Equal access to health care is an important part of building a gender-balanced world
March 8, 2019
Today, we honor all women around the world as we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, reminds us of the value of a gender-balanced world. At Health Decisions, we’re challenging the status quo in women’s health and working to better the balance for the women of today and tomorrow. We believe a healthy woman can help heal the world.
March 7, 2019
From March 7-10 in Atlanta, GA, advocates, researchers and other representatives from the healthcare industry will meet to discuss the latest in women’s sexual health at the Joint International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) Meeting. This year, several presentations will focus on the significant impact pain has on women’s sexual function.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, almost three […]
Increased understanding of the human papillomavirus can lead to better health outcomes and medical advancement
March 4, 2019
By Andrea S. Lukes, MD, MHSc, FACOG, Chief Medical Officer, Health Decisions and Elizabeth Messersmith, PhD, Chief Development Officer, Novan
March 4, 2019 is the second annual International HPV Awareness Day. This event, initiated by the International Papilloma Society to improve worldwide understanding of the human papillomavirus […]
With treatment responses differing among men and women, it is critical to consider sex differences in clinical studies
February 19, 2019
By Kristen Snipes, Director, Clinical Operations, Health Decisions
Is being female a pre-existing condition? In the world of clinical research that was once the prevailing notion. In the past, researchers excluded women from trials because they believed their fluctuating hormones might cause them to […]
February 11, 2019
By Dr. Andrea Lukes, MD, MHSc, FACOG, Chief Medical Officer, Health Decisions
2018 was a positive year for women’s health. We saw the release of groundbreaking treatments targeting female populations. Further, there were increased research efforts to support new drugs and diagnostics focused on health issues that predominantly impact women. These advances promise to improve the quality of life for patients globally and signal an increased focus […]
A Q&A with Dr. Régine Sitruk-Ware
December 17, 2018
Clinical research in contraceptive care has led to several new treatment options in recent years, but with many needs still unaddressed, researchers continue to seek alternative solutions. Dr. Régine Sitruk-Ware of the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research, recently named one of the 50 most influential people in health care in 2018 by TIME for her innovative work in female and male contraception, shared insights on how contraceptive care is evolving.
NAMS 2018: We Can’t Ignore Health Conditions Affecting Half the World’s Population for Half of Their Adult Lives
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting October 3-6 in San Diego, California. The medical community recognizes the NAMS Annual Meeting as a significant event, and yet it is easy to underestimate the meeting’s full importance.
Think about it. Menopause profoundly affects the health and quality of life of about half of the world’s population for about half of their adult lives. Average female life expectancy in the United States and […]
World Contraception Day is an annual campaign on September 26, supported by 17 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), “around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted.” In the words of the World Health Organization, World Contraception Day’s mission is “to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.”
Health Decisions considers World Contraception Day an occasion to celebrate the availability of a wide range of contraceptive options while also recognizing that there is […]
The American Sexual Health Association is observing September as Sexual Health Month, in keeping with the World Association for Sexual Health designation of World Sexual Health Day. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are by far the most widespread sexual health conditions affecting both women and men. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are approximately 20 million new cases of STIs in the United States annually. STIs can pose serious health issues, especially for women, […]
FDA approval of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist elagolix as an oral agent for management of moderate-to-severe pain associated with endometriosis provides an important treatment option for a condition that compromises quality of life for approximately 10% of women of reproductive age. Types of pain associated with endometriosis include painful periods, painful ovulation, pain during or after sexual intercourse and chronic pelvic pain.
Clinical studies that provided a basis for FDA approval demonstrated that three out of four women given 200 mg of elagolix twice a […]