Insurance Coverage among Utah Women

Women without health insurance are less likely than those with coverage to receive preventive healthcare services at appropriate ages. Receipt of preventive healthcare services such as prenatal care, mammograms and PAP screenings are correlated with improved outcomes and decreased morbidity and mortality …

Falls and Fall-Related Injuries

Background/Significance In the United States, approximately 10,000 annual deaths result from falls in people age 65 or older, and this same population accounts for 87% of all emergency room fractures (1,2). Although men and women report similar fall rate statistics according to the Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) data, women incur 75-80% of …

Smoking

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Smoking claims more than 440,000 lives each year. It has been shown that smoking increases the risk for chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder …

Chronic Alcohol Consumption

Chronic alcohol consumption is an indicator of potentially serious alcohol abuse, and is related to driving under the influence of alcohol. Females who drink more than seven drinks per week or more than three drinks per occasion are at increased risk for abuse …

HIV/AIDS

HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, is an infection that over time leads to the development of AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The virus destroys the cells of the immune system eventually leading to a weakened immune system that easily succumbs to other infections and disease …

Women and Diabetes

Background Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., with almost 21 million Americans (7.0% of the U.S. population) having diabetes. While there is little gender difference in the prevalence of diabetes among the U.S. adult population (10.5% for males and 8.8% for females), there are important reasons to place a women’s health emphasis on …

Editor’s Note, 2007

This special supplement speaks to the interest in and dedication to women’s health that can be found within our state.