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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333333/why-aren-t-women-choosing-stem-academic-jobs-observations-from-a-small-group-discussion-at-the-2016-american-society-for-microbiology-annual-meeting
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Elizabeth M Adamowicz
This commentary summarizes a small-group discussion that recently occurred at the American Society for Microbiology annual general meeting, ASM Microbe, in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16-20, 2016, on the topic 'why are so few women choosing to become academics?' Specifically, the discussion focused on asking what the actual and perceived barriers to academic STEM careers women face, and possible solutions to address them which would make women more likely to seek out academic careers. The conclusions reached suggest that, despite improvement in recent years, women and minorities still face complex barriers to STEM academic careers, and further research is needed to determine the best solutions to this problem...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330982/response-to-why-medical-professionals-have-no-moral-claim-to-conscientious-objection-accommodation-in-liberal-democracies-by-schuklenk-and-smalling
#2
Richard John Lyus
Bioethicists commenting on conscientious objection and abortion should consider the empirical data on abortion providers. Abortion providers do not fall neatly into groups of providers and objectors, and ambivalence is a key theme in their experience. Practical details of abortion services further upset the dichotomy. These empirical facts are important because they demonstrate that the way the issue is described in analytical bioethics does not reflect reality. Addressing conscientious objection as a barrier to patient access requires engaging with those who provide the service and those who are able to but do not...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324031/sex-steroid-hormones-and-fracture-in-a-multi-ethnic-cohort-of-women-the-women-s-health-initiative-study-whi
#3
Jane A Cauley, Michelle E Danielson, Guru Rajesh Jammy, Doug C Bauer, Rebecca Jackson, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Rowan T Chlebowski, Kristine E Ensrud, Robert Boudreau
CONTEXT: We hypothesize that endogenous sex steroids are associated with fracture risk independent of race/ethnicity. DESIGN AND SETTING: We performed a nested case-control study within the prospective Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS). Incident non-spine fractures were identified in 381 Black, 192 Hispanic, 112 Asian, and 46 Native American women over an average of 8.6 years. A random sample of 400 White women who experienced an incident fracture was chosen...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281363/the-evidence-base-for-hrt-what-can-we-believe
#4
REVIEW
R D Langer
Prior to the unexpected early termination of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trial of continuous conjugated equine estrogens (CEE) and medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), the prevailing view was that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was a low-risk intervention with immediate value for symptom relief in recently menopausal women, and that it probably conferred long-term protection against the major chronic diseases that affect women after menopause. Rather than replicating prior studies, the WHI was designed to test whether the beneficial associations consistently seen in women starting HRT near menopause would be found in women well beyond menopause...
April 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271007/terahertz-imaging-of-metastatic-lymph-nodes-using-spectroscopic-integration-technique
#5
Jae Yeon Park, Hyuck Jae Choi, Hwayeong Cheon, Seong Whi Cho, Seungkoo Lee, Joo-Hiuk Son
Terahertz (THz) imaging was used to differentiate the metastatic states of frozen lymph nodes (LNs) by using spectroscopic integration technique (SIT). The metastatic states were classified into three groups: healthy LNs, completely metastatic LNs, and partially metastatic LNs, which were obtained from three mice without infection and six mice infected with murine melanoma cells for 30 days and 15 days, respectively. Under histological examination, the healthy LNs and completely metastatic LNs were found to have a homogeneous cellular structure but the partially metastatic LNs had interfaces of the melanoma and healthy tissue...
February 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254175/relationship-between-physical-activity-body-mass-index-and-risk-of-heart-failure
#6
Ambarish Pandey, Michael LaMonte, Liviu Klein, Colby Ayers, Bruce M Psaty, Charles B Eaton, Norrina B Allen, James A de Lemos, Mercedes Carnethon, Philip Greenland, Jarett D Berry
BACKGROUND: Lower leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) and higher body mass index (BMI) are independently associated with risk of heart failure (HF). However, it is unclear if this relationship is consistent for both heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to quantify dose-response associations between LTPA, BMI, and the risk of different HF subtypes. METHODS: Individual-level data from 3 cohort studies (WHI [Women's Health Initiative], MESA [Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis], and CHS [Cardiovascular Health Study]) were pooled and participants were stratified into guideline-recommended categories of LTPA and BMI...
March 7, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244293/epidemiology-of-biliary-atresia-in-korea
#7
Kyung Jae Lee, Ju Whi Kim, Jin Soo Moon, Jae Sung Ko
Biliary atresia (BA) is the major cause of cholestasis and the leading indication for liver transplantation (LT). However, the incidence of BA in Korea has not been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and clinical outcomes of BA in Korea. We used the Korean universal health insurance database and extracted data regarding BA patients younger than 18 years of age admitted between 2011 and 2015. The incidence of BA was calculated by dividing the number of BA patients by the number of live births...
April 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235404/progesterone-signalling-in-broiler-skeletal-muscle-is-associated-with-divergent-feed-efficiency
#8
Walter Bottje, Byung-Whi Kong, Antonio Reverter, Ashley J Waardenberg, Kentu Lassiter, Nicholas J Hudson
BACKGROUND: We contrast the pectoralis muscle transcriptomes of broilers selected from within a single genetic line expressing divergent feed efficiency (FE) in an effort to improve our understanding of the mechanistic basis of FE. RESULTS: Application of a virtual muscle model to gene expression data pointed to a coordinated reduction in slow twitch muscle isoforms of the contractile apparatus (MYH15, TPM3, MYOZ2, TNNI1, MYL2, MYOM3, CSRP3, TNNT2), consistent with diminishment in associated slow machinery (myoglobin and phospholamban) in the high FE animals...
February 24, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231077/association-of-genetic-variation-in-the-tachykinin-receptor-3-locus-with-hot-flashes-and-night-sweats-in-the-women-s-health-initiative-study
#9
Carolyn J Crandall, JoAnn E Manson, Chancellor Hohensee, Steve Horvath, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Erin S LeBlanc, Mara Z Vitolins, Rami Nassir, Janet S Sinsheimer
OBJECTIVE: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS, ie, hot flashes or night sweats) are reported by many, but not all, women. The extent to which VMS are genetically determined is unknown. We evaluated the relationship of genetic variation and VMS. METHODS: In this observational study, we accessed data from three genome-wide association studies (GWAS) (SNP Health Association Resource cohort [SHARe], WHI Memory Study cohort [WHIMS+], and Genome-Wide Association Studies of Treatment Response in Randomized Clinical Trials [GARNET] studies, total n = 17,695) of European American, African American, and Hispanic American postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years at baseline in the Women's Health Initiative Study...
March 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229477/-why-not-you-discourses-of-widening-access-on-uk-medical-school-websites
#10
Kirsty Alexander, Tania Fahey Palma, Sandra Nicholson, Jennifer Cleland
CONTEXT: In the UK, applications to medicine from those in lower socio-economic groups remain low despite significant investments of time, interest and resources in widening access (WA) to medicine. This suggests that medical schools' core messages about WA may be working to embed or further reinforce marginalisation, rather than to combat this. Our objective was to investigate how the value of WA is communicated by UK medical schools through their websites, and how this may create expectations regarding who is 'suitable' for medicine...
February 22, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229456/body-mass-index-waist-circumference-and-mortality-in-a-large-multiethnic-postmenopausal-cohort-results-from-the-women-s-health-initiative
#11
Zhao Chen, Yann C Klimentidis, Jennifer W Bea, Kacey C Ernst, Chengcheng Hu, Rebecca Jackson, Cynthia A Thomson
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the relationship between anthropometric measurements of obesity and mortality varies according to age, race, and ethnicity in older women. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of multiethnic postmenopausal women. SETTING: Women's Health Initiative (WHI) observational study and clinical trials in 40 clinics. PARTICIPANTS: Postmenopausal women aged 50-79 participating in WHI (N = 161,808). MEASUREMENTS: Baseline height, weight, and waist circumference (WC) were measured, and body mass index (BMI) was calculated based on height and weight...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194642/are-optimism-and-cynical-hostility-associated-with-smoking-cessation-in-older-women
#12
Ana M Progovac, Yue-Fang Chang, Chung-Chou H Chang, Karen A Matthews, Julie M Donohue, Michael F Scheier, Elizabeth B Habermann, Lewis H Kuller, Joseph S Goveas, Benjamin P Chapman, Paul R Duberstein, Catherine R Messina, Kathryn E Weaver, Nazmus Saquib, Robert B Wallace, Robert C Kaplan, Darren Calhoun, J Carson Smith, Hilary A Tindle
BACKGROUND: Optimism and cynical hostility independently predict morbidity and mortality in Women's Health Initiative (WHI) participants and are associated with current smoking. However, their association with smoking cessation in older women is unknown. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to test whether optimism (positive future expectations) or cynical hostility (mistrust of others) predicts smoking cessation in older women. METHODS: Self-reported smoking status was assessed at years 1, 3, and 6 after study entry for WHI baseline smokers who were not missing optimism or cynical hostility scores (n = 10,242)...
February 13, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193194/the-objective-physical-activity-and-cardiovascular-disease-health-in-older-women-opach-study
#13
Andrea Z LaCroix, Eileen Rillamas-Sun, David Buchner, Kelly R Evenson, Chongzhi Di, I-Min Lee, Steve Marshall, Michael J LaMonte, Julie Hunt, Lesley Fels Tinker, Marcia Stefanick, Cora E Lewis, John Bellettiere, Amy H Herring
BACKGROUND: Limited evidence exists to inform physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior guidelines for older people, especially women. Rigorous evidence on the amounts, intensities, and movement patterns associated with better health in later life is needed. METHODS/DESIGN: The Objective PA and Cardiovascular Health (OPACH) Study is an ancillary study to the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Program that examines associations of accelerometer-assessed PA and sedentary behavior with cardiovascular and fall events...
February 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165909/intentional-weight-loss-and-endometrial-cancer-risk
#14
Juhua Luo, Rowan T Chlebowski, Michael Hendryx, Thomas Rohan, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Cynthia A Thomson, Ashley S Felix, Chu Chen, Wendy Barrington, Mace Coday, Marcia Stefanick, Erin LeBlanc, Karen L Margolis
Purpose Although obesity is an established endometrial cancer risk factor, information about the influence of weight loss on endometrial cancer risk in postmenopausal women is limited. Therefore, we evaluated associations among weight change by intentionality with endometrial cancer in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) observational study. Patients and Methods Postmenopausal women (N = 36,794) ages 50 to 79 years at WHI enrollment had their body weights measured and body mass indices calculated at baseline and at year 3...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152055/post-diagnosis-body-mass-index-and-mortality-among-women-diagnosed-with-endometrial-cancer-results-from-the-women-s-health-initiative
#15
Hannah Arem, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Steven C Moore, Melinda L Irwin, Michael J LaMonte, Gloria E Sarto, Rami Nassir, Juhua Luo, Rowan T Chlebowski, Louise A Brinton, Charles E Matthews
Higher body mass index (BMI) measured before endometrial cancer diagnosis has been associated with greater risk of developing endometrial cancer and higher mortality, but the association between BMI measured after diagnosis and mortality risk is unclear. We identified 467 women (91 deaths) in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) with information on BMI measured after diagnosis and used Cox proportional hazards regression to generate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for all-cause mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141665/association-of-sleep-disturbance-and-sexual-function-in-postmenopausal-women
#16
Juliana M Kling, JoAnn E Manson, Michelle J Naughton, M'hamed Temkit, Shannon D Sullivan, Emily W Gower, Lauren Hale, Julie C Weitlauf, Sara Nowakowski, Carolyn J Crandall
OBJECTIVE: Sleep disturbance and sexual dysfunction are common in menopause; however, the nature of their association is unclear. The present study aimed to determine whether sleep characteristics were associated with sexual activity and sexual satisfaction. METHODS: Sexual function in the last year and sleep characteristics (past 4 wk) were assessed by self-report at baseline for 93,668 women age 50 to 79 years enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Observational Study (OS)...
January 30, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132583/the-evolving-role-of-oral-hormonal-therapies-and-review-of-conjugated-estrogens-bazedoxifene-for-the-management-of-menopausal-symptoms
#17
Sharon J Parish, John A Gillespie
This review describes the evolving role of oral hormone therapy (HT) for treating menopausal symptoms and preventing osteoporosis, focusing on conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene (CE/BZA). Estrogens alleviate hot flushes and prevent bone loss associated with menopause. In nonhysterectomized women, a progestin should be added to estrogens to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. Use of HT declined since the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) studies showed that HT does not prevent coronary heart disease (CHD) and that conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone acetate increased the risk of invasive breast cancer after nearly 5 years of use...
January 30, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093732/long-term-hormone-therapy-for-perimenopausal-and-postmenopausal-women
#18
REVIEW
Jane Marjoribanks, Cindy Farquhar, Helen Roberts, Anne Lethaby, Jasmine Lee
BACKGROUND: Hormone therapy (HT) is widely provided for control of menopausal symptoms and has been used for the management and prevention of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and dementia in older women. This is an updated version of a Cochrane review first published in 2005. OBJECTIVES: To assess effects of long-term HT (at least 1 year's duration) on mortality, cardiovascular outcomes, cancer, gallbladder disease, fracture and cognition in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women during and after cessation of treatment...
January 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092488/low-level-laser-therapy-in-enhancing-wound-healing-and-preserving-tissue-thickness-at-free-gingival-graft-donor-sites-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-study
#19
Gulbahar Ustaoglu, Esra Ercan, Mustafa Tunali
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on wound healing at free gingival graft (FGG) donor sites. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty patients requiring FGG were selected for this randomized, controlled, and double-blinded prospective clinical trial. The FGG donor sites were treated with LLLT and compared with an untreated control group. The Wound-Healing Index (WHI), tissue consistency, color match, and H2O2 bubbling test for the evaluation of complete wound epithelialization were recorded on the 3rd, 7th, 14th and 21st days...
January 12, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088845/-%C3%A2-it-shows-that-there-s-no-limits-the-psychological-impact-of-co-production-for-experts-by-experience-working-in-youth-mental-health
#20
Claire Mayer, Karen McKenzie
Co-production is commonly conceptualised as a more equal sharing of power and decision-making between a dichotomy of service user and service provider, each bringing valuable and different assets to the process. Experts by experience lie in the overlap between this conceptually created duality, providing the services they now do by virtue of having once used services themselves. Previous related studies suggest that their involvement in co-production could impact positively on their social capital, self-esteem, self-efficacy and life skills...
January 15, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
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