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Women in the Southside Health Project (WISH)

SWAN is a multi-ethnic, interdisciplinary study of the natural history of the menopausal transition. Women in the South Side (WISH) focuses on comparisons between African-American and Caucasian women, all of whom reside on Chicago's South Side. This is a population-based study of 868 women who have been randomly selected from three community areas. It features an approximately equal range of socioeconomic status within both the African-Americans and Caucasians. WISH focuses on the early pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in women, It also focuses on stress and cushions against stress that influence the course of the menopausal transition, ethnic disparities in health and treatment, cognitive function, and risk factors for hypertension and diabetes. For more information, contact Karla Shipp-Johnson at (312) 563-2142.

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