Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
News & Advisories
December 29, 2014
Estradiol, a type of estrogen, enhances the levels and activity in mice of an enzyme that drives life-threatening allergic reactions, according to researchers from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The study results may help explain why women frequently experience more severe allergic reactions compared to men. Furthermore, the results reaffirm the importance of accounting for gender in the design of animal experiments.
November 7, 2014
How do you incorporate sex as a variable in research with animals and cells? This question was the focus of an Oct. 20 workshop hosted by NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health. The workshop was designed to help scientists understand why sex in preclinical research is important, as well as to provide practical guidance on experimental approaches.
October 6, 2014
Eighty-five grants have been awarded to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research, under the High Risk-High Reward program supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Common Fund.
September 23, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has invested $10.1 million in supplemental funding to bolster the research of 82 grantees to explore the effects of sex in preclinical and clinical studies.
August 19, 2014
Why Do Fruit Flies Take Naps? NHLBI Investigator Studies Connections Between Sleep Patterns and Gene Networks in Fruit Flies
Listen to this interview by NHLBI Director Dr. Gary Gibbons with Dr. Susan Harbison, an Earl Stadtman Investigator in NIH’s Laboratory of Systems Genetics, to learn about her research observing the sleep patterns of Drosophilia (the common fruit fly) and analyzing genes and phenotypes. Dr. Harbison also has observed the differences in sleep patterns between male and female flies and in how sleep deprivation biologically affects each sex differently.
July 9, 2014
The drug letrozole appears to be more effective than the standard drug clomiphene for helping women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to achieve pregnancy, according to a large study from a research network supported by the National Institutes of Health.
June 23, 2014
Researchers at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) found that hormone replacement therapy restored bone mineral density to normal in young women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). The findings provide important treatment information for women with POI and their physicians.
June 9, 2014
An NIH study reveals a way to improve bone health for young women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Researchers have found that hormone replacement therapy in young women with POI led to increases in their bone mineral density, restoring levels to normal.
June 2, 2014
The 2014 annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago in June highlighted results from a number of NCI-supported and -sponsored clinical trial results in women's cancers. Taken together, these results represent important advances in our understanding of how to treat these diseases and improve the lives of women living with them.
May 14, 2014
In a Nature Comment, Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Janine Clayton outline NIH steps to address sex differences in preclinical research.
May 8, 2014
In this NIH podcast on women’s health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Director Dr. Alan Guttmacher sat down with Dr. Clayton to discuss advances in women’s health research and possible future directions.
May 5, 2014
An in–depth analysis of final data from one of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Trials has found that the investment in WHI resulted in a return of $140 in net economic value for each dollar invested in the trial.
April 10, 2014
A new NIH-funded study suggests that when a child is born at a low birthweight, the child’s ability to respond to certain drugs may be permanently affected. Dr. Ganesh Cherala, lead author of the study, talks to NIH’s Barrett Whitener in this episode of Research Developments, a podcast from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
March 11, 2014
Two surgical treatments for a form of pelvic hernia affecting women have similar rates of success and safety, scientists in a National Institutes of Health research network have found.
March 3, 2014
The largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among U.S. military personnel released its first findings related to suicide attempts and deaths. This study found that being deployed increased suicide risk for women more than it did for men. However, suicide risk still remained lower for deployed women than for deployed men.
February 7, 2014
More than 100 members of the NIH community gathered at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, to raise awareness about women and heart disease. The crowd formed a giant human heart in honor of National Wear Red Day, which takes place each year on the first Friday of February.
February 6, 2014
Women who take aspirin daily may reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 20 percent.
February 3, 2014
Overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages consume significantly more solid-food calories than those who drink sugary beverages.
January 30, 2014
Dr. Hannah Valantine will lead NIH’s effort to diversify the biomedical research workforce as the first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity.
January 28, 2014
In the journal Nature, Francis S. Collins and Lawrence A. Tabak discuss initiatives NIH is exploring to restore the self-correcting nature of preclinical research.
January 24, 2014
Presidential Memorandum Establishes the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
The taskforce will be charged with sharing best practices, and increasing transparency, enforcement, public awareness, and interagency coordination to prevent violence and support survivors. Also available: Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action, a report released by the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Office of the Vice President.
January 8, 2014
A campaign just launched by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) aims to increase the use of palliative care — comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness — for children with serious illness.