Women’s Health

Menopause and Chemical Exposures

Earlier Menopause Linked to Everyday Chemical Exposures

Women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items, and the environment experience menopause 2 to 4 years earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Abortions Are Safe When Performed By Nurses Practitioners

Abortions Are Safe When Performed By Nurses Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Certified Nurse

The new study was designed to evaluate the safety of early aspiration abortions when performed by nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives trained in the procedure. The study was conducted under a legal waiver from the Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program, a division of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. California law requires a legal clarification about who can perform aspiration abortions.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell

Abortion Doctor Delivered 7 Babies Alive, Then Murdered Them With Scissors

Despicable is too kind a word to describe Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Some called him a cold-blooded killer. The state of Pennsylvania agreed with that description when they convicted the doctor on 3 counts of first-degree murder for slaughtering newborn babies and for the death of a woman who overdosed on painkillers following her abortion while under Gosnell’s care.

Moderate Doses of Radiation Therapy to Unaffected Breast May Prevent Second Breast Cancers

Moderate Doses of Radiation Therapy to Unaffected Breast May Prevent Second Breast Cancers

Moderate radiation doses can kill premalignant cells in the unaffected breast

Survivors of breast cancer have a one in six chance of developing breast cancer in the other breast. But a study conducted in mice suggests that survivors can dramatically reduce that risk through treatment with moderate doses of radiation to the unaffected breast at the same time that they receive radiation therapy to their affected breast. The treatment, if it works as well in humans as in mice, could prevent tens of thousands of second breast cancers. The study, conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), was published on December 20 in the online journal PLoS One.

Estrogen: Not Just Produced by the Ovaries

Estrogen: Not Just Produced by the Ovaries

A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team reports today that the brain can produce and release estrogen — a discovery that may lead to a better understanding of hormonal changes observed from before birth throughout the entire aging process.

The new research shows that the hypothalamus can directly control reproductive function in rhesus monkeys and very likely performs the same action in women.

Dr. James C. Burt

The “Love Surgeon” Was Nothing but a Brutal Butcher

“Women are structurally inadequate for intercourse. This is a pathological condition amenable by surgery,” so claimed Dr. James C. Burt, a gynecologist and obstetrician, in his 1975 book, Surgery of Love.

Unfortunately, for many patients, Dr. Burt’s genital reconstruction typically resulted in the exact opposite effect he proclaimed his procedures would have on them. Most of his patients suffered several side effects, including sexual dysfunction because of pain during intercourse, infection, and the need for corrective surgery after undergoing Dr. Burt’s bizarre medical procedures.

Experts Clarify Conflicting Criteria for Diagnosing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Experts Clarify Conflicting Criteria for Diagnosing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome, the most common hormone disorder in women of reproductive age and a leading cause of infertility.

The CPG, entitled “Diagnosis and Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline” will appear in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), a publication of The Endocrine Society.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation

It is estimated that 100 to 140 million women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), and an additional 3 million girls are at risk of FGM every year. FGM refers to a group of practices that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified into 4 types…

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

CAH: Making Better Wives and Mothers Through Pharmaceuticals

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a group of rare autosomal recessive disorders affecting the endocrine system. The disease affects production pathways for glucocorticoids (GCs) and mineralocorticoids (MCs) such as cortisol and aldosterone. In affected individuals, cortisol levels do not normalize, resulting in a runaway steroidogenesis process and an overabundance of androgens (male sex hormones). Individuals with CAH develop adrenal hyperactivity and abnormally large adrenal glands (hyperplasia). Symptoms may be mild or severe and presentations may vary from ambiguous female genitalia, underdeveloped male genitalia, precocious pseudopuberty, skeletal malformations, to a very serious salt-wasting crisis. Some females may present with symptoms that resemble polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), displaying unusual excessive hair growth, irregular or absent menstrual cycles, and anovulation (lack of an ovum release during menstruation).

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