February 20, 2011 |
It's an annual rite most women would prefer to skip: a trip to the doctor for a checkup that includes shedding every stitch of clothing, donning a paper gown, placing feet in metal stirrups and enduring a pelvic exam. For a healthy adult woman, the exam typically doesn't hurt. However it can be uncomfortable, cold, embarrassing, time-consuming and, perhaps, unnecessary. Some doctors are beginning to question the need for every woman to have the exam every year. One of them is Dr. Carolyn L. Westhoff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University.
January 31, 2011 |
Women who don't have mammograms may have various reasons why they skip the test, according to a study, including fearing the pain they may experience and being too busy. Researchers from Kaiser Permanente looked at data on 340 women who completed a survey about breast cancer screenings. Almost a quarter of the women said that "too much pain" was an obstacle to getting a mammogram. Obese women were more likely than non-obese women to say that pain was a barrier to getting tested. Feeling embarrassed about having a mammogram was another reason women didn't go, although obese women weren't more likely to mention that as a factor than were non-obese women.
May 1, 2000 |
Sounds simple enough. You're a woman who wants personal health information or a man who wants to learn more about a loved one's health condition. Just go to your favorite search engine and type in "women's health," right? Well, brace yourself. That method can turn up hundreds of thousands of sites. And, the reality is, you may never find the site that offers precisely the information you're seeking. But here are some noteworthy ones that provide high-quality, current women's health content.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995
UCLA Medical Center will begin a three-year study of women in the South Bay next week to help build a database on women's health issues during midlife. The study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which is using seven clinical centers throughout the country to conduct a multiethnic study of women. The study will focus on 450 Japanese American, Japanese-born and white women ages 40 to 55. Greendale said that UCLA is concentrating on Gardena, where many Japanese Americans reside.
August 31, 1993 |
Why are pesticides potentially more harmful to women than to men? The differences are caused by female hormones like estrogen and the physiological changes brought on by menstruation and menopause, according to medical experts who attended a recent Washington seminar on women's health and the environment. Interaction of these factors with toxins can lead to a range of disorders from cancer to chronic fatigue syndrome, they said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1995
I would like to respond to "Exposing Medicine's Sex-Bias Hoax" (Commentary, April 3). While I agree with the author's conclusion that our goal should be to increase federal support for all biomedical research, I take offense at his suggestion that such research is undermined by more attention to women's health concerns. It is especially misleading to compare federal funding for research on breast cancer with prostate cancer in order to suggest that women are benefiting at the expense of men. In fact the latest figures show that the vast majority of federal funding for research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)