Sex Differences in Blood #Pressure Trajectories Over the Life Course

..Women compared with men exhibited a steeper increase in BP that began as early as in the third decade and continued through the life course (likelihood ratio test χ2 = 531 for systolic BP; χ2 = 123 for diastolic BP; χ2 = 325 for MAP; and χ2 = 572 for PP; P for all <.001). After adjustment for multiple cardiovascular disease risk factors, these between-sex differences in all BP trajectories persisted (likelihood ratio … Continue reading Sex Differences in Blood #Pressure Trajectories Over the Life Course

Sex Steroid #Hormones and #Asthma in a Nationwide Study of U.S. Adults

Women have a higher burden of asthma than men. Although sex hormones may explain sex differences in asthma, their role is unclear.. ..Free testosterone levels in the fourth quartile were associated with lower odds of current asthma in women (odds ratio [OR] for the fourth quartile [Q4] vs. Q1, 0.56; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.39–0.80). Given an interaction between obesity and sex hormones on current … Continue reading Sex Steroid #Hormones and #Asthma in a Nationwide Study of U.S. Adults

Association of #Step Volume and Intensity With All-Cause #Mortality in Older Women

A goal of 10 000 steps/d is commonly believed by the public to be necessary for health, but this number has limited scientific basis.. ..In spline analysis, HRs were observed to decline progressively with higher mean steps per day until approximately 7500 steps/d, after which they leveled. For measures of stepping intensity, higher intensities were associated with significantly lower mortality rates; however, after adjusting for steps … Continue reading Association of #Step Volume and Intensity With All-Cause #Mortality in Older Women

Specific #jobs linked to poor #heart health for women

..Compared to women in other occupations: Social workers were 36% more likely to have poor heart health. Retail cashiers were 33% more likely to have poor heart health. Women in some health care roles were up to 16% more likely to have poor heart health, especially in the areas of nursing and psychiatry and home health aides. Registered nurses had a 14% increased risk of … Continue reading Specific #jobs linked to poor #heart health for women

Association of Use of Oral #Contraceptives With #Depressive Symptoms Among #Adolescents and Young Women

.. adolescent users (mean [SD] age, 16.5 [0.7] years) reported higher depressive symptom scores compared with their nonusing counterparts (mean [SD] age, 16.1 [0.6] years) (mean [SD] score, 0.40 [0.30] vs 0.33 [0.30]), which persisted after adjustment for age, socioeconomic status and ethnicity (β coefficient for interaction with age, –0.021; 95% CI, –0.038 to –0.005; P = .0096). Adolescent contraceptive users particularly reported more crying (odds ratio, … Continue reading Association of Use of Oral #Contraceptives With #Depressive Symptoms Among #Adolescents and Young Women