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    A New Take on the Gift of Life

    November 06, 2017

    Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI) is a devastating and prevalent condition that affects five percent of women worldwide and 50,000 women in the United States. Whether congenital or acquired, women with UFI are unable to carry and deliver babies. But, advancements in women’s health and transplant surgery are helping to create new solutions for these women and their families.

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    Women Help Women at BRA Day 2017

    October 30, 2017

    Held annually on the third Wednesday of October – in the heart of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is more than just an educational opportunity. It’s also a chance for women to help other women. That task was on the minds of both patients and survivors at Penn’s BRA Day event, held this year in the Smilow Center for Translational Research on October 18th.

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    The New Midlife: Why 60 is the New 40

    September 08, 2017

    It wasn’t long ago that the hot flashes and night sweats that came with menopause signaled an unofficial end to one’s sex life, and in some sense was a big blaring reminder that the end was approaching. But the average lifespan of a woman today is 81, and the average age of menopause is 51 – making the post-menopausal stage of life considerable.

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    Breast Milk “Bartending”: There’s An App for That

    June 12, 2017

    Nurses in neonatal intensive care units spend close to 13,000 hours every year “bartending” – monitoring, labeling, printing, and logging – breast milk for the nearly 500,000 babies across the U.S. that require special care. And for moms of these fragile patients, keeping a full inventory can add stress to an already trying time. Enter Keriton, a new breast milk management system designed for nurses and new moms, by nurses and new moms.

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    Hormonal Changes Affect Female Athletic Performance. Period.

    May 03, 2017

    Over the past year, several notable female athletes have publically discussed the impact of their menstrual cycles on athletic performance. While the stories caused a bit of a stir, with people questioning the validity of the claims, science may indicate that performance can be impacted by a woman’s menstrual cycle.  

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    Ovarian Cancer: A Master of Disguise No More

    April 14, 2017

    Experts in the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center and the Basser Center for BRCA are developing new detection and prevention strategies for high-risk patients—and, at the same time, offering a one-two punch birth control and cancer risk-reduction method for average-risk women who do not have, do not want, or are done having children.

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    Solving the Riddle of Preterm Birth

    March 22, 2017

    Nearly 15 million babies in the world are born prematurely every year, and recent data show the number is on the rise, but the exact cause of premature birth remains one of Mother Nature’s best kept secrets. Doctors simply can’t explain why an otherwise healthy woman might go into labor early, making it difficult to treat—but perhaps there is a key.

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    Helen O. Dickens: A Figure Who Was Anything But Hidden

    February 22, 2017

    Helen O. Dickens, was never comfortable being called a trailblazer. For her, it was only ever about achieving her dream. Along the way, however, she left an indelible imprint on her community and played a vital role in transforming women’s health care.

  • Beating Cancer Cells at Their Own Game

    November 09, 2016

    Most cells do metabolic somersaults to survive under stressful a condition – which is to say, they enlist the most expedient biochemical pathways to produce essential molecules in order to survive. By comparison, cancer cells perform high-wire cartwheels to recruit alternative pathways to thwart cancer drugs. As cancer cells do...

  • Mysteries and Controversies of the Placenta

    July 29, 2016

    For an organ the female body makes and then sheds all within less than a year, the placenta has long held a place of reverence in human culture. But for scientists, the placenta still holds some mysteries and now some scholarly controversy. The organ, which supplies a developing baby oxygen...

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