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MCW Women's Health News

Can a cell phone app help women reduce their osteoporosis risk?

April 10 - Approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. Research shows that women can improve their bone health by having good nutrition, improving their balance, and regularly doing exercises that result in stronger bones, yet very few women regularly eat nutritious meals and do the types of activities that build bone. Much more needs to be learned about how to help people make and maintain health behavior change.

Bon-Ton Stores Raise $375,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Mar 26 - The Concord (NH) Monitor reports that Bon-Ton Stores nationwide (Boston Store in Wisconsin) raised $375,000 through its annual Charge Against Breast Cancer campaign. Concord Monitor

Building wellness in Barron County

A collaborative effort by the Medical College of Wisconsin and dozens of partners in Barron County in northwestern Wisconsin is working to increase healthy eating and physical activity.

Dr. Guralnick Recommends “Bladder Diary”, Bladder Retraining for Overactive Bladder

Mar 5 - Dr. Michael Guralnick recommends that patients with an overactive bladder maintain a “bladder diary” to identify specific cues tied to urge incontinence. WebMD

Research changes views on breast cancer

A research collaboration is helping to eliminate obstacles to breast cancer screening among African American women in central Milwaukee. Research collaborators include members of the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Froedtert Hospital, and community leaders and advocates.

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

HWPP Grant Supports Free Dental Care for Low-Income Pregnant Women

Feb 18 - A two-year, $200,000 grant from MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program supports a Columbia St. Mary’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic program providing free dental care to 200 low-income pregnant women. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Dr. Kumar Reports that Sepsis is Five Times Lower for Pregnant Women

Feb 18 - In a presentation at the Critical Care Congress, Dr. Gagan Kumar reported that the incidence of severe sepsis was nearly five times lower and the risk of death from severe sepsis was 43% lower during pregnancy, compared with nonpregnant women, in a large retrospective study on data on more than 47 million pregnancy-related discharges. Family Practice News

Partnering for lifelong heart care

Adults who were born with congenital heart disease find highly specialized, lifelong care at the Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a partnership of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

Pioneering eye care benefits generations

A landmark advance more than 35 years ago has improved vision dramatically for thousands of patients with diabetic eye disease. Today, vision research at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute seeks to actually prevent retinal eye disease.

New Orthopaedic, Sports and Spine Center in Menomonee Falls opens Jan. 13

Dec. 12 - Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Orthopaedic, Sports and Spine Center (OSSC) will welcome patients on Jan. 13, offering orthopaedic, sports medicine and spine services to residents of Menomonee Falls and surrounding communities.

Dr. Jones Reports Increase in Babies Born to Prescription Drug Addicted Mothers

Dec 6 - In a Fox-TV/Channel 6 interview on babies born to drug-addicted mothers, Dr. Cresta Jones notes an increasing number of babies are being born to mothers addicted to prescription medications. Fox 6 News

Dr. Kuhlmann Provides Maternal Fetal Medicine For Agnesian HealthCare

Nov 12 - Dr. Randall Kuhlmann will provide maternal fetal medicine services at Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac through a new agreement with Froedtert & MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. fdlreporter

Dr. Sood Received $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Blood Coagulation Abnormalities

Oct 29 - Rashmi Sood, PhD, received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study abnormalities in blood coagulation that affect women’s health and pregnancy. Wisconsin Health News

Researcher to study causes of complications in pregnancy

Oct. 25 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute have received a four year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study abnormalities in blood coagulation that affect women’s health and pregnancy. The grant will specifically focus on the role of maternal platelets in the placenta and pregnancy complications. Placenta-mediated pregnancy complications have serious health consequences for the mother and the baby.

Women’s Health Research Program (WHRP) awards grants

Oct. 10 - Paula Traktman, PhD, Chairman of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Walter Schroeder Professor of Microbiology and Senior Associate Dean for Research Development, and Srividya Kidambi, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition), have been selected to receive this year’s grants from the Medical College’s Women’s Health Research Program.

Dr. Shah-Khan Reports on Measurement System to Determine Lymph Node Positivity

Oct 8 - Dr. Miraj Shah-Khan reported that the distance of a breast cancer from a woman’s nipple added to the ability of nomograms to predict sentinel lymph node positivity. Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network

Dr. Walker Notes that Four out of Five Breast Lumps are Benign

Sept 24 - Dr. Alonzo Walker notes that four out of every five breast lumps are benign in an article in Self magazine. Self

Dr. Davis Comments on Chances of Conceiving Quadruplets without Fertility Drugs

Sept 4 - Joseph Davis, DO, provides expert comment in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on a couple who conceived quadruplets without fertility drugs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Paykel Addresses Concerns Regarding Estrogen Replacement Therapy for Menopause

Sept 4 - In Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s column in Everyday Health, Dr. Jacquelyn Paykel notes that many women are concerned about taking estrogen to treat menopause because of concerns raised by the Women’s Health Initiative. EverydayHealth

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin elevated to full member of Gynecologic Oncology Group

Aug 12 - Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin have been elevated to full membership in the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded cooperative cancer research group. This promotion from provisional membership is due, in part, to a substantial increase in patients enrolled in studies and a very positive GOG audit of our facilities and programs, and allows the Froedtert & The Medical College program to more fully participate in GOG-sponsored clinical trials focused on gynecologic malignancies.

Breast cancer screening and preventive health focus of Science Café

Jun 11 - The Community Engagement Key Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a Science Café at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central location Tuesday, June 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. The theme of the café is “Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health,” and the featured speaker is Alonzo Walker, MD, the Ruth Teske Professor in Surgical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and a surgical oncologist practicing at Froedtert Hospital.

Documentary Aimed to Increase Awareness about Breast Cancer Treatment

June 10 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are producing a documentary that aims to increase awareness about breast cancer risk and treatment among low-income or underinsured African-American women. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hijjawi Discusses Increased Breast Cancer Risk for Women with BRCA Genetic Mutation

May 13 - In an NBC/Channel 4 report, Dr. John Hijjawi discussed the increased risk of breast cancer for women with a BRCA genetic mutation. Today's TMJ4

Dr. Hoch Notes Shortfalls in College Athletic Screening Programs for the Female Athlete Triad

June 17 - Dr. Anne Hoch was lead author of a study reported in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine that found that shortfalls in college athletic screening programs for the female athlete triad. MedicineNet.com

Dr. Shah Stresses that Mammograms are the Best Tool for Breast Cancer Screening

April 8 - Dr. Carla Shah provides expert comment in an ABC-TV/Channel 12 story on the development of a bra that helps screen for breast cancer. Dr. Shah notes that mammograms are still the best tool available for breast cancer screening. WISN TV

Dr. Walker to Discuss Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health at Science Café

June 10 - Dr. Alonzo Walker will discuss “Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health” at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin’s next Science Café on June 18 at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central location. WauwatosaNOW

Obstetrics and Gynecology presenting annual Eleanor Delfs Lectureship on May 8

Apr 18 - The annual Eleanor Delfs, MD Lectureship for Pioneers will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the MCW Health Research Center Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and will feature Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Cottler will give a presentation titled, Community Engaged Research: The New Frontier.

Ovarian cancer research has champion in the William and Sandy Heitz Family Foundation

Jun 17 - A family that has been affected by cancer several times over is making significant contributions to the advancement of more effective therapies for ovarian cancer at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Gifts from the William and Sandy Heitz Family Foundation totaling $250,000 are creating the William and Sandy Heitz Endowed Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Researchers to study socioeconomic factors in breast cancer mortality rates

May 07 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a $1.1 million, three year grant from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute to study socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer outcomes.

Women’s History Month 2012 – education mission

Mar. 05 - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted on InfoScope during the month of March. The vignettes highlight many of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made. The stories highlight MCW programs that improve women’s health or help women develop as students, physicians, researchers, educators and leaders.

Women's History Month - Cheryl Maurana

Mar. 09 - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted on InfoScope during the month of March. The vignettes highlight some of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

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