AMWA NewsFlash
Oct. 2, 2013

SAVE NOW! — Global Women's Leadership Summit

Hear from renowned leaders like Cherie Blair, John Gray, Gloria Feldt, Riane Eisler, Meera Sanyal and others. AMWA is an official partner for this groundbreaking new Web-based event. Free pre-summit series and discounted registration for the summit (price increases from $297 to $697 at the end of the week).More

Save the Date! AMWA's 99th Anniversary Meeting

Women in Medicine: Successfully Facing Future Challenges and Advances
Washington D.C.
March 14-16, 2014
Speakers include:

  • Laurie Glimcher, M.D.
  • Anthony Fauci, M.D.
  • Margaret Hamburg, M.D.(pending)
  • Story Landis, Ph.D.
  • Julie Freischlag, M.D.
  • Louise Ivers, M.D., MPH, DTM&H
  • Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D.
  • William Haseltine, M.D., Ph.D.
  • More

    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS — Date extended to Nov. 5

    Now Accepting Applications for AMWA’s 2014 Awards

  • Elizabeth Blackwell Award
  • Camille Mermod Award
  • Woman in Science Award
  • Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award
  • Bertha Van Hoosen Award
  • Anne C. Carter Student Leadership Award
  • Exceptional Mentor Award
    Click here for more information about the awards and how to apply.More

    AMWA has partnered with 4Med

    For nearly a century, The American Medical Women's Association is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and through building strategic alliances. More

    Follow @AMWADoctors and stay tuned!

    The AMWA Social Media Committee would like to introduce our new Twitter Monday series entitled "Women & Medicine Mondays" (searchable on with #WNMonday). We will be tweeting interesting, thought-provoking, and inspiring stories related to women's health and women in the healthcare industry every Monday. Follow us at @AMWADoctors and stay tuned!More

    Medical research and the problem of gender
    Digital Journal
    A 2001 U.S. Institute of Medicine report on gender differences recommended major reforms in research and medicine, due to the lack of women involved in research projects. A new report suggests that little has changed.More

    Study sheds light on heart disease delay in women
    Health News
    Younger women’s bodies are better able to counter the effects of insulin resistance, which may help explain why they typically develop heart disease 10 years later in life than men, a new study suggests. Insulin is a hormone that takes glucose from the blood and carries it into cells, where it is used for energy. Insulin resistance — the term used when the body doesn’t use insulin properly — increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.More

    Rise in HPV cancers blamed on American cultural evolution
    Medical Daily
    A quickly rising incidence of throat and mouth cancers among young American adults may be caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. An analysis of U.S. government health data shows that cancers of the base of the tongue, tonsils, soft palate, and pharynx rose by 60 percent among adults 45 years of age and younger during the past couple of generations.More

    First pre-surgery drug approved for breast cancer
    The Boston Globe
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to shrink breast tumors before surgery. While oncologists sometimes use chemotherapy to treat certain breast cancers before surgery, the new drug — called Perjeta (pertuzumab) — was the first to be approved specifically for this purpose in patients with early stage breast cancers that respond to the HER2 protein.More

    Evidence of frailty before surgery may predict surgical risk
    A new prospective study shows that the Hopkins Frailty Score (HFS) can help predict preoperatively which patients are at greater risk of developing complications after surgery. These results were published online June 27 and in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgery.More

    Why cancer treatment doesn't mean the end of fertility
    The Dallas Morning News
    When Michele Foust received a diagnosis of Stage 2 breast cancer this spring, she typed out a list of questions about her treatment. At the top of the 26-year-old’s concerns was an unknown that haunts many young cancer patients: “If I survive, will I be able to have children?”More

    7 surprising health conditions that affect women more than men
    The Huffington Post
    There are also a slew of health problems are far less likely to be recognized as issues disproportionately impacting women, which means many struggle to get help and answers -- for months and even years at a time. At the top of that list...More

    What does the future of medical education look like? 5 schools offer some clues
    MedCity News
    Medical schools have been preparing for the changes healthcare reform is bringing. Many have framed their education around iPads and other tablets, and are encouraging more of their students to focus on primary care as physician...More

    Infertile woman has child thanks to new Stanford technique
    Medical Daily
    Scientists at Stanford University and in Japan have developed an experimental technique to remedy one of the leading causes of female infertility. The findings, published in the journal PNAS, could pave the way for thousands of infertile women to become pregnant without an egg donor. Primary ovarian failure affects nearly 250,000 women in the U.S. under the age of 40, and can trigger premature menopause as early as adolescence.More

    Vitamin D supplements provide no support for women's bone health after menopause
    Medical Daily
    According to a recent study, vitamin D supplements provide no bone health support to women who are already getting the recommended amounts of the vitamin. Findings published online in Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism show that healthy women who have high amounts of vitamin D in their diet do not receive any additional advantage — when it comes to bone health — from vitamin D supplements.More

    New omega-3 study shows no brain benefits for senior women
    Healthline News
    Omega-3 fatty acids are said to have numerous health benefits, but new research casts doubt on one of them. According to a study released Wednesday in the journal Neurology, omega-3 fatty acids may not have the brain-boosting benefits prior research suggested, at least not in healthy postmenopausal women.More

    Exercise, weight control reduce risk of breast cancer
    USA Today
    Breast cancer can be a devastating disease, but most women can take active steps to reduce their risk, say some of the nation's leading breast cancer experts. Women shouldn't blame themselves for their illness, doctors say, noting that it's usually impossible to pinpoint what caused an individual woman's breast tumor. But about 25 percent of all breast cancer cases in women of all ages could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight and doing regular physical activity, says internist Anne McTiernan, a researcher with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.More