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Mixed Report on Women’s Health

Fewer deaths from major killers like breast cancer, but little progress on debilitating diseases like dementia

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FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) — Efforts to expand research on women’s health issues in the United States over the past two decades have led to lower disease rates and fewer deaths among women from heart disease, breast cancer and several other major diseases, a new government report shows.

The declines in cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, cervical cancer, depression, HIV/AIDS and osteoporosis are due in part to requirements for researchers to include women in studies, according to the Institute of Medicine review.

The decrease also results from increased funding and other resources from public and private sourcesm, and multi-pronged research methods that provide fuller understanding of diseases, according to the institute.

While these findings are encouraging, there has been little progress in several other health issues important to women, including unintended pregnancy, autoimmune disease, alcohol and drug addiction, lung cancer and dementia, according to the report.

Overall, fewer advances have been made on chronic and debilitating conditions that cause significant suffering but have lower death rates. Scientists should give quality of life similar consideration as death when conducting research, said the report authors.

Source: A National Academies News Release, specifically Progress Report on Women’s Health Research (with a brief report, full report, archived video, and a project page)

For more information about the National Academies, Advisors to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine, go to their About section, including the FAQ section.

September 28, 2010 - Posted by | Health News Items

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