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

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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

I. Psychosocial and Lifestyle Issues
1. Socioeconomic Gradients in Health Among Men and Women, Manning Feinleib, Lillian M. Ingster
2. Gender Differences in Response to Drugs and Environmental Toxicants, Donald R. Mattison
3. Gender and Depression, Joyce T. Bromberger
4. Cognition and Frailty in Older Women: Socioeconomic and Physiologic Influences, Anne B. Newman
5. Violence Against Women, Elaine J. Albert
II. Sex Steroid Hormones
6. Hormones in Women, Kathleen D. Ryan
7. Sex Steroid Hormonal Influences on Coronary Artery Disease, Elaine Meilahn
8. Hormonal Influences on Osteoporosis and Fractures: An Epidemiologic Perspective, Jane A. Cauley, Frances Leslie Lucas
9. Epidemiology of Breast Cancer, Lewis H. Kuller
10. Epidemiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Evelyn O. Talbott, Robert Wild, Karen E. Remsberg, LuAnn Gibson, Annette Casoglas
III. Anatomy of the Genital Tract and Immunology
11. Anatomy of the Female and Male Genital Tracts, Giuliana Trucco
12. Basic Principles of Immunology, Peggy A. Crowley-Nowick
13. Urinary Incontinence, Kathryn L. Burgio, Patricia S. Goode, Julie L. Locher, Jibike Adegbile
14. Anatomic Influences on Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases, Roberta B. Ness
15. Autoimmune Diseases, Susan Manzi, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman
IV. Effects of Reproduction and Contraception on Women's Health
16. Oral Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy, Lewis H. Kuller
17. Contraceptive Choices and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Women, Willard Cates, Jr.
18. Maternal Health Effects of Pregnancy, Donna Kritz-Silverstein

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