Once-Common Hysterectomy Technique Linked to Worse Uterine Cancer Outcomes
Every year, nearly 700,000 American women have surgery to remove their uterus (hysterectomy) or uterine fibroids (myomectomy). A laparoscopic surgical technique once commonly used in these procedures could be worsening the outcomes for women who have undiagnosed uterine cancer at the time of the procedure, Yale Cancer Center scientists report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
HEALTH NOTES: Black and Hispanic Cancer Patients Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials
A new study has shown that clinical trials for new cancer medications rarely analyze data on safety and effectiveness by race and that black and Hispanic patients are consistently underrepresented among participants.
Ensler to Give Keynote Speech at Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale
Playwright, activist, performer, and feminist Eve Ensler, best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues,” will be the keynote speaker at the first Women’s Mental Health Conference at Yale to be held Friday, October 25, 2019, at Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.
Statement concerning recall of Allergan breast implants following cancer link
At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, textured breast implants made by Allergan are being recalled. The implants have been linked to a rare cancer called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Dr. Tomer Avraham comments.
Study Will Examine Impact of Exposure to Guns Used to Threaten Female Domestic Violence Victims
Tami P. Sullivan, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, is the principal investigator on a new funded study that will examine the impact of exposure to guns used to threaten, coerce, or intimidate female domestic violence victims.
Prolific Publication: One Lab’s Secret to Success
Jonathan Grauer’s lab has an impressive record of publications. The secret is using big data to identify likely problem areas with orthopaedic surgery, as well as potential solutions. After his patients, Grauer’s students have been among the greatest beneficiaries of this efficient and effective process.
More women in U.S. receive 3-D mammography but disparities remain
Use of 3-D mammography, an advanced form of breast cancer screening, has risen rapidly in recent years, according to Yale Cancer Center researchers in a new study. But adoption of the technology varies widely, reflecting emerging disparities in care, they said.
Transvaginal Mesh: What Women Should Know
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently halted sales of surgical mesh devices used for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The FDA’s move, Yale Medicine specialists say, has left some women confused and concerned—especially since there are several types of surgery used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, and the FDA decision affects just one approach—a transvaginal mesh procedure.
Study: Accuracy of Five Self‐Report Screening Instruments for Substance Use in Pregnancy
Nearly one-fourth of pregnant women report having used alcohol, tobacco, or other substances in the past month, yet current screening questionnaires used by physicians may not accurately identify many of them. Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services at Yale School of Medicine, was the senior researcher among investigators across three universities who compared results of five commonly used questionnaires against laboratory testing.
Federal Guidelines May Inadvertently Restrict Women’s Access to Effective HIV Protection
Restrictive recommendations for pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) systematically disqualified nearly all women at risk for HIV and/or motivated to use the medication, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and George Washington University have found.