October 2010

New Book on Oncofertility Available

Dr. Teresa Woodruff, Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern, and her colleagues have just released their second book on oncofertility.    Oncofertility is a new field of study named by Dr. Woodruff who is a leader in the study of fertility preservation in women who have lost their fertility due to cancer therapies and other conditions that threaten their ability to conceive and bear children.  The issue of fertility preservation is of particular concern to young breast cancer survivors and their health care team.   To learn more about this book and where to find it read below.

Celebrating 20 Years of Women’s Health

On September 27, 2010, the federal Office on Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.    Several of the former or current Congressional representatives who created the legislation to establish the ORWH were present to hear a summary of the progress made in the last 20 years.   In addition, the Vision for 2020 for Women’s Health was presented by Dr.

Why Can’t Americans, Be Less Fat?

I just got back from a brief vacation in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna–the land of Parma ham, proscuitto, Pasta Bolognese and tasty hard cheeses. One of the regional specialties is a ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta covered in a butter sauce and sprinkled with parmesan cheese (Are your arteries choking yet?).    I was immediately struck by the lack of overweight people despite these wonderful foods that are high in fat and quite salty.   What is it about Italy that allows people to stay thin, yet eat these rich foods?