Showing posts from September, 2014

The Many Ways Depression Affects Women

It is well known that approximately 19 million people suffer depression each year...  1 in 5 americans!  the majority of them are women. 
Did you know that women are twice as likely to develop clinical depression as men? As a matter of fact, one in four women is likely to have an episode of major depression at some point in their life. One third of women with depression live with this condition untreated. 
But what are the major causes of depression and how do women react to treatment?  What are the genetic, biological and psycho-social factors that might lead women into depression?  Find out more on how this illness affects women below.

                                                                                       ### About the Doris A. Howell Foundation: 
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the commu…

Eye Opening Facts About Depression

Even though the function of the brain is a mystery, the causes and effects of depression are not. Statistics are STAGGERING!  The question is what to do about it?  Education is the first step on learning about an illness that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.  Education is power! 

About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.
The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health;   providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health. of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the com…

How do you know if you are feeling depressed or just sad?

Did you know that women are twice as likely tosuffer from - and show signs of depression than men of the same age?  

If true that we have all experienced times in our lives when we are sad, at what point do we realize that our sadness is depression? 

Recognizing the differences and learning to identify when professional intervention is needed is wise and the first step to our health.   

The Howell Foundation invited Dr. Christina Zampitella for its next Evening Series Seminar presentation:  Depression vs. Sadness: Learning to Know the Differences.   She will be talking about pragmatic, integrative ways to take care of ourselves, feel better and increase hope.  The skills presented by Dr. Zampitella will help us determine if we are sad or depressed, and whether we are improving or not. 

At the end of the presentation, attendees will: 
Be able to distinguish sadness from depressionIdentify when professional help is neededLearn pragmatic, integrative skills to improve hope while decreasing s…

Howell Foundation Awards Second Grant for Community Health-Focused Research

Howell Foundation’s Community Engagement Initiative awarded its 2nd grant to support women’s health research through its partnership with the SDSU Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH)The “Intuitive Eating Intervention to Curb Weight Gain in Female College Students” involves an innovative health intervention to reduce weight gain that is common among first year, female college studentsThe first Howell Community Engagement Initiative grant is being carried out in partnership with the Women, Infant and Children program. This study is assessing the efficacy of a program designed to increase physical activity and healthy eating in pregnant Latino women.

San Diego, CA.- The Doris A. Howell Foundation announced that it has awarded its second Community Engagement Initiative Grant to Hala Madanat, Ph.D. Dr. Madanat is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science at San Diego State University.  According to Dr. Madanat, college women…

Howell Foundation Awards Three New Scholarships to Young Promising San Diegans

Scholarships focused on ensuring women's health in current medical researchCalcium imbalance and its effect on arrhythmia, papillary thyroid cancer and HPV awareness in the military among the fields of studyOver half a million dollars awarded to 194 students to promote women's health through education.  

San Diego, CA. - August 2014. The Doris A. Howell Foundation presented its fall 2014 scholarship awards. Candidates from UCSD and USD Hahn School of Nursing will be researching new fields of study as well as new means to create awareness on women's health.  
A strict protocol is followed in the choice of the students, including review of the students' scholarship applications, and quality of supervision during their research work. This supervision has become known as the "Mentor Program." It is the lifeline to the program's success. Each student must have a qualified mentor to direct and guide them.
The research subjects range from the most basic of life sci…

Howell Foundation awards the Cheryl A. Wilson Nursing Scholarship to Jennifer Buechel

·PhD Student from the University of San Diego will be focusing on HPV Vaccine knowledge and use among military personnel.  ·2013 Scholar, now Ph.D. Carmen Colombo speaks at women's health luncheon
San Diego, CA – August 2014. The Doris A. Howell Foundation announced Jennifer Buechel as the recipient for USD’s Cheryl A. Wilson Nursing Scholarship.  She will be focusing on HPV vaccine knowledge and uptake among military personnel and working under the direction of Dr. Ann Mayo, Professor and member of the American Academy of Nursing.  “As an Adult Nurse Practitioner, I have first-hand experience in how challenging it is for clinicians to provide routine and preventive care for female military populations in an operational environment, including sexual health and immunization prevention programs.  I have the opportunity as a future nurse scientist to significantly improve health policy and education through research and evidenced-based practice.  My experience as a clinician, coupled wi…

Pelvic Floor Disorders: You DON’T have to live with them!

Creating awareness on pelvic floor health starts with education.  The Howell Foundation hosted Dr. Emily Lukacz last week who gave a very informative summary on what comprises pelvic floor disorders, understanding the basic anatomy  of incontinence and its symptoms,  and the latest on treating these disorders. 
If we were to summarize her most important message it would be the fact that one does not have to live with pelvic floor disorders, especially when one out of three women suffer from it – a message worthwhile sharing since pelvic floor disorders  are under reported and therefore under served.  
“It’s not only women who suffer from these conditions.  Family suffers as well.  Reality is there are lots of fairly simple things you can do that don’t require surgery”, she stated.  “Being here and spreading the word on pelvic floor health is the first step”. 
The main conditions that characterize pelvic floor disorders are Incontinence (Urinary and Fecal) and Prolapse; both with lifestyl…