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Can women keep a secret? Yes, only for 34 hours

Research shows a fifth feel no guilt for broadcasting other people’s secrets

The average UK woman can only keep a secret for 34 hours, a new survey has revealed.

The survey of 4000 women was commissioned by the community coffee chain Esquires Coffee Houses UK.

Of the 4,000 women polled, 90% claim to be trustworthy yet as many as 30% admit to spilling the beans just hours after they’ve been trusted with a secret.

One in 10 of those women even claim to blab within 45 minutes.

According to the study, women in the UK are told around three secrets a week by their nearest and dearest and they are likely to pass at least one of those juicy nuggets on to a friend.

On average, women tend to spend 41 minutes each day gossiping. The most talked about subjects are work (57% of subjects agreed), friend’s troubles (55%), friend’s love lives (54%) and work colleagues (50%).

When sharing someone else’s secret, women are most likely to confide in a friend over a husband, boyfriend or family member. However, a staggering 50% of women think that it’s acceptable to betray a friend’s trust if they confide in their partner.

Managing Director of Esquires Coffee Houses UK Peter Kirton, said: “For us, it was interesting to see that one in four women have a favourite place to socialise and that, despite the rise in social media, over three quarters of the nation still prefer to share their secrets in person.

“When it comes to gossiping hot spots, it seems that the water cooler is no longer the place to be with work desks, staff kitchens, pubs and coffee houses amongst the most popular choices for a chat. Rather than catching someone in a corridor or in the street, people prefer to find somewhere comfortable and private to relax and share their news.

“We were also pleased to see that 63% of those surveyed said they tend to eat or drink whilst gossiping and these figures got even higher amongst the younger generations. Getting together with friends and talking through your troubles is a great way to offload and unwind, especially over a cup of tea or coffee! We’ve always known that catching up on the latest gossip is a well-loved ritual for our customers and now, thanks to this survey, we know what they’re talking about.”

According to the survey, subjects kept under wraps varied from the true cost of a purchase to far more intimate issues such as affairs and dealing with ex-partners.

A fifth of those surveyed felt no guilt for broadcasting other people’s secrets. For 38% of women, sharing someone else’s secret is simply a way to get something off their chest and a quarter of the respondents feel a weight has been lifted once they have shared.

Of those who admit to breaking a confidence, 61% will tell someone uninvolved so not to get caught. And, although a third of the population has never been caught sharing a secret, 12% of women have fallen out with a friend for gossiping about something they were told in private.

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Catholic Dating Service receives Top 5-Star Rating

"Catholic Match caters to people looking for serious relationships and friendships"

TopConsumerReviews.com has awarded their highest five-star rating to Catholic Match, an industry leader in Catholic online dating services.

Online dating has come of age. Today millions of people across the world - have found the advantages that online dating brings. For those seeking specific Catholic qualities, or similar religious beliefs, Catholic dating services allow people to fine tune their search effort.

From the comfort of their own home or apartment, a person can browse through thousands of pictures and profiles, strike up conversations, and develop a relationship with someone that will ultimately be a good match for them in all aspects of their life.

“With a significant membership base, professional website, and affordable price, Catholic Match earns our highest rating,” explained Brian Dolezal, of TopConsumerReviews.com, LLC. “Catholic Match caters to people looking for serious relationships and friendships. They take pride in making Catholic values and marriage a priority, and have many success stories. Catholic Match has everything we could ask for in a dating service geared toward Catholics, and they’ve earned our highest rating.”

To find out more about Catholic Match and other Catholic dating services, including reviews and comparison rankings, please visit the Catholic Dating Services category of TopConsumerReviews.com at http://www.topconsumerreviews.com/catholic-dating.

Catholic Match has provided a uniquely Catholic experience for the community it serves. While staying true to the teachings of the Catholic Church, Catholic Match has distinguished itself by reaching a broad spectrum of Catholics. Catholic Match now reaches 96 countries and has served over a half million people.

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550 people to die today in Europe from preventable lung disease

On World Spirometry Day, doctors urge regular "MOT Tests for the Lungs"

With new data revealing 23 Europeans die each hour from a preventable lung condition, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) is calling on people across Europe to get their lungs tested on the first ever World Spirometry Day - 14th October.

Lung disease is the second biggest killer in Europe, and is rapidly becoming the third biggest cause of death worldwide.

With 550 Europeans predicted to die from lung disease today, doctors and nurses across the continent are championing spirometry testing as the only way to overcome the widespread under-diagnosis of serious lung conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The most prevalent and debilitating lung disease, COPD is under-diagnosed in 75% of cases, and global figures show half of patients remain un-diagnosed. Widespread under-diagnosis means sufferers only realise they have a serious lung disease once it is too late to prevent major damage, leaving them unable to carry on a healthy and active life. Women are as at risk as men, with those most at risk being over 40 and current or ex-smokers.

Regular and early lung testing helps people to identify potentially debilitating lung conditions before too much damage is done; giving them a chance to slow the disease's progression before it completely ruins their lung function - leading to an isolating, painful, and immobile later life.

Doctors and nurses are taking to the streets across the globe today to run hundreds of public lung testing events to raise awareness of spirometry testing - the most accurate way to reassure people that their lungs are healthy, or to identify any potential danger. Doctors have nicknamed spirometry testing "the MOT for your lungs," to remind people just how critical regular testing is.

"Living with a chronic lung condition can be no life at all," said European Respiratory Society President, Professor Marc Decramer. "In the same way we take our cars for regular engine checks, people need reminding that their lungs are the engines of their bodies. Taking regular tests to identify problems early can save millions from being forced to live large portions of their lives with painful, but preventable, conditions."

"In the time it takes to read this, someone will have died from a preventable lung disease in Europe," said Monica Fletcher, Chair of the European Lung Foundation. "Even scarier to consider are the millions of sufferers living with impaired quality of life because their conditions were not identified early enough. On World Spirometry Day we want people to know that their doctors' and nurses' are here to help - early testing is a positive first step and can dramatically improve outcomes. The message should be: don't be afraid to find out."

After being misdiagnosed with asthma for eight years, Leigh Wilkinson, 44 from Grimsby in the UK, was finally accurately diagnosed thanks to a spirometry test. "I am so grateful that I pushed my doctor to give me a spirometry test, which revealed that I had developed COPD and emphysema. I understand why people want to avoid learning about the damage they may be doing to themselves but when I took the plunge I did it as much for my family as myself and it's the best step I've ever taken," Leigh said.

World Spirometry Day is taking place as part of the Year of the Lung, a 2010 campaign to highlight the hundreds of millions of people who unnecessarily struggle for life and breath every day due to lung diseases.

For information about World Spirometry Day, and the testing events taking place in your area or across Europe, please visit: http://www.yearofthelung.org/wsd-events

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Dr. Lehman: 10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection

Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for a cure

Here are the “10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection" provided by Constance Lehman, M.D., Ph.D., director of Breast Imaging and medical director of Radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, US.

1. If you are over 40, get a mammogram. Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for a cure. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance supports the American Cancer Society's recommendation that women begin annual mammography screening at age 40.

2. Where you go matters - choose a mammography expert. Many studies show that doctors who specialize in mammography are more accurate at interpreting the images when compared to physicians with less experience. Get your mammogram read by a doctor who specializes in reading them. The American College of Radiology offers an online search for accredited facilities and "Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence" such as the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. http://www.acr.org/accreditation/AccreditedFacilitySearch.aspx

3. Go digital. Centers that specialize in digital mammography are best for women with dense breast tissue and for women under age 50. Digital scans can do a better job of detecting cancer in these women than traditional film mammography.

4. Don't put off screening because of discomfort. A mammogram should never be painful. Fear that the exam will be uncomfortable is one reason women put off scheduling a mammogram. To reduce discomfort, try to schedule the exam after your monthly period, when breast tissue is less sensitive. You may benefit by taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen before your mammogram. Above all, tell the mammography technologist about any discomfort you may be experiencing. They can work with you to make the experience more comfortable.

5. Don't put off screening because of fear. Most abnormalities found after a mammogram are not cancer. However, in some cases you may be called back for more tests, such as additional mammography or ultrasound screening, to confirm that the area on the screening mammogram is normal. That's why you may be asked to return for a follow-up exam.

6. Consider getting results while you wait. Particularly for your first mammogram, you may want to schedule your exam so you receive your results before you leave the imaging center. Or if you have found that you are frequently called back to your mammography center for a second scan, you can ask that your appointment include getting results to you while you wait.

7. Know how your breasts feel normally. Your health care provider can show you how to do breast self-exam. If you notice a change in your breasts, such as a lump or swelling, skin irritation or dimpling, talk to your health care provider.

8. In addition to mammography, have a regular breast exam by your health care provider. The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 and over should receive annual clinical breast exams. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional at least every three years.

9. Know your risk. If you have family members who have had breast cancer, especially a mother or sister, and if they had breast cancer before reaching menopause, tell your doctor, as your own risk of cancer may be higher than average. Some women at high risk may be recommended for annual MRI in addition to a screening mammogram.

10. Try an online risk calculator. The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, designed by the National Cancer Institute, is a questionnaire to help women determine their chances of developing invasive breast cancer. You can find it on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance website at http://www.seattlecca.org/breast-cancer-risk-assessment.cfm

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IMS: Improve vaginal health of postmenopausal women

Women and doctors urged to overcome taboo of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy

The International Menopause Society (IMS) has launched new Recommendations for the management of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy (VA), a distressing condition that will affect up to half of women after menopause.

The new guidance is launched to mark World Menopause Day, an annual event held on 18th October.

New research shows that one in two women with vaginal atrophy will live with their condition unnecessarily for over three years, despite effective treatments being available. The data suggests that this is largely due to poor awareness and understanding of the condition among women, and because VA is a "taboo" subject - even between a doctor and patient.

VA is characterised by symptoms including vaginal dryness, itching, increased tendency of infection and pain during sex. It occurs when the vaginal walls become thin, fragile and inflamed due to a reduction of oestrogen in the body.

While VA has an obvious impact on sexual intimacy, it also has negative consequences for a woman's personal relationships, self-esteem and overall quality of life. If left untreated, VA can lead to serious long-term urogenital problems, including incontinence. However, despite these negative implications, just one in four women will actually speak to her doctor about VA.

Dr. David Sturdee, President of the IMS and lead author of the Recommendations, said, "It is unacceptable that women are living with VA for so long, when various safe and effective treatments are available. So, to mark World Menopause Day, the IMS is launching the new Recommendations and is calling upon doctors to proactively raise the topic of vaginal health with postmenopausal patients. Women with VA are also encouraged to seek medical advice, as there is absolutely no need for them to continue suffering in silence."

The Recommendations note that many women may not report VA symptoms to their doctor because of concerns about taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Some of this reluctance is due to the adverse publicity for HRT over recent years, but, regardless of whether these concerns are justified, local oestrogen therapy for VA, which delivers a low dose of hormone directly to the vagina, is not associated with the possible risks of systemic (oral) HRT. Doctors need to ensure patients fully understand this, so that they can benefit from VA treatment.

In addition, women with VA may have cultural or religious reasons for not talking to their doctor about their symptoms, and women in general may be understandably reluctant to discuss such private matters, particularly with a male doctor. The Recommendations offer advice and guidance to healthcare professionals, to enable them to initiate a successful dialogue with their patient. Most women express relief and respond positively when a doctor initiates the conversation about this topic.

Results from the VIVA (Vaginal Health: Insights, Views & Attitudes) Survey, an international study involving over 3,500 postmenopausal women, show that 96% of postmenopausal women are incorrectly attributing VA symptoms to other conditions such as thrush or a bladder infection. The data also show that women do not understand that VA is a chronic condition, and are resorting to short-term symptom relief using lubricants and moisturisers, when treatment for the underlying cause is available from the doctor.

The VIVA Survey also found that half of women would not discuss VA symptoms with their physician. In addition, only two in five women would talk to their spouse or partner about VA and two-thirds reported that their mother never spoke to them about menopause, suggesting that VA is still very much a taboo subject.

Dr. Rossella Nappi, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Research Center for Reproductive Medicine and Director of the Gynecological Endocrinology & Menopause Unit, University of Pavia (Italy), said, "It is so sad that women are suffering in silence with this condition; many believe that VA is just an inevitable part of menopause and that they have no choice but to live with the consequences. However, this is not the case, so it is vital that a dialogue about vaginal health is initiated with postmenopausal patients as part of routine."

The Recommendations for the management of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy are available at http://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_month.php
Patient education materials are also available.

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