Research on women in the news

Eating disorders, migraines and HPV testing.

The following are research highlights from January thru March 2012.

  • Study finds an increase in prevalence of eating disorders in older women.

    Eating disorders in adult women. (2012, March). Harvard Mental Health Letter, 28. pp. 1-3.

  • Evidence has suggested depression is a risk factor of cardiovascular disease in women.

    Depression and heart disease in women. (2012, February). Harvard Mental Health Letter, 28. pp. 1-2.

  • Testing of human papillomavirus (HPV) helps prevent cervical cancer.

    HPV testing helps prevent cervical cancer in women of all ages. (2012, February). Women’s Health Advisor, 16. pp. 1

  • Study finds women with migraines are 40 percent more likely to develop depression than women who have no history of the headaches.

    Sifferlin, A. (2012). Study: Migraines may raise the risk of depression in women. TIME Magazine. Retrieved March 1, 2012.

  • Dutch investigators report women who received CMF chemotherapy for breast cancer between 1976 and 1995 scored worse on cognitive tests than women who never had cancer. The differences in performance were subtle but statistically significant.

    American Society of Clinical Oncology. (2012, February). First study on long-term cognitive effects of breast cancer chemotherapy finds subtle impairment among women who received CMF regimen. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Retrieved online March 1, 2012

  • Researchers try to figure out exactly what makes a man’s heart attack different from a woman’s. Additionally, a study in the February issue of JAMA, reports that female heart attack patients are more likely to go to hospital without chest pain and have a much higher rate of in-hospital death following a heart attack, compared to men of the same age group.

    Park, A. (2012, February). Heart attack in women: Different symptoms, higher risk of death. TIME Magazine. Retrieved March 2, 2012

    Canto, J. G. Rogers, W. J., Goldberg, E. D., Wenger, N. K., Vaccarino, V., Keife C. I., Frederick, P. D., Spoko, G., and Zheng, Z. J. (2012). Women with heart attack more likely than men to present without chest pain and have higher in-hospital mortality. Journal of the American Medical Association, 307.pp 813-822. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.199