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December 2023 Volume 19


Mitzi's Message

Dear Friends,

As this year draws to a close amidst ongoing challenges like COVID, global conflicts, and political divisions, it's easy to feel the weight of these realities, particularly their impact on women worldwide.

Yet, despite these difficulties, I am constantly inspired by the unyielding spirit of hope and our collective capacity for positive change. I firmly believe that each of us holds the power to make a difference, no matter the scale of our actions. By actively contributing, we can gain a sense of control and purpose.

There are many ways to contribute. For example, spreading awareness about the unique challenges women face today is crucial. Supporting mental health initiatives, especially in conflict-affected areas, is a cause personally dear to me. Together, we can foster stronger, more empathetic communities, advocate for peace and inclusivity, and extend our support through humanitarian work. Though a single effort may seem inconsequential given the enormity of need, every action joined together makes a difference.

On our "Making an Impact" page, you will find links to organizations dedicated to improving lives. Their remarkable efforts are a beacon of hope, and your support for the causes that resonate with you is a significant step towards making a difference.

Additionally, you can participate in initiatives such as voicing your support for improving access to healthcare, promoting research and innovation in women's health, and participating in a scientific study to understand best screening practices tailored to individual risk factors.

Remember, advocating for others also means caring for ourselves. Those health screenings we often delay are vital acts of self-care. I'm committed to staying on top of mine and urge you to recognize their importance. And if you are experiencing feelings of stress, depression, or anxiety, it is important to seek help and support.

In these challenging times, let's lean on the strength of our community, the love of family and friends, collective action, and personal healthcare. Let's strive for a future where everyone can access peace and health.

Wishing you strength, hope, and health this holiday season.

Mitzi Krockover, MD

How AI and Technology are Transforming Women's Health

AI is revolutionizing healthcare, and this episode features a compelling conversation with Marissa Fayer, a trailblazer in the field of medical technology. As CEO of Deep Look Medical, CEO of the non-profit HerHealthEQ ,and with over 20 years in the medical device industry, Fayer talks about how artificial intelligence is transforming the way we detect breast cancer and other tumors.  She highlights the importance of having diverse representation in medical research, and how medical equipment can save women's  lives in places with limited resources. We also learn about Fayer's inspiring journey from aspiring aerospace engineer to leading innovations in women's health, her role in developing 3D mammography, and her passionate work toward global health equity. Join us for an inspiring discussion that bridges technology, healthcare, and women's empowerment. We even touch upon how corporate culture can support the advancement of women's health. Join us to be more informed about AI and women’s health; you’ll also be inspired by Fayer's important impact towards making healthcare more accessible and equitable.

Beyond the Mammogram: New Ways to Detect and Prevent Breast Cancer

In this podcast episode, Mitzi Krockover, MD, engages in an eye-opening conversation with the dynamic Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, Endowed Chair in General Surgery, Director of the UCSF Breast Care Center, shedding light on the revolutionary Wisdom Study. Dr. Esserman passionately advocates for a paradigm shift in breast cancer screening, challenging the one-size-fits-all approach. The Wisdom Study, with its audacious goal of enrolling 100,000 diverse women, promises to transform screening methods tailored to individual risk profiles. Dr. Esserman's fervor for prevention strategies that consider personal history, genetics, and more sparks excitement for a proactive approach to stop breast cancer in its tracks. Don't miss this compelling discussion and seize the opportunity to be part of the groundbreaking Wisdom Study – a game-changer in women's health.

The US National Menopause Foundation Launches New Women’s Midlife Health Policy Institute (Femtech Insider)


The National Menopause Foundation has announced the launch of the Women’s Midlife Health Policy Institute (WMHPI), an initiative aimed at improving research, education, and policy development focused on women’s health during midlife, specifically addressing the challenges of menopause.

Perceived Stress, Gastrointestinal Factors linked to Menopause Symptoms (Healio)

Perceived stress and certain gastrointestinal factors were linked to menopausal symptoms, with reproductive stages, physical activity, BMI and previously diagnosed depression or anxiety affecting symptom severity, researchers reported.

Women with Prediabetes May Benefit From Earlier Intervention to Prevent CVD (Healio)

Compared with men, women with prediabetes may benefit from earlier intervention to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a presenter at the World Congress Insulin Resistance Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease Conference.

TELL META & THE FTC TO #StopCensoringSexualHealth

Sign the Center for Intimacy Justice's petition urging the FTC to take action against social media discrimination against women's health advertising.

They  are asking the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate and act on Meta’s discriminatory censorship of sexual health information for women and women and people of underrepresented genders.



Join us in supporting the White House Initiative on Women's Health Research! Your signature can make a significant impact in advancing the health of women nationwide. Together, let's ensure increased research funding, promote diversity in clinical trials, and foster public-private partnerships to address the unique healthcare needs of all women, especially those in underserved populations. If you are an entrepreneur, angel or VC, or innovator, sign the letter and be a part of this critical movement for women's health!


Mammograms work well for many women, but they are not as effective in finding cancer for the 40% of women who have dense breasts.  Legislation has been introduced in Congress, such as the Find It Early Act (HR3086) by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) along with award winning journalist Katie Couric. This Bill would require all health insurance plans to cover supplemental screening and diagnostic mammograms for women at increased risk for developing breast cancer, including having dense breasts, with no cost sharing (co-payment or deductible).


The Wisdom Study aims to learn which approach to breast screening is better: a personalized approach for each woman based on her unique risks for breast cancer, or the current one-size-fits all approach of annual mammograms?

With your help, we can answer this question and together, create a healthier future for all women.


Welcome to a world of compassion, empowerment, and transformative change for women's health. At Beyond the Paper Gown, we proudly support and collaborate with non-profits dedicated to championing the well-being of women across the globe. Our mission is to amplify the impact of these organizations, which tirelessly work towards advancing healthcare, promoting education, and fostering community support for women in need. Together, we strive to create a future where every woman has access to the resources and support necessary for her physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Join us in celebrating the strength, resilience, and unique needs of women as we stand hand in hand with these incredible non-profits, fostering a world where every woman can thrive.

Chamomile Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies


- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

- 1/2 cup powdered sugar

- 2 cups all-purpose flour

- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers

- 1 tablespoon culinary lavender

- 2 tablespoons honey

- 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).

2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter over low heat until it's melted. Add the chamomile flowers and lavender to the melted butter, and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Strain the mixture to remove the flowers, and allow the butter to cool slightly.

3. In a large bowl, cream together the infused butter and powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy.

4. Add the honey to the butter and sugar mixture, and mix well.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms.

7. Roll the dough into a log shape and wrap it in parchment paper. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

8. Slice the chilled dough into 1/4-inch thick rounds and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

9. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.

10. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

These calming shortbread cookies are perfect for enjoying with a cup of chamomile tea or lavender-infused hot milk. The combination of chamomile, lavender, and honey will help create a sense of calmness and relaxation during the holiday season. 


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