(andresr/E+, Getty Images) Researchers have identified a protein that may be a risk factor for both high blood pressure and breast cancer. Previous studies have found women with high blood pressure have about a 15% increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to women with normal blood pressure. High levels of the protein GRK4 (G-protein…

(Geri Lavrov, Getty Images) Pregnant women with lower concentrations of the trace mineral manganese or higher amounts of the metal cadmium in their blood may be more likely to develop preeclampsia, according to a new study. Preeclampsia is a leading contributor to illness and death for women during and immediately following pregnancy. There are very…

(belchonock, Depositphotos) “Radial pulse waves” might sound other-worldly, but they’re a relatively easy way to measure heartbeats through the artery at the base of the wrist. And new research says they can detect circulatory system changes in menopausal women that aren’t evident with traditional blood pressure readings. Researchers measured the waves’ harmonics. Chi-Wei Chang, lead…

(serezniy, Depositphotos) Improving cardiovascular health during the early stages of pregnancy can lead not only to a healthier pregnancy, it also can greatly improve a woman’s long-term heart health, new research shows. The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, underscore the importance of entering pregnancy in optimal health. They also…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc, DigitalVision/Getty Images) A new study confirms that when it comes to assessing heart health, an important question a doctor can ask an African American woman is, “Did you have complications during a pregnancy?” The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, analyzed data collected on 439 African…

(fotostorm, iStock/Getty Images Plus) After years of declining rates of coronary artery disease, new research shows the trend is reversing among younger people, especially women. The culprit may be the rise in obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure rates among young adults, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart…

(Simon Fuller Imagery, Getty Images) Pregnant women receive a lot of instructions to ensure the healthiest possible baby: what to eat and drink, what to avoid, which vitamins to take, which activities to avoid and more. But what about breathing? Researchers have long been concerned about air pollution’s effects on pregnancy, with possible consequences ranging…

(Simon Fuller Imagery, Getty Images) Pregnant women receive a lot of instructions to ensure the healthiest possible baby: what to eat and drink, what to avoid, which vitamins to take, which activities to avoid and more. But what about breathing? Researchers have long been concerned about air pollution’s effects on pregnancy, with possible consequences ranging…

(Dougal Waters/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Hot summer weather impacts some people more than others, and pregnant women are among those most likely to become overheated. Barely more than a week into summer and as heat waves blanket Europe and the eastern United States, what are the risks for expectant mothers? “It’s not unexpected to see pregnant…

(Dougal Waters/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Hot summer weather impacts some people more than others, and pregnant women are among those most likely to become overheated. Barely more than a week into summer and as heat waves blanket Europe and the eastern United States, what are the risks for expectant mothers? “It’s not unexpected to see pregnant…