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This issue of the Women’s Health Activist is full of great information that will help you make sense of what’s happening right now with respect to menopause hormone therapy (HT). If you want to learn even more about the history of physicians’ decades-long love affair with HT, there’s a book you’ve simply got to read — and it’s just been published in a new edition.
By Jonathan Raymond
By Cindy Pearson
There was a moment last month when — all the sudden — I switched from using women’s health stories to explain the need for health reform, to using women’s health stories to explain the process of health reform. It was in the middle of Congress’ August recess, and things were hot in more ways than one: hot enough to work up a sweat in just a short walk outside our office in downtown Washington, D.C., and hot politically.
By Cindy Pearson, Executive Director
We’re expecting a long, hot summer in D.C. this year. No, not because of global warming (in fact, it’s been unusually rainy and cool the last few weeks), but because health care reform is heating up at long last.
By Cindy Pearson
By Amy Allina
Ofelia Sierra stood before a room of more than 120 people and told her story, first in Mixteco and then in English: “When I got sick a few months ago, I had a very high fever. I waited and waited, but finally I went to the emergency room. I felt like if I didn't speak the language well, I had no voice. They asked me why I had children if I didn't speak the language. They took my temperature and blood pressure, but didn't give me any medicine. Later I got a bill for $1,000 for that visit.”
By Susan Flinn
By Theresa Watts
“From a healthy Earth come healthy women. From healthy women comes a healthy Earth. ”
Mothers of multiples are 43% more likely to experience moderate or severe postpartum depression and depressive symptoms than are woman who have a singleton birth. The finding comes from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort, a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of children born in 2001. The study measured 8,069 women’s depressive symptoms at nine months post-delivery, adjusting for demographic and socio-economic characteristics and the mother’s mental health history.
by Theresa Watts
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that patients risk potentially severe burns if they wear certain kinds of transdermal patches when having an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Skin covered by these patches can be burned when the patches’ outer aluminum-containing layer is heated by the MRI’s magnetic field.
Here's a fun way for your favorite clinician to learn how drug companies try to influence them -- and earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits at the same time. The Pharmalyzer CME course offers open-minded clinicians a chance to see themselves through the eyes of Big Pharma, specifically Big Pharma's salespeople. It uses drug companies’ own words, gathered from marketing journals, training manuals, and testimony of former drug sales reps.
By Rachel Walden
By Stephanie Brill and Jennifer Hastings, MD
It is another one of those times in the history of progressive health care. Time to embrace another group of individuals who deserve health care and yet have been marginalized up until this point. An underserved, unrecognized, and much deserving segment of the population. This time it is children — transgender children and teens.
By Cindy Pearson
Recently I had the absolutely delightful experience of spending two days talking about women’s health and health care reform with dozens of energized, committed, smart, passionate activists. On April 1st and 2nd, we gathered in the spacious, ground-floor meeting rooms of the InterChurch Center, across the street from the Riverside Memorial Church in Manhattan. The weather outside was lousy – rainy, windy, and colder than it should have been in early April -- but the mood inside was definitely warm!
By Jonathan Raymond and Cindy Pearson
By The Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State
By Elizabeth Pope-Collins
Last year, a woman I know, “Jody”,1 was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She and her husband are self-employed, and did not have health insurance. The medical bills for her diagnosis were enough to push Jody and her family into financial insolvency. At one point, she was torn between fighting to survive and letting the cancer go untreated, all because she wanted to save her family from the debt they would accrue during her treatment.
By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman
Suzanne Somers looks great. In interviews and a series of books, the actress attributes her seeming agelessness -- not to mention increased energy, libido, and a host of other benefits -- to her use of “bioidentical” hormones. Let’s get a few things straight right off the bat. Hormones won’t make you look like Suzanne Somers. Hormones won’t make you young again. Nothing will make you young again. You will age, unless you die.