New app aids women in violent relationships

Women experiencing violence from intimate partners now have access to a unique, interactive safety app that can help them assess their risks, set priorities and plan next steps. The myPlan Canada app was co-developed at Western, with Nursing professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe as the Canadian project lead. The app allows users to input their specific circumstances—such as whether they are in […]

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Rural older women offer insight for why nature is important when aging in place

In a new study, Penn State College of Nursing Project Director Erica Husser—a developmental gerontologist with a passion for nature and older women’s health—investigated the perceived influence of nature on the daily lives of rural older women living with multiple chronic health conditions. According to Husser, we are hard-wired to pay attention to nature early in life, but as we […]

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Popular chemotherapy drug may be less effective in overweight and obese women

Breast cancer patients who are overweight or obese might benefit less from treatment with docetaxel, a common chemotherapy drug, than lean patients. An international team of researchers based this conclusion on a retrospective analysis of data from a large clinical trial. Their study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In most European countries, more than 50% of women […]

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Why is Alzheimer’s more common in women?

Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women. So far, on the grounds that women live on average longer than men. A study in the Online edition of "Neurology" the difference, however, hormonal changes during menopause. 85 women and 36 men aged between 40 and 65 years without signs of intellectual impairment took part in the study. In Thinking and memory tests […]

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