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The first episode of the series tells the personal stories of four people, who range from an 11-year-old brain tumor patient to a recently retired nurse undergoing an innovative heart catheterization, and the medical professionals at Penn State Hershey who oversee their care and the cutting-edge, research-based medical treatments they are receiving.
Future episodes are scheduled to air in September of this year and early 2012.
When talk turns to critical health issues among women, common issues such as the appropriateness of the recent controversial mammography guidelines get the most attention. However, an often overlooked health issue that is becoming more common among female patients receives little attention in these discussions. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is becoming one of the most common female endocrine disorders and affects an estimated 5-10 percent of women between the ages of 12 and 45.
The condition develops when a woman’s ovaries produce excessive amounts of male hormones, typically testosterone, either through the release of excessive luteinizing hormone by the anterior pituitary gland or from hyperinsulinaemia in women whose ovaries are particularly sensitive to this particular syndrome.
One of the nation’s leaders in the study of PCOS is Richard S. Legro, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, a recognized expert in the area of reproductive endocrinology. Legro, who completed his medical studies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine with a residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship at the University of Southern California, has coauthored two significant PCOS studies in 2010 alone: “Associations of birth weight and gestational age with reproductive and metabolic phenotypes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome and their first-degree relatives” (J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2010 Feb; 95:789–99), and “Family-Based Analysis of Candidate Genes for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2010 Mar 3; e-pub ahead of print), and is presenting four papers on PCOS projects at this year’s Annual Endocrine Society Meeting in San Diego. (more…)