Brigit's Notes, May 2011

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In this issue:

  1. Employment Opportunity - Executive Director
  2. Call for abstracts: For Her Own Good - Do policies and practices effectively respond to the health and safety needs of women impacted by violence?
  3. SPARKS TALKS webinar series starts
  4. Call for applications: PHAC Cancer Program - Community-Based Programming
  5. New gender, sex and health research videos
  6. Breast cancer higher among wealthier women
  7. Risks of calcium supplements could outweigh benefits for women
  8. Antidepressants linked to cancer risk in women, research bias is suggested
  9. New report: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People
  10. US FDA says no to Gardasil for older women

1. Employment Opportunity - Executive Director

Canada's leading independent voice for trusted women's health information is seeking a new Executive Director. The CWHN is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and determined champion for women's health. We are looking for an exceptional woman to help us take our next steps into the future, a thoughtful leader with passion and a commitment to social change. Deadline is May 18, 2011. For the complete job posting, go to our website.

2. Call for abstracts: For Her Own Good - Do policies and practices effectively respond to the health and safety needs of women impacted by violence?

Conference hosted by the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre’s Sexual Assault Service, Aboriginal Health, and Woman Abuse Response Programs, November 1-2, 2011 in Vancouver, BC CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Deadline: May 15, 2011 Notification of abstract acceptance: June 30, 2011. More for more information visit our website.

3. SPARKS TALKS webinar series

The SPARK TALKS webinar series features ground-breaking women who are SPARKS in the LIGHT A SPARK campaign. Running until June and continuing in the fall, you’ll have a chance to participate in FREE webinars on topics such as safe cosmetics; women in the arts; social, environmental and political activism; building communities and organizations; the law; and arts as a medium for social change. Check out the full programme schedule and mark your calendar for your favourites. To take part in the webinar or for more information, contact Elvira at sparks@girlsactionfoundation.ca.

4. Call for applications: PHAC Cancer Program - Community-Based Programming

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Chronic Disease Strategies Division, is seeking Applications (ISA) under the Cancer Program - Community-Based Programming, effective March 25, 2011. The focus of the 2011 Cancer Program solicitation is on “Removing Barriers, Raising Awareness and Promoting Participation in Cancer Screening and Early Detection among Underserved Populations. For more information visit our website.

5. New gender, sex and health research videos

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and Knowledge Translation Branch have launched three new videos on gender, sex and health research. Tune in to learn more about why gender and sex matter in mental health, men’s health, and intimate partner violence, and what CIHR-IGH funded researchers are doing to understand and address these issues, on their website.

6. Breast cancer higher among wealthier women

The April 2011 online edition of the Stats Can journal Health Reports contains an article reporting how, unlike several other diseases, female breast cancer in developed countries is higher among women in higher income groups. They conclude that this association with income “may be partly related to differences in parity and screening mammography, but other factors remain to be identified.” Read more on our website.

7. Risks of calcium supplements could outweigh benefits for women

A recent article in the British Medical Journal by New Zealand researchers raises concerns about calcium supplements, showing that calcium tablets (not calcium found in food) can raise the risk of heart disease. Many women take calcium supplements with vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis after menopause. Read more on our website.

8. Antidepressants linked to cancer risk in women, research bias suggested

Antidepressants may be linked to a slight increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers, even at low doses, according to the results of a new systematic review. The increased risk is particularly stronger for women taking newer, selective-serotonin re-uptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs) compared to older antidepressants. The Harvard researcher also found that all independent studies she reviewed saw a connection between antidepressants and breast cancer, while most of the company-sponsored studies did not mention any link. Read the review and related articles.

9. New report - The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding sets an agenda for essential research needed to form a fuller understanding of LGBT health issues. Read more on our website.

10. US FDA says no to Gardasil for older women

The FDA has declined to expand the approved age range for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil to 45, according to the product's manufacturer. In the agency's judgment, clinical trial data failed to show that Gardasil effectively prevented infections in women 27 to 45 years old, Merck said in a press release. Read more on our website.

About Brigit's Notes

Brigit's Notes e-bulletin is published monthly by the Canadian Women's Health Network as a free service to individuals and organizations interested in women's health.

Prepared by:
Alex Merrill
Canadian Women's Health Network

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