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Spotlight on AMWA's Founder - Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen
Sixty-four years ago, the Associated Press published an article about Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen.
An 86 year old Illinois woman surgeon made the plane for her European vacation today despite a last minute schedule of six operations in a week.
"It never fails to happen," said Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen of Chicago. "Everytime I'm about to go on a trip, they all seem to want to be operated on."
The author of Petticoat Surgeon, Dr. Van Hoosen said she was proud of the increased number of women in the medical profession. She said she herself still operates 'pretty nearly every day.'
Also aboard the plane with Dr. Van Hoosen were Miss Helen Taylor, of Chicago, a portrait painter, and Mrs. Claressa Merritt, of Peoria, Ill., now studying medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Van Hoosen, who was in attendance at the birth of both women, said: "It is best to travel with people you really know."
AMWA Board - Call for nominations - extended to July 15
The AMWA Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for positions of President Elect, Treasurer, and at-large Board of Directors for the 2014-2015. The completed application is due July 15. Click here for more information.
AMWA's special 98th anniversary membership promotion - extended
In honor of AMWA's 98th Anniversary Year, new members can join AMWA at a deeply discounted rate of $98 - extended to Aug. 15. This is over 50 percent off of the normal membership rate of $225. Take advantage of this great offer and join our wonderful network of women leaders in medicine. JOIN NOW
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Sex and gender women's health collaborative
Biology of Sex Differences
Research conducted to date has deepened our understanding of sex and gender differences in the etiology, diagnosis,
treatment, and outcomes for many conditions that affect both women and men. The Sex and Gender Women’s Health
Collaborative (SGWHC) is supported by the coordinated efforts of our founding partners: the American Medical
Women’s Association, the American College of Women’s Health Physicians and Society for Women’s Health Research to address the gaps in medical education with regard to sex and gender competency in the care of women.
Epidemic of HPV oropharyngeal cancer
There has been a rapid rise in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer associated with human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV 16). "We are clearly seeing an epidemic HPV-related head and neck cancer, and the numbers are rising dramatically," said Dr. Robert Haddad, from the head and neck oncology program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Most of the increase in incidence has occurred in the past decade, he told Medscape Medical News in an interview.
New drug for hot flashes may not provide much relief, experts say
The Boston Globe
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for hot flashes - a low-dose version of the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil) - in a surprise move. The agency’s panel of physician experts had voted this past March to reject the treatment because the drug didn’t offer enough symptom relief to warrant exposing patients to the risk of rare side effects such as increased suicidal thoughts, bleeding, and high blood pressure.
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Updated ASCO guide on chemoprevention for breast cancer
In the hope of having more eligible women use chemoprevention for breast cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has changed the tenor of its recommendations in its related clinical practice guideline. The new guideline now more strongly recommends the use of pharmacological prevention interventions for women who are at increased risk for invasive breast cancer.
State-mandated transvaginal ultrasounds
On Friday, July 5, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law 17 bills that include one, simply called 2013 Wisconsin Act 37, that places new restrictions and conditions on the medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy. In addition to requiring that a large amount of geographically-customized information on pregnancy and adoption services be provided to the patient, the new law requires physicians conducting the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic and that an obstetric ultrasound procedure be performed with an oral description provided to the patient of what is seen via the imaging and an opportunity to view the image.
In Israel, medicine is still a man's world
Prof. Rivka Carmi, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a medical doctor by training, says she became a feminist in the fourth month of pregnancy when she told her supervisor that she couldn’t accept a placement several months down the line because of her impending childbirth.
She attributes both her feminist stance and the fact that she would end up with only one daughter to his response. “His reply was: ‘Just know that all your wonderful and ambitious career plans, even if they become fulfilled, won’t reach the extent and quality you intend for them,’” she recalls.
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Women and HIV: A story of racial and ethnic health disparities
Overall, the rate of American women contracting the disease relative to men has climbed from 8 percent in the 1980s to 25 percent today. But most of this burden is in underserved communities: one in 32 African-American women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, as will one in 106 Latina women. Meanwhile, one in 526 Caucasian and Asian women will contract the virus. Death rates are also higher for African-American and Latina women, making it one of the leading causes of death for those groups.
Physicians slow to implement HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening guidelines
Recent breakthroughs in cervical cancer prevention have resulted in new vaccination and cervical cancer screening guidelines. Recommendations do not always translate into practice, however. Less than one third of obstetrician-gynecologists vaccinate their eligible patients against the human papilloma virus (HPV), and only half adhere to cervical cancer prevention guidelines published three years previously, according to a survey published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Birth control pills pulled due to placebo issue
Sandoz is recalling one lot of its Estarylla birth control pills after a patient found a placebo tablet among the pills intended to contain active drug, according to a company press release. The affected tablets, containing norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol, are in lot LF01213A, with an expiration date of February 2014, according to the release, which was posted on the FDA website. The pills are supplied in cartons containing three blister cards of 28 tablets each, and this lot was only distributed in the U.S., a company spokesman said in an email.
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