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Female doctors more positive than males
Healthcare Finance News
In a profession full of flux and uncertainty, America's physicians say they are generally not a happy lot. But female physicians do seem to be a bit less miserable overall, according to a recent study by The Physicians Foundation.
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A visit to the Van Hoosen Farm, home of AMWA's founder, Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen
Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH, AMWA Executive Director
Last September, AMWA Past President Dr. Mary Guinan, was the keynote speaker at the Broomfield Center for Leadership at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. From her we learned of the 150th Birthday Celebration of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen to be held at the farm on March 26.
The impact of Senate Bill 414
The Indiana Legislature is well on its way to joining other states in helping improve the fight against breast cancer. Bill 414 was advocated for by many women health organizations including the Are You Dense Foundation and the Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Mandatory reporting to women who have dense tissue on their mammograms that additional testing may be needed will be an important part of early detection for those women for whom dense breast tissue makes the use of mammography less helpful.
Science needs more women
The University of Sydney via Science Alert (commentary)
Scientists strive always to be fair and impartial in their research. But there's one aspect of our work that is rife with bias and subjectivity. The issue is not our experiments or our publications but our gender distribution, which in most fields remains staunchly and overwhelmingly male.
Urge your representative to move the Paycheck Fairness Act forward
National Women's Law Center
The House of Representatives recently blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. However, there is a way to FORCE a vote — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro put forward what's called a "discharge petition" and all we need to do is get 218 representatives to sign it in order to release the bill for a vote.
HHS offers moms knowledge, help, support through a new breast-feeding initiative
Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA announced the launch of It's Only Natural, a new public education campaign that aims to raise awareness among African American women of the importance of and benefits associated with breast-feeding and provide helpful tips.
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Dr. Oz: Why female doctors may be better for you than male doctors
On the Dr. Oz Show, if you had to choose between a female doctor or male doctor, you'd be best under the female doctor. Dr. Oz says there are just some things that female doctors know that male doctors don't.
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5 ways the president's budget would change Medicare
Kaiser Health News
President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget includes a variety of what he says are "manageable" changes for Medicare's 54 million beneficiaries as well as for the hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers that serve them. That assessment has drawn concern from some patient and provider groups that, although recognizing the need to address the nation's rising healthcare costs, say seniors shouldn't bear the brunt of efforts to reduce entitlement spending.
The first quarter of the year sees Medical Women actively participating in the global action around women issues with the celebration of International Women's day as a global effort every March 8. Congratulations on all colleagues who kept the flame alive through participation in their countries.
The month of March also sees International effort at the level of the United Nations with the Commission on the Status of Women meetings in New York. MWIA through its
representatives at the U.N., Dr. Padmini Murthy and Dr Satty Gill Keswani always organize very interesting and challenging workshops. Thank you both for your efforts
and hard work!
Funding opportunity: EMPOWERED Community Grants
Alicia Keys, as part of the EMPOWERED campaign, is spearheading The EMPOWERED Community Grants Program to help advance community-level efforts focused on women and HIV/AIDS. The grant program will be administered by AIDS United, with guidance from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Program will provide grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to selected community-based organizations. Grant proposals will be accepted through an annual Request for Proposals process administered by AIDS United. Selections will be made with input from an advisory council of experts. The deadline for submission of grant applications is 11:59 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, May 15.
Support American Women's Hospitals Service
In July 1915, 300 women physicians heard from Dr. Rosalie Morton who gave an illustrated lecture on the work of women physicians in World War I. It was the norm in the United States, as in the allied countries, to deny medical women any active role in the war effort. Dr. Morton's lecture sparked a flame which would see the birth of the American Women's Hospitals Committee which had a two-fold mission at that time — the relief of suffering through medical care and the advancement of women in the medical profession. Since then, the American Women's Hospitals Service has furthered its mission to relieve suffering by supporting clinics all over the world as well as medical students' work abroad for the medical care of under-served populations.
AWHS has historically worked with AMWA as its charitable arm, supporting six independent clinics in the US and 4 overseas which bring much needed care to diverse populations ranging from former coal mining communities in rural Kentucky and Tennessee to a hospital in Haiti to remote villages along the Amazon river serviced by refurbished ships that serve as floating clinics and traveling operating rooms.
In order to maintain our support for these wonderful clinics and to help develop our connections with these incredible programs, we need your help! Please "like" our Facebook page and also browse to learn more about AWHS and the clinics we support: www.facebook.com/pages/American-Womens-Hospitals-Service/587203874625609?ref=hl. If you would like to get involved, conduct a fundraiser drive, or have any questions please contact the AWHS committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any member donations or fundraising efforts (big or small) will go a long way to make a difference!
Breast cancer drugs urged for healthy high-risk women
The New York Times
Should healthy women take drugs to lower their risk of breast cancer? An influential panel of experts recently said that the answer is yes, but only for certain women who are at increased risk because of breast cancer in the family or a personal history of breast lumps or other problems. Two drugs, tamoxifen and raloxifene, can lower the risk, and may be worth taking even though both can have serious adverse effects like blood clots and strokes, the experts said.
Study: Uterine cancer tied to later colon cancer
Depending on their age, women diagnosed with uterine cancer may have a higher risk of developing colon cancer later on, according to a new study from Canada.
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