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

Soy may Stop Prostate Cancer Spread

As an Institute that promotes sex and gender research, here is another blog of particular interest to the male side of the equation!

Experimental soy-based drug shows benefits in men with localized prostate cancer

CHICAGO — Northwestern Medicine researchers at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University have found that a new, nontoxic drug made from a chemical in soy could prevent the movement of cancer cells from the prostate to the rest of the body.

Alzheimer’s Impacts Women Harder than Men

Alzheimer’s disease affects twice as many women as it does men, according to a new report that portrays women as being “under siege” by the dreaded condition.

Created in conjunction with California first lady Maria Shriver, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s” shows that two-thirds of the people living with Alzheimer’s are women, and 60 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers are women.  Shriver became involved in the issue when her father, Sargent Shriver, 94, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003.

FDA Want Public Input on New Tobacco Labels

Federal regulators are testing the waters with the first proposed changes to cigarette packaging and advertisements in more than 25 years—bold health warnings with color images that show the tragic consequences of smoking.

On Nov. 10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted on the Internet 36 images showing the dangers of smoking. Federal health agencies hope the new warnings will discourage Americans from smoking by bringing them face-to-face with the cancers that plague smokers.

Stroke Survival Greater for Men than Women after Hospital Treatment

Between 2000 and 2007, the death rate of men treated in hospitals for stroke tumbled by 29 percent compared to a 24 percent decline for women, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Men’s faster decline in death rate widened the death rate disparity even more. Men’s death rate for every 1,000 admissions for stroke went from 123 in 2000 to 87 in 2009, compared with women’s 127 deaths in 2000 to 96 deaths per 1,000 admissions in 2007.

The Federal agency found other gender variations in hospital deaths rates during the period as well:

More on Menopause

Menopause and the appropriate way to handle symptoms continues to be a lively topic of conversation.  Much of this discussion is based on findings from the landmark Women’s Health Initiative Trial that was launched in 1991 and consisted of a set of clinical trials and an observational study, which together involved 161,808 generally healthy postmenopausal women.

Yoga Combats Fibromyalgia

According to new research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University, yoga exercises may have the power to combat fibromyalgia — a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain. The research is being published in the November 10 edition of the journal Pain and will appear online Thursday, Oct. 14.