Category Archives: Women’s Health
“A new study of young children living in extreme poverty found that those whose mothers showed symptoms of depression had low levels of cortisol, a hormone activated during times of stress, compared with children whose mothers did not exhibit depressive symptoms.”
That’s the first sentence of this article, from the U.C. Berkeley News. A second account of the study is here. Via Sharon Sandeen.
Very informative post addressing this question at Our Bodies, Our Blog.
“Women in the Wake of the Storm: Examining the Post Katrina Realities of the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast”
Here, a report issued last week by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research – related press release here. Via Feminist Philosophers.
One weird PSA.
From the publisher’s website: Governments in different parts of the world have been struggling to develop constructive policies to deal with prostitution â€“ as, for example, the British Home Office recently instigated a £1.5 million programme to help address the … Continue reading
“In the late 1990s the government began underwriting studies … using poor neighborhoods as laboratories to make a case that sludge may … directly benefit human health.”
BUT: … Meanwhile, there has been a paucity of research into the possible harmful effects of heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, other chemicals and disease-causing microorganisms often found in sludge. A series of reports by the EPA’s inspector general and the National … Continue reading
If Johnson & Johnson withheld information about the level of hormones delivered by the Ortho Evra birth control patch, in what universe should FDA approval shield the company from lawsuits? According to this NY Times article, More than 3,000 women … Continue reading
Really interesting post by this name by Jennifer Bard at the Women’s Bioethics Project blog.
According to this Time article, oral sex can add to HPV-associated cancer risk in men. Oral sex can get most men’s attention. The topic becomes considerably more relevant, however, when coupled with a new study linking the human papillomavirus (HPV) … Continue reading
Cronespeaks explains why.
Props to Rowling for discussing this here. Below is an excerpt: … Rowling and her first husband, Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes, had their daughter Jessica in 1993 but split up several months later. The author, now 42, said the end … Continue reading
At Concurring Opinions, Frank Pasquale explains why top medical students would rather treat wrinkles than diabetes.
Interesting, link filled post at Our Bodies, Our Blog.
Rankings data here. This is in part because the Palmetto State has the highest level of violence of any state in the nation. See also (“…South Carolina has ranked first in the nation, per capita, for violent crime in all … Continue reading
Samsung applies for patent on cell phone that monitors a woman’s menstruation cycle by measuring basal body temperature (BBT).
Patent application here. The abstract: A basal body temperature (BBT) measurement method includes: measuring each distance to at least one ear canal area by emitting a pulse to a user’s ear canal; measuring a body temperature in the at least … Continue reading
Feminist Law Professor Scott Moss has a new piece available about abortion rights under state constitutional law. The premise, that with the ever-more-conservative Supreme Court state courts are going to be the better outlet for protecting abortion rights, echoes … Continue reading
My wife is 33 weeks pregnant and has been put on bed rest. She had a very serious case of preeclampsia last pregnancy, so the doctors are being extremely cautious this time. The difference though is that last time she … Continue reading
NYT Op-Ed, accessible here.
From New Scientist: The incidence of oral cancer due to a virus transmitted during oral sex has increased steeply over the last 30 years, according to research in the US. And scientists relate this trend to changes in people’s sexual … Continue reading
Seaman died on 2/27/08. From Women’s Enews: Barbara Seaman always believed that women knew more about their bodies than male doctors did. As a young mother in the 1950s, she made the revolutionary decision to breastfeed her child at a … Continue reading
Guest Post: A United Nations committee expressed concern about “wide racial disparities” in sexual and reproductive health in the United States.
It’s not every day that the United States is reprimanded on the international stage for racial discrimination. And it’s certainly not every day that part of the charges includes discrimination against women of color in the area of reproductive health … Continue reading
Fertility is a presumption we have about our bodies. If that presumption turns out to be wrong (or partially wrong or at least wrong for several months in a row), it can be crazy-making. Fertility treatments can be even crazier-making. … Continue reading
From Womensphere: Last month, Stop Porn Culture (SPC) was contacted by Groupe d’Action pour le Droit (GAD), a non-profit NGO in the Democratic Republic of Congo that advocates for the human rights of children, youth and women affected by sexual … Continue reading
From the FLP Mailbox: The National Network of Abortion Funds condemns passage of the Vitter Amendment (S.Amdt. 3896) as part of the Indian Health Services Act (S.1200). Passed by the Senate earlier this week, the amendment adds language to the … Continue reading
The Kentucky House voted 56-37 to approve a bill that “to require immunization against human papillomavirus for school-age children.” The Louisville Courier-Journal has more here. -Bridget Crawford
That’s the question this NYT article entitled “Vaccinating Boys for Girls’ Sake?” asks.
A recent study (reported here) shows that women with high levels of stress have weakened immune responses to certain strains of HPV. That makes me stressed. -Bridget Crawford
“It’s tough enough for rape victims to come forward. Now there’s another reason for them to think twice about reporting the crime: They may get stuck with a hefty bill for the rape kit used to collect evidence against their attacker.”
So begins this U.S. News article, entitled “Rape Victims Can Be Hurt Financially, Too.” The article notes that rape kits cost $1,600 and sexual assault victims are billed for them in a number of states. Via Jezebel.
The United Nations has launched a $44 million program to reduce female genital mutilation by 40 percent by 2015.
More information here and here.
According to this article in the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report, the increase in contraceptive costs sold at student health centers on college campuses and some clinics is a “crisis.” David S. Cohen previously blogged about the issue here. The … Continue reading
This time it’s Alabama. A new state law written to protect children from the fumes associated with methamphetamine manufacturing is being used to prosecute women who use drugs during pregnancy. Of course, the theory of the prosecutions is … Continue reading
Dear Fellow Feminist Law Professors, I warmly invite you to visit the women’s bioethics blog which is part of the women’s bioethics project and is a group effort of law professors, bioethicists, health care professionals and health policy experts who … Continue reading
I came across an interesting story in the San Jose Mercury News yesterday about how the President of San Jose State University has suspended all blood drives on campus because the FDA’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men … Continue reading
According to this NYT story, radiation treatment after a lumpectomy is considered a standard of quality cancer care and has been shown to reduce breast cancer recurrence and mortality. However, many women still don’t receive it. A study found that … Continue reading
Try not to think of garage door openers. Via Froomkin, who no doubt will be thrilled about being credited for this.
This. Not for the squeamish.
Here’s what might happen if it is overturned: More state-by-state information here. See also blogs such as RH Reality Check and the Reproductive Rights Blog.
In her essay Sex and the Stepford Wife, Katha Pollitt asked: … if women are free to be whatever they want, why are they still so obsessed with fitting narrow and rigid definitions of beauty? Feminism was supposed to send … Continue reading
She writes: “I am asking the Department of Defense and the State Department about their efforts to address crimes against government contracted employees, like in the case against former KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones.” Read the letters here. Heart has … Continue reading
University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and coauthor Sudhir Venkatesh conducted a study which is based on surveys conducted with prostitutes and pimps in Chicago neighborhoods and incident data from the Chicago Police Department. Their focus seems to be on … Continue reading
From Our Bodies, Our Blog: … Diet Coke and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are teaming up to promote “The Heart Truth” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of women’s risk of heart disease. In 2002, The Heart … Continue reading
I saw the new documentary, “The Business of Being Born,” at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will soon screen in Manhattan at the IFC theater on Sixth Avenue in the Village and, I assume, elsewhere with a DVD likely to … Continue reading
Read this post at Journey to Ithaca. And, see also.
Heather Armstrong has a post here, and her husband Jon has one here. Liz Spikol’s contribution is here.
No, Virgil won’t be there, but Dr. Gregg Bloche will. On Sunday, Dr. Bloche, senior health care policy adviser to the Obama campaign, will be speaking in Columbia, SC. If you’re in the area, come and seek answers to your … Continue reading
This. About which NY Magazine notes: Hey, it turns out that despite their policy of sending out dismissive rejection letters to any women who dared to apply for animation jobs, golden-age Walt Disney Pictures was actually totally on women’s sides. … Continue reading
“…a man has filed a complaint with the Nevada Human Rights Commission citing the Las Vegas Athletic Club for providing discounts to women and women-only spaces…”
And After Atalanta has a great post about this here. –Erin Buzuvis
Overviews here and here and here. If only this was a unique story. But yesterday right here in Columbia, SC a child was murdered by her mother’s boyfriend. –Ann Bartow
People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
Story here. The feminism angle is here. And, see also.
It’s part of a “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence“ campaign that you can learn more about here.