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Are women who identify as LGBTQ less likely to get a Pap test?
June 2014 Cervical cancer screening saves lives. However, some groups of women may be less likely to get screened regularly. LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) women are one of those groups. This month, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Sheila Dunn, research director at the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital, about why all women need regular Pap tests.

What's the difference between being depressed and being sad or unhappy?
March 2014 Depression is an illness, and is not the same thing as being sad or unhappy, although those feelings may be symptoms of depression. This month, Dr. Simone Vigod, a psychiatrist at Women’s College Hospital, explains that everyone experiences life’s ups and downs, but not everyone experiences depression.

What is an abusive relationship?
September 2013 Most people are aware that physical violence by a spouse or partner is abusive behaviour. But abuse isn’t always physical. There are other types of abuse that occur within intimate partner relationships. In September, we spoke to Dr. Janice Du Mont, a scientist in the Violence and Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute, about different types of abuse.

What's the difference between "baby blues" and postpartum depression?
August 2013 Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, senior scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at Women’s College Hospital, about the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression.

Working to end violence against women: White Ribbon director asks, “Where are the men?”
Dec. 9, 2013
On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Todd Minerson, director of the White Ribbon Campaign – an organization of men dedicated to ending violence against women and girls – discussed the role of men and boys.

Women and opioid addiction
Nov. 25, 2013 The number of patients prescribed opioid pain medications has increased considerably in recent years. Along with the increase in prescriptions, there has also been an increase in the number of people – including women – who become addicted to these medications.

Women in big cities at higher risk of postpartum depression than rural women
Aug. 6, 2013 Canadian women in large urban centres are more at risk for postpartum depression than those living in smaller communities or rural areas, a new Women's College study shows.

Sexual assault services: how male victims use resources
June 28, 2013
Services for sexual assault survivors are often thought of as resources for women, and that’s not surprising given the numbers: the overwhelming majority of adult sexual assault victims are women. But recent research sheds light on how male victims of sexual assault use those services, and it shows that these resources are also valuable to men.

Do sensational media reports reflect the realities of sexual assault?
June 2013 We spoke to Dr. Janice Du Mont, a scientist in the Violence and Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute, about the recent media coverage of high-profile sexual assault cases.

Ambitious entries in the Grand Challenges Canada competition from Women’s College scientists
May 15, 2013 Imagine having a mobile app that gives people in Kenya instant access to tools and information about coping with traumatic stress brought on by child abuse or neglect. Or how about the chance to screen every woman in the Bahamas for a dangerous mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer.

Income level may affect diabetes risk
Jan 30, 2013 The risk of developing diabetes may be significantly greater in lower income groups compared to higher income groups, a new study from Women’s College Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences shows.

New research explores effects of intimate partner violence in immigrant and Canadian-born women
Jan 8, 2013 A new research study highlights differences and similarities in how Canadian-born and immigrant women experience intimate partner violence.

New study highlights intimate partner violence by a former partner in immigrant and Canadian-born women
Jan. 8, 2013 A recent research study offers new insights into intimate partner violence as experienced by immigrant women in Canada.

December 6: a day to remember, and to mobilize to end violence against women
Dec. 7, 2012 On Dec. 6, 1989 a gunman entered Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, separated the men from the women, and shot and killed 14 women while making anti-feminist statements. Dec. 6 is now recognized as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

HIV fertility: new guidelines for HIV pregnancy planning in Canada
July 6, 2012 Studies have shown that the rate of HIV in women is steadily on the rise, and over 70 per cent of Canadian women and men living with HIV are of reproductive age.

Dealing with potential stressors in Aboriginal women with HIV
June 21, 2012 For National Aboriginal Awareness Day, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Anita Benoit of the Women’s College Research Institute about her research, which focuses on social indicators of stress among Aboriginal women living with HIV.

Tackling health-care disparities amongst sexual minorities
May 29, 2012 Recognizing the communication gap within medical assessments that contributes to health inequities in the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual population.

Get the facts about drug-facilitated sexual assault
May 17, 2012 Research has consistently shown that the drug most commonly associated with sexual assault cases is alcohol.

Why scent-free makes sense
March 21, 2012 Find out why a growing number of organizations are adopting scent-free policies.

Food for thought: eating behaviour, healthy habits and disordered eating
Feb. 6, 2012 Providing you with the tools to understand and develop healthy eating habits.

Good news: Women's College research in 2011
Dec. 22, 2011 Our year-end roundup of women's health research and issues.

Remembering the Montreal Massacre of December 6
Dec. 6, 2011 Read about this year's event commemorating December 6: Remembering the Montreal Massacre and working for change.

Stigma and coping strategies among HIV-positive women are complex and overlapping
Nov. 22, 2011 Read about a new study that addresses the experiences of stigma and coping strategies among HIV-positive women in Ontario

POWER Study highlights older women's health needs
Oct. 27, 2011 A report on the latest chapter of the POWER Study, a comprehensive study of women's health in Ontario.

BRA day: what every woman should know about breast reconstruction
Oct. 14, 2011 An exciting initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access for women considering post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

A call to action on the oppression of girls and women around the world
Sept. 30, 2011 Women’s College scientist issues a call to action on gendered oppression – not just to governments and state organizations, but to individuals.

POWER study highlights differences in C-section and hysterectomy rates in Ontario
March 28, 2011 The POWER study report on reproductive and gynecological health has mostly good news for Ontario women: the province is a very safe place to give birth, for mothers and babies. However, the data also highlight some regional variations in services.

100 years of women’s health
Jan. 20, 2011 A lot can be accomplished in 100 years. Especially if determined, visionary women are leading the way. That much was clear at the opening of 100 Years of Women’s College Hospital: A Photography Exhibition, on Jan. 11, 2011. The exhibit kicked off a year of events celebrating the hospital's 100th anniversary.

1,000 women tell Women’s College Hospital what they want from health care
Sept. 29, 2010 Women's College Hospital asked women from across Ontario what they want from health care, and from a health-care facility. The result is A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health, reporting the results of the hospital’s survey of women’s health-care experiences, fears, needs, criticisms, hopes and desires.

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