The Woodruff Lab contributes to the Women’s Health Research Institute and Oncofertility Consortium blogs. Read the latest information disseminated from these blogs below:  

Skin care tips for middle agers

Keeping skin healthy is important, especially as people get older, according to Bethanee J. Schlosser, MD, PhD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology and director of Women’s Skin Health at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Schlosser is also on the Leadership Council of the Women’s Health Research Institute.  Read some helpful tips  HERE.

Source: Digital Journal November 12, 2014

Research Finds Minor Cosmetic Surgery Safe

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, including fillers, neurotoxins and laser and energy device procedures are exceedingly safe and have essentially no risk of serious adverse events, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study that analyzed more than 20,000 procedures around the country.

This is believed to be the first large, multi-center study that prospectively analyzed the rate of adverse events among tens of thousands of cosmetic procedures done at many centers around the United States by experienced dermatologists. These procedures are used to decrease the visible facial signs of aging.

Treating Women Differently: A CME Course on sex based medicine

Sex differences matter when it comes to clinical care and as researchers better define those differences, clinics are beginning to implement sex-based medicine.   NorthwesternMedicine is leading the way and is hosting a half-day CME symposium featuring experts in the fields of Cardiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Pelvic Health on November 21, 2014 in Chicago.   To learn more and to register, CLICK HERE.

Parenthood after Cancer: changing the future through science

 The following essay by Institute Director Woodruff was published this month in Science2034.

In 2007, I was asked by the Medical Sciences Graduate Students Association at the University of Calgary to participate in a symposium called “Pushing the Boundaries – Advances That Will Change the World in 20 Years.” My presentation topic was oncofertility—a word I had just coined to describe the intersection of two disciplines, oncology and fertility—and I was thrilled to share my thoughts and passion for this new field and the goal of helping young women with cancer protect their future reproductive health.

NIH Moves carefully on Sex Equity in Research

The recent announcement by the NIH that it would change its funding decisions to address the lack of female animals and cells in early bench research, was indeed good news.  Yet, to date, no funding rules have changed.  To be fair, the NIH did issue a request for information from the research community so they could better understand the barriers to inclusion.  They are now reviewing those comments.

New report card on state rankings in women’s health

The Alliance for a Just Society recently released the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card that rates the 50 U.S. states on issues related to health coverage, access to care, and health outcomes.   The Alliance is a group of 14 racial and economic justice organizations around the U.S.    This report uses different methodology than early reports entitled “Making the Grade on Women’s Health” published in 2000, 2004 and 2007 and 2010 by the National Women’s Law Center and the Oregon Health and Science University.

Pioneer research often lacked informed consent

The Conversation, an online newsletter originally based in the United Kingdom and Australia, recently launched its US edition.  On Oct. 30 they published an interesting “conversation” about the history behind the “father of modern gynecology” that discusses his early work on surgical repair of obstetrical fistulas.   Like much early experimental medical procedures, it was often the poorest, most vulnerable women who were used as subjects (in this case slaves) so the lack of consent is concerning.  Yet these “experiments” often ended up helping people in the greatest need.   It is an interesting ethical discussion that has value for young researchers and doctors.  Informed consent today is much more regulated and monitored with legal oversight.  The article in its entirety can be accessed HERE.

Birth of the “pill” has profound effect on women’s health

A new book, The Birth of the Pill, by Jonathan Eig tracks the involvement of four individuals who were key crusaders in the advent of readily available contraception that women controlled!   For readers who were not around for the sexual revolution of the late 1960s, here are some factoids that you might find interesting: