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  • Padma Lakshmi Invites You To Charity Blossom Ball

    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.”

    (click here to read more)
  • 2nd Annual EFA Medical Conference

    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

    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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  • Flourishes at Blossom Ball - The Wall Street Jurnal

    Flourishes at Blossom Ball - The  Wall Street Jurnal

    Even though Padma Lakshmi can already claim at least five professional titles, master event planner might be the next addition to her C.V.

    When co-hosting the third annual Blossom Ball to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America, Ms. Lakshmi was in full and impressive command. She encouraged short and sweet speeches and offered what every great benefit should feature within the confines of the New York Public Library: wine bottles and models (Ms. Lakshmi's beau, Ted Forstmann, who owns IMG, is a big sponsor of the charity), random cameos (Joel Schumacher, anyone?), two personal outfit changes and gyrating Brazilian Carnival dancers.

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  • Padma Lakshmi Proud To Be Daughter’s Role Model - OK Exclusive

    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.

    (click here to read more)
  • Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi Bring Endometriosis Awareness to Blossom Ball

    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

    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

    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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  • BB Event Post Event Media Alert

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

    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

    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

    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 Woman Summit & Awards

    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

    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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  • November 02, 2010 - 92Y

    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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

     

    (click here to read more)
  • 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"

    (click here to read more)
  • February 5, 2010 - WomansDay.com

    Endometriosis Awareness

    Padma Lakshmi champions endometriosis awareness and staying fit with diet and exercise

    (click here to read more)
  • 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

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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,

    (click here to read more)
  • Monday November 16, 2009 - Press Release

    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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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. 

    (click here to read more)
  • 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.

    (click here to read more)
  • 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

    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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