Alzheimer’s in women: Could midlife stress play a role?

For reasons as yet unknown, Alzheimer’s disease is more likely to affect women. However, new research sheds light on the potential impact of stress on their cognitive functioning.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.

Affecting millions of people in the United States, this progressive condition has no proven cause, treatment, or cure.

What researchers do know, however, is that women bear the brunt of the condition.

Almost two-thirds of U.S. individuals with Alzheimer’s are women, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Full story at Medical News Today

“Very Light” Smoking Appears Popular Among Young Women: Study

“Very light” smoking, defined as smoking five or fewer cigarettes a day, appears to be popular among young women, a new study concludes.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin examined data from almost 9,800 women ages 18 to 25, and found about 30 percent were current smokers. Among these women, 62 percent were very light smokers, 27 were light smokers, and 11 percent were heavier smokers. About 71 percent of very light smokers were intermittent smokers, meaning they did not smoke every day.

Very light smokers were much more likely to be intermittent smokers, to be from a minority group, and to have some college education, HealthDay reports. The findings appear in Preventing Chronic Disease.

Full story of light smoking among young women at drugfree.org

Lung Cancer Now Top Cancer Killer of Women in Developed Countries

Lung cancer, long the leading cause of cancer deaths among men in developed nations, is now also the top cause of cancer deaths in developed countries among women, according to a new report.

The findings reflect changing patterns in smoking among women worldwide, HealthDay reports. Many women began smoking in the 1970s, and the results are just now being seen in developed nations. Lead researcher Lindsey Torre of the American Cancer Society notes, “It takes about two to three decades to see lung cancer deaths due to smoking, because lung cancer does take a long time to develop.”

Lung cancer has been the top cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women for a number of years, the article notes. “In many developed countries breast cancer death rates have been stable or decreasing for the past couple of decades, which is due to early detection and improved treatments,” Torre said.

Full story of lung cancer in women at drugfree.org