The Powell Center for Women’s Health Women’s Advisory Board
Late last year, the Powell Center formed a Women’s Advisory Board to provide advice and support to the Powell Center for Women’s Health Leadership Team (Nancy Raymond, MD Director, Jean Wyman PhD Co-Director and Carolyn Torkelson, MD Associate Director). Additionally, the Advisory Board will provide guidance in creating a vision for the future of the Center including future initiatives, and how to make the center a more meaningful part of the University and the community, including guidance on fundraising for the Endowed Chair in Women’s Health. For more information, please contact Jen O’Brien, Administrative Director of the Powell Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sexual Violence Center (SVC) is Seeking Volunteers
The Sexual Violence Center (SVC) is an independent non-profit organization working throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Each year, they provide more than 2,000 youth and adults with 24 hour crisis phone service, individual counseling and support groups, advocacy and legal clinics at no cost. SVC works with community systems, such as hospitals, law enforcement agencies, courts, schools, and other social services organizations to assist sexual assault victims and prevent sexual violence. SVC is seeking crisis line counselors, medical advocates, support group facilitators, and one to one counselors- no prior experience or training necessary! If you are interested in volunteering call 612-871-5100 or email Daniela Chavez at email@example.com.
Student Research Internships for Summer 2013
The University of Minnesota’s Medical School is seeking five interns to participate in our summer internship program supported by the recently funded Specialized Centers on Research on Sex Differences (P50) grant. Each intern will take the lead in a mini-research project, participate in weekly journal club meetings, assist with ongoing data collection efforts, and prepare/present research findings. These projects may satisfy academic program requirements such as master’s projects and/or research credits (to be verified with each academic program). The time commitment is flexible but should be in the range of ten to thirty hours per week for the ten-week program (starting in June, 2013). For more information contact Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH, at firstname.lastname@example.org. A notice of interest must be received by March 1, 2013.
Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training
This fellowship program aims to provide interdisciplinary training for future biologic, behavioral, and clinical obesity prevention scientists. Training will be provided for 4-5 years predoctoral appointment or 2-3 years for postdoctoral candidates. Tuition benefits, a generous stipend, and support for travel and other training experiences are available. Individual’s goals will be accomplished through work with a faculty mentor, of which there are 35 potential faculty to choose from. For further information, please visit http://www.sph.umn.edu/epi/training/mnopt/. Questions can be directed to the program director, Robert W. Jeffrey at email@example.com or the program coordinator Kerrin Brelje at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-8570.
New Nursing Graduate Course - Mixed Methods in the Social, Behavioral and Applied Health Sciences
A new course titled “Mixed Methods in the Social, Behavioral and Applied Health Sciences” will be available to nursing graduate students in Spring 2013 on Tuesdays from 9:05am- 12:05pm. It is worth 3 credits and will be taken A-F. The location has not yet been determined. The goal of this course is for students to integrate qualitative research strategies with quantitative approaches in their own study designs. If you have questions regarding registration you may contact Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD at email@example.com or 612-626-2485.
New Liberal Studies Seminar - Art, Health and Society
A new course titled “Art, Health and Society” will be available Spring 2013 from 6:00- 8:30pm. This class will explore the intersections of art, medicine, psychology and history. Investigate and discuss the developmental, psychological, and neurological theories of the arts in medical and mental health contexts. You will learn to use art as a problem-solving tool to begin a dialogue about medical and mental health diagnoses. Arts programming in healthcare environments will be analyzed and critiqued. Learn to think deeply and practically about the roles of arts as related to health across developmental life stages. Outcomes of the class could include developing a lesson plan to use in your practice or community outreach program, and developing a personal vision for how creativity relates to health. To register visit http://www.cce.umn.edu/courses/LS-5100.html.
External Grant Review Program Available
The University of Minnesota Center for Health Equity provides an external grant review program, available immediately, to support a select number of meritorious applications for external peer review prior to submission to a funding agency. This program is open to full-time University of Minnesota post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and faculty with an appointment at the Assistant Professor level or above from any UM campus. To be eligible, a grant must be focused on one of the following topics: health equity; minority health; health of underserved populations; health disparities. Any proposal being submitted to an external funding agency and which has a minimum budget of $100,000 in direct costs for the proposed project period can be submitted for consideration. To be considered for this program, applicants should submit their proposal and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 6 weeks prior to the funding agency deadline.
Volunteers Needed for the Multicultural Research Awards Review Committee
The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) is seeking UMN faculty to volunteer as a member of the 2013 IDEA Multicultural Research Award application review committee. Serving on this committee requires that you read and evaluate all applications (appx. 4 pages and sent via email or hard copy to you) and submit your evaluations no later than Monday, Feb. 4. As a member you will meet only once as a committee in early February for approximately 2 hours to share your evaluations and select this year's recipients. For more information email email@example.com or call 612-625-7439.
Progress Continues in Setting up Health Insurance Marketplaces
Ten months from today, Americans in every state can begin to choose health insurance in new state marketplaces where they will have access to affordable coverage. Many will have never had health insurance, or had been forced to make the decision to go without insurance after losing a job or becoming sick. It is a groundbreaking time for health care in our country. To read more visit http://www.healthcare.gov/blog/2012/12/marketplaces121012.html.
Women Often Lose Health Insurance Coverage Following Divorce
About 115,000 women lose their private health insurance every year in the wake of divorce, according to a University of Michigan study. And this loss is not temporary: women's overall rates of health insurance coverage remain depressed for more than two years after divorce. To read the rest of the article visit http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/252737.php.
February is American Heart Month
When you hear the term “heart disease,” you may think, “Not my problem.” But The Heart Truth® is that 1 in 4 women in the United States dies of heart disease making it the number one killer of women. Taking good care of your heart means controlling your risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and being overweight. Having just one risk factor increases your risk of developing heart disease and your risk skyrockets with each added risk factor. Join the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to celebrate American Heart Month in your local community. For more information visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss and Miscarriage & Recurrent Miscarriage Support Groups
The pregnancy and infant loss support group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. The miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Both groups are ongoing and you may attend or join at any time. The groups run from 5:30- 7:00pm on their respective days. Individuals and/or couples may attend. The group facilitator is Lacey Johnson, MA, LICSW. The groups will take place at the Sheehan Corporate Center Building, 1st Floor Conference Room. For more information or to register please call 612-201-9004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development of Burnout in Middle-Aged Working Women: A Longitudinal Study
Researchers Annika Evolahti, PhD, Daniel Hultell, PhD, and Aila Collins, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, found that in contrast to previous research findings that showed burnout to be stable over time, they were able to cluster the women in the study into groups characterized by different developmental patterns of burnout. Some middle-aged women had high levels of burnout followed by recovery, whereas others had increasing, decreasing, or stable levels over a 9-year period. The authors explored how these patterns related to changes in work-related and other types of stress in the women's lives and individual personality factors. To read the entire article visit http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/jwh.2012.3507#utm_source=PR&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=JWH.
Health Internship Communications Program
The HCIP gives highly qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications projects in one of the many offices that make up the NCI. Interns will select an area of emphasis: health communications or science writing. Six-month and one-year internship terms are offered. The NIH main campus is located in Bethesda, Maryland. HCIP interns are placed in offices located in Bethesda or Rockville, Maryland. For more information please visit http://hcip.nci.nih.gov/ or email HCIP-Contact@mail.nih.gov.
“Through the Ages” Mini Medical School
Registration is open for Mini Medical School’s winter programming, "Through the Ages," about health issues throughout life, from pregnancy and infancy to regenerative medicine and long-term care. Mini Medical School takes place Mondays, Feb. 4–March 4. Cost: $65 for faculty, staff, and students. For more information please visit http://www.health.umn.edu/mini-medical-school/.
Minneapolis VA Receives Grant for Women’s Health
The Minneapolis VA has received $217,000 in women's health grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA officials say they will use the money to establish a new women's health telepharmacy for women veterans in rural Minnesota. To read the rest of the article please visit http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/27/health/va-womens-health-grants.
Many Women Victims of ‘Contraceptive Sabotage,’ Experts Say
Obstetricians and gynecologists should screen women and teens for signs that their partner is sabotaging their birth control, forcing them to have unprotected sex or otherwise trying to control their reproductive choices, says a leading group of U.S. doctors. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) lays out guidelines for detecting sexual and reproductive "coercion" -- which it calls an under-recognized form of violence against women -- in the February issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. To read more visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/news/HealthDay/EN/2013/Jan/23/672765.html.
Weight Gain: Inevitable as You Age?
Is weight gain with age inevitable? It can seem that way when your weight climbs despite dieting and even exercising. Indeed, a recent study suggests that a range of lifestyle choices — not just the number of calories in your diet — influence your weight as you age. To read the article visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-gain-with-age/MY01818.
Exercise for Your Bone Health
Vital at every age for healthy bones, exercise is important for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and it leads to better overall health. To learn more visit http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Bone_Health/Exercise/default.asp.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a devastating and complex disorder. People with CFS have overwhelming fatigue and a host of other symptoms that are not improved by bed rest and that can get worse after physical activity or mental exertion. They often function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of before they became ill. To read more visit http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/general/index.html.
Birth Doula Care Found to Benefit Medicaid Patients
A study published online February 14, 2013 by the American Journal of Public Health from BIRCWH scholar Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, Assistant Professor, Division on Health Policy and Management, found lower cesarean birth rates among Medicaid beneficiaries with access to a birth doula than among Medicaid patients nationwide. Doulas provide support, information, and physical assistance during birth, which may be even more significant for women with low health literacy, whose first language is not English, or who may not understand all of the clinical options available during birth. Nearly half of all US births are funded by Medicaid programs, and many of those women are at increased risk for poor birth outcomes. Researchers found a 40% reduction in cesarean births among women with the support of a trained doula. This decreases costs to states, as cesarean births are much more expensive than vaginal births, and has the potential to reduce the significant disparities in birth outcomes experienced by low-income women. To read the article: http://z.umn.edu/c7o
Is Military Deployment a Risk Factor for Maternal Depression?
Maternal depression is a common condition among new mothers that can be associated with poor maternal health and negative consequences on infant health. Little research has been conducted to examine maternal depression, especially among military mothers, where unique conditions often exist. Using data from a large military cohort, this study prospectively examined the relationship between deployment experience before and after childbirth and maternal depression among U.S. servicewomen. To read more visit http://z.umn.edu/c7p.
Minnesota Department of Health Flu Update
It’s important for all Minnesotans to do what we can to protect ourselves from influenza (“the flu”) and limit the spread of the disease. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, get vaccinated for influenza. It’s not too late. Influenza vaccination is now recommended for everyone six months and older unless they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. It is especially important that those at high risk for serious complications from influenza be vaccinated. These include pregnant women, seniors, young children and those with chronic medical conditions. For more information on how to protect yourself visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/index.html.
Researchers Detect an Anti-Autism Advantage in Females
A protective effect in females may help explain one of the biggest mysteries of autism: Why boys are five times more likely to develop the developmental brain disorder than girls. A new, preliminary study suggests that developing females are much better able than males to fight off genetic pressure to develop symptoms of autism.
The findings aren't definitive and don't point to a treatment or cure. Still, "first steps like this are important" and could lead to greater understanding of autism, said study lead author Elise Robinson, an instructor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. To read more visit http://z.umn.edu/c7q.
Use of Morning-After Pill on the Rise: CDC
The number of U.S. women using the "morning-after" contraception pill has risen dramatically in the last decade, federal health officials report. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.2 percent of women in 2002 said they had used the pill, but between 2006 and 2010 that figure had jumped to 11 percent, which translates to 5.8 million women who were between 15 and 44 years old. Dr. Jill Rabin, chief of ambulatory care obstetrics and gynecology and head of urogynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., believes the increased use of the morning-after pill has to do with its longevity and because it has been proven safe and effective. "It's safer than aspirin," she said. She also disputes the claim by some conservative groups who see the pill as an abortion pill. "It is definitely not an abortion pill. Once an egg is fertilized, the pill has no power," she said. For more information visit: http://z.umn.edu/c7r.
A Growing Trend: Childhood Obesity
There are a variety of environmental factors that determine whether or not the healthy choice is the easy choice for children and their parents. American society has become characterized by environments that promote increased consumption of less healthy food and physical inactivity. It can be difficult for children to make healthy food choices and get enough physical activity when they are exposed to unhealthy environments in their home, child care center, school, or community. To learn more visit http://z.umn.edu/c7s.
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign
CDC's multiyear, multimedia Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests. Screening tests help find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer, thus preventing the disease. Screening also can find this cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened appropriately. For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/.
University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research Call for Advisory Board Applications
The University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) is seeking nominations for its newly restructured Advisory Board. PHDR is driven to improve health for all through research, education and community engagement. We understand that improving health for all is a true team effort. The Advisory Board will consist of University of Minnesota members and community partners that will help PHDR achieve its mission of eliminating health inequities. The nomination form deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 by 4:30 p.m. For more information email email@example.com or call 612-626-9192.
Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Awardees
The Powell Center Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Seed Grants are awarded to UMN junior faculty conducting interdisciplinary women’s health and sex/gender difference research. The purpose of this program is to support faculty by providing mentorship, oversight, and pilot funds to develop an interdisciplinary research program in women’s health research. This year’s recipients are Alicia Allen, PhD, MD, and Emil Lou, MD, PhD.
Dr. Allen is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Her interdisciplinary mentoring team includes Drs. Sharon Allen, Lynn Eberly, Mustafa al’Absi, Marilyn Carroll, John Grabowski, and Shelia Specker. Her research project, Allopregnanolone in Smoking and Cocaine Cessation, will collect preliminary evidence for the possible positive role of allopregnanolone in cessation of drugs abuse. The results may have implications for both prevention and treatment of substance abuse behaviors, especially in women who are, compared to men, at greater risk for relapse.
Dr. Emil Lou is an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation at the Department of Medicine. His mentoring team includes Drs. Subbaya Subramanian, Melissa Geller, Elizabeth Dickson, Venugopal Thayanithy, Clifford Steer, and Richard King, and Rachel Vogel Isaksson. Dr. Lou’s research, Role of Intercellular Communication via Tunneling Nanotubes in Developing Chemoresistant Ovarian Cancer, will investigate tunneling nanotubes (TnTs) as a previously unrecognized form of cell-to-cell communication in recurrent ovarian tumors, and to assess these unique structures as potentially novel targets for effective therapy.
Congratulations to Dr’s. Allen and Lou!
Birth Doula Care Found to Benefit Medicaid Patients
A study published online February 14, 2013 by the American Journal of Public Health from BIRCWH scholar Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, Assistant Professor, Division on Health Policy and Management, found lower cesarean birth rates among Medicaid beneficiaries with access to a birth doula than among Medicaid patients nationwide. Doulas provide support, information, and physical assistance during birth, which may be even more significant for women with low health literacy, whose first language is not English, or who may not understand all of the clinical options available during birth. Nearly half of all US births are funded by Medicaid programs, and many of those women are at increased risk for poor birth outcomes. Researchers found a 40% reduction in cesarean births among women with the support of a trained doula. This decreases costs to states, as cesarean births are much more expensive than vaginal births, and has the potential to reduce the significant disparities in birth outcomes experienced by low-income women. To read the article: http://z.umn.edu/c7o.
U Women Awards, Grants and Scholarships
You are invited to submit nominations for University of Minnesota, system-wide awards that honor the contributions, research and/or leadership of University women, grants that further equity for women, or scholarships that support women students. For more information call 612-625-9837 or visit http://diversity.umn.edu/women .
Report from the CDC- Contraceptive Availability During an Emergency Response in the United States
This article provides the evidence for contraceptive need to prevent unintended pregnancy during an emergency response, discusses the most appropriate types of contraceptives for disaster situations, and details the current provisions in place to provide contraceptives during an emergency response. For access to this article please visit http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/jwh.2012.4178
Surveillance of Preconception Health Indicators In Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Emerging Trends in the 21st Century
This article addresses emerging trends in the 21st century in preconception health indicators among women of reproductive age. Significant improvements were found for alcohol use, smoking, social and emotional support, physical activity. In contrast, binge drinking, having a medical condition and self-reported health significantly worsened. No change was found for mental distress, HIV testing, and having routine checkups. To read the entire article visit http://z.umn.edu/cxz
Effects of Diabetes on a Female
Diabetes can affect any part on your body. The good news is that you can prevent most of these problems by keeping your blood glucose (blood sugar) under control, eating healthy, being more physically active, and working with your health care provider to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control and getting necessary screening tests. For more information visit http://z.umn.edu/cy0
New Powell Center Newsletter to Debut in June 2013
The Powell Center will be releasing a new and improved newsletter in June 2013. We believe this new format will allow us to better serve you and provide you with information regarding women’s health research, events, and opportunities. You can let us know your thoughts about the new newsletter format by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 612-626-1125.
May is Maternal Mental Health Month
Perinatal mental health encompasses a range of mood disorders that affect many women during pregnancy and postpartum. As many as two out of every ten women experience depression or anxiety during their pregnancy or within the first year after birth. Pregnant women and new mothers experiencing depression often do not get the treatment they need due to fear of discussing mental health concerns with their health care providers or lack of knowledge about perinatal depression and anxiety. Barriers to seeking help include social stigma, cost of treatment, concern that insurance will not cover care, lack of knowledge about the impact of depression on personal health and the health of infants, and a lack of knowledge about where to seek treatment. For more information visit http://www.ppsupportmn.org/.
2013 Cancer Disparities Summit: Working Together to Find Solutions
Date: June 19-20 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
- Otis Webb Brawley, MD,FACP, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society
Patrick Tschida, Minnesota Cancer Surviellance System, Erika Vetta, Minnesota Communtity Medicine, Dr. Kate Wolin, Associate Professor, Dept of Public Health Sciences, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and Lea M. Johnson, LMJ Solutions.
For more information or to register visit the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations.
The Powell Center for Women's Health is a co-sponsor of this event.
PSI June 2013 Annual Conference
Date: June 19-22 at the Minneapolis Conference Center
- Cheryl Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
- Penny Simkin, PT
- Sharon Storton, MA, CHT, LMFT
- Laura Miller, MD
- Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, MPH
- Martha Farrell Erickson, PhD
- Mary Jo Codey, Former First Lady of New Jersey.
For more information or to register visit Postpartum Support International.
The Powell Center for Women's Health is a co-sponsor of this event.
Powell Center BIRCWH Scholar, Katy Kozhimannil, Plays Role in Passing Doula Bill
The Minnesota Senate recently passed legislature that requires medical assistance to cover doula services provided by a certified doula of the mothers choice. One of the Powell Center's BIRCWH scholars, Katy Kozhimannil, research played a huge role in helping this bill to pass.
National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
For the 10th year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiancy of care. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.
Revival of a Core Public Health Function: State and Urban Based Maternal Death Review Processes
This article reviews some of the current challenges for maternal death review in the United States, describes key findings from an assessment of U.S. capacity for conducting maternal death reviews, and introduces a new Maternal Mortality Initiative that aims to develop standardized guidelines for state or city based maternal death review processes.
Couples' Birth Trauma Workshop: Another Birth/Another Story
In this workshop Susan Lane, doula and childbirth educator, and Suzanne Swanson, licensed psychologist, offer "Another Birth/Another Strory" for couples who's last birth was traumatic or difficult. In this 3-session class, pregnant couples will release trauma, rebuild confidence, reclaim their birth, and restore intimate partnership. The class will be held at Enlightened Mama, 970 Raymond Ave. Suite G-40, St. Paul, MN 55114 on June 5th and 12th at 6:45pm and on June 9th at 4:30pm. The cost is $150 per couple.
For more information email email@example.com or call 651-221-9709.
Osteoporosis Healthcare Disparities in Postmenopausal Women
New research suggests that not enough eligible women are being screened and treated for osteoporosis in primary care. Despite guidelines for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) screening that do not differentiate by race, this study underscores the continuing presence of racial disparities, with African American women from the same clinics being significantly less likely to be referred for a screening DXA scan than their Caucasian counterparts.
Recent Decline in Infant Mortality in the United States, 2005-2011
A study done by the CDC has found that there was a 12% decline in the infant mortality rate in the United States from 2005 to 2011. Declines in neonatal and postneonatal mortality rates were similar. Furthermore, 4 of the 5 leading causes of infant death have also declined. Despite these declines states in the South still had some of the highest infant mortality rates in 2010.
Hepatitis Statistics for 2012 from the Minnesota Department of Health
Visit the Minnesota Department of Health's website to find out what you need to know about Hepatitis. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and can be caused by alcohol, drugs, chemicals, and viruses that attack the liver. MDH's website has information about the different strains, vaccines, precautions you should take when traveling abroad, laws, and the infection statistics for 2012.
To learn more visit the Minnesota State Department of Health
Recording of the 2012 STD Surveillance Statistics Webinar Now Available
In Minnesota, STDs are the most commonly reported communicable diseases and account for nearly 70% of all notifiable diseases reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. In 2012 the number of reported bacterial STDs increased 10% from the previous year. This report provides a comprehensive review of STD trends and current mobility in Minnesota.
Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home: A Review of the Research for Adults
A review of 49 research studies was done for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a Federal research agency, to understand the benefits of self-measuring blood pressure. The report was reviewed by clinicians, researchers, experts, and the public. This summary was created to help individuals and their doctors decided if checking their blood pressure at home is a good idea for them. This summary will also tell you about the research on blood pressure monitors and will give you questions to ask your doctor.
Read the full report (PDF)
Do Women Know that a Health Diet & Exercise Can Help Prevent Cancer- and Do They Follow the Recommendations?
The lifetime risk for cancer is greater than 1 in 3 for women in the U.S., but most women do not make the lifestyle choices recommended by the American Cancer Society to reduce that risk and prevent cancer. A multifaceted new survey determined how women view diet and exercise in relationship to cancer and whether they believe they are engaging in healthy behaviors, and whether their diet and exercise choices really meet the minimum recommendations.
More Evidence Shows Breast-Feeding Helps Babies' Brains
Breast-feeding is good for a baby's brain, a new study says. Researchers used MRI scans to examine brain growth in 133 children ranging in age from 10 months to 4 years. By age 2, babies who were breast-fed exclusively for at least three months had greater levels of development in key parts of the brain than those who were fed formula only or a combination of formula and breast milk.
WHO Report Highlights Violence Against Women as a 'Global Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions'
Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both by partners and non-partners.
Did Men's Yen for Younger Women Cause Menopause?
Can women blame men for menopause? They may have a case, according to new research that suggests it was men's interest in mating with younger females that gave evolutionary rise to menopause by sidelining older women from reproduction. Menopause -- when a woman stops getting menstrual periods and can't become pregnant -- is unique to humans and its cause is still unknown, explained study author and evolutionary biologist Rama Singh. "We accept as a given the idea that older women tend to be unable to reproduce," but Singh said this is actually an "evolutionary puzzle."
Which Women Should Be Screened for High Cholesterol?
National guidelines recommend that at-risk women be screened for elevated cholesterol levels to reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease. But who is ‘at risk?’ The results of a new study by investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate the proportion of women young and old who have cholesterol levels that meet the definition of being at-risk.
Do Insomnia & Disrupted Sleep During Menopause Increase a Woman's Risk of Heart Disease?
Insomnia and other sleep disturbances are common among perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and may increase their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). A new study presents evidence that a combination of altered sleep duration and insomnia among women ages 50–79 doubled their risk of both CHD and CVD over a period of more than 10 years
Why are Gender Diagnoses So Controversial? New LGBT Health Journal Highlights Diagnostic Revisions
This summer the American Psychiatric Association will publish the 5th version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). DSM-5 includes important revisions to the controversial diagnosis formerly known as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), in which an individual's physical make-up does not align with his or her inner experience of gender. Some had argued that this diagnosis was not only stigmatizing but that it did not meet criteria for classifying it as a mental disorder. The DSM-5 Workgroup chose to retain the disorder classification but to change the name of the disorder to Gender Dysphoria to reduce the stigma associated with the diagnosis.
Global Access to Care for LGBT Individuals is an Urgent Priority
In many regions of the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals face barriers to appropriate healthcare due to stigma, discrimination, and legal sanctions against same sex relations. A Perspective written by Nils Daulaire, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, draws attention to the recent progress being made in the U.S. to remove barriers to LGBT healthcare and emphasizes the need to expand these efforts globally.
2013 BIRCWH & Masonic Cancer Center Women's Health Scholars
The Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health is pleased to announce the awardees for the 2013 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) and Masonic Cancer Center Women’s Health Scholar- Anne Blaes, MD, Susan Mason, PhD and Rebekah H. Nagler, PhD, and Masonic Cancer Center Women's Health Scholar Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH. Read more about their research.
WANTED- Volunteers for the Women's Health Research Conference
These individuals would help with registration in the morning and then have free admission to the conference for the rest of the day. For more information call 612-626-1125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should a Woman's Ovaries Be Removed During a Hysterectomy for Noncancerous Disease?
While ovary removal during hysterectomy protects against future risk of ovarian cancer, the decision to conserve the ovaries and the hormones they produce may have advantages for preventing heart disease, hip fracture, sexual dysfunction, and cognitive decline. Other than a woman’s cancer risk, the most important factor that should determine ovarian conservation vs. removal is her age—whether she is older or younger than 50—according to a Review article published in Journal of Women’s Health.
Disparities in Women's Health Across a Generation: A Mother-Daughter Comparison
The U.S. Centers for Disease Conftrol and Prevention has set national goals to eliminate health disparities by race, sex, and socioeconomic status. Progress in meeting these goals has been mixed. A new article published by the Journal of Women's Health provides a different view on the evolving health of U.S. women by examining a sample of daughters and their mothers.
Exercise in Obese Pregnant Women: Positive Impacts and Current Perceptions
A new article published in the International Journal of Women's Health provides a comprehensive overview of the effect of physical activity on pregnancy outcomes, the change of physical activity during pregnancy, and women's perception of being physically active during pregnancy, with a particular focus on women who are overweight or obese.
The University of Minnesota has Announced the Opening of a Youth with Disabilites Study Coordinator Position
The University of Minnesota has announced the opening of a Youth with Disabilities Study Coordinator position. The project coordinator works with investigators, study staff, consultants, and study subjects to complete the project objectives. This position demands a creative individual who will work hard, take initiative to problem solve, and who is devoted to the well-being of adolescents and young adults, particularily those with special health care needs. Apply for this position by visiting http://z.umn.edu/f57 and entering job code 185493.
MNSure Outreach Community Liaisons Needed
MNSure has announced the opening of a Outreach Community Liaison position. This individual will coordinate on-the-ground education and outreach to partnership activities aimed at targeted population groups, leading to successfully established and operation Targeted Area Networks located in strategically divided areas across MN. They will also work to leverage existing relationships with local community partners to coordinate dissemination of MNSure public materials and build new partnership channels for outreach.
The Community Research Institute has Been Launched for a Second Year
The Community Research Institute (CRI) is a 6-week series of workshops that include lecture-style instruction, small group activities, and networking opportunities. In addition to the workshops Institute participants will have the chance to meet with university and community-based research consultants to discuss specific issues in community-engaged research. All participating organizations will also receive a $1000 mini-grant for their participation in the program.
Powell Center's Scholar in Mature Women's Health
The Powell Center for Women's Health is pleased to announce the inaugural competition for the Powell Center's Scholar in Mature Women's Health. The Powell Center's Scholar in Mature Women's Health is a two year appointment awarded to a faculty member that will enhance and develop his or her career in mature women's health research and further the overall goals of the Powell Center's mature women's health initiative. Letters of Intent are not required but are strongly recommended. They are due by September 18, 2013 by 5:00pm. Complete applications are due by October 21, 2013 by 5:00 pm. Please direct questions to Jennifer O'Brien at email@example.com or 612-626-1125.
Does the novel Fifty Shades of Grey normalize the abuse of women?
A new article published in the Journal of Women's Health argues that the best seller, characterized by the relationship between mega-millionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele, creates a context that supports intimate partner violence.
Alcohol Use Patterns in Adolescence May be Linked to Risky Sexual Behaviors
Alcohol use patterns in adolescence may be useful markers for programs that aim to prevent risky sexual behaviors, researchers in a new study say. That article, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examined alcohol use frequency in adolescence as a predictor of sexual risk behavior in adulthood.
Did you know: Up to 14% of Women Screen Positive for Perinatal Depression
Yet approximately one-half of these women are not diagnosed, and this oversight could be fatal for mothers and their children. Postpartum depression and anxiety historically have been under diagnosed, partly because of the stigma associated with psychiatric illness and partly because of the cultural expectation that a new baby is a cause for joy.
What do Pediatricians offer to adolescents for contraception?
Over 50% of pediatricians consider abstinence their favored method of contraception for adolescents and fewer than 25% of pediatricians would offer an IUC to a teen unless she had a history of vaginal delivery or abortion say researchers in a study published by the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
Improved Classification Methods to Calculate Cancer Incidence Rates
A new article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute make use of these improved classification methods to calculate cancer incidence rates from 1990-2008 in specific Asian and Pacific Islander populations in the United States. Cancer Prevention Institute of California scientist Scarlett Lin Gomez led the analysis of data from 13 Surveillance, Epidemiology, End Results (SEER) registries for eight Asian American ethnic populations.
Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening
Many barriers to cervical cancer screening for Hispanic women have been documented, but few effective interventions exist. A new in the Journal of Women's Health describes the development process of the AMIGAS intervention, highlights the integration of scientific evidence and community-based participatory research principles, and identifies opportunities for dissemination, adaptation, and implementation of this intervention.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus & Pregnancy
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as carbohydrate intolerance leading to hyperglycemia with onset or fist recognition during pregnancy and is associated with increased maternal and infant complications. A new published in the American Journal of Public Health has concluded that elevated prepregnancy body mass index contributed to GDM in all racial/ethnic groups, which suggests that decreasing overweight and obesity among women of reproductive age could reduce GDM.
Worksite Lactation Policies
Since the Affordable Care Act of 2010 amendment of the Fair Labor Standards Act the issue of workplace lactation support has intensified. The objective of a new published in the Journal of Women's Health was to examine organizational policies on worksite lactation support as they relate to the new federal standards in state employers and within large state public and private universities.
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a free public event will be held offering free HIV testing, educational materials and resources, shirts, delicious snacks, and more from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues., Oct. 15, at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E., Room 123, St. Paul. For those who take an HIV test, they will be eligible to participate with a raffle for a $50 gift card. For more information, call Maria Elena Escoto, 651-789-2504, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Hoang Bui by email at: email@example.com.