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The Expansion of Women’s Health Over the Past 50 Years

A recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine discussed how women’s health has expanded beyond just reproductive health in both the medical field and in public policy over the past 50 years. While in the 1970’s and early 80’s public health for women in the US mostly expanded on women’s access to reproductive health access, it wasn’t until 1985 when the Public Health Service Task Force on Women’s Health Issues shifted focus to health issues beyond reproductive.

With a focus on women’s health over women’s entire life, it was found that “several chronic diseases disproportionately affect women’s health and impair women’s quality of life as they age, including autoimmune diseases, mental health disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, and dementia. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which was historically thought to occur in women only at older ages, is now recognized as having sex-specific risk factors that can be identified throughout the life span.”

The increase in attention to certain conditions (breast cancer, cervical cancer) has led to significant progress in treatment and prevention for women. Innovations in women’s health over the past 50 years has led to reductions in mortality in certain conditions and improved access for health care for women. Continuing to promote the importance of women’s health in the medical field will be key to bettering health for women for another 50 years.
To access the full article please click here.

Join women’s health expert Vicki Lucas who will be bringing together speakers to Boston on October 14th to discuss innovations in women’s health (part of the Xpectives.Health Summit). This conference will be focused on strategic business development in women’s health, and on the multiple factors and stakeholders that influence success in this critical business segment.

Participants will hear from renowned experts in women’s health business and will have the opportunity to network with the experts and with colleagues from across the globe.

Conference Objectives:

  • Successful women’s health development strategies and tactics
  • Identify barriers and mitigating strategies to promote rapid adoption and scalability of new women’s health products and services.
  • Describe future trends and models in women’s health products and services.
  • Analyze the financial value of women’s health products, services and relationships, and describe economic models and revenue enhancement strategies.
  • Develop a platform for the multidisciplinary exchange of information between professionals working in women’s health business development.
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