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@womensresearch team presents in Portugal for #IPV2015. Reports HPV vaccine safe & well tolerated in study of 353 women &girls living w/HIV.

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So you want to have a baby…


One of the most frequent responses that I get when people are trying to guess what a genetic counselor might do is something along the lines of “so maybe you’d see a genetic counselor if you want to have a … Continue reading

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Why might you receive genetic counseling as a child?


The main reason for referral to Medical Genetics during childhood is due to physical and/or mental differences that a parent, a teacher, or a child’s health care provider has noticed. In this case, the child is seen by a geneticist … Continue reading

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My First Mammogram


The year I turned 40 was a year of new beginnings.  My daughter started kindergarten, my son graduated from high school, I got a promotion at work and new and exciting things were coming my way. I went to my … Continue reading

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Help Us Help You!


A healthy vagina contains many different types of bacteria. The presence of these ‘good’ bacteria helps keep other ‘bad’ bacteria in check. Any imbalance in the number and type of bacteria that are present in the vagina has a direct … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot


At the age of 16, I won a student summer job at the University of Aberdeen in the Department of Cell Pathology. It was the first time I had worked in a lab, and I jokingly refer to it as … Continue reading

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. On this day 22 years ago, 14 young women were senselessly murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. Today … Continue reading

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Why Maternal Age Matters


National study measures how advanced maternal age affects mothers and their babies Women over 35 face higher risks of birth complications but good prenatal care can help manage the risks, a new report suggests. A report released from the Canadian … Continue reading

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Study shows that breast and cervical cancer kills more women globally than labour


For years, it was assumed that young women in poor countries had a higher risk of dying in childbirth than from cancer. But a new study shows that’s changing: Breast and cervical cancers are killing more women than labour in … Continue reading

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Study links wrinkles to bone density loss in women


A story in the Vancouver Sun today suggests that we may be able to tell a woman’s risk of bone breakage based on the appearance of her face and neck. More wrinkles = more risk. The relationship is thought to … Continue reading

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