Health and Disease among Women: Biological and Environmental Influences / Edition 1

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Overview

Women often suffer from health problems that are specific to their gender, and are afflicted by many other diseases with greater frequency and severity than men. Health and Disease Among Women examines the biological and environmental underpinnings of these gender differences. The chapters are organized to cover biologic (hormonal, anatomic, immunologic, and pregnancy-related), social, behavioral/ psychological and lifestyle influences. They highlight observations that may lead to a better understanding of how such influences account for gender variations in health and disease. The book thus addresses questions such as: 1) Why do women bear more of the reproductive morbidity after sexually transmitted diseases than men, 2) Why is depression more common in women, 3) What is the evidence that cardiovascular disease is strongly influenced by hormonal milieu, 4) What are the competing risks and benefits associated with various methods of contraception? Densely referenced and packed with data, the chapters also provide methodologic insights that will guide research on women's health in the future.

"...addresses the biological, social, behavioral/ psychological, and lifestyle factors that affect women and explains how these influences may account for gender variations in health and disease."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113969
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 9.63 (w) x 6.38 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

both at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
I Psychosocial and Lifestyle Issues
1 Socioeconomic Gradients in Health Among Men and Women 3
2 Gender Differences in Response to Drugs and Environmental Toxicants 33
3 Gender and Depression 59
4 Cognition and Frailty in Older Women: Socioeconomic and Physiologic Influences 86
5 Violence Against Women 112
II Sex Steroid Hormones
6 Hormones in Women 133
7 Sex Steroid Hormonal Influences on Coronary Artery Disease 155
8 Hormonal Influences on Osteoporosis and Fractures: An Epidemiologic Perspective 183
9 Epidemiology of Breast Cancer 201
10 Epidemiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 225
III Anatomy of the Genital Tract and Immunology
11 Anatomy of the Female and Male Genital Tracts 249
12 Basic Principles of Immunology and Genital Tract Immunity 273
13 Urinary Incontinence 297
14 Anatomic Influences on Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases 314
15 Autoimmune Diseases 342
IV Effects of Reproduction and Contraception on Women's Health
16 Oral Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy 375
17 Contraceptive Choices and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Women 401
18 Maternal Health Effects of Pregnancy 420
Index 457
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