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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:  

Diabetes-a worldwide challenge

November is National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14.    Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and more than one-quarter of them do not know it. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. An estimated 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, a condition that places them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Some important resources to help are listed below.

Neuromuscular warm-up reduced girls’ sports injuries

Today’s athletic high school girls “got game” on the basketball court and soccer field, but they are at a greater risk for sports-related knee injuries than their male counterparts.

In a new study from Northwestern Medicine, focused on predominantly low-income, urban female athletes in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), researchers were able to significantly reduce common non-contact, sports-related injuries by implementing a coach-led neuromuscular warm-up routine before practices and games.

Why research is sometimes trial and error: a case study

Consumers are often frustrated when they hear the results of research studies that indicate a “maybe” rather than a definitive answer.  Here’s an interesting study that demonstrates the long road researchers often have to take.  On the other hand, trial and error sometimes leads to surprising results and are worth it.  This example also demonstrates how different medical disciplines can learn from each other.

A new study suggests that a common sexually transmitted virus already linked to cancer may also cause cardiovascular disease.

Sex differences in heart disease

Heart disease affects men and women in different ways. In women, symptoms of burgeoning heart disease are often more insidious, but when a heart attack strikes, it is more lethal than it is in men. Roughly 25 percent of men will die within a year of their first heart attack, but among women, 38 percent will die. Women are twice as likely as men to have a second heart attack within 6 years of their first one, and women are twice as likely as men to die after bypass surgery.

Should you consider bisphosphonates for osteoporosis? There are risks and benefits.

Are you or a family member at risk for osteoporosis–a serious, potentially debilitating condition more prevalent in women? Over the past decade a number of treatments have become available including bisphosphonates.   An excellent one-page summary of benefits and risks is now available from the Hormone Foundation and should be read by all who are considering treatment.

Click HERE to view the article.

Should hairdressers help spot cancers?

Next time you get a haircut, you might end up with a referral to a dermatologist.

A recent survey of Texas hair salons found more than a third of stylists check at least half of their customers for suspicious moles on the scalp, and most have referred people to a doctor lest the mole turn out to be skin cancer. What’s more, half the hairdressers were keen to learn more about skin cancer to help extend the reach of doctors screening for the disease, according to findings in the Archives of Dermatology.

Teens, obesity and blood pressure, girls fare worse

Gender Differences in Blood Pressure Appears As Early As Adolescence, With Girls Faring Worse

The female hormone estrogen is known to offer protection for the heart, but obesity may be taking away that edge in adolescent girls. New research from the University of California at Merced finds that although obesity does not help teens of either gender, it has a greater impact on girls’ blood pressure than it does on boys’.