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Feminist Medicine by Dr. Lior Baruch

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Holding Us Back: What Barriers Do Women Overcome on Their Way to Breast Cancer Screening?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. While social media awash in pink, we should also raise awareness to the barriers women, mostly of marginalized groups, have to overcome on their way to screening mammography.

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Will a simple blood test help predict gestational diabetes?

          Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is defined as diabetes that arises during pregnancy, and especially after the 24th week. Its prevalence in Western countries is estimated at 3-10% of pregnant women, given that different criteria for diagnosing gestational diabetes make it difficult to assess correctly. Because of its implications for the future health of the mother, newborn and pregnancy, GDM is a target for screening and early detection. In many countries, a glucose tolerance test is preformed between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. The test, despite its sweet name, is often experienced as tedious and unpleasant, given the time it consumes, and the challenge in drinking 50 or 100 grams of sugar in one gulp. In fact, many women were likely to give up the experience if they found a more convenient alternative. So is there such a possibility in sight? Continue reading

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Obstructive sleep apnea and sex hormones

          The connection between sex hormones and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is complex and two-directional. Obstructive sleep apnea is affected in several ways by female sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, and their male counterparts, such as testosterone. At the same time, lack of sleep, and sleep apnea specifically, affect the production and secretion of sex hormones.  Continue reading

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Migraines in Women: Hormones, Headaches and Life

          A few months ago one of my patients asked me for painkillers “just to have in my purse, for my period”. I thought she meant cramps but she surprised me: “Migraine, almost always around menstruation”. A minute later, she was going on to the next topic but at the back of my mind, in the “interesting” section, questions started piling up about the connection between menstruation and migraine. And, after a few days, I found the time to read a little bit about the topic. I’m sorry, did I say “a little bit”? It was so interesting that one article led to another and the enthusiasm led me to this post – I just had to let you know 🙂

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