Women's Health

Portrait of a Woman

Take a glimpse at some key statistics related to women’s health.


Breast Cancer Drug Therapy Findings Alter Standard of Care

A breakthrough in research on human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) positive breast cancer used a three-drug combination to produce median survivorship of more than four years.


Pelvic Floor Surgery and Mesh Complications

In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert about potential complications related to surgical mesh implants in women who underwent transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Up to that point in time, the FDA had received approximately 1,000 reports of problems from nine surgical mesh manufacturers. As a result, complications were considered to be rare. With the addition of 2,874 reports over the next two years, the FDA issued a second notification — this time warning that “complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare complications.”


New Findings May Allay Fear of Complications among Breast Reconstruction Patients

Research in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery challenges the traditional view that older women have a greater risk of complications following both implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction.


New Book Details Surgeon’s Journey to Successful Body-contouring Approach

This month, Springer.com publishes Comprehensive Body Contouring: Theory and Practice. The 230-page, 190-image compendium highlights the 16-year clinical experience of innovative University of Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Dennis Hurwitz, MD, in treating dysmorphia after massive weight loss, pregnancy and aging.


Mommy Makeover: Is It Safe?

During the past 10 years, an extraordinary social phenomenon has been increasing in plastic surgeons’ offices across the country. Middle-aged mothers are having their sagging breasts enhanced, their loose abdomens tightened and their excess waist fat liposuctioned away.


Allegheny Health Network: A Regional Pacesetter for Mother-baby Care

Through a comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program and the availability of Level III NICUs at West Penn Hospital and Saint Vincent Hospital, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is redefining care for women with high-risk pregnancies and infants who require the highest levels of specialized expertise and capabilities.


Underdiagnosed Cause of Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Venous Congestion

Chronic pelvic pain is very common among women, accounting for as much as 40% of all gynecologic office visits.


Tracing the Link Between Menopause and Cognition

She can’t find her keys. She struggles to calculate a tip at a restaurant. Doing her taxes is out of the question. As many as two-thirds of menopausal women report forgetfulness, lack of focus and other cognitive difficulties, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center report.


Too Much Calcium Can Be Bad for Your Heart, New Study Finds

In a new study from the National Institutes of Health, startling results showed that men who took calcium supplements were more apt to die of heart disease than those who didn't get extra calcium in supplement form.