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By Gina Smith
Review: The Push To Prescribe — Women and Canadian Drug Policy Edited by Anne Rochon Ford and Diane Saibil
By Ann Pappert
In 1992, when I first moved back to the U.S. after living in Canada for more than 20 years, I would stare in amazement at the endless parade of prescription drug commercials that appeared nightly across my TV screen. Direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs weren’t permitted in Canada. But here in the States, the ads were everywhere.
By Tracey Stelzer Hyams, JD, MPH
June Board Meeting
The NWHN board of directors will meet next in Washington, DC on June 12 & 13. NWHN members are welcome to join us for parts of the weekend. If you are interested in attending, please contact the office for more information at 202.682.2640.
By Cynthia Pearson
By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD
By Rachel Walden
For $29.95, you can “put the pink back in your genitals.” My New Pink Button is a “genital cosmetic colorant” or, as we like to call it, vagina make-up. It will give your vaginal lips a more “youthful glow”, but only for a 48-72-hour time period. The product comes in four different colors, one of which was formulated for women of color. We applaud the diversity effort, but love our vaginal lips as they are. We’ll add this one to the list of products aiming to “fix” what is not broken.
Connecting National Debates on Access to Health Care and the Economic Crisis: A Feminist Perspective
By Stephanie Rytilahti
By Natalie Peart
By Ninia Baehr, RN
I ask myself this question every day. As a public health professional, I manage a nutrition and physical activity program to prevent obesity in Montana. As a feminist, I desire women’s freedom from oppression – including what author Kim Chernin called the “tyranny of slenderness.”
by Cindy Pearson
Age, race, region and insurance status play a large role in the type of hysterectomy that women receive. Researchers used records from the 2005 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, which collects patient discharge data from approximately 90% of U.S. hospitals, to determine rates of laparoscopic vs. vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy. Laparoscopic techniques are more expensive than abdominal hysterectomies, but offer faster recovery, less blood loss, fewer infections, and require shorter hospital stays.
By Cindy Pearson, Executive Director
By Reece Rushing
Reproductive health in the United States is declining as human exposure to dangerous chemicals is rising. Fertility problems, miscarriages, pre-term births, and birth defects are all up. Meanwhile, the number of chemicals registered for commercial use now stands at 80,000 — a 30 percent increase since 1979.
By Cynthia Pearson