Archive | December 2012

Women’s Health New Items

What Causes Hot Flushes During Menopause? Researchers Identify Brain Region That May Trigger the Uncomfortable Surges of Heat

Dec. 11, 2012 — Hot flushes are not “in the head,” but new research suggests they may start there. A UA research team has identified a region in the brain that may trigger the uncomfortable surges of heat most women experience in the first few years of menopause.

The Factor That Could Determine Future Breast Cancer Treatment

December 27, 2012 — Australian scientists have shown how a ‘transcription factor’ causes breast cancer to develop an aggressive subtype that lacks sensitivity to oestrogen and does not respond to anti-oestrogen …

Ability to Metabolize Tamoxifen Affects Breast Cancer Outcomes

December 26, 2012 — For nearly a decade, breast cancer researchers studying the hormone therapy tamoxifen have been divided as to whether genetic differences in a liver enzyme affect the drug’s effectiveness and …

Cancer Diagnosis Later in Life Poses Significant Risk to Offspring, Study Suggests

December 20, 2012 — Relatives of family members diagnosed with cancer are still at risk of the disease even if the diagnosis came at an older age, a new paper …

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Men Rule Media Coverage of Women’s News

In media coverage of women’s issues such as abortion, birth control, and Planned Parenthood, men are doing most of the talking, a new study has found. Men are quoted around five times more than women in these stories, according to the research group The 4th Estate, which has been studying election coverage for the past six months.

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The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has been named as one of the recipient organizations in Google’s inaugural Google Global Impact Awards. Other recipients of funding, which is intended to help drive advancement in technology for development purposes, include Water, the World Wildlife Fund and Equal Opportunity Schools. Google honorees will share in a $23 million purse to help spark innovation and solve issues that are considered critical.

Time Inc. has announced Martha Nelson is replacing outgoing editor John Huey and will step in as the company’s seventh editor-in-chief. Nelson, the first woman to hold the position at Time Inc., founded InStyle and previously worked as editor for the People Group.

There weren’t many other women in Debbie Sterling’s engineering courses while she was attendingStanfordUniversity, and the lack of gender parity in technical fields eventually led her to start a toy company called GoldieBlox. “I’m creating a toy company that teaches little girls what engineering is, making it fun and accessible the way Lego and Erector sets have done for boys for over 100 years,” she said. Her company’s first product was funded on Kickstarter and is due to ship early next year.

Half of the entries in this year’s Sundance Film Festival competition are directed by women, a first for the independent film gathering. Stacie Passon’s “Concussion,” Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight” andLakeBell’s “In A World” are among the female-driven films competing.

More women have tubes tied in U.S.

1 in 4 married women are sterilized, new report says

By MIKE STOBBE (Associated Press)

The pill is still the No. 1 contraceptive for American women, but it’s even more popular in other countries, according to the first government report comparing nations.

MoreU.S.women, however, get their tubes tied than elsewhere, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

In theU.S., 16 percent of married women say they use the pill. That compares to 29 percent in theUnited Kingdomand more than 40 percent in theNetherlandsandFrance.

About one in fourU.S.married women opt for sterilization, also known as tubal ligation, or tube-tying. Sterilization rates were below 10 percent for most of the six countries included who collect those figures.

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More older women having babies, study says

Higher birth rates for Moms in their 30s and early 40s

Women in their 30s and early 40s had higher birth rates in 2003, while births among teenagers fell for the 12th straight year, federal health officials said Tuesday.

“These women are actively engaged in education and pursuing their careers” in their 20s and 30s, said Brady Hamilton, a statistician with the CDC’sNationalCenterfor Health Statistics.

Among women 30 to 34 years old, birth rates rose 4 percent last year to 95.2 births per 1,000 women from 91.5 births in 2002, the preliminary CDC data showed. The birth rate was up 6 percent for women aged 35 to 39, and 5 percent for 40- to 44-year-olds.

The birth rate for women between the ages of 45 and 54 was unchanged, the CDC report found.

Among women aged 20 to 24, birth rates were down 1 percent, while rates increased 2 percent for women in their late 20s.

Meanwhile, the birth rate among teens 15 to 19 years old dropped to 41.7 births per 1,000 from 43 births in 2002, suggesting that this age group was practicing abstinence and more responsible sexual behavior,Hamiltonsaid.

Caesareans deliveries set record

The latest report also found that more than a quarter of babies born in the United States in 2003 were delivered by Cesarean section, the highest rate on record,

Nearly 4.1 million births were recorded in theUnited Statesin 2003, a slight increase over 2002. Roughly 1.13 million, or 27.6 percent, were Cesarean deliveries. The rate is up by a third since 1996, said the report, which is a preliminary look atU.S.births last year.

A Cesarean section is major abdominal surgery with serious potential side effects. The report does not distinguish between those that were medically necessary and those that were elective.

The question of whether it should be performed when natural childbirth poses no threat to either mother or baby is controversial among obstetricians.

One unexplained trend in the annual report is the continued increase in the rate of premature and low birthweight babies even though the teen birth rate dropped, fewer women were smoking while pregnant, and more women were getting timely prenatal care.

The rate of babies born after less than 37 weeks of gestation rose slightly to 12.3 percent, the report said, and those weighing less than 5.5 pounds increased slightly to 7.9 percent last year.

The figures were compiled from birth records in all 50 states, the Atlanta-based CDC said.

The rate of babies born after less than 37 weeks of gestation rose slightly to 12.3 percent, the report said, and those weighing less than 5.5 pounds increased slightly to 7.9 percent last year.

Some of the rise in these early births can be tied to the increasing number of older mothers, who naturally and through fertility treatments are more likely to have twins and triplets. These babies are more likely to be born early and weigh less, said Joyce Martin, an epidemiologist and author of the report.

“But it’s important to note that the increase in preterm and low birthweight is not restricted to older moms and for women just having singletons. So something else is going on here, too,” Martin said.

Among other statistics in the report:

—Births to unmarried mothers rose slightly.

—Women of Hispanic origin had the highest birth rate, 22.9 per 1,000 people, compared to the overall rate of 14.1.

—Two teenage girls younger than 15 gave birth to at least their fourth child.

—There were 1,512 first-time mothers between the ages of 45 and 54.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.


‘War on women’ may have helped Democrats; Senate has record number of women

By Isolde Raftery, NBC News

The Year of the Woman, 1992, was declared a triumph when the number of women in the Senate increased to six.

Now that Maggie Hassan has been elected as governor ofNew Hampshire, her state will assume the distinction of being the only state with a woman governor and an all-female Congressional delegation (two senators and one congresswoman).Washingtonstate passed on a version of that baton on Tuesday night, as Gov. Chris Gregoire is retiring and the two candidates running for her position are men.

This year, the so-called “War on Women” energized Democrats to break a record for the number of women-held seats in the Senate. Nineteen women are in the Senate now, one more than the record set during the last Congress.

Among them are Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren who became the first female senator of Massachusetts when she ousted Sen. ScottBrown; Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, who edged out former Governor Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin; and incumbent Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who beat Republican Todd Akin whose comments about rape were likely his demise.



New Book “Unleash the Power of the Female Brain” Reveals How “Women Can Change the World”

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Women with optimized brain health can change the world and future generations, according to five-time New York Times best-selling author and brain health expert Daniel G. Amen, M.D. His new book “Unleash the Power of the Female Brain” is available for pre-order now at and to be released February 12, 2013 by Harmony Books.

Dubbed “America’s favorite psychiatrist” by the Washington Post, Dr. Amen’s new book reveals tantalizing insight about the female brain based on the largest gender brain study ever done. According to his findings, the female brain is definitively more capable than male brains in five ways. However, each advantage may also bring a “dark side.” He also explains why women often make better bosses, the keys to balancing hormones and the brain, and how the brain is involved for better sex, deeper relationships and achieving lasting love. Based on research from his clinical practice, Dr. Amen also addresses the issues women ask about the most including PMS, fertility, the pill, pregnancy, menopause, weight, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and other more.

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News Bytes for the Savvy Woman

Two States Tied for 5th Lowest in the U.S. In Women’s to Men’s Earnings Ratio –Missouri andWest Virginia are tied for this position. Women ofMissouri who were full-time wage and salary workers in 2011 earned an average of $628 dollars a week. That’s 74.7 percent of the $841 dollars of weekly earnings forMissouri men. Public Radio KSMU reported the findings.California ranked at the top at 89.9 percent, whileLouisiana is at the bottom at 68.7 percent. U.S. Women in every state earns less than their male counterparts. You can go to for more info on these earnings. Resource:


113th Congress: No Women Receive Committee Chair Positions in Next U.S. House – At the top of House committees, it’s a man’s world. While the U.S. Population is 50.8 percent female, at the “people’s house,” in the nation’s capital, there are no women in leadership roles as committee chairs. Meetings to decide committee chairs are closed to the public. The top female to be considered to lead a major committee was Michigan Representative Candice Miller. She lost out to Texas Rep. Mike McCaul for the chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee. Resource:


Who’s Living Past 100? White Women in the Midwest – New Census Reports that over 80 percent of centenarians are women. There were 53,364 Americans over age 100 in 2010, and nearly 84 percent of them are women. Resource:


Many Single Women, a Key Bloc, are Avoiding GOP – The ranks of unmarried women are growing rapidly and they have overwhelmingly have backed Democrats for decades. According to census data, from 2000 to 2010, the number of unmarried women increased 18 percent. For decades, Democrats targeted unmarried women while the GOP dismissed them. Unmarried women in the recent Presidential race back Obama over Romney by a 67 – 31 margin. Resource: