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Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government
www.cawp.rutgers.edu
Each year, Good Housekeeping magazine and the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) honor eight women in government -- elected or appointed officials, career civil servants, or members of the military -- whose work exemplifies how government improves people's lives. The top winner receives $25,000 and seven other winners receive $2,500.

New for 2002, the Wyeth/Ayerst-Good Housekeeping Award for Women's Health will carry an award of $25,000 for a woman in government whose work centers on women's health. This award will specifically highlight a woman in government whose program or achievement advances the status of women's health.

NEW REPORTS

NIH Scientific Stem Cell Report
www.nih.gov/news/stemcell/scireport.htm
This report explores some of the cutting edge research featuring stem cells. Disease and disorders with no therapies or at best, partially effective ones, are the lure of the pursuit of stem cell research. Described are examples of significant progress that is a prologue to an era of medical discovery of cell-based therapies that will one day restore function to those whose lives are now challenged every day - but perhaps in the future, no longer.

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior
www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/sexualhealth
The report outlined science-based strategies upon which the nation could work to promote sexual health and responsibility. Satcher calls for strategies that focus upon increasing awareness, implementing and strengthening interventions, and expanding the research base relating to sexual health matters.

Improving the Health of Midlife Women: Policy Options for the 21st Century
Women's Research and Education Institute
www.wrei.org

Offers summary and ordering informationfor the report , a policy agenda for promoting health and preventing disease in midlife women.

Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter?
Institute of Medicine
www.iom.edu

Includes a summary of and instructions for ordering the full report online.

Women and Smoking
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General
www.surgeongeneral.gov
Go to "What's New" and select " Women and Smoking" for press releases and summaries from the recently released Surgeon General's report.

The Older Population in the United States: Population Characteristics
www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/p20-532.pdf
A 2000 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, provides current information on such topics as the differences between older women and men in living arrangements and marital status, education attainment, labor force participation, family income, and poverty status.

UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS

Healthy Women, Healthy Lives. A Guide to Preventing Disease, from the Landmark Nurses' Health Study, edited by Susan E. Hankinson, ScD, Graham A. Colditz, MD, JoAnn E. Manson, MD, and Frank E. Speizer, MD, is available in bookstores, by calling 800-223-2348, or by going to the publisher's web site at www.simonsays.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology - The 30th annual meeting will be held Wednesday, February 20 Saturday, February 23, 2002 at the Sheraton Cancun Resort & Towers, in Cancun, Mexico.  The 2002 annual meeting Scientific Program Co-Chairs, Bonnie Saks, MD, and Kimberly Yonkers, MD are working very diligently to plan a wonderful and exciting program for all to enjoy.   The conference will include oral and poster presentations, workshops and luncheon roundtables focusing on a variety of womens health issues. Symposia will include "Burden of Psychiatric Illness on Women", "Sexual Chemistry and Function", "Pelvic Pain" and several Young Investigators presentations. Dr. Mary Lake Polan; Chair of Ob/Gyn at Stanford University will present the Weinberg Memorial Lecture. Other speakers include Drs. Sandra Leiblum, Barbara Sherwin, Irv Binik, Sophie Bergeron, Samir Khalife and Bruce Lydiard.  For more information CLICK HERE