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State-of-the-Art Research into Women’s Health Promotion and Healthcare

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Department of Medical Informatics and Statistics with E-Learning Lab, Medical University of Lublin, 20-090 Lublin, Poland
Interests: biostatistics; meta-analysis; public health; health education and promotion; women's health; health monitoring; communicable disease epidemiology; menopause; osteoporosis

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Dear Colleagues,

The issue of women's health in the modern world is extremely important. Numerous studies on women confirm that they live longer than men. However, this does not mean that their quality of life is better. Upon analyzing the literature, one can conclude that regardless of age, women's health is often worse than men's. Due to their responsibilities in terms of childcare and their worse health condition compared to men, women’s professional lives are impacted negatively. The number of women in the world who die from cardiovascular diseases is also increasing, and this mortality rate has been heightened in young women especially.

Therefore, it is important to properly diagnose the determinants of women’s health behavior. Moreover, there is an urgent need to improve healthcare services for women and to ensure they live in conditions suitable for maintaining their mental and physical health. In addition, there is a need to enhance the health and life satisfaction of the modern woman.

This Special Issue is aimed at providing the latest developments on a wide range of topics related to ensuring optimal care for women, as well as on public health issues for women, advances in therapeutic and diagnostic procedures for disease management, mental health, and health promotion that will affect the care and treatment of women.

Dr. Mariola Janiszewska
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • women's health problems
  • women's health behaviors and health promotion
  • women's mental and emotional health
  • women's public health issues
  • innovative research and reporting on women's health
  • clinical progress in diagnostic procedures

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Assessment of the Quality of Life of Women after Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture with Consideration of Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Selected Factors Concerning the State of Health
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(19), 12237; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912237 - 27 Sep 2022
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Introduction: Fractures of the vertebral bodies are a frequent complication of osteoporosis, hospitalization, decline in physical fitness and, in consequence, deterioration in the quality of life. Objective: The aim of the study was assessment of the quality of life according to [...] Read more.
Introduction: Fractures of the vertebral bodies are a frequent complication of osteoporosis, hospitalization, decline in physical fitness and, in consequence, deterioration in the quality of life. Objective: The aim of the study was assessment of the quality of life according to the QUALEFFO-41 questionnaire in patients who had undergone fractures of the vertebral bodies, and presentation of the relationships between the quality of life, socio-demographic characteristics, and selected factors concerning the state of health. Materials and Method: The study included 243 women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures, and was conducted in the Outpatient Departments for the Treatment of Osteoporosis in the city of Lublin (eastern Poland). For the purposes of the study, the Quality of Life Questionnaire (QUALEFFO-41) and the author’s questionnaire were employed, and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient, t-Student test, and Tukey test were used, along with analysis of variance (ANOVA). The level of statistical significance was set at α = 0.05. Results: The quality of life of woman with vertebral compression fractures remains on a mediocre level. Significant relationships were observed between the respondents’ quality of life and certain socio-demographic characteristics, duration of the disease, and complaints related with osteoporosis. Conclusions: It is important to implement appropriate therapy and provide comprehensive, holistic care to women after fractures. Full article
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Health Related Behaviors and Life Satisfaction in Patients Undergoing Infertility Treatment
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(15), 9188; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159188 - 27 Jul 2022
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The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of life satisfaction and health behaviors presented by patients with diagnosed infertility. This cross-sectional study included 456 patients (235 women and 221 men) from infertile couples in southeastern Poland from June 2019 to [...] Read more.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of life satisfaction and health behaviors presented by patients with diagnosed infertility. This cross-sectional study included 456 patients (235 women and 221 men) from infertile couples in southeastern Poland from June 2019 to February 2020. Participants completed a questionnaire on sociodemographic characteristics, the Health Behaviors Inventory (HBI), and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS). The average score of severity of health behaviors for the study group was 82.96 points. Satisfaction with life at a higher level was declared by 57.6% of respondents, at an average level was declared by 31.4%, and at a lower level was declared by 11%. The SWLS score for the entire study group was 24.11 points (6.82 points on the sten scale). Respondents who achieved a higher rate of life satisfaction also had a higher level of severity of health behaviors (p < 0.0001). There were no significant differences between male and female SWLS scores, although the women had significantly higher rates of severity of health behaviors than men. The level of health behavior is positively related to life satisfaction in infertile patients. Medical personnel should conduct health education on a healthy lifestyle that promotes the improvement of reproductive health. Full article

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Metastatic Endometrioid Carcinoma Mimicking a Subungual Melanoma
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(21), 14494; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192114494 - 04 Nov 2022
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Case: We report a case of a 76-year-old female with a stage IB, grade I endometrioid endometrial carcinoma who presented with right-hip pain and an enlarging black, exophytic, subungual lesion on her right-small-finger distal phalanx. Clinically, the distal phalanx lesion was suspicious for [...] Read more.
Case: We report a case of a 76-year-old female with a stage IB, grade I endometrioid endometrial carcinoma who presented with right-hip pain and an enlarging black, exophytic, subungual lesion on her right-small-finger distal phalanx. Clinically, the distal phalanx lesion was suspicious for a subungual melanoma; however, advanced imaging suggested metastatic disease, with lesions in the acetabulum, lungs, brain, vulva, and vagina. Conclusion: Partial amputation of the right, small finger and vulvar biopsies confirmed an endometrial carcinoma. To our knowledge, this is the first described case of endometrial adenocarcinoma metastasis to the phalanx of an upper extremity, mimicking a subungual melanoma. Full article
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