New ACR/SBI Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Call for Significant Changes to Screening Process

Assign Special Status and Approach for African-American and Other Women at High-Risk for Breast Cancer

 

New American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) breast cancer screening guidelines are the first to recognize that African-American women are at high-risk for the disease and should be screened as such. The ACR and SBI now call for all women to have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if screening earlier than age 40 is needed. The societies also newly-recommend that women previously diagnosed with breast cancer be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The ACR and SBI continue to recommend that women at average breast cancer risk begin screening at age 40.

“The latest scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports a continued general recommendation of starting annual screening at age 40. It also supports augmented and earlier screening for many women. These updates will help save more lives,” said Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.

According to 2015 National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, since mammography became widespread in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women, unchanged for the previous 50 years, has dropped 43 percent.  Breast cancer deaths in men, who have the same treatment as women but are not screened, have not declined.

Factors that contributed to the ACR/SBI reclassification of African-American women include that:
  • African-American women are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women despite roughly equal incidence rates
  • African-American women have a two-fold higher risk of aggressive — “triple-negative” — breast tumors
  • African-American women are less likely to be diagnosed with stage I breast cancer, but twice as likely to die of early breast cancers
  • African-American women have a higher risk of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations than those of Western European ancestry. These carriers are at much higher risk for breast cancer.

“Since 1990, breast cancer death rates dropped 23 percent in African-American women — approximately half that in whites. We changed our approach to help save more African-American women and others at higher risk from this deadly disease,” said Wendy B. DeMartini, MD, FSBI.

For more information regarding the proven effectiveness of regular mammography screening at reducing breast cancer deaths, please visit RadiologyInfo.org, MammographySavesLives.org and EndTheConfusion.org.

 

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Forever Fierce Revolution Emboldened by Chico’s Campaign Launches YouTube Channel With “Chicy Blinders” Video

Premiere Community for Women at Midlife and Beyond Steps Out in Shared Message Celebrating Empowerment, Confidence, and Reinvention at Any Age

Forever Fierce Media is pleased to announce the launch of “Chicy Blinders” a branded video inspired by Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou™ campaign, that unabashedly supports bold, fierce, and empowered women to proudly portray exactly who they are … because “Age is Just a Number and Attitude is Everything!”

Recognizing that Fierce is Bold and Bold is Fierce, Forever Fierce Media, the production arm of the Forever Fierce Revolution, a Facebook community that has over five thousand members, has created a video combining both companies’ messages on age positivity. The video will be the debut content for the Forever Fierce Revolution YouTube Channel. On February 19th, International Forever Fierce Day, Chico’s challenged the group to create video content to support Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou™ campaign requesting: “Real women, real ages, real attitude.”

Catherine Grace O’Connell, CEO of Forever Fierce Media, and Age Disruptor states, “Our community focuses on sisterhood, support, reinvention, and rewiring at midlife and beyond. As a demographic we are blessed with vitality, creativity, and a confidence that we are embracing. This was an opportunity to show how fierce and bold our demographic can be. I feel our companies inspire each other and I’m awed at Chico’s message about women embracing their age and unique life experiences, while offering fashion for a wide range of ages and body types. Our companies almost simultaneously created Tees that allow a woman to stand in her power and proclaim and revel in her age with pride. When I saw the Chico’s Tees emblazoned with an individual woman’s age, I jumped at the chance to make a statement!”

At a time where empowerment and achievement for women is front and center, Forever Fierce Media is proud to acknowledge that this video was produced by a woman owned company, directed by female Hollywood Director/Producer Ilyssa Goodman, and cast with real women from our community between the ages of 50 and 70!

About Forever Fierce Media
Inspired by the Forever Fierce Revolution Group on Facebook, the premier community for women at Midlife and Beyond, Forever Fierce Media produces message based promotional and marketing content for national brands that recognize the vitality and critical importance of the 35+ female demographic … and the fact that it controls 80% of the nation’s disposable income. The company features movie industry directors, cinematographers, and exceptional creative talent that can produce cinema quality output with budget savings and reduced lead times.

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Women’s Empowerment Organization Dress for Success Becomes Official Nonprofit Partner for First-Ever National Business Traveler Day on April 24, 2018

It has been a long time since business travel was just a man’s world. Today, there’s almost a 50 percent chance that the person across the desk negotiating an important business deal is a woman. To further its mission of empowering all women to achieve economic independence, Dress for Success announced today that it is the official nonprofit partner of National Business Traveler Day (“NBTD”), set for April 24th, 2018.

According to a study by TNS Global, women account for approximately 47 percent of all business travel. “More and more women are increasingly serving as the ‘face’ of companies in critical business dealings around the country,” said Dress for Success CEO, Joi Gordon. “Dress for Success’ participation in National Business Traveler Day will reinforce recognition of the equal and significant role women play in moving our economy forward, especially through business travel. In addition to building awareness, National Business Traveler Day will play an important role in supporting our mission of providing women with the tools they need to build their confidence and succeed in the workplace. Many women we serve may well become future business travelers for their companies.” Since its inception in 1997, Dress for Success has led the way in developing and training more than 1 million women for return to the workforce.

As part of the Upside Business Travel and NBTD partnership with Dress for Success, leading apparel brand UNTUCKit will be donating button down blouses from their women’s line to Dress for Success participants. “UNTUCKit is pleased to be supporting the upcoming National Business Traveler Day and its non-profit partner, Dress for Success. We are proud to be helping empower the women of Dress for Success to look professional and be confident and comfortable in the workplace, ” said UNTUCKit Founder and Executive Chairman Chris Riccobono.

Dress for Success is proud to join NBTD’s founder Upside Business Travel and NBTD’s media partner The Wall Street Journal in this important day of recognition. More than 20 well-known brands, led by United Airlines, XpresSpa, Hertz, Mastercard, and Uber for Business, will participate in the celebration with sweepstakes prizes, promotions, and special events. NBTD is also being supported by 1-800-Flowers.com; 24 Hour Fitness; Audible; BARK, the makers of BarkBox; Blue Bottle Coffee; Global Business Travel Association; Hudson Group, operators of Hudson and Hudson News; iHeartMedia; iPass; JetBlue; Journy; LATAM Airlines; LoungeBuddy; The Points Guy; THNKS; and UNTUCKit.

Created to recognize and reward business travelers across the country, National Business Traveler Day will offer thousands of prizes, giveaways, and live activations at select airports. NBTD also encourages business travelers to support Dress for Success through individual donations on the Dress for Success’ dedicated NBTD landing page. The six-week celebration kicked off on March 14th with the launch of The Business Traveler Dream Sweepstakes and The Greatest Business Trips in Historytournament bracket.

About Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 160 cities in 30 countries and has helped more than one million women work towards self-sufficiency.

About National Business Traveler Day
National Business Traveler Day (NBTD) is an annual event held on April 24th that celebrates, honors, and recognizes the under-appreciated business traveler. More than 20 leading companies support the inaugural NBTD and will shower business travelers with prizes, giveaways, and upgrades, and participate in live events.

About UNTUCKit

One of the fastest-growing men’s retail brands in the country, UNTUCKit was the first to create a signature shirt with perfectly-contoured hemlines and a tailored fit specifically designed to be worn untucked, creating a way for men to look smart and polished while still being casual and comfortable. Since launching in 2011, UNTUCKit has evolved to outfit the whole family with the addition of lines for women and children. Dedicated to creating an unmatched shopping experience, UNTUCKit is one of the most active e-commerce store expansions stories of 2017, with 25 retail locations across the country. To learn more, visit www.untuckit.com.

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Maria Sharapova Establishes Program to Help Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

The Maria Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program with the National Association of Women Business Owners will mentor female entrepreneurs starting in the Spring 2018

Five-time Grand Slam tennis champion, Maria Sharapova, has experienced some monumental moments in her career: Among them are in 2004, with the life-changing win at Wimbledon, and in 2012, with the launch of her own successful candy company, Sugarpova.

Today, in the spirit of philanthropy and women’s empowerment, Sharapova is proud to announce that she is partnering with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) along with her team to mentor female entrepreneurs through the Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program kicking off in Spring 2018 with a nationwide call for applicants from which up to six business women will be selected.  Sharapova naturally turned to NAWBO as a partner for finding and identifying potential participants, and as a resource to help develop a robust curriculum for the 12-month-long mentorship program.
“I only wish when I was starting out with my own company, Sugarpova that I had a group of mentors and the team I have now to help guide and support me. I recognize that supporting women – owned businesses by sharing expertise and valuable business resources can have a dramatic impact of growth of a business and can be a real catalyst for advancing the success of a business. Simply put, this partnership is about Women helping Women.”

Over the past six years, Sharapova has learned the many business dimensions of starting a company with all the challenges and hurdles of the real-world experience along the way. Being a young startup, Sharapova wore many hats in growing Sugarpova, her off-the-court business. With Sugarpova reaching global sales penetration with double-digit revenue growth the last several years, Sharapova decided the time is right to pay forward her well-honed business skills – joining with the hefty rolodex and strong relationships of her business team — and set aside time from her busy competitive tennis schedule to help other women entrepreneurs, via mentoring support and networking opportunities and allocating her team’s resources to help grow these women’s businesses.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program will consist of 6 Women Business Owners that are selected from a nationwide call for applicants by Sharapova, in partnership with NAWBO and the NAWBO Institute.  The program will run for 12 months, and is a cohort-based virtual/in-person hybrid program that will include mentorship, peer-to-peer support, mastermind and educational components to be delivered on a monthly basis by NAWBO and the Sharapova Business Resource Team led by Traub Consumer.
Through the Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program and NAWBO partnership, female businesswomen will be selected to receive support and resources from Sharapova’s longtime marketing and business development teams as well as the NAWBO Institute. Each of the women selected will receive support from a range of both NAWBO and Sharapova’s personal business resources in growing their business and in reaching their business goals. Click here to apply.

SHARAPOVA, THE BUSINESSWOMAN:
Off the Court, Sharapova serves as an ambassador to many of the world’s top luxury brands and a number of Fortune 500 companies including Porsche, Nike, Evian and HEAD. Her business interests also include serving as an equity partner in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the fastest growing sports organization in the world; Supergoop!, a skincare company dedicated to SPF protection; and as an investor in charly, a Toronto-based social experience platform.
“The NAWBO Institute is excited about partnering with Maria Sharapova in order to propel women to the next level of their business, said Loreen Gilbert, Chair-elect of the National NAWBO Institute, Executive Board and president of WealthWise Financial Services www.wealthwisefinancial.com. “She is an inspiration, who has graciously agreed to share her expertise, business savvy and tenacity to help other women excel.”

About Sugarpova: Sugarpova continues to have double-digit growth year after year since its launch. Currently, the brand has retail penetration in 22 countries all over the world and is sold in a variety of retail partners and online. The founder is international tennis champion, Maria Sharapova, whose sweet tooth and love for little indulgences motivated her to create a candy company specializing in premium chocolates collection and products, giftables and in gummies and chocolate sweets of quality and craftsmanship. For more information, visit http://www.sugarpova.com
About NAWBO
Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice for nearly 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the country.  NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Elizabeth Arden & Reese Witherspoon ‘March On’ For Women

Iconic Beauty Brand Introduces New Women’s Empowerment Philanthropic Campaign

Today, Elizabeth Arden announces the launch of the March On campaign, featuring a limited edition lipstick, in the brand’s signature Red Door Red shade and signed by Reese Witherspoon, which will be sold globally with 100% of the proceeds donated to UN Women.

An early advocate of women’s rights, Elizabeth Arden famously provided red lipsticks to the suffragettes marching on Fifth Avenue in 1912. Wearing red lipstick, which wasn’t a socially acceptable practice at the time, became a symbol of the women’s movement and has remained an icon of female power to this day.  As the women’s movement remains in force over 100 years later, Elizabeth Arden continues its fearless female founder’s legacy of advocating for women and honoring their ability to be forces of change in the world with the introduction of the March On campaign.
The program, in partnership with the brand’s Storyteller-in-Chief and female advocate Reese Witherspoon, is designed to celebrate women’s achievements, encourage women to support other women and includes a pledge to donate $1 million to UN Women in support of their work to advance women’s issues worldwide.  The limited edition March On red lipstick serves as a powerful symbol of unity and advocacy and invites women around the world to signal their support for one another.
“Founded by a woman dedicated to helping women, we are inspired by our history to help change the future. March On honors this legacy not only with a philanthropic donation, but also with a campaign that asks women to unite to help each other achieve their full potential,” explains Kara Langan, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Elizabeth Arden. “Whether by creating female-centric support systems or propelling each other in their professional lives, when women stand together they can enact great change in the world.”
“There is real strength and camaraderie in March On and the feeling that we are in this together. By bringing UN Women, Elizabeth Arden and women everywhere together we can help change women’s lives around the world for the better,” explains Reese Witherspoon. “I have the unique privilege to not only tell these women’s stories through my production company as well as my relationship with Elizabeth Arden, but I also get to encourage them to share their own stories through March On.”
“A prominent entrepreneur and supporter of women’s rights, Elizabeth Arden herself is an inspirational example of the impact women can make on the world. We are pleased to embark upon a multi-year, worldwide partnership with the iconic brand to help advocate for women and girls and make their equal participation a reality,” says Tunay Firat, OIC Head of Strategic Private Sector Partnerships, UN Women. “The funds raised by Elizabeth Arden through the March On program will help strengthen UN Women’s global programming, which will lead directly to the increased responsiveness and sustainability of field-level activities.”
The ongoing integrated marketing campaign will include social content, public relations, in-store activations and advertising featuring Reese Witherspoon, in addition to the limited edition lipstick.  The March On Beautiful Color Lipstick in Red Door Red will be available beginning March 2018 for $26.50 on ElizabethArden.com and in department stores globally.
#TogetherWeMarchOn

About UN Women
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.
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The Medina County Women’s Journal E-Series Event

You are invited to join us on Thursday March 8, 2018 at Root Candles in Medina from 10:30am- 2pm for The Medina County Women’s Journal E-Series Luncheon Event.

Meet over ten local health conscious businesses at the 14th Annual Women’s Journal E-Series Luncheon where you will learn about the most common diseases and health concerns affecting you and your family.

Discuss innovative breakthroughs for your family’s needs in orthopedic care, addiction, options for labor and delivery to how to feel your best during menopause and how to keeping your family healthy while taking care of multiple generations.

  • Ask The Experts the questions you always wanted to know…
  • How to prioritize and balance work and taking care of family members of multiple generations?
  • What are all the options for staying healthy and feeling your best during menopause?
  • Are you or a family member suffering needless joint pain or a sport’s injury?
  • What vitamins and supplements are recommended to keep my family healthy?
  • Expecting a baby in 2018? What are my options for labor and delivery?
  • Considering higher education for you or your family?

Learn the answers from our panelists and SO MUCH MORE!

Meet the Ask the Expert Panelist:

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Dowell Fearon

MarleneHradek

Register by 3/2/18 – $20 ea. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE | Includes lunch from Corkscrew Saloon, Panel Presentation, Sample teas and dessert from Miss Molly’s Tea Room | PLUS Visit Health Conscious Vendors, Door Prizes & Discover Root Candles.

REGISTER & DETAILS AT WWW.WOMENS-JOURNAL.COM/ESERIES2018 or CALL 330-722-5788 and press option 1 or email medina@womens-journal.com

Calling All Women Tired of Choosing Between Femininity and Success: It’s Time to #FlexYourFemale

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Brains over Blonde, the feminist lifestyle platform set to break out in 2018, is on a mission to get all women to dive deep within their identities and break open the biases they hold against themselves. The #FlexYourFemale movement is all about embracing what it means to be a driven and powerful woman and celebrating the timeless qualities of femininity for what they are: strong, beautiful, and proud.

The #FlexYourFemale movement was coined by Brains over Blonde founder, Anna Wood, a California-based content creator, entrepreneur, and coach. After grappling with her own personal body shame and issues with her weight and shape as a young girl and teen, Wood taught herself how to take control over her body and do whatever made the most important person in her life truly feel good — herself. It didn’t take long before she went on to graduate with an MBA from Stanford and get a coveted job as a sales lead at Google working with major brands like Netflix, J. Crew, and Airbnb.

Having written her undergrad honors thesis on diversity in the workplace and facilitated the Unconscious Bias course at Google, Wood realized her penchant for coaching, entrepreneurship, and embodying what it means to be an independent and powerful woman. Still, in the male-centric business world, she felt challenged to choose between femininity and success. Thus, Brains over Blonde was born, as was Wood’s mission to empower other women to embrace their female qualities rather than suppress them, and to celebrate and proudly broadcast their successes and achievements in the wake of adversity.

#FlexYourFemale is meant to call upon women from all walks of life to challenge preconceived gender roles, celebrate womanhood, and create emboldened change in the workplace and society. As Wood puts it, “Women are powerful, and our strengths aren’t seen or celebrated as often. But that doesn’t mean we should suppress those parts of ourselves.” So, in the wake of the #ImWithHer, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements and their political and celebrity endorsements, Wood sees #FlexYourFemale as a more personal way for women to praise their own strengths, embrace femininity, and fall in love with womanhood, as she has.

After a successful business career in Silicon Valley, Wood is now a self-described “Female Empoweress” helping other women carve out amazing careers and cultivate fearless lives. As her platform grows and her message spreads, she’s now on a one-woman mission to become a leading resource for as many young women as possible. She wants all women to believe in the direct correlation between femininity and success and to shout it from the rooftops in order to create change by flexing their female. In the coming year, Wood plans on launching the Brains over Blonde podcast and creating a hands-on course to reach and interact with more women from around the world.

The spirit behind #FlexYourFemale is to keep femininity in line with success, and women can encourage each other in this effort by using the hashtag whenever they embody this message. Wood invites all women to join her on this mission to make #FlexYourFemale a worldwide movement. Women everywhere can participate by standing tall and proud and always encouraging and challenging each other.

Whether at the gym, in the workplace, on social media, or in the world of politics, women should no longer have to work harder to justify their gender. The time for femininity is now, and women need to realize that there is a place for them, wherever their passions lie. In doing so, they forge a path for young, aspiring women around them. Wood encourages all women to step into their roles as coaches and mentors by being part of #FlexYourFemale.

Wood can be reached via hello@brainsoverblonde.com, @brainsoverblonde on social media, or at brainsoverblonde.com, where there are free resources, tools, content, and inspiration to empower you to do it all with sassy, bad-assy career and life advice.

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About Brains over Blonde
Brains over Blonde (brainsoverblonde.com) is a lifestyle platform for women who refuse to choose between femininity and success.
Anna Wood
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Women’s March- Cleveland 2018

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Thousands of people rallied at Cleveland Public Square Saturday to promote women’s rights and a host of political and social causes. Many also demonstrated against President Donald Trump, who was the target of many signs and effigies.
Dubbed the Women’s March Northeast Ohio, the event featured speeches by activists and politicians, including Democrat Betty Sutton, who is gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s running mate. The rally was followed by a march from Public Square to Cleveland City Hall and back. The march temporarily tied up traffic near the Cleveland Convention Center, which was hosting Tribe Fest and the Cleveland Tattoo Arts Expo.
Millions of women marched in cities across the country one year ago to protest President Trump’s inauguration. An estimated 15,000 people participated in last year’s march at Public Square. This year, millions of people again turned out around the country but fewer people participated in Cleveland’s event than they did last year, according to an early estimate by Cleveland police.
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 Source: Mark Naymik, Cleveland.com

To learn more about The Women’s March visit www.womensmarch.com.

Sexual Harassment Expert Susan Goudy Offers 10 Steps for Healing from Sexual Harassment or Assault

In a society where sexual harassment and assault have become expected and almost accepted, empowerment coach Susan Goudy offers tips to enable people to heal from the trauma associated with sexual harassment and assault.
A recent survey reports that one in three women aged 18-34 has been sexually harassed at work. Sexual harassment in the workplace is defined by the American Association of University Women as any, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”
“With such an ambiguous definition, you may have been sexually harassed or even assaulted and you didn’t recognize it because sexual harassment has become ‘part of doing business’,” said Goudy, author of “The Journey from Fear to Love is Shorter than You Think.” She earned a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
If you are that one in three and you are having trouble moving forward, these 10 steps can help.

  1. Acknowledge the Harassment or Assault Happened – Sit with it for a bit. Feel how you feel about it, let yourself cry, scream or whatever it is you need to do.
  2. Let It All Out – Tell someone. Find someone you trust to tell what happened to you… a friend, a family member or counselor.
  3. Take a Closer Look – Look at the situation and see how It has affected your life, both in bad and good ways. Has it made you stronger? Has it held you back?
  4. Throw Out Your Baggage – Seek help. Find a counselor or healing professional who can assist you in throwing out the baggage once and for all.
  5. Change Your Perception – You can choose how this situation affects you going forward. Perhaps you will create a new career path because of this, one that is more fulfilling.
  6. Step into Your Power – Take your control back by saying no to things you that aren’t in alignment with your wants.
  7. Embrace Your Value – Match your thoughts and feelings to your expectations and life goals. You will realize you are worthy and deserving of the best in your life.
  8. Accept Change – Stay in the moment and move forward; don’t look back.
  9. Love Yourself – Take care of yourself first. Exercise and then go to work or pick up the kids.
  10. Serve Others – Helping others can be very positive as it increases your feelings of self-worth. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or help clean up your local park.
“While progressing through the 10 steps for healing from sexual harassment or assault you may find the reactions of those who know about your situation are more harmful than helpful,” she said. “The intention behind these responses may be goodhearted however, you may feel as if chaos has crept into your life in an already sensitive time.”
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About Susan Goudy
Two months shy of her third birthday Susan was sexually abused by a teenage neighbor so she knows firsthand that living in the shadow of your past can cause you to forget that you have the power to take charge of your life. Susan enables others to get present and focused and to take an honest look at what they are or are not doing to create the lives they currently live. “No matter what may or may not lie in your own past, you can become more awake, aware, clear and empowered. It’s time to stop being a victim and to leave excuses behind,” she says. With a strong background in psychology, counseling, and social work, as well as certifications in neuro-physical reprogramming, bio-energetic synchronization technique, and psychological kinesiology (Psych-K), Susan works to heal physical as well as deep-rooted emotional issues. To learn more, please visit www.susangoudy.com/ You can also follow her on Twitter (@SusanGoudy1) and Facebook at Author Susan Goudy.
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A look into the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Labs: Washington University/St. Louis

Circadian rhythms have a profound effect on metabolism, the immune system – and in the latest reserach from Drs. Herzog and Jungheim, maybe even preterm birth.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.49.03 AMWe’ve long known that our circadian rhythms have profound effects on how — and especially when — we go about our daily lives. These cycles are influenced by the various intervals of light and darkness we experience over a 24-hour period, but also can be triggered by biological factors, our genetics and even our environment. The range of circadian impacts runs from relatively unnoticed, like our moods and ability to cope with stressors, to the most obvious, like when we are hungry or sleepy.

Circadian rhythms also have a profound effect on the onset of labor, with approximately 80% of women going into spontaneous labor between late night and early morning. And some studies have even shown that altering a pregnant woman’s circadian rhythms can disrupt the fetus’ growth and development. But could these rhythms also be a key factor in preterm birth? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis are working on.

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that circadian rhythms in the mother, the fetus, or both, regulate birth timing, and when disrupted, may lead to preterm birth,” Dr. Herzog explained. “This chronodisruption, as it’s called, can be brought on by a number of factors, including shift work, exposure to artificial light, even irregular meals and sleep times. Our goal is to see how these disruptions influence preterm birth.”

The study has two parts. The first is to determine whether genetic or environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms lead to increased preterm birth risk in mice. The second part of the study is a pilot that will monitor and test 100 women pre- and post-conception to determine when disruption of the circadian rhythms of women with certain chronotypes, (e.g., larks vs. owls) increases their risk for preterm birth. The study will then be extended to 1000 women.

Also working on Theme Three at Washington University at St. Louis are Dr. Justin Fay, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Sarah K. England, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Gill, a professor of Political Science.

“By correlating the data we receive with genetic variations, we’ll also be able to trace any outcomes back to a woman’s specific biology,” said Dr. Fay, “to determine what role genetics plays in affecting circadian rhythm.”

Another leader working on this theme is Dr. Emily Jungheim. She sees the potential for the results of this research to positively affect the women in her practice.

“When I talk to young reproductive age women who are trying to have a child, the things that really speak to them are those they can do themselves to improve their outcomes,” she said. “They’re so motivated to do whatever they can to ensure they’re going to have a healthy start for their baby.”

And modifying those outcomes could be as simple as having a regularly scheduled bedtime.

For more information on prematurity research breakthroughs, we invite you to sign up for the Campaign to End Premature Birth newsletter.

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For more information on how you can be part of this effort, contact
philanthropy@marchofdimes.org

Source: March of Dimes 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605