December 2010

U.S. Not Meeting Key Women’s Health Goals

10-Year State-by-State Report Card in Women’s Health

  • Good: Less Cigarette Smoking, More Colorectal Cancer Screening

  • Bad: Fewer Pap Tests, More Chlamydia, More Binge Drinking

The United States has failed to meet most goals for women’s health — largely federal objectives drawn from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 agenda — according to a report released today on the status of women’s health by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Free Information on Anxiety Disorders

The holiday season is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends but it can be stressful, especially if you have an anxiety disorder.   The latest e-newsletter from the Institute for Women’s Health Research focuses on the most common anxiety disorders, especially in women.  Click HERE to view our December e-newsletter.

Young Women with Ovarian Insufficiency at Risk for Depression

Young women with the menopause-like condition, primary ovarian insufficiency, are much more likely than other women to experience depression at some point during their lives, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health. The finding suggests that all women diagnosed with the condition should be evaluated for depression.

Depression is a serious medical illness affecting the brain which involves more than feeling blue or sad for a few days. Symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness, difficulty sleeping or over sleeping, energy loss, and feelings of worthlessness.

Is Thyroid Cancer Incidence Up?

The American Cancer Society projects the U.S. incidence of thyroid cancer in 2010 at 44,670 cases (14.4 cases per 100,000 people)  with women having 3 times the rate of men.   The rate of thyroid cancer diagnosis has doubled since 1990, in large part because of improved diagnosis, but also because of unknown factors.

Younger Women at Risk for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) refers to infection of the uterus (womb), fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs that causes symptoms such as lower abdominal pain.   It is a serious complication of some sexually transmitted diseases, especially chlamydia and gonorrhea.   PID can damage the fallopian tubes and tissues in and near the uterus and ovaries and can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tube or elsewhere outside the womb), abscess formation and chronic pelvic pain.

More than 750,000 women in the US experience an episode of acute PID every year.