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[MOL] Re: Did You Know: Facts About Women's Health Issues

In a message dated 98-08-18 08:44:40 EDT, you write:

<< Subj:	Did You Know: Facts About Women's Health Issues
 Date:	98-08-18 08:44:40 EDT
 From:	AOL News
 Did You Know: Facts About Women's Health Issues
 ATLANTA, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following release was issued today by
Medicines Work for Georgia:
  Women's Health Statistics:  
 -  Women have a higher risk of a number of chronic conditions, including  
 arthritis, osteoporosis and depressive and anxiety disorders, and tend  
 to have higher disability and activity limitation rates than men.
 -  Breast cancer afflicts 8 million American women, and costs $10 billion  
 a year.  In 1998, nearly 4,000 women in Georgia will develop breast  
 cancer and about 1,000 women will die of the disease.
 -  During the first five years after menopause, a woman can lose as much  
 as 1/4 of her bone mass.
 -  There are 23 million American women - and nearly 600,000 in Georgia -  
 with some kind of arthritis, a leading cause of disability; women have  
 higher incidences of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis than  
 -  High blood pressure - a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease -  
 is 2 to 3 times more common in women than in men.
 -  About 8 million American women suffer from urinary incontinence, a  
 leading cause of nursing home admissions.  The condition costs an  
 estimated $16 billion a year in care.
 -  Urinary tract infections are 50 times more common in women than in men.
 -  Thyroid disease is 15 times more likely to affect women than men.
 -  Systemic lupus occurs nine times more often in women than in men.
 -  About 1 in 4 - or more than 700,000 - women in Georgia suffer from  
 depression at some time in her life.
 Effectiveness of Prescription Medications:
  -  Overall, 144 U.S. pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are  
 working on more than 370 new medicines that target diseases that affect  
 only women, affect them disproportionately or are among the top 10  
 killers of women.
 -  In an effort to give women of all ages more options and better  
 medications, pharmaceutical companies today are developing:  
 - 109 new treatments for breast and lung cancer  
 - 48 new medications to treat heart disease and stroke in women  
 - 27 new medicines for osteoporosis  
 - 18 for diabetes  
 - 18 for Alzheimer's disease  
 - 55 for all types of arthritis  
 - two new drugs that have just received FDA approval and which  
 represent the first genetically engineered fertility hormones  
 that will ensure an adequate supply of hormones sought by five  
 million American women.
 Medicines Work for Georgia is a coalition of patients, physicians and health-
related associations and companies that strives to educate the public on the
value of prescription medications, open access and proper usage of
prescription medications help to save lives, improve the quality of life and
reduce healthcare costs.
 Medicines Work will host a Roundtable Symposium on Women's Health Issues and
Treatment Advances at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 25 at the Georgia Train
Depot.  The media and public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be
 SOURCE  Medicines Work for Georgia  
 CO:  Medicines Work for Georgia
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