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

Tactics to slow cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s

The cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) may be related to the particular pathology of this disease which researchers continue to study.  One study at Stanford suggests that if you slow the pathology (biologic)  progression it could slow the path to full dementia.   In other words, if you stay healthier, you may slow the biological process that causes the progression of dementia.  Some suggested tactics:

Menopause hormone therapy: what do we know today?

Today, Many women live beyond age 80 and as a result may be postmenopausal for over 30 years. Each woman has a unique range of symptoms.  Hormone therapy has been widely prescribed since the early 60s despite limited research to relieve unpleasant menopausal symptoms.  However,  alarms were raised in the 1990′s that have led to a whole battery of new research on hormone therapy that continues to this day.

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.