Friday, August 23, 2013

Sex Gender & Heart Disease

Good Afternoon!

Click here to access the Sex, Gender and Heart Disease Prezi that compliments the PIL 2 class held on 8/23/2013, but is open to all who are interested! 

Sex, Gender and Heart Disease

TGIF Quote of the Week

Happy Friday Everyone!
Here is the quote of the week:

"The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

-Lao Tzu 

Since the school year just started, I am sure many of you are feeling this way!
Work hard, before you know it you will wonder how it all went by so fast!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Intro to Sex and Gender Medicine

Hello PIL 1 Students!

Make sure to check out the entry below for the Intro to Sex and Gender Medicine Prezi link and additional information. 

Pay close attention to the objectives, as you will very likely see them again once you take your exam. 

In relevance to your current case, some have also have been asking about statistics of women versus men in breast cancer. Here they are:

American Cancer society estimates for women (2013):
  • 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • 64,640 new cases of  non-invasive breast cancer (earliest form)
  • About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
 American Cancer Society estimates for men (2013):
  •  2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • About 410 men will die from breast cancer
(  - Link to breast cancer statisitcs

AND For IFM and any PIL students who didn't hear...
What is this?
Answer : Psoriasis


Monday, August 19, 2013

Being on the Frontier of Sex and Gender Medicine



            Hi, all!

            As promised, here is the link to the prezi to slowly review!

            In the prezi,you will notice that the:
                   *videos are longer than you saw (a bit)
                   *specialties shown are physicians within our
                           system (so you are visually 'premeeting them'). Join us at 
                           Seminar series to meet some of them in person!
                           Sept 17th is the first session.
                  *the answer to the (elbows) question is at the very end.

             Notice that the objectives are linked to the prezi. In IFM, for this
             session only you won't have any questions on the material. Not until
             next time! But I wanted to have you get used to the format. Let me
             know your thoughts on Prezi vs Powerpoint.

             I hope you explore the information and check out our blog. I look
             forward to our next session! Feel free to email or drop by -
             Simmee's in 228; I'm located in 239!
             Dr Núñez

Rape Culture Around The World?

Recently, India has been making headlines around the world for what has been called a rape "epidemic". Rapes of the very young, foreign tourists and violent gang rapes have been causing mass protests in a call for women's rights. One of the stories that sparked the most controversy was the gang rape of a medical student who later died of her injuries (Read Here) Despite protests, cities are still seeing a rise in reported rape cases which is leading to the creation of new anti-rape laws. Bad exposure is definitely effecting their economy as well. Since December, tourism has decreased by 25%, mostly with Western female travelers. Many have criticized India, expressing that their patriarchal culture is to blame. But it has also been argued that there is a culture of rape in the U.S.

From 2004-2008, the U.S was the world leader for reported rapes with about 80,000. however, since so many rapes go unreported. The US Department of justice estimates an actual 300,000 per year (making the 80,000 figure more like 1.3 million).

What is meant by rape culture? One is example  is the recent high school rape case in Stubenville, Ohio. A young women was raped by two football players after she became overly intoxicated at a party. Instead of coming to her aid, many students joked and posted pictures of her on the internet. Following the event the town was torn. While some did support the young girl, many felt that she was to blame and shunned her for giving the football team and the town a bad name. And these incidents are not uncommon. Studies show that college student believe about 50% of  reported rapes are false claims. while the real number is about 2-8%.  And while the issue of false rape gets a a lot of attention, 97% of rapists will never spend a day in prison.

 Many people who are raped or sexually harassed internalize the issue and begin to blame themselves. 73% of rapes in America are committed by non-strangers and 28% happen between intimate partners. Some people may not understand how to escape a dangerous situation. Physicians can have a key role in providing support to those who experience rape or are in abusive situations. Asking patients exhaustive questions about their living situations and safety are very important. This can raise red flags, and allow the patient to receive support they may not have found otherwise. For those who are victims of rape or are being treated following an incident; it is important that physicians know proper protocol for handling a rape victim. Key words and actions may seem simple but can make a significant difference in a patients trauma and recovery. They can also be the first step in helping the patient to overcome their

More in India:

50 Interesting facts about rape... you'll keep reading!

Rape in America and Statistics:

Friday, August 16, 2013

TGIF - Quote of the Week

Happy Friday Everyone! 

Today's Quote of the Week: 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, 
committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, 
it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead

Have a Great Weekend!

Friday, August 9, 2013

TGIF - Quote of the week

Happy Friday Everyone!

This quote seemed appropriate with our Blog topic from earlier this week:

Healing is a matter of time, but is it sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

And in health care, we know that can be especially true.
What do you think?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Stress and Poverty: An issue of Public Health

In an article recently published in the New York Times entitled Status And Stress, author Moises Velasquez-Manoff discusses chronic stress, its correlation with poverty and the impact it has on public health in the United States.

There are different types of stress that effect the people in various ways both mentally and physically. Scientists have found that some of the most dangerous types of stress arise when individuals feel that they have little to no control over their daily responsibilities. This feeling of helplessness is most often found in people with lower socio-economic statues, with income being a major determining factor. Not being able to pay bills, put food on the table, no control within the work environment among other things can lead to constant chemical stress reactions from the body.

This type of stress does not only wear a person down mentally, but can also adversely effect ones' health. Those living with chronic stress tend to live shorter lives than those who do not. They are also significantly more likely to develop health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The "American Dream" implies that anyone can overcome hardships through hard work and determination. While the article explains that predisposition does not have complete control over an individuals future, among more affluent people, those who were never poor still have better health outcomes than those who once were. Why is this? Chronic stress can have a major effect on cognitive function and the brains' nervous system development, sometimes creating lasting effects even if chronic stress is no longer a problem.

This issue goes beyond the individual level because the effects of chronic stress are costly. Some of the conditions those who face high stress and prone to are some of the most expensive to treat. And the extent of inequality may be getting worse. The original article suggests that by investing more time and energy into this population (especially children), in the future, we will start to see an economic return. In addition, this could mean improvement in the quality of health for many who need it.

Additional Info on stress in America:
Stressed in America:

How stress effects your health :

Friday, August 2, 2013

TGIF! - (NEW) Quote of the Week

Happy Friday Everyone!

 We will be starting a new type of post called quote of the week. These quotes are to meant to be thought provoking, so don't forget to think of the implications they could have in sex and gender medicine! 

Today's Quote:

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.
~ Hellen Keller

Have a good weekend!

"What a week! I just want to curl up
 and read the Women's Health Info blog!"