Harms and benefits of estrogen therapy among women with a hysterectomy appear to depend on age when therapy was started

Patients who started estrogen over the age of 60 did not derive a mortality benefit and experienced more adverse effects particularly among those 70 and older, regardless of whether they had their ovaries removed. While no statistically significant benefit was seen in the initial study average follow-up period of 7 Continue Reading

Researcher studies differences in the immune systems of men and women

Females are less susceptible to infection but are 10 times more likely than males to develop an autoimmune disorder, such as hypothyroidism or rheumatoid arthritis. The female immune system is “a double-edged sword” in that way, said Jennifer Franko, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Continue Reading

Coalition issues international consensus on testosterone treatment for women

The Endocrine Society and 10 other internationally esteemed medical societies have today issued the first Global Position Statement on the use of testosterone in the treatment of women. The statement was published in four leading international medical journals and has been authored by a diverse team of leading experts based Continue Reading

Pregnant women of color experience disempowerment by health care providers

A new study finds that women of color perceive their interactions with doctors, nurses and midwives as being misleading, with information being “packaged” in such a way as to disempower them by limiting maternity health care choices for themselves and their children. “Given the significant birth-related disparities faced by women Continue Reading

Women with chronic physical conditions more likely to experience mental illness in pregnancy

A new study led by a University of Toronto researcher has found that women with chronic physical conditions are more likely to experience mental illness during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. “Women with a chronic physical condition like diabetes, hypertension and asthma may benefit from targeted strategies to reduce Continue Reading

Intimate partner violence against women creates economic hardship, study finds

Women who experience intimate partner violence, including physical, emotional, and controlling abuse, are more likely to suffer material hardship—the inability to purchase food, housing, utilities, medical care or other needs for a healthy life, according to a Rutgers-led study. The study, in the journal Violence Against Women, found that experiencing Continue Reading