Five Ways Women Can Communicate Better with Family, Friends and Healthcare Providers

As women, we have a distinct advantage in communicating with family, friends, coworkers and our healthcare providers. This is by design as our brain centers for language and hearing are more developed than those of men, according to The Female Brain by Dr. Louann Brizendine. In total, women have 11 percent more neurons than men in the portion of the brain centered on emotion and memory formation. Here are some of the distinct advantages of communicating as a woman. 1. Women have ideal verbal agility. This gives women the natural ability to multitask in the midst of juggling all that life affords. 2. Connecting deeply in friendship is easier for women than men. This provides a close-knit network for support and comfort in challenging situations. 3. As women the ability to diffuse conflict [...] Read more

Rural women need the tools to fight cancer

Read as Dr. Jenkins remembers her mother and her fight against breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Jenkins' editorial ran in the Houston Chronicle, the Amarillo Globe News and Lubbock Avalanche in 2010.

Even in Health Care: You say Toooomato, I say Tomaaaato

Please know that when I present sex and gender differences they are not absolute. There are many health issues that have sex or gender differences that can mean the difference between the right diagnosis and the wrong diagnosis. In effect, we all want the right diagnosis. A wrong diagnosis or even working with a wrong diagnosis in mind is misleading. It can lead you down a path of expensive testing, and may cause you to question what you are actually feeling. There are instances of providers telling you that your blood work is perfectly fine and then staring at you as if you will suddenly “feel better” because of the wisdom they just bestowed upon you. It can be argued that men and women present their health issues differently. It can boil down to communication. In other words, how do you [...] Read more