Endometriosis linked to higher stroke risk
Women with endometriosis may have a higher risk for stroke, suggests a study funded by NIH. The analysis of more than 110,000 women found that compared to women without the condition, women who had been diagnosed with endometriosis had a 34% higher risk for stroke.

Masking doesn’t appear to interfere with children’s ability to follow nonverbal IQ test instructions

Under appropriate conditions, protective face coverings can successfully be used during intelligence testing without interfering with the ability to understand the test administrator’s instruction, suggests a small study funded by NIH. The findings may help to allay concerns that wearing face masks could interfere with testing by hiding administrators’ facial expressions.

Phase IIB of male contraceptive study reaches one year milestone

The NICHD phase IIB clinical trial of the male contraceptive NES/T recently completed its 1 year milestone. The contraceptive’s effectiveness at preventing pregnancy so far appears better than female oral contraceptives and on par with long-acting reversible contraceptives for women. In an interview, Diana Blithe, Ph.D., chief of NICHD’s Contraceptive Development Program, described the study’s progress to date and outlined the hopes for its future.

Pregnant people with disabilities at higher risk for intimate partner violence

Compared to pregnant people without a disability, pregnant people with disabilities may have about two and a half times the risk of experiencing intimate partner violence in the year before pregnancy and during pregnancy, suggests a study funded by NIH. Researchers analyzed survey responses from nearly 44,000 people, of whom 6.5% reported at least one disability. The study authors conclude that healthcare providers should be vigilant in screening persons with disabilities for intimate partner violence before and during pregnancy and refer them to appropriate information and resources, if necessary.

Less excitable service dogs associated with greater reduction in veterans’ PTSD

Service dogs that are less excitable than others may help reduce the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder among military members and veterans, according to a study funded by the NIH. Those paired with less excitable service dogs also tended to have a closer relationship with the dog, compared to service members and veterans with more excitable dogs.

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