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After many years of ignoring important drug safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking action. The agency recently alerted women about pos-sible problems with the most commonly used osteoporosis medicines, saying it needs more studies to explore how they might be damaging the hearts of people who take them. The drugs, bisphosphonates, are used by millions of women to strengthen their bones and lessen the risk of a serious fracture.
By Rachel Walden
By Charlea T. Massion, MD and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD
A 59-year old physician friend of ours told us that her gynecologist sends her cards every year urging her to come in for an annual Pap test. My friend has been in a monogamous relationship for over 30 years and has had at least 20 normal Pap tests since she was 20. She feels guilty for not getting an annual Pap but, in fact, she doesn’t need one.
By Heather Arsenault
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when my obsession with food, diet, and exercise began. From a young age, I was always smaller than my peers, and remained on the low end of the height and weight charts. I was a very active child, involved in several athletic activities from an early age, including swimming, soccer, gymnastics, and track and field. My parents were physically active, as well. My mom taught aerobics at the local YWCA, and both my mom and dad cycled, ran, and frequented the gym.
New National Maternity Care Performance Measure Set: A Much-Needed Tool to Improve the Health of US Women and Children
by Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH
On October 6th, over 65 guests to launch the NWHN’s Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women’s Health. While the event honored the memory of the Network’s co-founder, Barbara Seaman, it was also a fundraising success that generated $31,000 for the Network. We were delighted to be hosted by Sybil Shainwald at her Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City. Sybil is a pioneering women's health activist and litigator, past NWHN Board Chair, and long-time friend and colleague of Barbara Seaman.
By Cindy Pearson
I almost spilled the mug of hot tea I was holding when I saw the article in the paper one morning recently. What could make me lose my grip on a hot drink? Well, now that I think of it, a lot of things could do that – I’m actually pretty clumsy! But, this news was actually spill-worthy. The government of the United States is proposing to use grassroots organizing techniques to build support for health care reform. Wow! Who would have thought that would be possible?
By Amy Allina
In November, the United States elected a president who campaigned by calling on all of us to believe and engage in making real change in the country. The Congressional election results – which strengthened support for abortion rights and family planning in both the House and the Senate -- also signal popular support for change. And, after eight years of an administration that has been openly hostile to women’s reproductive rights, reproductive health policy is one of the areas most badly in need of a new direction.
By Anabella Aspiras
By Cynthia Pearson
By Kiki Zeldes and Judy Norsigian
By Cynthia Pearson
Improving health care for pregnant women has been one of NWHN’s goals since the very beginning. We’ve made a lot of headway since 1975, when pregnant women were still subject to untested drugs, unsafe advice, and inhumane hospital routines. But we’re still far from where we’d like to be: with a health care system that welcomes all women; treats them respectfully; offers them information; and provides support and care that’s been proven to be safe and effective.
By Rachel Walden
By Susan K. Flinn, MA
By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea T. Massion
By Cindy Pearson, Executive Director
By Khendi White
NWHN has had its “watchdog” eye on osteoporosis for over 25 years. During that time, the condition has gone through a pendulum swing – first it was ignored by all but a few specialists, now it’s falsely promoted as a threat to every middle-aged woman. Over the years, NWHN has produced a series of fact sheets, investigative articles, book chapters and position papers about various aspects of osteoporosis. This article contains material from our latest Fact Sheet.
By Lisa Codispoti and Julia Kaye, National Women’s Law Center
The health care crisis in this country is weighing heavily on people’s minds and taking a toll on our health and our wallets. These worries affect people across the economic spectrum — not just the poor and uninsured, but also middle-class and working families who are at risk of losing insurance or going deep into medical debt to pay for care their insurance doesn't cover. Women, in particular, are struggling to bear the burden of unaffordable health care.