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Penn Medicine Encourages Women to Love Themselves with a Free Mammogram This Valentine’s Day

For the second year, Penn Medicine is partnering with The American Cancer Society and WUVP Univision 65 to offer free mammograms to uninsured women in our community. The annual “Amate a ti Misma,” or “Love Yourself,” event encourages women who do not have health insurance, or who have expensive co-pays, to call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to sign up for a free mammogram at Penn Medicine. Appointments are available on Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February16, 2016, and must be made in advance.

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Hallucinogen Use Could Protect Against Intimate Partner Violence

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Hallucinogen research gains traction, suggests class of substance could be therapeutic for problem behaviors, including intimate partner violence.

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Does Radiation Therapy Improve Survival for Women with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)? Yes...and...No.

Approximately 60,000 patients in the United States will receive a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in 2016. DCIS is not an invasive form of cancer and the 10-year survival rate for women with DCIS is greater than 98 percent. However, incidence of DCIS has increased dramatically over the last three decades, and being able to determine which women are among the small percentage at higher risk of breast cancer recurrence and mortality could help clinicians and patients tailor treatment to neither over treat nor under treat the disease.

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UT Study Measures Impact of Removing Planned Parenthood From Texas Women’s Health Program

The public defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas may have led to a decrease in highly effective forms of contraceptive services and an increase in Medicaid-paid childbirths among women who previously used injectable contraception, according to a peer-reviewed study by University of Texas at Austin researchers.

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To Prevent Infection After C-Section, Chlorhexidine Better Than Iodine

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Chlorhexidine-alcohol skin prep is superior to iodine-alcohol for preventing infection after C-section, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Mayo Clinic Investigators Review Role of Preventive Surgery for Women at High Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer

ROCHESTER, Minn. — In a review article published in the Feb. 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a pair of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center researchers provide an in-depth look at the issues associated with the care of women in families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome who have not yet developed cancer themselves. The article addresses optimal risk assessment for breast and ovarian cancers, the usefulness of risk-reducing surgery, side effects of these procedures, alternative strategies for cancer prevention and the best ways to help with the decision-making process.

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February Is Heart Month - Jefferson Experts Recommend Steps You Can Take Today to Protect Your Heart Tomorrow.

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Top 5 Heart Health Tips for Women

Leading Female Cardiovascular Experts from Mount Sinai Heart Share Advice in Celebration of February’s American Heart Month and National Go Red Day Friday, February 5

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Surviving Breast Cancer: Younger Women Face Bigger Hurdles

Article Body 2010Breast cancer takes a daunting toll on all women, but it hits younger women especially hard, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Women aged 18-44 with a history of breast cancer reported a lower health-related quality of life than older survivors, highlighting the impact of breast cancer on the physical and mental health of younger women.

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Vaginal Microbes Can Be Partially Restored to C-Section Babies

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In a small pilot study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai determined that a simple swab to transfer vaginal microbes from a mother to her C-section-delivered newborn can alter the baby's microbial makeup (microbiome) in a way that more closely resembles the microbiome of a vaginally delivered baby.

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Pregnant Women Focus of New Depression Screening Guidelines

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'Pop Quiz' Could Help Predict Sexually Transmitted Infections in Young Women

Researchers at Johns Hopkins say an online “pop quiz” they developed in 2009 shows promising accuracy in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, although not, apparently, in young men.

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Sedentary Lifestyle Spells More Menopause Misery

Large Latin American study links inactivity with hot flashes and more at midlife.

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Eating Soy May Protect Women from Health Risks of BPA

Consuming soy regularly may protect women who are undergoing infertility treatments from poor success rates linked to bisphenol A exposure, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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WVU Experts Support New Recommendations for Depression Screening

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Brain Structure Governing Emotion Is Passed Down from Mother to Daughter, says UCSF Study

A study of 35 families led by a UC San Francisco psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender.

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For Breast Cancer Patients, Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Documenting that it’s never too late to quit smoking, a large study of breast cancer survivors has found that those who quit smoking after their diagnosis had a 33 percent lower risk of death as a result of breast cancer than those who continued to smoke.

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Expert Available to Comment on New Statement From the American Heart Association Re: Heart Attacks in Women

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Heart Attacks in Women: Ohio State's Mehta Leads AHA's Scientific Statement

A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association underscores knowledge gaps that remain when it comes to women and heart attacks, and outlines the priority steps needed to better understand and treat heart disease in women. The statement, chaired by Dr. Laxmi Mehta, from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, compiles the newest data on symptoms, treatments and the types of heart attacks among women.

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Recombinant Bacterium Boosts Production of Compound That Can Relieve Menopause Symptoms

January 22, 2016 - A soy isoflavone derivative that goes by the scientific moniker, (S)-equol, has proven potent for mitigating menopausal symptoms. However, it has been impossible to produce in quantities sufficient for widespread commercial nutraceutical production. But now, a team of Korean researchers reports having constructed a recombinant bacterium which they say can boost production. The research is published January 22nd in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.