SUMMIT COUNTY — If you were outside and away from your computer over the weekend good for you! In case you missed some of our weekend stories, here’s a compilation of the headlines, including a summary of the 30- and 90-day weather outlook, a story that quantifies the impact of dusty snow on Colorado River flows, an Antarctic photoblog and a major study on some of the issues facing women’s health research.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Doctors with the Institute of Medicine say some progress has been made in addressing women’s health issues, but that barriers such as socio-economic and cultural influences still limit the potential reach and impact of research developments, especially among disadvantaged women.
The Sept. 23 report, released under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, says concerted research efforts have reduced deaths among women due to cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and yielded some progress in reducing the effects of depression, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis on women.
But there’s less progress in other areas important to women, including unintended pregnancy, autoimmune diseases, alcohol and drug addiction, lung cancer, and dementia.
Overall, fewer gains have been made on chronic and debilitating conditions that cause significant suffering but have lower death rates, pointing to the need for researchers to give quality of life similar consideration as mortality for research attention. Continue reading “Barriers remain for women’s health research”→