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Women in Medicine: Empowering Leaders to Improve the Health of Women
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More women are suiting-up in surgical careers, but is it a challenge?
Although women are increasingly making their mark in the field of surgery, very few of them have managed to move into leadership positions.
Some women surgeons believe that gender discrimination still exists in the field. Certain surgical specialties, such as neurological surgery and orthopedic surgery, remain very male-dominated, with men accounting for about 95 percent of all practicing surgeons.
New hope for ovarian cancer
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Despite advances in treatment, ovarian cancer remains a highly lethal disease, mainly because most women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed when the disease is at a late stage. Every year, about 20,000 women get ovarian cancer, the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death. When ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment is most effective.
Robotic hysterectomy usage up for benign disease
Medical Xpress via HealthDay News
The use of robotic hysterectomy procedures has significantly increased, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The researchers found that there were 804,551 hysterectomies performed for benign conditions, of which 20.6 percent were laparoscopic and 5.1 percent were robotically assisted.
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Stats show MRSA declining, especially in hospitals
Ob. Gyn, News
The estimated total of invasive MRSA infections across the United States fell 31 percent between 2005 and 2011, according to a report published online Sept. 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
And for the first time, the estimated number of hospital-onset invasive MRSA infections was lower than that of community-associated infections, said Dr. Raymund Dantes.
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Women's heart attacks may hit without chest pain
Sex differences matter in spotting and treating a heart attack, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, from Nadia Khan, M.D., MSc and researchers at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. Women have the classic chest pain we look for to identify a heart attack less often than men, the investigators reported.
6 things you need to know about women, aging and brain health
The Huffington Post
Americans are living longer than ever, and women tend outlive men: The average life expectancy for females in the United States is now roughly 81, compared to 76 for males, according to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.
As a result, women are disproportionately affected by many of the health issues associated with brain aging.
Breast cancer research sheds light on earlier screening
New cancer research shows that most breast cancer deaths occur in younger women who've not had screening mammograms.
In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening mammograms at the age of 50, every two years. However, The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. This has continued to be a debate among industry experts.
Study: Asthma care critical during pregnancy
U.S. News & World Report via HealthDay News
Asthma control during pregnancy is vital because uncontrolled asthma can cause harm to mothers and their babies, according to a new review.
Asthma affects about 10 percent of pregnant women, making it the most common chronic condition in pregnancy, the researchers said.
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