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Women and Alzheimer's: Latest findings, facts and figures we ALL need to know.

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It is often thought that Alzheimer's disease is indiscriminate of age, race and gender.  Recent research, however, is showing that more women are diagnosed with the disease than men.  According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US.  Although there is no cure, the latest research focused on identifying, understanding and, ultimately proposing new ways of treatment and management, provide encouraging results. As of November, 2017:
Researchers at the Boston School of Medicine are formulating a new model of the anatomy of the disease. Close collaborations between researchers at the EPFL (ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE) and Rockefeller University have led to the discovery of a new toxic protein that affects the brain; providing an insight on how it ultimately attacks healthy neurons in brain tissue.  Scientists at the University of Twente have developed new optical technology that allows patients to visualize t…

Meet the "Mother of Hospice" and her endless support for women's health!

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In celebration of National Hospice and Palliative Care month, we celebrate the dediation of Dr. Howell.  She is nationally known as the "mother of hospice".  The ability to identify and act upon the care needs of those who are at the end stages of their lives became the model of care that many organizations follow today.

Doris A. Howell, M.D., a graduate of McGill University School of Medicine, has devoted her life to improving the lives of others. A Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, and an internationally renowned leader hospice care, she was a faculty member at Harvard and Duke Schools of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  In 1974, she joined the faculty at UCSD Medical School and chaired the Department of Community and Family Medicine.

When first introduced to the hospice concept in 1968, Dr. Howell immediately embraced this radical departure from the established way of dealing with the dying and their families. H…

A yearly reminder: Have you checked yourself?

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Are we winning? The battle that started in 1989 regarding breast cancer research and  treatment and  has represented a 40% decrease in morbidity.  Awareness is Key!

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About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is dedicated to making a long term, significant impact on women’s health with the goal of “Keeping the Women we Love Healthy.” It is the premier organization in San Diego focused exclusively on women’s health research and education. Through research scholarships, grants and educational events, we prepare young scientists for a career in women’s health research, fund studies specific to “at-risk” and underserved women, and educate the public on the latest research.
                                                          ### Summary & Design prepared by Carolyn Northrup with information from the following sources:
City of Hope: http://www.cityofhope.org/blog/brea…

Stylin' for Women's Health Research

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What does fashion have to do with the Howell Foundation? Increased awareness of the need for women's health research! 
One would think that research and fashion have absolutely nothing in common.  Think again.  We have met some of the most stylish researchers of the day!  But for the Howell Foundation, it is not really about being stylish -- which we are!  It is about creating the much needed awareness of the importance of women's health research.

Why is women's health research so important? 

Research must be at the forefront of any women’s health initiative.  The exclusion of female subjects in current research efforts translates into women often being misdiagnosed.  In the era of personalized medicine, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to treating women's health issues based on research results of male subjects, only places women at a critical risk.

The “Ten Best Dressed Awards" Gala is a fun, novel and creative way to bring awareness to the disparities between men…

Dazed and Confused: The Myths and Realities of the use of Cannabis in Today's Medicine.

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The use of cannabis as a recreational and medical drug is plagued with controversy.  While some states in the US have voted and approved the recreational use of it, marijuana still remains a crime at a Federal level. Even though research has shown both positive and negative effects of cannabis, the support of its use is at an all time high -- pun intended!

With the passage of Proposition 64 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California last November, it seemed timely to hear about research surrounding this issue.   The Howell Foundation hosted Drs. Susan Tapert and Igor Grant in May, with the objective of discussing the good, the bad, the myths and the realities of cannabis.

The first question to be asked is if the use of marijuana is bad or good for you.  According to research conducted by Dr. Tapert, in young adults, not good.

Dr. Tapert became interested in addictive behavior research as an undergraduate at University of Washington.  Her focus on adolescence started du…

Autism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, HIV Care for Women and Rett Syndrome among the fields of research of the 2017 Howell - UCSD Scholars.

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The 2017 Howell-UCSD scholars will be researching topics that range from Autism to HIV care for women.  A brief description of their studies showcases their incredible enthusiasm in following a career in women's health.

The selection process followed by the Howell Foundation provides insight on the steps that these young scientists will need to follow throughout their career.  More importantly, it provide a glimpse of their thoughts on the state of women's health research in today's world.  One thing is for sure:  placing the need for women's health research at the forefront of the scientific community is the cornerstone of our work to ensure we continue to "keep the women we love healthy!"

We invited our 2017 Howell-UCSD Scholars to talk to the audience about their passion.  Meet the students and their fields of study below.  As always, thank you for your passion in women's health research!

Susan La: 

In the project "EmPower Women: An Intervention U…

Celebrating Women’s Health Week… The Body- Mind Connection: Just get moving!

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It is no secret that exercise has numerous benefits for our body and our mind.  Going beyond the idea of losing weight and getting into shape, physical activity helps with depression, decreases heart disease and cancer risks, helps with osteoporosis and just overall makes us feel better.

Exercise is one of the critical aspects highlighted in the Women’s Health Week Initiative from the Office of Women’s Health, along with nutrition, being safe, following up with our health through doctor visits, and taking care of our mental health.

The 5 additional benefits of exercise that should get us moving:

1.- Dance like there is no tomorrow!  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, physical activity “improves cognitive function in healthy elderly persons, and potentially reduces the risk of developing cognitive impairment”.   For those of us who have danced to Salsa (even if we dance with our two left feet) know that being graceful is great exercise!

2.- Move over, Miss America!  Working ou…