Margie Parham, MS, RN, MPH/PhDc

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Listen for the Disease: Ovarian Cancer
  Highly lethal The most lethal gynecologic malignancy, ovarian cancer affects women of all races and ethnic groups. In 2010, an estimated 21,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States, and about 13,850 will die.
Obesity Is Mediated by Differential Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Signaling in Mice Fed a Western Diet
  Results: The Western diet differentially affected body size, body fat:body mass ratios, liver size and liver metabolism, and liver mRNA and miRNA profiles. The regular diet had no significant differential effects.

Overweight and Obesity in the Reproductive-Age Population of the Central Pennsylvania Women’s Health Study
  Abstract Over 54% of currently non-pregnant women aged 18-45 in Central Pennsylvania are overweight or obese. To examine the overall health effects in women, the Central Pennsylvania Women’s Health Study (CePAWHS) had 2,002 women aged 18-45 complete a Random Digit Dial (RDD) general population telephone interview on their health status and health risk indicators for adverse pregnancy outcomes. Other variables analyzed included environmental factors, pregnancy outcomes, and health habits and conditions. This research found that obesity in reproductive-age women is associated with a variety of environmentaland health-related factors.
Promote Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010
  Promote Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening CDC provides high-quality screening and diagnostic services to detect breast and cervical cancer at the earliest stages through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). The program helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women (ages 40-64 years), gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.
Recalls Kotex Tampon Unscented Regular Absorbency
  This recall is limited to two product SKUs (carton codes), 15063 (18 count) and 15068 (36 count). The tampons were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with a bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii, which may cause health risks, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), pelvic inflammatory disease or infections that can be life-threatening. Women with serious existing illnesses, cancer or immune-compromised conditions, such as HIV, are at increased risk. There is limited evidence of transfer between individuals with this bacterium.
Results of the Expanded HIV Testing Initiative --- 25 Jurisdictions, United States, 2007--2010
  Approximately 20% of the estimated 1.2 million persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the United States at the end of 2008 were not aware of their infection.
Sister to Sister Interational Inc.
  Sister to Sister International, Inc. (STSI) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1994, that links women of African descent globally to the resources that connect, advance and strengthen us. We do this through advocacy, education and the promotion of African culture.
Sjogren's Syndrome Prevalent in Women
  Most people are now aware of autoimmune disorders. With upwards of 4,000,000 Americans suffering from Sjögren’s, it is one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders. Nine out of 10 patients are women. About half of the time Sjögren’s occurs alone, and the other half it occurs in the presence of another autoimmune connective tissue disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or scleroderma. When Sjögren’s occurs alone, it is referred to as “Primary Sjögren’s.” When it occurs with another connective tissue disease, it is referred to as “Secondary Sjögren’s.”
  Drug Use in Tennessee: The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States. In the most recent Survey, 8.22 percent of Tennessee residents reported using illicit drugs in the past month. The national average was 8.02 percent. Additionally, 4.27 percent of Tennessee residents reported using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month (the national average was 3.58 percent). Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2007–2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
United Nations Resources on Global Women and Gender Issues
  Global resources on gender and women's issues.
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