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AMWA supports Oklahoma tornado victims
The American Medical Women's Association sends our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20. We hope that many more children are reunited safely with their families and our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. We are profoundly saddened by the loss of children due to this horrific natural disaster.
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Primary care docs average more hospital revenue than specialists
A survey of hospital CFOs shows primary care physicians generated a combined average of $1,566,165 for their affiliated hospitals in the last year. Other specialties generated a combined annual average of $1,424,917, the lowest average in five years, data shows.
Female orthopedic surgeon defies multiple stereotypes
They are known as the jocks of the operating room and although the majority of surgeons are men, the team of orthopedic surgeons at Billings Clinic is co-ed.
"I broke my clavicle one year playing hockey and then I tore my MCL," Dr. Giselle Tan said. "So the only physician I ever saw was an orthopedic surgeon."
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Tell your senators to support the Peace Corps Equity Act
National Women's Law Center
No woman should ever be denied an abortion, especially in the cases of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is at risk. Period. The Peace Corps is a federal program that sends over 8,000 American volunteers abroad each year to promote world peace and friendship. Women make up more than 60 percent of these volunteers. And though other women who receive healthcare coverage through the federal government have coverage of abortion in cases of rape, incest and to protect the life of the woman, Peace Corps volunteers are prohibited from receiving the same coverage as federal employees. The Peace Corps Equity Act will end this extreme policy.
Report questions reducing salt intake too dramatically
Americans need to lower their excessive salt intake for their health's sake, but it may be harmful to cut back too far, says a new report out today. Adults in the USA consume an average of 3,400 milligrams (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) of sodium a day, mostly from processed foods and restaurant fare.
Which women should be screened for high cholesterol?
Journal of Women's Health
National guidelines recommend that at-risk women be screened for elevated cholesterol levels to reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease. But who is "at risk?" The results of a study by investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the proportion of women young and old who have cholesterol levels that meet the definition of being at-risk are reported in an article in Journal of Women's Health.
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Healthcare data stumbles on 'walls' put up by EMR vendors
Before health care providers can handle "big data," they first need to learn how to deal with small data. That's the frank assessment of Sean Cassidy, a vice president with Premier Data Alliance, a group purchasing organization that helps coordinate the healthcare provided by 2,800 hospitals, 56,000 nonsurgical healthcare facilities, and 34,000 doctors' offices.
Gene patents drive medical innovation
The Wall Street Journal
The biotech industry began in 1978 when the University of California applied for a patent on the gene for the human growth hormone. Since that filing nearly 20 percent of the 20,000-plus genes in our DNA have been patented.
The current Supreme Court case challenging the patent on the breast cancer gene (Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics) could invalidate thousands of these patents, affecting hundreds of diagnostic and therapeutic products.
Even after overhaul, gaps in coverage for young, pregnant women
The federal healthcare overhaul makes some notable improvements in insurance coverage for young adults.
They can now stay on their parents' health plans until they turn 26. Next year they can also look for subsidized coverage on the state-based insurance marketplaces, also called exchanges. And they may qualify for Medicaid, if their income is less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Ovarian cancer fall sped up as hormone use dropped
Ovarian cancer rates in the U.S. began to decline faster in 2002 around the time many older women went off hormone replacement therapy, according to a new study.
That year, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) found that estrogen or estrogen plus progestin hormone therapy, prescribed for the symptoms of menopause, was linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart attack.
Winning the war against cervical cancer
When President Nixon began the war on cancer in 1971 with the signing of the National Cancer Act, it was intended to "...strengthen the National Cancer Institute in order to more effectively carry out the national effort against cancer." Despite the billions of dollars spent, and a few scattered victories (e.g. childhood leukemia) the casualties continue to mount in this 40 year campaign with no end in sight.
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USPSTF recommends universal HIV screening from age 15 to 65
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all 15- to 65-year olds, younger and older at-risk individuals, and all pregnant women for HIV, according to a Recommendation Statement published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH, and colleagues from the USPSTF conducted a systematic literature review to update the 2005 recommendation statement on screening for HIV.
Study: Endometriosis more common in lean women
Heavy women are less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis than their slimmer peers, according to a new study.
Researchers following more than 116,000 women found that morbidly obese study participants were 39 percent less likely than normal-weight women to develop the chronic condition - in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus and causes painful periods and bleeding.
Study shows that women who smoke during pregnancy increase the risk of both obesity and gestational diabetes
While the relation of prenatal tobacco exposure to negative outcomes in childhood has been much studied, reports on possible adverse effects that persist until adulthood are more scarce and results are inconsistent. In the study using data from the Swedish Medical Birth Register, the authors investigated the relationship between a woman smoking in pregnancy and the chances of her daughter then developing gestational diabetes and obesity.
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