Millennial Women Want Wellness Care

Millennial women see health as total well being − physical, mental, and spiritual in contrast to the traditional healthcare model that emphasizes disease management. They want to minimize their use of the healthcare system, according to a survey by womenshealthconversations.com. Survey respondents are 22 to 36, hold college or post-graduate degrees, and are working professionals. Also, most are single.

Participants estimate that they spend 25% of their monthly income on preventative and integrative behaviors. Respondents are skeptical about doctors and pharmaceutical companies that are only concerned with prescriptive care. One participant said, “Why isn’t massage or acupuncture covered under insurance? I think the whole system is focused on procedures and not prevention; there needs to be a shift.”

Study: Professional retirement advice could benefit women

Saving for retirement is a top financial concern of women and men, but taking action appears more difficult for women, according to research by the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. Six in 10 women say they need professional help to create and evaluate savings plans, the study shows. PlanSponsor.com (3/18), Employee Benefit News (3/19)

Miscarriages are associated with risk of heart problems

Women who experienced one or more miscarriages had a greater likelihood of suffering a heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and renovascular hypertension than those who had no miscarriages, a Danish study found. The findings, based on data from more than 1 million women, were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. HealthDay News (11/6)

History of endometrial cancer raises future colon cancer risk

Women who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer at 50 or younger were four times more likely to develop colorectal cancer, a retrospective analysis found. Diagnosis of endometrial cancer after age 65 was not associated with an increased risk of right-sided colorectal cancer. The findings were presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/24)

CDC: Rate of severe birth complications in U.S. is increasing

The number of women who experienced severe complications during or after childbirth nearly doubled between 1998 and 2009, CDC researchers found. However, childbirth-related complications and deaths remained uncommon in the U.S., with an estimated 590,000 cases reported in over 11 years. The findings appear in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Reuters (10/23

USPSTF says women shouldn’t use HRT to prevent chronic disease

Postmenopausal women should not be prescribed hormone replacement therapy to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said. Although recent studies revealed that estrogen alone and estrogen plus progestin lower risk of fractures, these treatments increase the likelihood of stroke, blood clots, gallbladder disease and incontinence. The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Reuters (10/22)

Study: Moderate exercise has positive effect on women’s bones

Moderate physical activity for two hours a week helps premenopausal women maintain healthy bones, researchers in Saudi Arabia reported. The study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found lower levels of sclerostin, a marker for decreased bone formation, and higher levels of serum-insulin-like growth factor-1, which increases bone matrix deposition, were associated with exercise. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/18)

Prenatal smoke exposure may raise risk of childhood asthma

Women who smoked during the first trimester of pregnancy were more likely to have children with asthma and wheezing problems compared with women who didn’t smoke, a Swedish study found. However, researchers noted that maternal smoking in the third trimester or the initial year of life did not raise the likelihood of developing these conditions. The findings appear in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. HealthDay News

Radiation treatment after lumpectomy may cut mastectomy risk later

Older women with early-stage breast cancer who went through radiation therapy after conservative surgery had a 67% lower risk for subsequent mastectomy than those who didn’t receive radiation therapy, according to a study of 7,403 women with breast cancer. Ten years after lumpectomy, the risk of subsequent mastectomy was 6.3% for those who were not treated with radiation compared with 3.2% of those who were. Women aged 75 to 79 who had pathologic lymph node assessment without evidence of high-grade tumor, however, did not have better outcomes with radiation. The study appeared online in the journal Cancer. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/13)

Last Updated 07/21/2021

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