- Your Voice
(Family Features) Each year, more than four million women in America give birth and 2,600 infants are born with neural tube defects. While there are simple preventative steps women can take, Americans are generally unaware of the impact that diet, specifically enriched grains, has on pregnancy and infant health.
(BPT) - If it weren’t for a woman named Sandy, Brenda T. might have a very different story to tell.
(NAPSI)—According to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is one in 73. Awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease is a woman’s first defense against it, but many of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those of everyday ailments, like bloating, pain in the abdomen or pelvis, and trouble eating or feeling full quickly.
Northwest Medical Center has become the first hospital in Tucson to upgrade its technology for robotic-assisted surgery to the newest da Vinci Xi system, which means less time for surgical patients under anesthesia and vastly improved ergonomics for surgeons operating the robot.
Northwest Medical Center announces it is the first hospital in Tucson to upgrade its technology for robotic-assisted surgery to the newest da Vinci Xi system. This system allows for “multi-quadrant” surgeries where the instruments must be able to reach from the pelvis to the chest. What does this new capability mean for patients? Less time under anesthesia for these surgical patients as compared to the current robotic platform, according to robotic surgeons.
(BPT) - Today in the United States, an estimated 50 million women have reached menopause, and most will spend at least one-third of their lives beyond their final period, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Nearly 80 percent of women in industrialized countries experience hot flashes or night sweats, which can start years before menopause and continue for five or more years afterwards. For many, hot flashes are more than a minor or occasional irritation—they can be severe and frequent enough to seriously affect quality of life.
A group of northwest Tucson and Marana residents participated in Wasatch Area Race Productions’ annual Kiss Me Dirty Race Series, held at the Pima County Fairgrounds on March 17.
For four years, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix have worked toward "Match Day" – the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, a major step in building a medical career.
The University of Arizona has named three finalists for the position of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Each of the finalists is a distinguished scholar, researcher, educator and administrator with proven success in the areas of leadership and the enhancement of academic programs.
The finalists are:
As an introduction to the members of the campus and Tucson communities, each of the finalists is scheduled to participate in an on-campus public forum.
Each forum will take place in the Rincon Room at the Student Union Memorial Center and will be open to the public.
Comrie has been serving in the position until a permanent provost is named. Previously, Jacqueline Lee Mok served as UA provost before departing for a position at Johns Hopkins University.
In September, speaking about the search for the new provost, UA President Ann Weaver Hart said the search was one of the most important and most critical under way at the UA.
“I view the provost of a great research university as the chief academic officer and chief advocate for the primary resource of the university, and that's its faculty," Hart said during a fall meeting of the UA Faculty Senate. “I'm looking for a chief academic officer who takes that charge very seriously.”
Hart also has said the new provost must be attentive to the University’s place – it is a land-grant institution with both local and global perspective and impact; applying UA-derived research in ways beneficial to the state and region has been and remains a high priority.
Reporting directly to Hart, the provost will be expected to aid in defining the institution’s broader vision while managing the UA’s daily operations.
Likewise, the provost is Hart’s liaison to the Faculty Senate and is responsible for designing and implementing the UA’s ongoing strategic academic planning and resource alignment efforts, including initiatives around instruction, research and outreach.
Other priorities include: collaborating with administrators in the health sciences to advance programs in Tucson and Phoenix; working to strengthen University and alumni relations; the recruitment of a diverse faculty; allocating resources to University deans and working to strengthen academic policies; and collaborating with the Student Affairs division to establish to ensure student success and support.
Additionally, those who report to the provost include administrators out of academic and faculty affairs, human resources and student affairs as well as the UA’s 16 academic deans.
The UA generates more than $600 million in federal funding, ranking 18th in research and development expenditures among public universities and colleges. Also, National Science Foundation data places the UA 24th among all public and private universities in the U.S.
Also, the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list ranks the UA Medical Center-University Campus 33rd among about 5,000 U.S. hospitals for geriatrics with high-performing programs in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gynecology and neurology.
The UA ranks in 50th place among the top 100 public and private institutions in the world, according to a 2012 report by the Center for World University Rankings.
In addition to health-related programs, the UA has been recognized for exemplary programs and initiatives in astronomy, the arts and humanities, the social sciences, business management and engineering, among numerous other disciplines.
For example, some of the programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 included entrepreneurship, geology, speech, language and hearing sciences, management infor mation systems, analytical chemistry, rehabilitation counseling and Earth and environmental sciences.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. If you are a woman over 35, or have a history of painful periods, irregular cycles, pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriages, or the male partner has a low sperm count then the time frame is reduced to six months.
Endometriosis is one of the top three causes of female infertility. And while it’s one of the most treatable causes, it remains the least treated. For the approximately 6.3 million women and girls in the United States who suffer from endometriosis, according to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, many suffer silently because they believe the pain – especially pain during sexual intercourse – is too personal to discuss with their doctor.
Northwest Medical Center
As many as 5.5 million women in North America experience symptoms of endometriosis, a chronic gynecological disease that ranks as one of the top three causes of infertility in women.
For busy women who typically put others’ needs before their own, remember that taking time to care for themselves is important to good health. Regular well-woman exams are a simple and effective way to start.
I have been called a freak so many times by my daughter that I am beginning to wear the label as a badge of honor. Why? I am usually called a freak when I say things like these:
Katie Gillaspy, M.D., is an obstetric and gynecologic physician who has joined the medical staff of Northwest Medical Center.
Dr. Michael Gooden, a board-certified vascular specialist with experience in diagnosing and treating vascular disease, has joined Northwest Allied Physicians.
Two Northwest-area physicians, two nurses and the physician brother of one of them recently traveled to Milot, Haiti, volunteering their medical skills to help earthquake victims.
A Northwest medical practice specializing in women's health has merged with a Tucson-wide family of practices.
Shawn Strash doesn't want to mess around with the culture at Oro Valley Hospital. In fact, as chief executive officer, he's very happy with the direction it has taken and encourages it farther along the same path.
Northwest Allied Physicians, affiliated with Oro Valley Hospital, specialize in family medicine, gynecology, gynecologic surgery, infectious disease, internal medicine, vascular, and hospital-based care.