Search Results for: label/Laura Newman
Is the bar high enough for screening breast ultrasounds for breast cancer?
…n controversial. What’s new is the “Are You Dense?” patient movement and legislation to inform women that they have dense breasts. Merits and pitfalls of device approval The approval of breast ultrasound hinges on a study of 200 women with dense breast evaluated retrospectively at 13 sites across the United States with mammography and ultrasound. The study showed a statistically significant increase in breast cancer detection when ultrasound was…
Authored by Emily Willingham on September 21, 2012
What blinded Mary Ingalls?
…y gone, yellow fever only exists in a few parts of the world and measles is now very rare – all due to vaccines. It’s easy to forget how devastating the “usual childhood diseases” of the 19th and early 20th centuries were to families. Sanitation improvements have helped tremendously. So have antibiotics and other medical advances. And so have vaccines. This post originally appeared at Red Wine & Apple Sauce. Photo cour…
Authored by Tara Haelle on February 19, 2013
HIV+ doesn’t mean you can’t have children
…is gay. To their credit, both parents soon rose to the occasion. Angela and her spouse have a healthy toddler, and the grandparents love spending time with him. Angela’s story isn’t everyone’s story. The hubbub at the recent 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections was not on the “functional cure” of the baby born to a pregnant woman with HIV, but on why, in this day and age, the mother doesn’t seem to have received the recom…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 11, 2013
How helpful are dense-breast right-to-know laws?
…sk factor for breast cancer; § mammography sees cancer less well in dense breasts than in normal breasts; and § women may benefit from additional breast cancer screening. The California law goes into effect on April 1, 2013. It follows four states (Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, and New York) with similar statutes. All have enjoyed solid bipartisan support. Rarely do naysayers or skeptics speak up. Young women who are leading the charge oft…
Authored by Emily Willingham on October 1, 2012
Biology Explainer: The big 4 building blocks of life–carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids
…molecules themselves break down into a surprisingly small number of building blocks. The proteins that make up all of the living things on this planet and ensure their appropriate structure and smooth function consist of only 20 different kinds of building blocks. Nucleic acids, specifically DNA, are even more basic: only four different kinds of molecules provide the materials to build the countless different genetic codes that translate into all…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 8, 2012
10 ways healthcare reform might help people with disabilities
…ariety of names, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and Obamacare. All of the terms refer to the same federal statute that President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010. Slideshow: 10 Ways Healthcare Reform Might Help People with Disabilities Click first slide to view….
Authored by DXS Contributor on May 16, 2013
Double X Science hosts a weekly podcast. We dig a little deeper into the stories for that week, chat with our contributors, and talk about the science news that’s caught our eye — ooh, shiny! — that week. You’ll also get a preview of what to expect for the coming week’s posts. Check them out! March 22, 2013: Plaque, vaccines, and microscopy March 18, 2013: Beyond the post: Interview with Laura N…
Authored by Emily Willingham on March 25, 2013
After Newtown missteps, journalists get guidelines
…almost twice as likely to say that they don’t want to live or work near a person with mental illness if they read an article about a person with mental illness involved in a mass shooting, according to a study published March 20 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Interestingly, this tendency is the same even if the article avoids any mention of mental illness. This may be because this link between violence and mental illness is deeply engrain…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 27, 2013
Featured today are 10 more women who broke boundaries by their presence in physics. They lived from 1711 to 2000. While I again limited information to one paragraph, I tried to highlight how they got their start, what universities, family members, and scientists were supportive of them. For these women, without the support of fathers, mothers, husbands, and mentors (all male with one exception) their life in science would not have happened. Whil…
Authored by Adrienne Roehrich on February 21, 2012
Can depression be a matter of genetic fate? by Siobhan Mitchell [This post is the latest installment in our I Am Mental Illness series.] What if you could know if you were fated to be depressed? With the rise of personal genotyping services such as 23andme, almost can find out what their psychiatric ‘fate’ will be, but what do you do with this information once you have it? When I first considered testing myself for depressio…
Authored by DXS Contributor on May 17, 2013