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Q&A with Team EFA Marathon Runner Ben Willig

2016 Team EFA marathon runner, Ben Willig, reveals what it was like to run his first NYC Marathon in support of endometriosis education
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Join #GivingTuesday and Feel the Movement!

Help the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) raise $20,000 towards the national expansion of the ENPOWR (Endometriosis: Promoting Outreach and Wide Recognition) Project. A program that targets teenagers aged 14 and above to explain what endometriosis is, how to recognize its symptoms early, and how it can be treated.
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Q&A with Team EFA Marathon Runner Daniel Gunter

Team EFA member, Daniel Gunter, will run the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon to support his sister and create awareness for endometriosis
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Women in Chronic Pain Are Often
the First to Pretend They’re Fine

Perfection is a moving target. This week, the Cut explores the allure of trying to achieve the impossible.
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Q&A with Team EFA Marathon Runner Sylvia English

Endometriosis advocate, Sylvia English strives to increase awareness and education by running the 2016 TCS NYC marathon for Team EFA
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Revlon Million Dollar Challenge

We are thrilled to announce we are part of a campaign called the Revlon LOVE IS ON 2016 Million Dollar Challenge, a friendly fundraising competition where charities spreading the power of love in support of women’s health compete to raise the most money for their cause. The top raising organization will receive a $1 Million donation from Revlon. Second through fifth place will also win large cash donations.
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Q&A with Team EFA Marathon Runner Dr. Michael T. Breen

As a 2016 TCS NYC Marathon runner for Team EFA, Dr. Michael T. Breen is supporting his endometriosis patients while bringing to light the need for more research and treatment options. Learn more about Michael here!
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Q&A with Team EFA Marathon Runner Denika Cooper

As a 2016 TCS NYC Marathon runner for Team EFA, Denika Cooper is looking forward to supporting the endometriosis community and running her first marathon. Learn more about Denika here!
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NIH Talks Endometriosis with Padma Lakshmi

The 2016 summer issue of Medline Plus features EFA co-founder, Padma Lakshmi, and her fight with endometriosis. It also offers information about disease etiology, treatment, and research.
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What Lena Dunham is reading

As people, but especially as women, we have to be our own medical advocates. Whether it's my friends making their way through the birth industrial complex or the ones deciding how to handle a chronic illness like Lyme, educating ourselves is power.
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Q&A with Team EFA Marathon Runner George Sanchez

As a 2016 TCS NYC Marathon runner for Team EFA, George Sanchez is looking forward to supporting his wife as well as raising awareness for endometriosis. Learn more about George here!
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Padma Lakshmi Nominated for WebMD Health Heroes People’s Choice Award

WebMD has announced the nominees for the 2016 WebMD Health Heroes People’s Choice Award- and we were thrilled to find out that our very own Padma Lakshmi has been nominated!
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Q&A with Katie Muggli Volunteer Spreads Endometriosis Awareness at Minnesota Alma Maters

As an EFA volunteer, Katie Muggli raised endometriosis awareness among college students during a health fair and presented ENPOWR’s EduKit to students at her high school alma mater. Learn more about her experience as an EFA volunteer!
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Endometriosis Foundation of America Selects The Brooklyn Latin School as the Recipient of the Second Annual ENPOWR Award

The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) announced that The Brooklyn Latin School is the recipient of the second annual ENPOWR Award because of its high prioritization of their students' health through participation in the EFA's adolescent education program, The ENPOWR Project.
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Q&A with Jala Smith A Young Advocate Hosts Fundraiser to Promote Awareness in School

Jala Smith started an Endometriosis Awareness Week at her high school, where she sold yellow ribbons and presented information about endometriosis to over 100 students. Learn more about her fundraiser for the EFA!
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Screw You Endo

At the EFA's 8th Annual Blossom Ball, Girls co-star Allison Williams introduced Blossom Award honoree, Lena Dunham, with an opening letter to endometriosis
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Padma Lakshmi: Take ownership of your own body

Many people know Padma Lashmi as a TV star and model but her celebrity status is perhaps making the big impact when it comes to endometriosis.
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Endometriosis Health Awards 2016

As March is the month raising awareness on 'Endometriosis Awareness' around the world, it seems fitting that before the month closes we at OnlineClinic take a look at a condition that affects thousands of women. With notable celebrities such as 'Girls' star Lena Dunman openly bringing attention to the condition, from which she personally has first hand experience with, the spotlight has firmly been on Endometriosis.
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Q&A with Frankie Kuhn: EFA volunteer shares her story at ENPOWR presentations

I began suffering with debilitating cramps and bladder spasms when I began menstruating at 13. At first, I misunderstood my symptoms as a reoccurring UTI, combined with general period pain.
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New Study Links Endometriosis To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease

A new study out today is linking endometriosis to a higher risk of heart disease, particularly among women aged 40 years and under. The data shows that women in this age bracket are three times more likely to develop heart attack, chest pain or blocked arteries when compared to those without endometriosis of the same age.
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New Book Shines Light on and Validates Endometriosis

The book, The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis, is authored by Dr. Tamer Seckin, who is a founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) along with Padma Lakshmi, who is host of the popular Bravo Series Top Chef. Padma, who is also one of Dr. Seckin’s patients wrote the following in the foreword for the book, “We can do something about endometriosis. If you have this disease or think you might have it, The Doctor Will See You Now is a good place to start your road to recovery.”
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Endometriosis, Social Pathologies, and Public Health

When Arielle* reflects on her teen years, she remembers loving school, but also the dread of knowing she would miss 2-3 days every month and feel like an outcast for that very reason. In some parts of the developing world, young girls miss 8-24 days of school due to menstruation, largely due to societal norms that stigmatize menstruation and lack of access to sanitary napkins. But Arielle grew up in New Jersey, and she missed so much school because she suffers from endometriosis.
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Endometriosis Linked to Heart Disease in Study

Women who have endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, may face a 60 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than women without the disorder, a new study suggests.
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2016 EFA on Today

On March 19th, the EFA and its supporters flooded Rockefeller Plaza with yellow for a very successful 2nd Annual EFAonTODAY event. In support of the Worldwide EndoMarch, over 150 endometriosis advocates brought their passion for endometriosis awareness to the Saturday filming of NBC’s The TODAY Show.
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Padma Lakshmi Paints The Town Yellow!

We are already half way through Endometriosis Awareness Month, and with 17 days left, we need your help more than ever to Paint The Town Yellow and spread endometriosis awareness!
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The Doctor Will See You Now;
Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis

TO THOSE AFFECTED IN ANY way by endometriosis: I know the pain you've been battling. You hurt, a lot, more than anyone else can comprehend. You feel alone and hopeless. You're physically and mentally drained, nearing your breaking point, if you haven't reached it already. You've tried repeatedly for years to get someone, anyone, to listen to you, to understand what you're going through—a friend, a family member, a school nurse, even a doctor—but they don't.
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Cause Celeb: Padma Lakshmi talks endometriosis on Capitol Hill

Willowy model-turned “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, who on Thursday visited Capitol Hill on business related to another line on her resume — that of the founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
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Q&A with Casey Berna:
EFA Volunteer Advocates for Fellow Endometriosis Patients

The Endometriosis Foundation of America has experienced tremendous growth in the past couple of years. They have a growing, energized staff dedicated to educating adolescents and creating awareness and education events for patients and the medical community. I see them making connections with the endometriosis community and striving to be an organization that provides quality resources for both patients and society at large.
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There are Different Treatments and Options for Endometriosis

My thoughts are with Lena Dunham, who recently expressed the pain she is suffering due to endometriosis. It is important that we speak honestly about the kind of pain endometriosis produces, as the disease is one that has been stigmatized and silenced for years. It is also important that the public has the appropriate information to understand endometriosis and the various options available.
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Three Friends that Rock 'n' Rolled for Endometriosis

Carolyn, Stephanie and Chris organized “The Endo Show,” a musical show with the goal of raising endometriosis awareness. Learn more this successful concert benefiting the EFA!
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Q&A with Hannah Ephraim:

Triathlete runs, bikes and swims for endometriosis and the EFA

After my diagnostic surgery for endometriosis in July 2014, I founded Winning & Grinning as a positive, motivational space for women to express their achievements despite their endometriosis. This has been extremely well received and hundreds of women have sent in their stories and pictures of their successes despite their disease, providing encouragement to women in the group, and myself.
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Gaining Ground Against Endometriosis

The endometriosis foundation of america multi-prong approach to increasing endometriosis awareness, improving medical knowledge and research raises the bar for the women’s reproductive health community
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Q&A with Alyssa Sanchez:

Teen Hosts Local Community Awareness Event

This year, the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) was quite fortunate to have a number individuals show their support by organizing events in their local communities. Our volunteers dedicated the time and effort to raising endometriosis disease awareness, while also raising funds to benefit the EFA’s programmatic initiatives such as The ENPOWR Project, Awareness Day and Medical Conference, and The ROSE Study. Over the past year, numerous events have been organized, ranging from car shows to art gallery exhibits to EndoWalks. These efforts make a tremendous impact in the endometriosis community, and this month, we are proud to feature the work of a committed recent high school graduate.
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2015 Medical Conference and Awareness Day

The 2015 Medical Conference was the EFA’s most successful to date! Titled “Ending Endometriosis Starts at the Beginning” this year’s meeting gathered clinicians and researchers from across the globe to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the endometriosis professional community.
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2015 ENPOWR Project Progress

2015 showed tremendous growth for The ENPOWR Project. The EFA has positioned Health Educators across New York State to canvas new areas. However, ENPOWR’s demand and the need for widespread awareness far exceed its current capacity. To address this, the EFA is now working on expansion plans to bring ENPOWR’s vital education to adolescents throughout the US! In the coming months we will be seeking engaged volunteers who are interested in being involved with this. Please be on the look out for our emails!
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The Year at a Glance

On March 10, 2014, as part of Endometriosis Awareness Month, EFA co-founders Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi spoke about endometriosis to a packed house at the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
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Teen Health: Is Period Pain Something More Serious?

When you have limited experience with your period, being able to determine what is normal and when something is wrong can be difficult.
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An Interview with Dr. Tamer Seckin, Endo Expert

Dr. Tamer Seckin is a New York–based gynecologist and laparoscopic surgeon who specializes in treating endometriosis.
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Padma Lakshmi: Endometriosis Is Real, and It's Staggering

Your mother's a nurse and your father's in the pharmaceutical industry, so I'm assuming you grew up pretty familiar with medicine and that whole world, which makes it even more shocking that you went undiagnosed for so long. Do you remember the first time you heard the word endometriosis?
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Lena Dunham on Her Battle with Endometriosis: 'I Had Lost All Trust in or Connection to My Own Body'

Kudos to Lena Dunham for sharing her story. Her courage is opening the door for millions of women to learn about endometriosis - a disease that leaves women suffering in pain for far too long. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to fighting endo! Let's help Lena to spread the word by sharing her story.
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Lena Dunham and Padma Lakshmi Open Up About the Painful Disorder They Share

Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside of it. It can cause cysts and scar tissue to develop, often resulting in severe pain during a woman’s period. Dunham detailed her experience with the disorder in the newsletter, describing how she was frequently in pain while growing up, but didn’t know why, and how her condition can impact her ability to work. It was only recently, she says, that she received a proper diagnosis. “I know I’m lucky in the grand health scheme, but I also know that I am one of many women who grasp for a sense of consistent well-being, fight against the betrayals of their bodies, and who are…
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ENDOMETRIOSIS CHAMPIONS: THE FUTURE OF THE FIGHT

Endometriosis is a complex, and very often, a misunderstood GYN condition. Mild cases can affect one woman to the point of crippling her for days, while another woman with a more severe stage may not show any symptoms. It can affect personal relationships, work, self esteem, and fertility. Unless endometriosis is experienced first hand, it is hard to convey just how all consuming the symptoms are. Many women’s health professionals can be mystified by the arbitrary nature of the disease.
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Q&A with Lisa Drayton

Volunteer Hosts EndoWalk

The Bloomin’ Uterus Endometriosis Awareness and Support Walk was a 5-mile walk that we did around Lake Miramar in San Diego. For every $10 that was donated, we walked 1 mile. A few of the attendees had Endometriosis, but many were there simply to show their support for us. In addition to the walk, I also designed and distributed a Bloomin’ Uterus button in exchange for a $2 donation. And a monthly support group has since developed as well!
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It's Time to Show Your #UNSelfie for the EFA!

December 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday, a global day that celebrates generosity and philanthropic giving. We are proud to announce that the EFA will be participating for the second year in a row, with a special campaign primarily focused on The ENPOWR Project!
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11 Things Only Someone With Endometriosis Understands

That's because they grow—and bleed—as if they were still at home in the uterus. "Every time a woman has a period, there are these micro-periods happening," says Tamer Seckin, MD, a specialist in endometriosis in private practice in New York and the co-founder and medical director of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
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Patient Information Session on Endometriosis - Register Now!

Come to Patient Information Session to learn more about endometriosis, a disease that effects many woman today.
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For Some, Endometriosis Diagnosis a Painful Mystery

On Tuesday July 7th, 2015 NY1 aired an endometriosis segment in rotation featuring EFA co-founder, Dr. Tamer Seckin, as well as EFA friend and endo-advocate, Casey Berna.
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Paint Nite in NYC

Join the EFA and the endometriosis community for Paint Nite in NYC on Thursday, August 13th at 7pm.
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My Endometriosis Team

Endometriosis is the latest condition added to the My Health Teams network. With over 165,000 members, My Health Teams has had great success connecting people with chronic illness to share their stories, treatment plans, experiences with doctors, advice and more. This is a great resource for women with endometriosis to connect with each other from across the country. http://www.myendometriosisteam.com/
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Students Attend 6th Annual Medical Conference

To help fulfill our mission of educating the medical community, the EFA offered scholarships for medical students to attend this year’s sixth annual Medical Conference. Hailing from five different medical schools, these students represent the future of gynecological care. The EFA is proud to be a part of shaping their education, and look forward to hosting next year’s scholarship recipients!
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EFA’s Sixth Annual Medical Conference: Ending Endometriosis Starts at the Beginning

The EFA’s 2015 Awareness Day gathered patients, loved-ones, educators, advocates and medical professionals to share experiences and to continue the ongoing dialogue related to endometriosis. Attendees discussed a wide range of topics including surgical treatment, hormonal therapies, nutrition, exercise, pain management, fertility, botanical therapies, adolescent care, and relationships. Deborah Bush from Endometriosis New Zealand opened the day with an engaging talk that had everyone out of their seats and moving!
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7th Annual Blossom Ball

Held on a beautiful April evening at Cipriani 25 Broadway, the seventh annual 2015 Blossom Ball brought together friends, colleagues, and patients to raise funds to support the EFA’s mission. Together our generous supporters helped the EFA raise over $190,000 through ticket sales, donations, and the Endo Auction. This year’s guests included Russell Simmons, Christian Slater, Norman Reedus, Joel Schumacher, and Andy Cohen, and included personal messages from Lena Dunham and Hillary Clinton!
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EFA PRESENTS FIRST ENDOMETRIOSIS ENPOWR AWARD TO NYC SCHOOL

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Recognizes the Young Women's Leadership School for Their Support of Endometriosis Education
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New York State Senator Jeffrey Klein Awards $200,000 To Fund Endometriosis Education

New York State Senator Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Padma Lakshmi and Dr. Tamer Seckin, Co-Founders of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA), today announced $200,000 in state funding for the EFA to expand its ENPOWR (Endometriosis Nation Promoting Outreach and Wide Recognition) Project that strives to educate adolescents in New York State about endometriosis. A public health crisis, endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age and as many as 176 million women and adolescent girls worldwide.
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Padma Lakshmi Hosts the Blossom Ball to Benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America

“I learned to cook at the elbow of my mother and grandmother, but never ever thought I could have a career in food,” Padma Lakshmi said last month during a talk atCherry Bombe magazine’s Jubilee conference. We all know how that turned out: Lakshmi is not only the host of Bravo’s insanely popular culinary competition show Top Chef, but she’s also the author of two cookbooks, Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low-Fat Recipes From Around the World, andTangy, Tart, Hot, and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day.
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“Paint the Town Yellow” 2015 Endo Challenge

In honor of Endometriosis Awareness Month, the EFA held the first ever "Paint the Town Yellow" Endo-Challenge, with a goal to raise $15,000 during the month of March for endometriosis awareness programs. We are pleased to report that through on-line donations and shirt sales, the EFA raised over $19,000 to benefit our community work including the ENPOWR Project and Awareness Day. It is our aim to bring these initiatives to new areas throughout the country, and your support will help us to do just that. We take pride in being able to offer this critical endometriosis education free-of-charge, and the generous support from friends like you, allows us to be able to do so.
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Padma Lakshmi: ‘I Was Told I Would Never Have a Child Naturally’

As a young girl, Padma Lakshmi suffered from undiagnosed endometriosis so severe, she tells PEOPLE, “I had to stay home several days a month from school. I missed a week of my life for 23 years.” The Top Chef host, 44, reveals her symptoms included bloating, cramping, excessive bleeding and severe abdominal pain — but it was something no one really spoke about. “It’s embarrassing,” she admits. “It’s something that is deeply private and personal.” It wasn’t until she was 36 that Dr. Tamer Seckin identified her symptoms as endometriosis — which occurs when the uterine lining cannot be expelled with a woman’s period and grows outside the uterus — and performed surgery to remove the excess tissue. From there,…
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Padma Lakshmi’s Personal Cause: The Endometriosis Foundation of America - Womens Health

From early adolescence, Lakshmi knew there was something wrong with her period. She had intense pain, cramping, nausea, headache, fatigue, and excessive blood flow. “I was told by my mother that this was just our lot in life, because I’m sure that’s what she was told by her mother,” she says. “So I expected the pain, saw my mother go through it in fact, month in and month out.”
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Health Express UK - Endometriosis Awareness Blog Award

The EFA is proud to announce we have been honored as a top blog by Health Express UK! Voted on by a panel of experts, this award recognizes the top eight endometriosis online resources and we are excited to be included in that list.
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Taxpayers

Endometriosis Foundation of America Co-Founder Lakshmi and Senate Co-Leader Klein Encourage NY Taxpayers to "Check the Box" and Donate to Teen Health Education Campaign
As taxpayers in NY file their taxes this winter, the Endometriosis Foundation of America encourages people to consider a charitable donation to support supplemental teen heath education.

Obesity, substance abuse and endometriosis  have been identified  by the NYS Department of  Health as the 3 most critical health problems facing teens.
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Padma Lakshmi on What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis

The View guest co-host Padma Lakshmi told her personal story about being diagnosed with Endometriosis on the Friday February 20th, 2015 episode of The View. This prognosis is one that leads a lot of women to get a hysterectomy, but that course of treatment is not always necessary. However it is a path often chosen due to a lack of information which is why Padma has created the Endometriosis Foundation of America to help inform women about this disorder. There is no cure but there are ways that the symptoms can be managed. It is also important that women get checked for this as they maybe asymptomatic for various reasons. Check out more information on Endometriosis below such as symptoms,…
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Killer Cramps Are Not Normal: All About Endometriosis Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD

As part of the 92nd Street Y’s Health & Wellness series, and in conjunction with Endometriosis Awareness Month, EFA co-founders, Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD, will be speaking to raise awareness of endometriosis.
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Dr. Seckin in Australia March 2015

In March 2015, he International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE) will hold its 24th Annual Congress in conjunction with the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery 25th Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne Australia.
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Padma Lakshmi's Secret to Balancing Work Sacrifices with Success

F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). In honor of the Top Chef Boston finale airing next week, star host Padma Lakshmi reveals some of the sacrifices she’s made for her career, from giving up control of her time to sharing intimate details about her health. Here, the lows and the highs.
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It's time to show your #UNSelfie for the EFA and #GivingTuesday!

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) will be participating in the third annual #GivingTuesday, a movement created to celebrate giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This movement inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season  showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.
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The ROSE Project Fellowship

The EFA is honored to support a scientific fellowship position as part of the ROSE Study (Research OutSmarts Endometriosis ) at The Feinstein Institute.
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STANYS Conference, November 1-4, 2014

This past fall, two of the EFA staff brought the ENPOWR Project to the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) Conference.
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LIVE EVENT: Surgical Management of Endometriosis Involving Urinary System with an Anterior Cul-de-sac Endometrioma

On Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9am PDT / 12 noon EDT, Dr. Tamer Seckin will present a live webcast on Surgical management of endometriosis involving urinary system with an anterior cul-de-sac endometrioma live on SurgeryU HD.
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Train Concert Raises $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Speaking on behalf of the band Train, lead singer Pat Monahan shared the band members' feelings about performing at the Feinstein Institute summer concert. "We recognize how profoundly lucky we are to have our health and the health of our families. When we were asked to play, we immediately said 'yes' because we understand the importance of the Feinstein Institute research as it relates to curing diseases. We are incredibly proud to have been a part of this wonderful event and inspired by the work being done."
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EFA Awarded New $250K Grant

New York State Supports the EFA’s
Adolescent Education and Outreach Program
For A Second Year with a New $250,000 Grant
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EndoWalk GUIDE Now Available

EndoWalk GUIDE  Now Available
Raise Awareness and Funds to Conquer Endometriosis
Are you interested in organizing an EndoWalk in your community?  The EFA has developed a simple "how to" step-by-step guide to help you.
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Sixth Annual Blossom Ball 2014 - Videos are available

Endometriosis Foundation Of America - Sixth Annual Blossom Ball - 2014
Sixth Annual Blossom Ball
March 7, 2014
583 Park, Park Avenue at 63rd Street, New York City


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Eve's Daughters, or, Go With the Flow

My periods began when I was 13-years-old, and I only remember them accompanied with pain. I bled heavily each month for six to eight days. As I got older, I would find myself passed out on my bedroom or bathroom floor from painful cramps. I would pass heavy blood clots, was often lightheaded, and regularly was prescribed iron supplements and over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen. When Alleve came on the market, I was thrilled to try a new pain reliever. They would dull, but never eradicate, the pain. My periods were always preceded with hefty bouts of PMS; I suffered from bloating, fatigue, headaches, skin rashes, and swelling in my knees and fingers.
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The ROSE Project (Research Outsmarts Endometriosis)

YOU CAN HELP US LEARN MORE ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS The ROSE Project is the EFA's co-founder, Dr. Tamer Seckin's visionary dream! Dr. Seckin, has dedicated his career to the compassionate treatment of patients with endometriosis. However, he long ago realized that skillful surgical treatment is only one means to ending the suffering of millions of women.


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Outsmarting Endo - Videos are available!

"OUTSMARTING ENDO DAY"
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Scandinavia House in NYC
Padma Lakshmi - Outsmarting Endo
Let's work together and break this disease!



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Medical Conference 2014 - Videos are available

The Fifth Annual Medical Congress on the Advancing the Science and Surgery of Endometriosis
Endometriosis 2014 "Politics, Ethics and Controversies.”
Program Chair Tamer Seckin,MD


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Celebrate a Landmark Day in Endometriosis Awareness

The Endometriosis Foundation of America congratulates the organizers, contributors, and participants of the first worldwide ENDOmetriosis Worldwide MARCH!
We support you on this landmark day, and applaud the strides you are making for the international endometriosis community to shed light on this disease.

http://www.millionwomenmarch2014.org/

Tamer Seckin, MD & Padma Lakshmi, Co-Founders
Mady Schuman, Executive Director
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Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi & Charitybuzz Announce Online Auction Of One-Of-a-Kind Items To Benefit EFA and Blossom Ball

Top Chef’s host Padma Lakshmi joins a guest list of notable New Yorkers and celebrities, including Honorary committee members Susan Sarandon and Deborah Harry along with Fátima Ptacek (Dora the Explorer), Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (Inez and Vindooh), Joel Schumacher, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Lizzie O’Leary (former CNN correspondent), Maura Tierney, Russell Simmons, and more, for the Sixth Annual Blossom Ball Gala on Friday, March 7, 2014, benefitting the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) and to celebrate Endometriosis Awareness Month (March ). The black-tie optional affair will be held at a private venue located at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. Auctioneer Nicholas Lowry from Swann Galleries and Antiques Roadshow will inspire quests to purchase live auction items and…
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Professor Maurice - Antoine Bruhat (1934 - 2014)

The death of Professor Maurice A. Bruhat this week is a great loss for the gynecologic laparoscopic community! To all of us!  And, especially for those women with endometriosis.

Advanced laparoscopic surgery was practiced in France for at least 10 years before its use in the United States by Professor Bruhat’s team at the University of Clermont-Ferrand. The first excision of an ectopic pregnancy was done there in 1973.
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EHE International Donates Rockefeller Center Window Display to the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s “Killer Cramps Are NOT Normal” Campaign

EHE International supports the Endometriosis Foundation of America's dedication to raising awareness about endometriosis - a disease affecting 176 million women worldwide.
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Nurses Conference 2013 Videos are available!

Third Annual Nurses Conference - Endometriosis: Getting The Word Out: Hosted in collaboration with North Shore/LIJ and Lenox Hill Hospital, the disease basics of endometriosis and the various ways to educate your patient population on endometriosis.

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Nurses Conference 2013 – Endometriosis: Getting The Word Out

Save The Date -- Saturday, October 26, 2013 -- for our Third Annual Nurses Conference - Endometriosis: Getting The Word Out. This free educational forum is designed for nurses and nurse practitioners with a special focus on school-based nurses.  By educating health practitioners about endometriosis, the Endometriosis Foundation of America is working, actively, to increase the number of young women who will receive an early diagnosis. Endometriosis: Getting The Word Out is CNE eligible.

Register Today!
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Padma Lakshmi and State Senator Jeff Klein Team Up For Teen Health

Padma Lakshmi and State Senator Jeff Klein have teamed up once again to talk about our teen’s health.  The Teen Health Awareness Campaign aims to raise awareness of alcohol and substance abuse, obesity, and endometriosis among New York’s teens.  With your help we can add endometriosis to health class curriculums statewide.  Please visit TeenHealthNY.com today to take the easy and anonymous survey!
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Educational Campaign to Support NYS’s Three-Pronged Health Initiative Against Endometriosis, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Obesity

Through the Teen Health Awareness Campaign, the New York State Department of Health has recognized the importance of combating three diseases that cause significant harm to young people – endometriosis, alcohol and substance abuse, and obesity – and has asked the EFA to take action.  Finally, endometriosis is being recognized as the devastating disease it can be, as it is now joined with the two most highly visible and critical health issues facing our youth!  In light of this, the EFA has launched its adolescent outreach and education program, The Endometriosis Nation Promoting Outreach and Wide Recognition (ENPOWR) Project. This program is designed to educate adolescents about the signs and symptoms of endometriosis in order to increase awareness and to…
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Padma Lakshmi Named One Of SELF Magazine’s “Women Doing Good”

Endometriosis Foundation of America Founder, Padma Lakshmi, was recently named one of SELF Magazine’s “Women Doing Good”.  Now in its sixth year, SELF’s annual “Women Doing Good” program honors women who are changing the world.  Deemed “The Healer”, Padma was recognized for her work raising awareness of endometriosis through the EFA.
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Kick The Cramp Out Of Endo!

The EFA wants to Kick The Cramp Out Of Endo and we need your help! Team EFA is proud to participate in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on November 3rd. To learn more about our runners and donate to the Team, check out our fundraising pagehere.
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Padma Lakshmi Visits The New York State Senate

EFA co-founder Padma Lakshmi visited the New York State Senate this month and participated in the Teen Health Awareness press conference hosted by State Senator Jeff Klein.

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Dr. Peter Gregersen Receives the Prestigious Crafoord Award

The Endometriosis Foundation of America congratulates  Peter Gregersen, MD, head of the Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics and Human Genetics at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore LIJ on receiving the prestigious Crafoord Prize for his genetic research in the area of rheumatoid arthritis. The prize was awarded on May 2, 2013 at a Prize Award Ceremony at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf.

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EFA Charity Ring - Aamaya by Priyanka

In honor of March Endometriosis Awareness Month, Internationally renowned jewelry label AAMAYA BY PRIYANKA has designed an exclusive, bespoke ring in partnership with the EFA and co-founder Padma Lakshmi.
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Lori Liu, MD an avid long distance runner is teaming up with the EFA to help us Kick the Cramp out of Endometriosis!

Lori Liu, MD an avid long distance runner is teaming up with the EFA to help us Kick the Cramp out of Endometriosis.  Lori will be running the Boston Marathon on April 15th with the EFA logo to help raise awareness of endometriosis.  
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2013 NYC Half Marathon - Team EFA

The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EFA places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients.
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Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 4th Annual Medical Symposium, Endometriosis 2013; The American Perspective -- Live Webcast March 9 and March 11, 9 am EST. Join Us!

Streamed live from Lenox Hill Hospital's Einhorn Auditorium in New York City. World renowned experts, master surgeons and scientists, and top researchers from around the world speaking about the latest in Endometriosis care. http://www.endofound.org/live

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March 2013 - Limited Edition EFA Signature 3-Stone Ring Fundraiser

In honor of Endometriosis Awareness Month, internationally renowned jewelry label AAMAYA by PRIYANKA has designed an exclusive, bespoke ring in partnership with the EFA and co-founder Padma Lakshmi.
Based on her signature 3-stone ring, London-based designer Priyanka draws inspiration from the official color of endometriosis awareness - yellow.  In a bold homage to the charity, the exquisite design focuses on a cluster of semi-precious stones - emerald, yellow jade, and Persian turquoise - cast in gold plated sterling silver.
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Journalist Lizzie O’Leary Shares Her Endometriosis Story On Cosmopolitan.com

Journalist Lizzie O'Leary has been battling endometriosis symptoms since age 14, and only recently received an accurate diagnosis at 37.  The severity of her symptoms have ultimately caused her to step down from a prestigious position at CNN.  Lizzie's story of delayed diagnosis is one that is far too familiar. 

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The Endometriosis Foundation of America presents at the NYC Office of School Health High School Program Professional Development Day

The Endometriosis Foundation of America presented at the NYC Office of School Health High School Program Professional Development Day for New York City high school nurses.  EFA co-founder Padma Lakshmi delivered welcome remarks and introduced Tracy Shaltis, RN who presented a background on endometriosis and a section that featured The EFA’s recently launched Assessment Guide/Tool Kit. Dr. Tamer Seckin, co-founder, finished the session with a brief Q&A.
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Endometriosis: Ancient Disease, Ancient Treatments

Was Freud a Fraud? Certainly not! However, his untangling of the psychosomatic problems of women with pain was well off the mark.
Sigmund Freud frequently diagnosed patients with hysteria when no other diagnosis could be reached. Whether this was due to Freud’s ignorance or the standard beliefs of the time, the reality is that many women did not take kindly to that diagnosis.
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Join Team EFA for the NYC Half Marathon by registering/donating today!

ENDOMETRIOSIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICAINC 'S FUNDRAISER:
ENDOMETRIOSIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA (EFA) Click here
Please download the Runner Application

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2012 Nurse Conference / Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi's videos are available now!

The EFA strongly believes that nurses and nurse practitioners, especially those in schools, universities and clinics, are in a unique position to serve as our first line of defense, as they are among those closest to the population of young girls and women at the onset and early stages of menstruation.  We are truly grateful to all who joined us and participated in making this event a tremendous success!
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'Consider Endometriosis' Tool Kit Launched at 2012 Nurse Conference / Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi

On September 29, the EFA hosted our Second Annual Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi, “Consider Endometriosis:  Tools for Nurses to Recognize Symptoms, Behavioral Patterns and Emotional Repercussions of the Disease in Young Women and Girls”.

This educational event, produced in collaboration with North Shore – LIJ / Lenox Hill Hospital, was designed to raise endometriosis awareness and offer resources to support the early detection of endometriosis. The “Consider Endometriosis” Tool Kit is available now please click here.
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Endometriosis Gets Top Mention at 2012 Democratic National Convention

It’s great to see Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce from Columbus, Ohio, a woman with endometriosis sharing her story on a national stage.  Here experience of early diagnosis and effective surgical treatment helped her to have her daughter.
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Come Laugh With Us To Benefit The Endometriosis Foundation of America!

Join us Wednesday, August 29th at the Gotham Comedy Club for a special night of laughs to benefit the EFA!  Doors open at 7:30, and the show begins at 8:00.
 
Tickets can be purchased at the following link:
http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=173754&cart

Or call 212.367.9000 to book your seats for “Alyse Kenny Presents…It’s A Charity Thing!”.  Tickets are only $20, but must be purchased or reserved ahead of time in order to attend.  Don’t wait too long to reserve your seat!
 
The Gotham Comedy Club is located at 208 W. 23rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenues.

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Padma Lakshmi Gives Kiehl's "Mr. Bones" a Makeover to Benefit the EFA

EFA Co-founder Padma Lakshmi speaks out about her own endometriosis diagnosis and a partnership with Kiehl's to raise endometriosis awareness.
Padma’s re-imagination of the famous Kiehl's mascot, Mr. Bones, will go up for auction in November.  All proceeds will be donated to the EFA in support of our mission to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert training, and fund landmark research.
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Dr. Oz Shows His Support of the EFA

It was fantastic to see the EFA backdrop behind Dr.Oz's image on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight"!
Dr. Oz is a staunch supporter of the EFA's mission to raise endometriosis awareness, and has incorporated information about the disease into several episodes of his television show.
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Interview: Dr. Tamer Seckin on Endometriosis – “Killer Cramps Are NOT Normal”

In your local Lucille Roberts gym, you may have noticed a new poster that says, “Killer Cramps Are Not Normal.” This poster was created by the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) to raise awareness of a problem that many women suffer from and that many of us know little about.

Tamer Seckin, M.D., is a leader in the area of medicine seeking to improve the lives of women with endometriosis. His practice is based in New York, and he serves on the EFA’s Executive Board of Directors. Dr. Seckin generously agreed to answer questions we had about this condition, including symptoms, causes, and treatment.
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Ellis Island Medal of Honor Dr Tamer Seckin

Congratulations to Endometriosis Foundation of America co-founder, Dr Tamer Seckin, on receiving the 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This medal pays homage to the immigrant experience and highlights the contribution made to America by those who have immigrated. The award celebrates diversity of life in America and is a very important and prestigious recognition.

What is Ellis Island Medal of Honor?
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NYT Magazine : Super Doctor - Dr.Seckin

Endometriosis Foundation of America’s co-founder, Dr Tamer Seckin, has been selected as one of America’s Super Doctors. Super Doctors is a New York Times Magazine version of independent doctors who they recognize as doing extraordinary work in their medical field.
The Super Doctors list identifies the top doctors as voted for by thousands of physicians all over the country, and is reinforced by the independent research of Key Professional Media. It is a tremendous honor to be selected for this list and we offer Dr Seckin our congratulations.
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From Newsweek: A Hidden Pain

Why a famous beauty like 'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi is talking about a very unglamorous disease like endometriosis.
For Padma Lakshmi, a former model and host of Bravo's "Top Chef," the problem began when she was a teenager.

"I'd always had very bad menstrual cramps, and they got progressively worse over the years," Lakshmi says. She tried every new pain medication that hit the market, but nothing helped much. Eventually she found herself relying on the powerful painkiller Vicodin to get her through the worst days of each month. "I can't tell you how many jobs I had to cancel because I was completely bedridden," she says. "Sometimes, I would spend four days in bed." Her mother had…
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New York Times Magazine!

Congratulations to our co-founder Dr. Tamer Seckin for this great write up as a super doctor in the New York Times Magazine!
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Medical Conference 2012 Videos

Third Annual Endometriosis Foundation of America Scientific/Surgical Symposium - Endometriosis 2012: Tapping the Roots for the Next Generation - Einhorn Auditorium at Lenox Hill Hospital - New York City - Program Chair: Tamer Seckin, MD | President, EFA, Scientific Program Chair: Harry Reich, MD, CY Liu, MD 

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Blossom Ball 2012 Photos

Blossom Ball 2012 Thursday, March 15 2012. The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building


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Third Annual Endometriosis Foundation of America Scientific/Surgical Symposium Photos

Third Annual Endometriosis Foundation of America Scientific/Surgical Symposium "Tapping The Roots For The Next Generation" photos are ready.

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Padma Lakshmi Invites You To Charity Blossom Ball

“It is with great pleasure that the Endometriosis Foundation of America invites you to our Fourth Annual Blossom Ball,” she says. "This gala event is hosted in support of our efforts to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.“Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees, Dr. Charles Koh and Dr. Hugh Taylor, help raise endometriosis awareness, and fund our mission.”
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Padma Lakshmi Invites You To Charity Blossom Ball

“It is with great pleasure that the Endometriosis Foundation of America invites you to our Fourth Annual Blossom Ball,” she says. "This gala event is hosted in support of our efforts to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

“Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees, Dr. Charles Koh and Dr. Hugh Taylor, help raise endometriosis awareness, and fund our mission.”

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AAGL Meeting 2011 - Padma Lakshmi

EFA Co-Founders Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi were prominent guests of the 2011 AAGL 40th Annual Congress on Minimally Invasive
Gynecology in Hollywood, FL this past November. As the Jordan M. Phillips Keynote Speaker, Lakshmi addressed over 5,500 delegates on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Bravely sharing her painful experience with advanced stage disease, Lakshmi encouraged attendees to recognize endometriosis for the growing women's health crisis it is.
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Holiday Celebration 2011 - Vidoes are available now....

The EFA and Brooklyn Youth Chorus would like to thank all those who came out in support of our organizations on Thursday evening, December 15, 2011 for an incredible concert with famed soprano Harolyn Blackwell and the BYC.  We appreciate your support!  "Songs for the Holidays" was a highly anticipated concert event featuring world premiere works by Ricky Ian Gordon and new holiday arrangements by Joel Martin.  Hosted at the World Financial Center's incredible Winter Garden, over 200 guests gathered for an amazing display of talent followed by VIP cocktails and hors d'oeuvres under the famed marble staircase.  Thank you all for your support, and we hope to see you again next year.  Happy Holidays from the EFA & BYC…
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EFA Founders Present at 40th Annual AAGL Congress-Videos are now available

EFA Co-Founders Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi were prominent guests of the AAGL 40th annual Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Hollywood, FL from November 6-10, 2011. Ms. Lakshmi addressed over 5,500 delegates in the Jordan M. Phillips Keynote Session on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 8:00am, w hile Dr. Seckin presented "Stem Cell Theory & Stemness of Endometriosis: Rationale for Excision" on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 12:15pm in the "Meet the Professors" Roundtable. On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Dr. Seckin again presented with "Endometriosis: a Growing Societal Issue" at 12:30pm in the Hospital Administrator's Program. His lecture, "A Critical Analysis of Reoperative Endometriosis", closed out the Congress on Wednesday, November 9 as he joined othe panelists for…
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Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi: What you don't know about Endometriosis...and Why You Should

EFA Co-Founder Padma Lakshmi served as Keynote and hosted noted speakers for the first-ever school and adolescent endometriosis event of its kind.  "LUNCH & LEARN WITH PADMA LAKSHMI: What you don’t know about Endometriosis…and Why You Should" was incredibly successful, thanks to all of you.  Learn more about the day's proceedings here - and we hope to see you all next time!

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2nd Annual Women in Government's Healthcare Summit Features Endometriosis Foundation of America's Director of Education, Heather Guidone

"Endometriosis: Impact on Women's Health" Featured as Keynote Session with Heather Guidone, the Director of Education for the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) and Lone Hummelshoj, Chief Executive, World Endometriosis Research Foundation on Panel.  Ms. Guidone and Ms. Hummelshoj were among invited speakers this week at the Women In Government's Second Annual Healthcare Summit in Washington, DC.
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Endometriosis focus at Women in Government’s Annual Meeting: 100 US female legislators to hear impact of disease affecting 8.5 million North American women

WASHINGTON, DC - The impact of endometriosis will be addressed for the first time at the legislative level drawing attention to a disease affecting an estimated 8.5 million North American women.  Women in Government has invited two leading charities to highlight the issues surrounding this painful disease and to propose actions, which may help improve the situation for millions of women, who are affected during their prime and most productive decades.
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More Than a Pretty Face

She speaks multiple languages, wrote two cookbooks, is an actress, a model, an Emmy-Award winning reality show host of one of my favorite shows, Top Chef, and she's a mom. Oh, and did I forget to mention that she's stunningly beautiful?

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EFA Founders Present at 40th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology

EFA Co-Founders Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi will be prominent guests of the AAGL 40th annual Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Hollywood, FL from November 6-10, 2011.  Ms. Lakshmi will address over 5,500 delegates in the Jordan M. Phillips Keynote Session on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 8:00am.  Dr. Seckin will be presenting "Stem Cell Theory & Stemness of Endometriosis: Rationale for Excision" on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 12:15pm in the "Meet the Professors" Roundtable.  On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Dr. Seckin will present again, with "Endometriosis: a Growing Societal Issue" at 12:30pm in the Hospital Administrator's Program.  "A Critical Analysis of Reoperative Endometriosis" will be Dr. Seckin's lecture on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:05pm, when he…
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Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi!

THANK YOU TO ALL the school nurses and nurse professionals who joined us on 10/29/11 for LUNCH & LEARN WITH PADMA LAKSHMI: What you don’t know about Endometriosis…and why you should, a free, CNE-eligible activity featuring leading experts on the disease. For a summary of the day's proceedings, please visit http://www.endofound.org/education-conference.

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Move for a Change

Danskin Debuts Multi-Celebrity "Move for Change" Initiative

"Danskin is a brand that we've all grown up with. It's the epitome of a strong and graceful femininity. I'm honored that they chose to support the EFA."-Padma Lakshmi

Danskin has formed the Danskin "Move for Change" initiative, a goodwill movement dedicated to the health and wellness of women and children. The movement was created to continually support organizations and programs that research, foster and fund women and children's health initiatives. Hilary Duff, Jenny McCarthy and Christie Brinkley have joined Padma in this national marketing campaign, representating women of all ages who promote a healthy lifestyle and well-being. Danskin proudly supports each woman's charity, including the EFA.  Learn more here!…
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The Baby Chase (WSJ.com)

My Fertility Crisis (WSJ.com): Writer & endometriosis survivor Holly Finn's poignant-and heartbreaking-look into the long and expensive road that is IVF.  Read the complete article and watch The Baby Chase video here at the Wall Street Journal.

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Dr. Oz Show Helps EFA Raise Awareness

The famed Dr. Oz Show, hosted by TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, now features EFA's "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Alternative Therapies Overview" on the DrOz.com website!  A special guest at our 2011 Blossom Ball, Dr. Oz has spoken out about endometriosis on his show previously and took to the red carpet during this year's Ball to drive home EFA's message of early detection and encourage patients - especially teenage girls and young women - to speak openly about their symptoms without fear in order to seek the help they need. 
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Padma Lakshmi Honored with 2011 “Healthy Give & Take” Award

EFA Co-Founder Padma Lakshmi received the 2011 “Healthy Give & Take” Award at the annual North Shore LIJ/Lenox Hill Hospital “Healthy Give & Take” Luncheon held April 26, 2011 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.  Ms. Lakshmi was recognized for her pivotal role in the Foundation’s endeavors and her tireless passion in raising critical awareness about endometriosis and women’s health issues.  She accepted the award on behalf of her mother, a Nurse, and her Co-Founder, Dr. Tamer Seckin.
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WCBS Radio’s Working Women's Luncheon Held April 28, 2011

The Foundation was delighted to be represented at the WCBS 880/Fresh 102.7 Working Women's Luncheon featuring speakers Lisa and Daphne Oz on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  Designed to foster and promote the success of women, this unique event offers opportunities for networking and the sharing of personal and professional experiences across the business, government, science and art sectors.  Following a  welcome by Steve Swenson, Vice President & General Manager, WCBS-AM Morning Anchor Pat Carroll introduced the keynote speakers and moderated the hour-long discussion with these dynamic women.  Addressing topics ranging from wellness issues facing young adults to personal well-being, parenting, marital bonding and compassionate living, Lisa and Daphne educated and encouraged the…
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Foundation Partners with Michigan State University & Inforum Women’s Alliance for Major Focus on Endometriosis

EFA Co-Founders Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi were pleased to join famed scientist Dr. Asgi Fazleabas and noted members of the Grand Rapids scientific community for a series of exciting events focused on endometriosis on April 13 and 14, 2011.  Presented by Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of OB/GYN & Reproductive Biology and Inforum Professional Women’s Alliance, these critical education and awareness efforts kicked off April 13 with a premier dinner featuring a presentation by Ms. Lakshmi entitled “Live Well...Give Back”, wherein she detailed her evolution from an international supermodel into the multi-faceted businesswoman she is today.
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2nd Annual EFA Medical Conference

Founder Tamer Seckin, MD, Teams Up with Top Medical Professionals to Talk about Sex…and Endometriosis…Seriously!

Over the weekend, global experts and opinion leaders on endometriosis came together from the realms of molecular science, research, industry, surgery and those struggling with the illness for the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Second Annual medical conference. Throughout both days of the conference, one significant message was clear: women are suffering, being misdiagnosed and continuously mistreated. Endometriosis is estimated to affect the lives of 1 out of 10 women, and although it may not be fatal, the disease holds devastating effects on the quality of life of a woman and all those in her life, personal and professional.
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Endometriosis Awareness: Those Crazy Cramps Aren’t Normal

“Don’t accept it as natural,” actress Susan Sarandon firmly told a crowd of Endometriosis Foundation of America supporters last week, referring to intense pain from severe cramps. “It is not okay.”

A lot of us have come to accept certain things about being a woman. (These high heels hurt! Why are my breasts itchy? I have a serious chocolate craving.) But when it comes to endometriosis, a disease that affects 1 in 10 women, accepting discomfort is what needs to not happen. The organization mentioned above, founded by Dr. Tamer Seckin and the stunning “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshi, is trying to change that. Its goal is to educate young women about endo and help those who have it.
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Padma Lakshmi Proud To Be Daughter’s Role Model - OK Exclusive

Blossom Ball held this week at New York Public Library.
The Top Chef host, 40, opens up about her struggle with the disease, her surprise at being able to conceive and the Indian traditions she incorporates into her daily life with daughter Krishna, 13 months.
Being a role model for endometriosis was a no-brainer for the former model, who is supported by pals Dr. Oz, Susan Sarandon and Bridget Moynahan this evening.
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Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi Bring Endometriosis Awareness to Blossom Ball

The third annual Blossom Ball benefiting the Endometriosis Foundation of America was co-hosted by Padma Lakshmi, who previously announced suffering from the condition herself.
    “A lot of women are delaying their motherhood from their 20s to their 30s, or even their 40s,” said Lakshmi. “Often you find out that you can’t have children until it’s too late because you never got it treated. And that is a real tragedy.” (abcnews.go.com)
Read more: http://spotlight.vitals.com/2011/03/dr-tamer-seckin-and-padma-lakshmi-bring-endometriosis-awareness-to-blossom-ball/#ixzz1IHlSph4o
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New York in bloom

Last Friday night at the New York Public Library, they held the 3rd Annual Blossom Ball to benefit the Endometeriosis Foundation of America. The event was co-chaired by Susan Sarandon, Cindi Leive, and Eileen Guggenheim. Entertainment was provided by Bebel Gilberto.
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Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets personal about endometriosis

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with model, actress and television host Padma Lakshmi about her charity, the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Lakshmi herself had the painful disorder, which affects millions of women and adolescent girls in the United States.
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Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets personal about endometriosis

Lakshmi joined the organization and relaunched it with Dr. Tamer Seckin in 2009. Lakshmi, host of “Top Chef” on Bravo channel, uses her celebrity to bring awareness to the disease and its symptoms. Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus.On March 18, the Endometriosis Foundation of America hosted its third annual Blossom Ball to raise funds to combat the debilitating condition. To find out more information about endometriosis and future events, you can visitwww.endofound.org.
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3rd Annual Blossom Ball

Founder Tamer Seckin, M.D. and Co-founder Padma Lakshmi hosted the 3rd Annual Blossom Ball to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building within the New York Public Library.  The event was co-chaired by Susan Sarandon, Eileen Guggenheim and Cindi Leive, with entertainment and music by Grammy-nominated songstress Bebel Gilberto.

Photo credit: Larry Busecca/Wire Image


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BB Event Post Event Media Alert

Founder Tamer Seckin, M.D. and Co-founder Padma Lakshmi hosted the 3rd Annual Blossom Ball to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building within the New York Public Library.  The black-tie event was co-chaired by Susan Sarandon, Eileen Guggenheim and Cindi Leive, with entertainment and music by Grammy-nominated songstress Bebel Gilberto.
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EFA Honors Dr. Caroline Gargett, BAppSci, MAppSci, PhD and David B. Redwine, MD, FACOG, ACGE, for their lifetime contributions to the endometriosis community.

Tamer Seckin, Mrs. Laurie Redwine, David B. Redwine, Susan Sarandon and Padma Lakshmi








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First ever awareness video on endometriosis launches today

The Story
Women with symptoms are urged to act now before invasive surgery becomes their only treatment option

LONDON, 11 MARCH 2011: In connection with Endometriosis Awareness Week (7-13 March), the World Endometriosis Society (WES) today launches a video to help women across the globe recognise symptoms of this painful and debilitating disease before their long-term health and quality of life are affected.

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doGOODER of the week Padma Lakshmi: a woman for our time

Since the doGOODER blog launched several months ago, we’ve noticed a common denominator among each one of our “winners:” they’re busy overachievers who never take a break. Padma Lakshmi is no exception.

Lakshmi got her break first as a fashion model (in fact, she was the first internationally successful Indian supermodel) walking
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Padma Lakshmi, Susan Sarandon, Dr.Oz, Aasif Mandvi And Other Celebrities Expected To Attend The 3rd Annual Blossomball To Benefit The Endometriosis Foundation Of America

New York, NY (March 10, 2011) – Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Susan Sarandon, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Eileen Guggenheim, Jill Flint and Aasif Mandvi will join a host of other notable New Yorkers at the 3rd Annual Blossom Ball at The New York Public Library on March 18 to celebrate Endometriosis Awareness Month.
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Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Announces A Collaborative Research Initiative with Lenox Hill Hospital

(New York) December 6, 2010 - The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) will announce the organization's first donation to seed a repository tissue bank, the first of its kind, in collaboration with Lenox Hill Hospital - the Manhattan flagship of the North Shore LIJ Health System. In support of women's health issues, the tissue bank will serve to collect preliminary data and develop a world-class clinical and translational research program.
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India Today's Woman Summit & Awards

Padma speaks about endometriosis at the INDIA TODAY WOMAN SUMMIT & AWARDS. The summit highlights women who have strived to challenge the conventional roles assigned to them by forming identities that are independent of their home space.
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India Today Woman Summit & Awards

Padma speaks about endometriosis at the INDIA TODAY WOMAN SUMMIT & AWARDS. The summit highlights women who have strived to challenge the conventional roles assigned to them by forming identities that are independent of their home space. Whether it is being a jet setting CEO or an aggressive entrepreneur, they have made it acceptable for the coming generation to break away and follow their heart. The summit will not only acknowledge the contribution of these women but will also allow the newer generation of women, to learn, share and experience what it takes to be the best.
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Friendships are Padma’s anchors

Padma Lakshmi came from a family where everyone was a professional and academics were given their due importance. “Even though my bank balance kept on growing thanks to my modelling assignments, I did not find myself successful as I felt guilty doing something that had been termed frivolous,” she said.
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Padma Lakshmi tells her story.

"I had extreme pain in my pelvic area, in my back, in my head, but most of all in my heart.  My mother, who was a nurse and a very educated women, told me that she suffered from many of the same symptoms and that some girls got it, and some girls didn’t." Click here
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The Endometriosis Foundation of America Holiday Celebration

The Endometriosis Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization focused on fighting against the devastating effects of a disease that affects millions of women and adolescent girls. Through increased awareness, education, research and legislative advocacy, the EFA is committed to improving affected individuals' lives by early detection and treatment.

One of the research goals of the foundation is to create a tissue bank to address the many unanswered questions about why endometriosis occurs. Similarly, Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Pathology is planning for a tissue procurement facility to be launched over the next two years in coordination with the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research in the North Shore/LIJ Health System to procure and process human tissue and other…
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November 02, 2010 - 92Y

Co-Founder Padma Lakshmi speaks to women about the Endometriosis Foundation of America at the 92nd Street Y for Glamour Magazines' inspiring Love Your Life Conference.
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October 20, 2010 - Times Herald-Record

It is endometriosis — an often painful disorder in which the endometrial tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus.
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June 4, 2010 - Examiner Website

Scientific Symposium Sheds Light on Endometriosis

An in-depth report on the EFA's May 20th inaugural conference, which illuminated ground-breaking research on the devastating disease.
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June 3, 2010 - Health Magazine

Get Endometriosis Diagnosed Early

EFA cofounder Padma Lakshmi says her one health regret is that her endometriosis did not get diagnosed decades earlier, as it should have been and at last was after she was finally referred to cofounder Tamer Seckin, MD.
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June 3, 2010 - Better TV

Help Support Women Suffering from Endometriosis

Cofounder Padma Lakshmi shares how her Dial NutriSkin partnership enables you to help financially support
the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
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June 3, 2010 - About Website

After Decades of Endometriosis Pain, a Positive Step for Women

What made Padma Lakshmi decide to create with her doctor Tamer Seckin, MD,
the Endometriosis Foundation of America
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June 2, 2010 - MedPageToday Website

The Costs of Endometriosis

Endometriosis, a leading cause of female infertility, annually costs the United States an estimated $22 billion--whichdoes not include a woman's personal or indirect costs, such as not being able to go to work or school, or being less productive, because of the painful illness.  In this op-ed article, EFA Advisory Boardmember Lone Hummelshoj suggests a way that worldwide we can deal with these costs.
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May 28, 2010 - Medscape (WebMD)

Link between Endometriosis and Cancer

Women with endometriosis appear to be more likely to develop certain types of cancer like ovarian cancer. What scientists know about the link -- and why it might occur -- were the focus of a session at the EFA's inaugural medical symposium, May 20th.  Although there appears to be an elevated risk for ovarian cancer in women with endometriosis, it was emphasized that these women should not become anxious about it.
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May 27, 2010 - Village Tattler Website

Huntington, NY, Woman Wins EFA's Endometriosis-Awareness Essay Contest

When you read Laura Baldi-Kuhn's "That Was Then... Today We Have a Voice.  Today We Have Hope" essay, which her local newspaper republished, you'll understand why she won the EFA's "Take Back the Day" Endometriosis-Awareness Essay Contest.
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May 24, 2010 - Do Something Website

How can youth take a stand today for an overlooked, debilitating disease that affects millions of women?
This site for young volunteers produced a text story as well as video interviews of EFA cofounders Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD, concerning just that topic and also May 20th's Second Annual Blossom Ball, designed to raise both awareness and funds for the Foundation.
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May 24, 2010 - That's Fit (AOL News) Website

Exercise and Endometriosis Pain-Relief

EFA cofounder Padma Lakshmi says that boxing has been a major part of her post-pregnancy fitnessregime.  And the Foundation's Dr. Seckin suggests that similar, vigorous,  aerobic exercise really helps to alleviate endometriosis pain and discomfort.
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May, 22, 2010 - MedPageToday Website

Endometriosis Has Major Effect on Lives of Women

About 176 million women ages 15 to 49 worldwide, and eight million in the United States, have the painful condition endometriosis.  And uncertainty about its cause, a lack of effective prevention or cure and delays in diagnosis and treatment all contribute to a major societal impact of the disease, reported EFA Advisory Boardmember Lone Hummelshoj at the Foundation's first medical conference, May 20th.  Her related interviews in text and also video format follow.
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May 17, 2010 - HealthRadio.net

The "Right Questions" Doctors Should Ask Patients Concerning Endometriosis & More
If a physician does not ask a patient the "right questions," endometriosis diagnosis can be missed, indicates Dr. Seckin during this brief "Ask Dr. DeSilva" show interview. Dr. Seckin also defines what questions that physicians should ask patients and more.
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May 13, 2010 - Today Show (NBC) Interview

Padma's Struggle with Endometriosis
Cofounder Padma talks on NBC-TV's Today show about her struggle with and victory over painful endometriosis.
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May 13, 2010 - Doctor Radio Show (Sirius XM) Interview

Stem Cells & Other New Developments in Endometriosis Research At one point in this hour-long interview, EFA's Tamer Seckin, MD, suggests that scientists who are investigating stem cells may some day develop a treatment which can identify cells that lead to painful endometriosis and perhaps block their effects. He earlier discussed other, novel research developments and the EFA's May 20th Medical Conference.
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April 1, 2010 - WCBS-AM (CBS)

A Timely Diagnosis
Endometriosis can cause a woman excruciating pain with her period and also sex, but early diagnosis and treatment can make a difference in her quality of life, suggests Dr. Seckin during this brief "Health and Well Being Report" interview.
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April 1, 2010, WPIX-TV (CW)

Padma Embraces Inner Beauty for a Cause
For this MORNING NEWS television interview and blog post, Cofounder Padma Lakshmi discusses her partnership with Dial to promote its new, nationally available "NutriSkin Body Wash" soap brand and support the EFA--for each consumer who logs on to DialSoap.com, Dial will donate $1 to the EFA
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March 31, 2010, WCBS-AM (CBS)

Endometriosis--A "Woman's Period Gone Wrong"
Dr. Seckin talks about the challenges of endometriosis diagnosis and treatment during this brief "Health & Well Being Report" interview.
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March 31, 2010, WCBS-AM (CBS)

Endometriosis In-Depth
Dr. Seckin talks about the mission of the EFA, why the "challenges" of endometriosis attracted him to specialize in the field for over 20 years and additional, related topics, during this approximately 13-minute "Health & Well Being Report" interview.
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March 29, 2010, WWD (Women's Wear Daily)

Padma Blossoms for a Cause
Cofounder Padma Lakshmi has designed from her jewelry line special-edition Jasmine Flower earrings, 20 percent of the sale proceeds of which will benefit the EFA. The Foundation will hold its next, annual, Blossom Ball fundraiser, May 20, 2010, at the New York Public Library.
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March 22, 2010, FOXNews.com (FOX)

Are Birth Control Pills Helpful for Endometriosis Treatment?
EFA Medical Advisory Boardmember Harry Reich, MD, discusses whether birth control pills are helpful for endometriosis treatment during this brief "Headline Health"/"Strategy Room Live" Webcast.
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March 17, 2010, Examiner.com

EFA to Present a Landmark Endometriosis Symposium
The Endometriosis Foundation of America will present a landmark endometriosis symposium at the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences in Manhattan, on March 20, 2010
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March 11, 2010 - LifeScript.com

At Last a Diagnosis Padma Lakshmi's long, painful endometriosis struggle finally was alleviated after she met Tamer Seckin, MD.
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March 1, 2010 - New York Nonstop (WNBC-TV/NBC)

  Endometriosis: A Leading Cause of Female Infertility Dr. Seckin and a patient talk about endometriosis, a leading cause of female infertility, as well as treatment for it.  
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February 27, 2010 - Examiner.com

EFA "Continues the Fight" to Increase Knowledge about Endometriosis Endometriosis Awareness Month is celebrated worldwide every March.  This story about the annual observance also cites the Endometriosis Foundation of America as an organization that continues "to raise awareness about the illness and advocate for early diagnosis and intervention"
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February 5, 2010 - WomansDay.com

Endometriosis Awareness

Padma Lakshmi champions endometriosis awareness and staying fit with diet and exercise
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January 26, 2010 - HealthRadio.net

What Can Be Done to Treat or Possibly Prevent Endometriosis

Dr. Seckin during this interview is called an "expert in the field of endometriosis."  He discusses the condition and what can be done to treat or possibly prevent it
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January 7, 2010 - Doctor Radio Show (Sirius XM) Interview

Endometriosis Symptoms and Who to Go to for Help At one point in this hour-long interview, EFA's Tamer Seckin, MD, describes endometriosis symptoms--such as pain with your period, and with sex, to begin with. He also suggests who a woman should turn to for help if she thinks that she has the disease.
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January 5, 2010 - Yahoo.com/Shine

Not All Menstrual Pain Is "Normal"

Talk to your gynecologist and don't assume that all menstrual pain is "normal," says Dr. Seckin
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December 4, 2009 - Boston Globe

EFA Joins with MIT to Fight Endometriosis Anew Like scores of women before them, MIT Professor Linda Griffith and Padma Lakshmi both endured debilitating blows from endometriosis. But along with Tamer Seckin, MD, and others, they're teaming up to take aim at the illness--with science, for starters.
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December 8, 2009 - MIT News

MIT Audience Encouraged to Break the Silence about Endometriosis
Padma Lakshmi, actress and "Top Chef" host admits to an MIT crowd that it feels a little odd to talk about her period in front of an audience of total strangers. But she has realized that sharing her own, painful history with endometriosis could help other women who suffer from the disease.
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December 7, 2009 - ABCNews.com

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi Gets Personal to Spotlight a Cause
Lakshmi and her surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD, appear at MIT to raise awareness about endometriosis
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December 7, 2009 - Reuters

Turning Struggles with An Illness into Awareness about Defeating It
"I remember school dances that I didn't go to, mid-terms I failed and family occasions that I missed," says Padma Lakshmi, who along with Tamer Seckin, MD, is a driving force behind the Endometriosis Foundation of America's push to get researchers at MIT and elsewhere to develop new treatments for the illness that she shares with millions of women.
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December 7, 2009 - WomensDay.com

MIT's New Endometriosis Research Center Gets Top Support from EFA
Padma Lakshmi and her surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD, hope MIT's new Center for Gynepathology Research will ensure that more doctors can help women not suffer endometriosis as she did,
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Monday November 16, 2009 - Press Release

ENDOMETRIOSIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA NAMES CARI SIETSTRA, ACTING DIRECTOR, & CAROLYN GOLTRA, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
NEW YORK, NY -- The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA), www.endofound.org, announced today that it has named Cari Sietstra, JD, Acting Director, and Carolyn Goltra, Director of Development, effective immediately.
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Thursday October 1, 2009 - As given exclusively to Us Weekly…

Model, Author, and Emmy Nominated Padma Lakshmi confirms that she is carrying her first child after years of struggling with Endometriosis, a cause for which she has co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America (www.endofound.org). As a result of her condition, this pregnancy has been referred to by her physician as nothing short of a medical miracle, and due to its delicate nature, we ask/implore the press to respect Ms. Lakshmi's privacy at this time.
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August 3, 2009, I Am Modern - When Painful Periods Mean Something Else

EFA founders Dr. Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi discuss endometriosis symptoms and treatment with I Am Modern’s Val Cavalheri.
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RESEARCH INVITATION: RFP Submission Process for Research Funding Applications

As a core part of our mission, the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) accepts research proposals for the EFA PhD Fellowship Grant Program.  The program is intended to facilitate the majority of EFA;s growing research initiatives.  Under the direction of EFA Co-Founder, President, and Medical Director, Tamer Seckin, MD, the EFA PhD Fellowship Grant Program is intended to benefit thoseengaging in new and innovative research across a wide range of perspectives as they relate to endometriosis.
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September 2009, Web MD - Recipe for Success: Padma Lakshmi

Top Chef host and EFA founder Padma Lakshmi dishes on food, fame, and her struggles with endometriosis -- plus she shares two delectable recipes. 
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June 22, 2009, NY1 - TV Host Sheds Light On Painful Women's Disease

A local foundation and TV celebrity are raising awareness about a painful, rarely-discussed condition that affects the reproductive systems of millions of women.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - Newsweek.com

Why is actress, author and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi talking about a very unglamorous disease like endometriosis? For her the problem--a hidden pain--began when she was a teenager.
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Tuesday April 21, 2009 - InStyle

Endometriosis Foundation of America founder Padma Lakshmi (in Alberta Ferretti) welcomed guests like Helena Christensen (in Thakoon) to the First Annual Blossom Ball, held at The Prince George Ballroom in New York City.
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Tuesday April 21, 2009 - AOL News

Padma Lakshmi, the host of television's 'Top Chef,' is creating a public cause out of a common but often misunderstood health problem -- one that she battled herself.
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Friday April 17, 2009 - New York Post Article

PADMA Lakshmi once suffered from endometriosis, a painful condition affecting millions of women, and now she's fighting it. "[It's] a silent epidemic," the "Top Chef" hottie says.
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Wednesday April 15, 2009 - People Magazine Article

Padma Lakshmi is turning a personal medical drama into a form of social outreach. The Top Chef host, 38, has started foundation to raise awareness about endometriosis – a condition affecting women's reproductive health – after her own experience of having a successful operation and making a full recovery.
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Wednesday April 15, 2009 - InTouch Weekly

She may have been a gorgeous model, but Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi didn’t always feel so beautiful on the inside. “I went through years of chronic pain until I met Dr. Tamer Seckin, who literally changed the quality of my life,” says Padma....
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Monday April 13, 2009 - Press Release

Nonprofit Dedicated to Education, Early Diagnosis and Treatment of "Silent Epidemic" That Affects 10 Million Women, Adolescent Girls; Org.'s First Annual Fundraising Ball Occurs April 20, 2009 NEW YORK, NY -- April 13, 2009 -- Padma Lakshmi and Dr Tamer Seckin today announce their partnership to form the nonprofit organization Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA), www.endofound.org. Endometriosis affects nearly 10 million women and adolescent girls in the United States and can cause debilitating menstrual periods, infertility and health concerns.
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