Heart disease, dementia, depression, cancer. Today few women make it through their lifetimes without suffering from at least one of these diseases. But medical experts agree that the next 10 years will bring greater understanding of these disorders and improve the options for treatment.
"As we better understand the molecular and genetic bases of disease, we will be able to design drugs specifically to correct the defects," says Nancy Milliken, MD, director of the Women's Health Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
By Ann Hodgman
One woman's diary
I said to my daughter, "You know what I just can't stand about this
book? The long passages with no dialogue." -
She paused, then said, "Mom, are there any books you like
Now it was my turn to pause. How could she ask that, when everyone knows how
much I love to read? But then again, when had I last complimented a book — even
one I admired? Come to think of it, how often did I say anything without a
negative twist? I don't want my tombstone...
Researchers are on the verge of learning much more about the role estrogen plays -- not just in a woman's reproductive system, but in heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders.