results of a survey of a nationally representative group of 650 American women of different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Among the findings: Women are worried about finances (but not so much about equal pay), were basically behind the Women’s March (but say their community involvement has not changed that much since Donald Trump’s election), and have some very complicated feelings about the current state of feminism.

  • Cervical Cancer Is Deadlier Than We Thought — Especially in Black Women
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    Korin Miller

    Cervical Cancer Is Deadlier Than We Thought — Especially in Black Women

    Cervical cancer is a highly preventable cancer that can turn deadly if it’s left undetected for too long — and a study published in the journal “Cancer” discovered that the death rate from cervical cancer is much higher than previous estimates.

  • Don’t Need Much Sleep? Science Says You’re Wrong
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    Amy Capetta

    Don’t Need Much Sleep? Science Says You’re Wrong

    Get some shuteye, whether you think you need it or not, warns a new study.

  • ‘Multiracial’ People Seen as More Attractive Than Those Who Identify as ‘Black’
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    Beth Greenfield

    ‘Multiracial’ People Seen as More Attractive Than Those Who Identify as ‘Black’

    “Being exotic is a compelling idea,” the author of a new study found regarding race and beauty.

  • Here’s More Evidence That Disney Princess Culture Harms Girls
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    Beth Greenfield

    Here’s More Evidence That Disney Princess Culture Harms Girls

    Exposure to the princess ideal can mess with your daughter’s head, a new study finds.

  • The Science Behind Skin-to-Skin Contact
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    Beth Greenfield

    The Science Behind Skin-to-Skin Contact

    Two photos of dads snuggling with their infants have gone viral this week, reigniting discussion about the power of skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies.

  • Study Says You’re Likely Using Old Makeup (and It’s More Dangerous Than You Thought)
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    Beth Greenfield

    Study Says You’re Likely Using Old Makeup (and It’s More Dangerous Than You Thought)

    A pair of British studies has confirmed what most makeup users know: that (a) using out-of-date cosmetics can be risky business and (b) nobody really cares.

  • New Evidence Test Helps Track Down Criminals Through Lipstick Prints
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    Beth Greenfield

    New Evidence Test Helps Track Down Criminals Through Lipstick Prints

    The lipstick one wears provides lots of evidence about the person behind the pucker. But what if it could help track down a killer? That may be possible now.

  • Man gets Photoshopped by 19 different artists around the world
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    Simone Olivero

    Man gets Photoshopped by 19 different artists around the world

    Back in August, U.K.-based pharmacy Superdrug conducted an experiment on the perception of beauty by sending an image of a woman to graphic designers across the globe asking them to alter the body to suit their ideal of beauty. “Some men have almond-shaped eyes, thick eyebrows, or dark, heavy beards.

  • The Body Shape That Protects Women From Diabetes
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    Korin Miller

    The Body Shape That Protects Women From Diabetes

    The findings, which were presented this weekend at the American Society of Human Genetics’ annual meeting, traced the connection to a genetic variation carried by women with hips that are larger in comparison to the rest of their body. The gene variation is inherited from a woman’s mother and doesn’t appear to have the same effect on men. According to a press release from the American Society of Human Genetics, researchers are currently investigating the discrepancy, but hypothesize that there may be a sex-specific protein that interacts with KLF14 and diminishes its impact on men. While the findings are surprising, Peter LePort, MD, medical director of the Memorial Care Center for Obesity at California’s Orange Coast Memorial Medical Care Center, tells Yahoo Health that he isn’t shocked.

  • Online Calculator Predicts Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
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    Christine Erickson

    Online Calculator Predicts Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Assess your risk now with this handy online tool.  Scientists have created a new online calculator to help predict if you’ll develop breast cancer in the near future. The calculator involves just six questions based on your age, ethnicity and race, family history of breast cancer, whether you’ve had a breast biopsy, and your breast density. The calculator was tested using data from more than 1.1 million women, aged 35 to 74.