Breastfeeding linked to better childhood behavior: study
Children breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life have an easier time behaving as primary school students, according to new research published Tuesday.
ISIS jihadists sell sex slaves on Facebook
Islamic State terrorists use Facebook to sell sex slaves to fellow jihadists, justifying the price by “supply and demand.”
Emptied Romanian village lives again as haven for battered women
As more and more residents left looking for work, a Romanian village desperate to ensure its future has found a new way of boosting its population that also helps the needy.
India court says women have equal right to enter temples
Women have a fundamental right to enter temples, an Indian high court has said, possibly paving the way for an easing of gender restrictions at places of worship across the country.
Israel's 'chained women' fight for right to divorce
She is one of Israel's "chained women" -- the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of wives denied a divorce by their husbands and prevented from breaking free by the country's use of Jewish law.
'Mind-boggling' breast cancer therapy can make tumors ‘disappear’ in 11 days, doctors say
A new breast cancer cure has reportedly made tumors vanish in 11 days, with UK medics describing the results as “staggering” and “unprecedented.”
HRW slams Afghan 'virginity tests' as sexual abuse
Human Rights Watch has slammed "virginity exams" conducted on Afghan women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes, saying the invasive tests by government doctors were tantamount to sexual assault.
Maternal hormonal imbalance linked to child autism
Children born to mothers with a hormonal imbalance run a much higher risk of developing autism, according to a new study released by Sweden's Karolinska Institutet on Tuesday.
Divorced Saudi women to get ID cards: reports
Female divorcees and widows in Saudi Arabia are set to get their own ID cards allowing them to act independently from men, local media reported on Thursday.
Women are the future of Hermes Watches, new top man says
The new head of Hermes Watches is hoping a more feminine touch, added with the fashion group's own in-house know-how, will help it navigate through the turbulence rocking the sector.
New period alert will text women from inside their vagina
A new period product seeking support on Kickstarter will link up with women’s smartphones to tell them when they need to change, and even when their period is due.
Looking For A Hair And Beauty Salon in The Torrevieja Area Of The Costa Blanca Then Look No Further - Chloes Salon
Chloe’s welcoming salon is the growing craze and trend on the Costa Blanca. They offer hair, beauty and nail services, and also your first cut or manicure completely free of charge, to try them out.
Women with Alzheimer's may face faster decline than men
Women with Alzheimer's may face a swifter mental decline than men with the same condition, but researchers are not sure why, according to a study released this week at US a medical conference.
Number of British women becoming nuns hits 25-year high
The number of women becoming nuns in Britain reached a 25-year high last year, according to figures released by the Catholic Church on Thursday.
Think pink: Number of women with breast cancer may double in next 15 years ‒ study
By 2030, the number of women expected to develop breast cancer will increase by about 50 percent, according to a new study. Currently, one in eight women will develop the disease at some point in her lifetime.
Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed after cancer scare
Angelina Jolie has revealed she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after doctors detected possible signs of cancer.
Hormone drugs boost ovarian cancer risk by 40%
Menopausal women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) boost the risk of ovarian cancer by 40 percent, even if they take the treatment only for a few years, a study said Friday.
Women cry more than men ‘because of the media’
Stereotypes suggest that men are more cold-hearted than women, and less likely to cry. Studies show this may be true.
WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper
The World Health Organization introduced new cervical cancer guidelines Wednesday, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases.
Giving birth better at home than at hospital
Women are better giving birth at home or in midwife centres than in hospital, where doctors are more likely to perform interventions such as caesareans, according to new British guidance.
MRI reveals ancient Siberian ‘princess’ had breast cancer
Brand new MRI scans have revealed that a 2,500-year-old ancient Pazyryk 'princess' died from the same disease that over a million women are fighting today: breast cancer.
Apple, Facebook woo women to stay at work by paying for egg-freezing
In the male-dominated high-tech field, industry giants Facebook and Apple have created a new perk which they say will keep women on the job and allow them to excel.
World first: Swedish woman gives birth after womb transplant
A Swedish woman with a womb transplant has become the first in the world to give birth. Considered a breakthrough in infertility treatment, it gives hope of having a baby to thousands of women without a uterus.
Roche breast cancer drug 'helps patients live longer'
A drug developed by Swiss giant Roche to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer has been shown to extend patients' lives by almost 16 months, researchers said Sunday.
'Raw' the new beauty in Hollywood
Starlets take note: Hollywood filmmakers pushed a no-fuss, no-makeup look in new movies at the Toronto film festival this week, redefining beauty as "raw."
New breast cancer gene mutation found to raise risk
A newly discovered gene mutation significantly raises a woman's risk of breast cancer and may be considered the third such inherited gene flaw known to science, researchers said Wednesday.
Breast cancer warning from blood test
Women with a predisposition to breast cancer could be warned of developing symptoms by a simple blood test even if they do not inherit genes associated with disease, scientists said on Friday.
Gene mutation affects breast cancer survival chance
Women with a specific gene mutation have a higher risk of dying from a type of breast cancer, said a study Tuesday that raised prospects of targeted drugs.
Better care can save 3-m babies, mothers per year
The lives of three million women and babies can be saved every year by 2025 for an annual investment of about a dollar per head in better maternity care, researchers said Tuesday.
Women directors struggle as men 'eat all the cake' in movie world
Cannes jury head Jane Campion -- the only woman ever to win the festival's top prize -- has blamed the lack of female movie makers on "inherent sexism" in an industry increasingly under fire for the paucity of women in its top ranks.
Study lists dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer
Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, US researchers said Monday.
Blocking breast cancer drug that extend womens lives a major blow
Moves to block a new breast cancer drug which extends women's lives by almost six months have been described as a "major blow".
Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoes line
Designer Jimmy Choo unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan on Friday, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there.
Nepal's young women endure painful 'fallen womb' syndrome
Sita Pariyar had barely recovered from childbirth when her uterus slipped out of her body, making her one of hundreds of thousands of Nepalese women struck by a debilitating reproductive condition.
Injecting cosmetic fillers into the foreheadcan cause permanent blindness, doctors warn
Wrinkle-removing cosmetic procedures can lead to permanent blindness, a new study warns.
Injecting fillers into people’s foreheads can, in rare cases, cause irreversible damage to the eye, the researchers say.
A third of women in EU have suffered 'sexual violence'
A third of women in Europe have suffered some form of physical or sexual assault and five percent have been raped, according to a major new study published on Wednesday.
Multiple sclerosis linked to contraceptive pill
Taking the contraceptive Pill may increase a woman’s chance of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers warn.
Valentines Special from Prisoner Widow UK
Well folks, it’s that time again. Valentine’s Day is upon us and no doubt some very lucky ladies will be receiving rings on February 14th.
Saudi Valentines defy the love police
Red roses lurk hidden in flower shop back rooms and heart-shaped chocolates are sold under the counter, but Saudis still manage to buy Valentine's gifts and defy the religious police.
Topshop: playing with the big boys but keeping it real
It has a new store opening on Fifth Avenue, Kate Moss's latest collection will hit the shops within weeks, and its catwalk show is a highlight of London Fashion Week -- but Topshop is not taking life too seriously.
Women get less sleep than men - Study
For a woman, it seems that the stresses and strains of the day do not end upon going to bed.
Thousands of women illegally detained by Iraq, facing torture, abuse - HRW
Iraqi authorities are holding thousands of women illegally, subjecting many to torture, abuse, threats to their family and rape, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Thursday.
New York kicks off 2014 fashion week season
New York Fashion Week explodes onto a snowy Manhattan, kicking off the fall/winter 2014 season with a new look and 300 catwalk presentations before the industry shows head to Europe.
Can 'vagina weightlifting' give you better sex?
We all know that strong pelvic floor muscles can help with bladder problems and child birth but how far would you go to strengthen yours?
Women wear make-up for more than half their life
The average woman will spend more of her life wearing make-up than not, according to a new report yesterday.
Jackie Kennedy's gold-plated and faux coral Christian Dior necklace goes up for auction
A necklace from Jackie Kennedy's personal collection has just gone under the hammer for a starting bid of $5,000.
How yoga helps breast cancer patients
Yoga can re-energise women who have battled breast cancer.
In pictures: Highlights from Paris couture finale
The Paris haute couture shows drew to a close on Thursday with some remarkable collections by designers Zuhair Murad (pictured), Serkan Cura and Ralph & Russo.
Dazzling start to Paris Fashion Week
A week of haute couture shows began on Sunday in Paris, gathering pace on Monday as designers began unveiling their Spring-Summer 2014 collections.
Quit sugar and lose your wrinkles
Every year women spend millions of pounds on high-tech moisturisers, seduced by the promise that a miracle potion might hold back the years. But here's the bad news: if you have a sweet tooth, you could be completely wasting your money.
Austrian men concede: women may be better hunters
It's raining hard and almost dark as Walter Rienzner, perched on a raised shooting platform, drops the bombshell in a whisper: women might be better hunters than men.
Breastfeeding can halve the risk of arthritis
Breastfeeding could help stave off arthritis, a study has suggested.
Mothers who eat nuts during pregnancy 'may curb allergies'
Children are less likely to have a nut allergy if their mother ate nuts while pregnant, a study has concluded.
Ban on chemical irritant used in skin creams
Beauty product companies have been told to stop using a chemical irritant in some products after an explosion in cases of allergic reactions and eczema.
Britain's binge drinking MOTHERS
The widespread binge drinking culture of Britain’s students and young adults is well recognised.
Now shocking new figures have shown that the problem also extends to the country’s mothers.
Drug halves breast cancer risk for vulnerable women
Post-menopausal women with a family history of breast cancer more than halved the risk of developing the disease by taking an anti-hormone drug called anastrozole, researchers reported in The Lancet on Thursday.
Will rubbing fish oil on your face banish wrinkles
Golden and glistening, the translucent capsules look so enticing in my hand, like magic beans or jewels.
Fashion honours iconic Moss as Playboy cover revealed
Iconic supermodel Kate Moss was on Monday honoured by the British fashion industry for her 25-year career, shortly after her Playboy cover celebrating the magazine's 60th anniversary was revealed.
Kennedy scion is star of Paris debutantes ball
At Christian Dior in Paris, Kyra Kennedy, great niece of the late US president John F. Kennedy, carefully descends a grand staircase in a powder blue couture dress and towering heels.
Saudi cleric says 'women driver ban guards against evil'
The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia said a ban on women driving in the conservative Gulf state protects society from "evil", in remarks published in the press on Thursday.
UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash
A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women's rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure.
Chinese anti-veil 'beauty' campaign sows ugly tensions
A Chinese government worker in the ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar beckons two women to her streetside stand and logs their details under the gaze of a surveillance camera. Their offence: wearing veils.
Saudi Juliet demands right to marry her Yemeni Romeo
A young Saudi woman on Sunday urged a Yemeni court to let her stay and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply conservative countries.
Twitter reveals fall of Uzbek first daughter
With allegations of sorcery and featuring a feared autocratic ruler and the downfall of an ambitious daughter, it could be one of those mediaeval verse epics for which Central Asia is famed.
'Chanel would have hated me' says Karl Lagerfeld
Chanel's head designer Karl Lagerfeld has revealed he thinks the founder of the iconic French fashion house would have "hated" him if they had ever met.
Style queen: Isabella Blow's wardrobe on show in London
Stylist, muse, mentor or simply an eccentric aristocrat with a penchant for wearing lobsters -- late British fashion editor Isabella Blow was hard to pin down, but most agree she was extraordinary.
New York designer vows to kickstart Mideast fashion
Three decades after escaping Lebanon's civil war to fulfil her dream of making it in New York fashion, Reem Acra's client list reads like a who's who of Hollywood's A-list.
Long use of birth control pill could boost glaucoma risk
Women who have taken birth control pills for three years or more face twice the risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, a top cause of blindness, researchers said Monday.
US top court rejects pre-abortion ultrasound case
The US Supreme Court refused Tuesday to hear a case concerning pre-abortion ultrasounds for women seeking to terminate their pregnancies in Oklahoma.
Britain pays mothers to breastfeed under pilot scheme
New mothers in two areas of Britain are to be paid to breastfeed their babies, it was announced Tuesday, under a trial scheme aimed at boosting the practice in poor areas where it is "stigmatised".
Women among the biggest losers in Arab Spring
Egypt ranked lowest in a new poll of women's rights in the Arab world with a significant spike in sexual harassment rates. The study found the recent political changes in the region had failed to improve the status of women.
Surprises in hunt for environmental links to breast cancer
A decade-long research effort to uncover the environmental causes of breast cancer by studying both lab animals and a group of healthy US girls has turned up some surprises, scientists say.
New Miss Universe models million-dollar swimsuit
Newly crowned Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, took up her duties in Moscow on Sunday, twirling in a jewel-studded swimming costume valued at $1 million.
Why choosing Mr Wrong beats being all alone
It is unlikely to ever be the title of a Mills and Boon bestseller. But ‘settling for less’ is precisely what many of us end up doing when it comes to love, simply because it beats being single, according to new research.
US woman's pre-mastectomy dance video goes viral (VIDEO)
A video showing a US woman leading a dance party in an operating theater just before undergoing a double mastectomy has gone viral online.
Pedro Lourenco: the fashion talent out of Brazil
Barely four years after he first appeared at the Paris fashion show, then aged just 19, Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenco has made a name for himself both at home and abroad.
Female Turkish MPs break headscarf taboo
For the first time in 14 years, four female members of Turkey’s ruling APK party donned Muslim headscarves in parliament, a bold statement that the opposition fears undermines the country’s secular traditions.
The pros and cons of swaddling your child
he ancient practice of "swaddling" a baby in a blanket, arms restrained and legs stretched out, is making a comeback, but experts warned Tuesday it was bad for infant hips.
Saudi women fined for defying driving ban: police
At least 16 Saudi women have received fines for taking the wheel on a day set by activists to defy the kingdom's traditional ban on female driving, police and reports said Sunday.
Saudis put the brakes on women driving protest
Saudi authorities have warned that protesters or online backers of a planned October 26 protest against a ban on women’s driving face arrest. If many powerful Saudis believe women should be allowed to drive, why is the issue so contentious?
Saudi women drop plans for 'drive-in' over legal threats
Activists pressing for an end to Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving have dropped plans to hold a "drive-in" Saturday after threats of legal action against anyone getting behind the wheel.
Saudi government threatens crackdown against women’s ‘protest drive’
Saudi Arabian authorities are threatening to forcefully suppress an Oct. 26 “protest drive” by women against a de facto ban on them driving cars in the country, citing bans on “illegal gatherings and marches.”
Mass breastfeeding record attempt in Philippines
Thousands of lactating mothers across the Philippines simultaneously breast fed their babies on Thursday in an attempt to break a world record and break down social taboos.
Stay-at-home mothers face prejudice assuming they are lazy
Many would say that bringing up children is the most important job there is.
Child behavioral problems linked to bedtimes: study
Children who go to to bed at irregular hours are more likely to have behavioral problems, a study has shown.
The face cream which will keep your skin glowing through the menopause
As any woman of a certain age will know only too well, the menopause can wreak havoc with your complexion.
German man forgets bride at road stop on honeymoon
A German man got his marriage off to a bad start after he drove for two hours down the motorway before realising he had forgotten his new bride at a petrol station.
Women behind the wheel? Saudi king’s advisers call for end to driving ban
A proposal to end Saudi Arabia’s informal ban on female driving was voiced at the country’s advisory council. Rights activists have been calling for decades to give women more mobility, a notion resisted by the ultraconservative clergy.
Miss Universe apologises to India over Taj photoshoot
Organisers of Miss Universe extended their "deepest apologies" to India over a photo shoot at the Taj Mahal that triggered a police case and accusations that she disrespected the famed monument to love.
Nigeria's Adichie says bestseller helped recall painful past
Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the bestseller "Half of a Yellow Sun", said writing a novel about the civil war which devastated her home region helped people connect with a past that most no longer discussed.
Myanmar picks first Miss Universe hopeful in half century
With a whiff of controversy and not a bikini in sight, a US-educated business graduate was selected as the first Miss Universe contestant to represent Myanmar in more than 50 years.
Delivering the goods: Sweden's midwives stand test of time
Only one ultrasound in nine months and no need to see the doctor or obstetrician: at first glance, Sweden's pregnancy care appears rather simplistic.
Philippines celebrates its first Miss World winner
The Philippines -- where beauty contests are a serious affair -- celebrated on Sunday its first victory in the Miss World contest, despite hardline Islamic protests against the event in the host country Indonesia.
Paris fashion tiptoes around lack of black models
Paris fashion this week tiptoed around the scarcity of black models on the catwalk with reaction reflecting the growing controversy surrounding the issue highlighted by models Naomi Campbell and Iman.
New Miss World crowned amid Muslim anger
Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned the new Miss World at a ceremony on the Indonesian island of Bali Saturday, bringing an end to a competition that has sparked weeks of protests among the country’s Muslim hardliners.
Man arrested for 'sextortion' involving Miss Teen USA
Federal investigators in California arrested a 19-year-old man accused of hacking into online accounts of women including Miss Teen USA and threatening to publish nude photos of them.
Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger
The Miss World final takes place on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday after weeks of protests from Muslim hardliners and warnings that extremists could attack the pageant.
Saudi women call new day of defiance against driving ban
Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the long-standing ban on women driving in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
UK Nation's obesity epidemic sees huge rise in 'plus size' sales
Clothing sales in Britain may be in the doldrums thanks to the economic slump, but the nation’s obesity epidemic has sparked a massive jump in sales of ‘plus size’ clothes, new statistics show.
Snail-slime face cream is flying off the shelves
The notion of having snail slime all over your face isn’t terribly appealing, so it just goes to show what a hint of celebrity interest can do for an unconventional beauty treatment.