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This Week in Women’s Health – 1st September 2023

September 1, 2023

Female health

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This week we take a look at how AI is supporting women’s health, from skincare to pelvic floor health, and how the NHS is improving diversity in breast cancer trials.

Elemis creates AI skincare diagnostic experience 

AI is being used in more ways than ever to help improve people’s lives, from groundbreaking hormone blood tests to Elemis’ new skincare experience

The mobile-only experience helps women find a skincare product to suit them. You’ll first have to complete a questionnaire, answering questions about your preferred formulas, concerns and what you want to achieve. Then the AI will scan your face, giving you a ‘skin score’.

Elemis has partnered with Perfect Corp to bring this AI experience to reality.

Elemis-skincare-app

Pelvic health is front-and-centre

Pelvic health is an important but often overlooked aspect of women’s health. A London based start-up, Matrix, has won the top prize of £15,000 in the Imperial College London’s WE Innovate programme.  

The start-up, led by entrepreneur Stilliyana Minkovska and Imperial alumni, aims to create a pelvic assessment and diagnosis device that is less invasive and more comfortable to use than the most commonly used instruments – the speculum. 

The device is designed to be self-use, allowing women to be fully in control of the experience. The NHS reported that 1 in 3 women missed their cervical screening appointments, and it’s hoped this new device will improve patient attendance.

Another start-up, Yonicore, is developing a product that claims to ‘support your pelvic floor with a press of a button’ – calling it ‘a bra for your pelvic floor.’ They claim 50% of women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunctions, mainly after childbirth or menopause.

NHS Race and Health Observatory announces new pilot project to increase diversity in breast cancer clinical trials

The NHS has teamed up with the charity Macmillan Cancer Support and pharmaceutical company Roche to increase diversity in breast cancer clinical trials. They’re aiming to increase awareness, improve communication and provide long-term support to patients, bringing better health equity to breast cancer patients in the UK.

The Caribbean African Health Network is algo involved, engaging with breast cancer service users beyond clinical settings.

Research from the UK Health Security Agency and Breast Cancer.Org show that when it comes to breast cancer, young black women have more aggressive tumour profiles, present with later stages of disease, have higher mortality rates, and experience poorer cancer care, highlighting the need for diversity in trials across the UK.

The project is due to run for a year, with the recruitment of 2 new nurses starting in October 2023.

This information has been medically reviewed by Dr Thom Phillips

Thom works in NHS general practice and has a decade of experience working in both male and female elite sport. He has a background in exercise physiology and has published research into fatigue biomarkers.

Dr Thom Phillips

Dr Thom Phillips

Head of clinical services