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Women are ostracised by unfounded witchcraft labels

Witchcraft labels are a mechanism to harm female competitors and profoundly affect the structure of social networks, according to new UCL-led research.

The study, published in Nature Human Behaviour and funded by the European Research Council, quantifies the impact of witchcraft labels, such as ‘zhu’ used in rural China, on communities including their influence on social life and how social networks are structured. (more…)

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Researchers find genes behind aggressive ovarian and endometrial cancers

In a major breakthrough for ovarian and uterine cancers, Yale researchers have defined the genetic landscape of rare, highly aggressive tumors called carcinosarcomas (CSs), pointing the way to possible new treatments. (more…)

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Are hot flashes genetic?

First-of-its-kind study finds gene variant linked to the symptom in menopausal women

Most women experience hot flashes and night sweats either before or during menopause, but a significant minority don’t have these symptoms. Could our genes be a factor in determining which women get hot flashes? (more…)

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Preliminary clinical trial shows great promise for new multiple sclerosis treatment

Female hormone estriol reduces relapse rate by nearly 50 percent, UCLA neurologist reports

A study conducted by Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, a UCLA neurologist, shows that combining estriol, a female hormone, with Copaxone, a medication currently used to treat multiple sclerosis, reduced the relapse rate of MS by nearly 50 percent with only one year of treatment.  (more…)

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HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine

A three-nation clinical trial found that a vaccine can safely help the vast majority of HIV-positive women produce antibodies against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, even if their immune system is weak and even if they’ve had some prior HPV exposure.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), even when their immune system is struggling, according to newly published results of an international clinical trial. The study’s findings counter doubts about whether the vaccine would be helpful, said the Brown University medical professor who led the study. Instead, the data support the World Health Organization’s recommendation to vaccinate women with HIV. (more…)

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Women, STEM and stereotypes

UD researcher gets to the root of why women leave STEM fields

Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Women who are the most invested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM) are also the ones who are most likely to leave them.

Part of it may have to do with a well-studied phenomenon called stereotype threat. But the University of Delaware’s Chad Forbes is trying to help change that. (more…)

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