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Impact Fall 2011

Impact Fall 2011

Featured in this issue:

Intriguing discovery gives women at high risk for breast cancer new hope
Women's College Research Institute's Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit has published a fascinating study in the International Journal of Cancer showing that Polish women with BRCA1 genetic mutations – known to radically increase breast cancer risk – have a 46 per cent lower annual risk of getting breast cancer, compared to North American women...

Providing trauma-informed care to reduce health-care costs
One in three people has a history of childhood neglect or abuse and for many, the experiences continue to haunt them throughout their lives...

Many older women inactive, potentially due to pain
More than half of older women are physically inactive, and fewer than half are taking steps to improve their health, according to research involving Women's College Hospital scientists Drs. Paula Rochon and Andrea Gruneir, who collaborated with researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES)...

Speaking out against global gendered oppression
Dr. Janice Du Mont, scientist at Women's College Research Institute and associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, along with her colleague Dr. Deborah White, have authored an editorial that was recently published in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ)...

Tamoxifen may increase risk of diabetes in some women
In a population-based study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer, Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, scientist at Women's College Research Institute, endocrinologist in Women's College Hospital's department of medicine and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, reports surprising findings about a commonly used breast cancer medication...


In the news:

Alcohol consumption has been a hot topic in the media this fall, with scientists from Women's College Research Institute being sought out for their expert views on several recently published studies examining the impact of drinking on various women's health issues.

Dr. Valerie Taylor, psychiatrist-in-chief at Women's College Hospital, associate scientist at Women's College Research Institute and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, was recently quoted across Canada in 22 media stories...

Drinking and breast cancer risk
In November, Dr. Steven Narod, senior scientist and head of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at Women's College Research Institute and professor in the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, published an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)...


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