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Study examines effect of uterine fibroids in African-American women

African-American women have a higher incidence of uterine fibroids, develop them at an earlier age and suffer more severe symptoms, according to a new national survey. The survey of 268 African-American and 573 white women, ages 29 to 59, with symptomatic uterine fibroids was conducted from December 1, 2011, to January 16, 2012. Results were published in […]

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VCU Presidential Symposium on Cancer postponed

The VCU Presidential Symposium on Cancer, which was scheduled for October 12, has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Douglas Lowy,  deputy director of the National Cancer Institute, was to deliver the keynote address on advances in cancer research and the direction of cancer research. In collaboration with colleague John Schiller, Lowy discovered a way […]

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Series focuses on domestic and sexual violence

The VCU Institute for Women’s Health and the YMCA are sponsoring a series of brown bag lunches devoted to the topic of domestic and sexual violence during October. The free events are held each Thursday from noon to 1:30 at the YWCA of Richmond at 6 N. Fifth St. The topics include: October 17: Domestic […]

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VCU receives NIH grant to study vaginal microbes

Virginia Commonwealth University has received a $7.4 million federal grant to study how microorganisms found in the vagina influence health and disease in women and their babies during pregnancy, labor and birth. The Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health awarded VCU the three-year grant to pursue work that ultimately could lead […]

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FDA gives positive review to early-stage breast cancer drug

The Food and Drug Administration has recommended accelerated approval of a drug that could be the first pharmaceutical option for treating early-stage breast cancer. “This is a whole new approach, which should dramatically accelerate the progress that we make in cancer treatment,” said Dr. Harry D. Bear, chairman of the division of surgical oncology and medical […]

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Symptom presentation may affect coronary diagnosis and outcome, a study says

Racial differences in symptom presentation for coronary artery disease may be a barrier to correct and timely diagnosis, according to a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health. Among a group of women with symptoms of angina who were tested for a suspected coronary blockage, nearly 3 times as many black women as white […]

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Study: Women, minorities less likely to manage cardiac risk

Women and minorities who are at risk for cardiac disease are also likely to have poorly managed risk factors, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health. Risk factor modification efforts could help reduce the chance of another heart attack — or even death — among the more than 15 million Americans with coronary heart […]

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Labor and delivery center to hold open house

The VCU Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery Unit will hold open houses on Tuesday, August 20, to showcase renovations. Tours will be available from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The center is located on the sixth floor of the Main Hospital building,. The newly renovated unit features spacious rooms with […]

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Program on women’s nutrition set for August 28

Mary-Jo Sawyer, a registered dietician at the VCU Health System Nutrition Clinic, will conduct a  program on women’s nutrition at noon on Wednesday, August 28. The program will take place at the Community Health Education Center, which is located on the ground floor of the VCU Medical Center Gateway Building at 1200 E. Marshall St. […]

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CCTR Endowment Fund submission deadline is August 1

The submission deadlines for applications for the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research Endowment Fund Awards is August 1. The Endowment Fund supports meritorious pilot and feasibility research. Investigators may apply for money To support clinical and transitional research that applies discoveries generated in the laboratory and preclinical studies to the development of clinical […]

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