(Nadzeya_Dzivakova/iStock, Getty Images) Men and women are different. This might sound like the opening to a comedy routine, but scientific understanding of the significance of those differences – and how to study them – evolved slowly in recent decades. Researchers who have been part of historic investigations say science had to overcome its own blind…

(Betsie Van Der Meer/Stone, Getty Images) Eating more plant protein and less red meat may lower a woman’s risk of dying from dementia, heart disease and other causes, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found postmenopausal women who got more of their protein from plants such…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Being Black and pregnant in the U.S. was already a risky combination, and health experts now worry the pandemic is making things worse. Before the pandemic, Black women were three times more likely than Hispanic women and 2.5 times more likely than white women to die from causes linked…

(Shidlovski/iStock, Getty Images) Medical science has come a long way since the days of “bikini medicine,” when the only time doctors managed a woman’s health differently than a man’s was when treating the parts of her body found under a bikini. Over the past few decades, researchers have uncovered countless ways in which women’s and…

Her condition diagnosed and controlled, Danielle Collins heads into 2021 healthier than ever. (Photo by Brian James Photography) Danielle Collins couldn’t understand it. Like all professional athletes, she knew her body. She knew the feeling of the routine wear and tear of playing tennis, and she knew the agony of a serious injury. This didn’t…

(PeopleImages/E+, Getty Images) Complications during pregnancy are widespread, becoming more common and often overlooked as warning signs about a woman’s heart health. Which is why for the first time, in an effort to guide clinicians and empower women, the authors of a widely used reference on the facts and figures surrounding cardiovascular diseases are including…

(andresr/E+, Getty Images) Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs during chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer may help protect older women from heart damage, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found women in their late 60s and 70s who took statins while receiving chemotherapy medicines known as anthracyclines were half…

(RyanJLane/E+, Getty Images) The hearts of female athletes adapt differently to the rigors of sports training compared to their male peers, according to a new study that could change the way doctors evaluate women’s heart health. “Athlete’s heart” describes physical and electrical changes, or remodeling, to the heart as a result of intense training. While…

(Oleksandra Bezverkha/iStock, Getty Images) How a woman feels about her roles at home and at work during midlife can affect several factors that influence her heart health, new research shows. The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found women who felt more stressed at their jobs or in their roles…

(American Heart Association) Lea en español Women are less likely than men to receive CPR from a bystander. But why? The reluctance, new research suggests, may be fueled by worries of being accused of sexual assault or doing physical harm. Knowing people’s secret fears is the first step to dispelling them, experts say. The insights…