Society for Women's Health Research Statement on Brain Research through the Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative
The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) applauds and supports the launch of the ground-breaking BRAIN initiative. SWHR firmly believes that both female and male brains must be thoroughly evaluated through this initiative, to provide scientists with the necessary tools for investigating sex differences in the brain and associated neurological disorders. Read more
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of progressive,
debilitating respiratory conditions, including emphysema and chronic
bronchitis, characterized by difficulty breathing, lung airflow
limitations, cough, and other symptoms.
COPD often is associated with a
history of cigarette smoking and is the primary contributor to mortality
caused by chronic lower respiratory diseases, which became the third
leading cause of death in the United States in 2008.
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There's Never A Wrong Time to Start Making Lifestyle Changes
A Look At Hypertension During National Women's Health Week
By Jennifer Wider, MD SWHR Contributing Writer
Each year, the US Department of Health and Human
Services’ Office on Women’s Health promotes the health of women and its
importance during a weeklong health observance called National Women’s Health
Week. The purpose is to empower women to
take charge of their own health and to make it a priority.
One important step in taking care of your health is
visiting a health care professional on a regular basis for checkups and
preventive screenings. These guidelines
may vary by age and your own medical profile, so it’s important to speak with
your health care provider to see what’s right for you.
“The most important screenings are the basic ones,”
says Nina Karol, MD a physician at Internal Medicine Associates of Westport,
CT. “Blood pressure, cholesterol,
weight, and waist circumference; and make sure that you discuss the overall
quality of your diet with your doctor: calcium intake, fruit/vegetable intake.” Karol also recommends diabetes screening,
mammogram and colonoscopy when they are age appropriate. “Everyone should be screened for skin
cancer,” she adds. “A melanoma that is
diagnosed early is completely curable.”
One issue that some women don’t pay close attention
to is high blood pressure. Oftentimes,
people mistakenly believe that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is more
common among men. But according to
statistics from the American Heart Association, nearly half of all adults with
high blood pressure are women. And
beginning at age 65, post-menopausal women are actually more likely to have
hypertension than men.
Journal of Women's Health published in their May issue a report by SWHR's Martha Nolan, Esq. and Thuy-Linh Nguyen, MPH on "Analysis and Reporting of Sex Differences in Phase lll Medical Clinical Trials - How Are We Doing?"