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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:  

Is Heart Disease Genetic Destiny or Lifestyle?

CHICAGO — Is cardiovascular health in middle age and beyond a gift from your genes or is it earned by a healthy lifestyle and within your control?Two large studies from Northwestern Medicine confirm a healthy lifestyle has the biggest impact on cardiovascular health. One study shows the majority of people who adopted healthy lifestyle behaviors in young adulthood maintained a low cardiovascular risk profile in middle age. The five most important healthy behaviors are not smoking, low or no alcohol intake, weight control, physical activity and a healthy diet.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are the most common, non-cancerous tumors in women of childbearing age. The fibroids are made of muscle cells and other tissues that grow within and around the wall of the uterus.   See the diagram that shows where uterine fibroids may grow.

There are several risk factors for uterine fibroids:

  • African American woman are at three- to five-times greater risk than white women for fibroids.
  • Women who are overweight or obese for their height are at greater risk.
  • Women who have given birth are a lower risk.

Many women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms. Symptoms of uterine fibroids can include:

Public Comment Invited on Review of Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain Relief

The following blog was posted on the Our Bodies Ourselves Blog and we felt it may be of interest to some of our followers.
Posted: 11 Nov 2010 08:28 AM PST
Many of you may already be familiar with the systematic and comparative effectiveness reviews produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), such as these reviews of the available evidence for birth-related interventions such as labor induction, maternal request c-section, VBAC, and episiotomy.

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.