Women shouldn't hesitate to talk with a physician about health issues | Reproductive control issues reported by 25% of women | Obesity, depression tied to chronic hip pain, study shows
January 14, 2019
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Women shouldn't hesitate to talk with a physician about health issues
Millions of women suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder, endometriosis, pelvic floor disorders, pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence, but many are reluctant to discuss their symptoms with a physician. Obstetrician-gynecologist Jen Gunter explains the symptoms of each.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/8) 
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Reproductive control issues reported by 25% of women
A literature review found 1 in 4 women seen at sexual health clinics reported experiencing interference with their reproductive autonomy, such as controlling contraception and pregnancy decisions, researchers reported in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. Researchers said health care providers should ask women about reproductive control, and screening should be done in general practice, maternity and reproductive health care settings.
Medscape (free registration) (1/8) 
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Obesity, depression tied to chronic hip pain, study shows
Patients with chronic hip pain were more likely to be older and to have obesity and depression, especially those with disabling chronic pain, compared with people without hip pain, German researchers reported in Musculoskeletal Care. The study, based on 2,514 individuals ages 14 and older, found a stronger association between depressive disorder and hip pain, compared with obesity.
MedPage Today (free registration) (1/9) 
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Powering Your Practice
Cost-cutting ideas for small businesses
If you need to cut costs at your business, reconsider the professional services you're using and review your approach to managing the cost of utilities, writes Mike Kappel, CEO of Patriot Software. Also, think about going paperless and switching to less-costly marketing options.
AllBusiness (1/8) 
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Improve wait times with communication, pleasant waiting areas
Wait times to see a health provider are increasing but practices can make the wait more pleasant for patients, writes professionalism expert Sue Jacques. A comfortable waiting room and notifications about any delays can enhance the patient experience, she writes.
Modern Medicine/Physicians Practice (1/9) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Study: Higher fiber intake reduces risk of disease mortality
People who consumed higher amounts of fiber reduced their risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer by 16% to 24%, compared with those who had low intakes, according to a study in The Lancet. The risk was reduced 5% to 27% more for each additional 8 grams of fiber added to the diet.
HealthDay News (1/11) 
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Exercise may prolong cancer survival, study finds
People with early- to late-stage cancers who exercised three or four times a week prior to and after their diagnosis had a 40% reduced mortality risk compared with those who didn't exercise, and even people who only exercised after diagnosis or only once or twice weekly also had a lower risk of death, researchers reported in the journal Cancer Causes & Control. The findings also showed the strongest association between exercise and reduced mortality risk among those with bladder, breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, ovarian, prostate and skin cancer.
HealthDay News (1/10) 
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Study associates obesity with higher dementia risk
UK researchers used a cohort of 9,652 individuals, mean age of about 55, and found that higher levels of body mass index, fat mass and waist-to-hip ratio were associated with lower gray matter volume in the brain, putting people at an increased risk for age-related brain diseases such as dementia. The findings were published in the journal Neurology.
MedPage Today (free registration) (1/9) 
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Health Care Trends That Matter
US total fertility rate hits 40-year low
A study in the CDC's National Vital Statistics Reports showed that the overall fertility rate in the US was 1,765.5 births per 1,000 women, the lowest since 1978 and 16% lower than the level the population needs to replace itself. Researchers found that no state had a fertility rate above the replacement level for whites, while fertility rates exceeding replacement levels among Hispanics and blacks were found in 29 states and 12 states, respectively.
United Press International (1/10),  Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (1/10) 
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Cancer mortality steadily declining in the US
Cancer mortality steadily declining in the US
(Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
The American Cancer Society found US cancer mortality continuously decreased between 1991 and 2016, falling by 27% overall and resulting in about 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths, a trend experts attribute to better cancer detection and treatment, as well as reduced smoking prevalence. The findings in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians also showed narrowing racial disparities but widening socioeconomic inequalities in cancer mortality.
CNN (1/8),  Health Imaging online (1/8) 
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SOWH News
Reject or Correct? A Guide to Effective Feedback on the Road to Publication
Do you want to publish your research but are unsure of where to start? Are your clinical outcomes interesting and relevant to the field of abdominal and pelvic health physical therapy? The Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy Editorial Team will take you through the process of peer-review & dissemination on Saturday Jan. 26 at 8:00 a.m. at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
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2019 physical therapy courses are open for registration!
We are proud to host courses for our members and the community every year. Explore our 2019 course schedule and scholarship opportunities. Subscribe to our education alerts to receive the latest announcements about newly added courses, locations and dates. We are committed to bringing educational resources and opportunities to you every year. We look forward to seeing you in 2019!
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