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Women’s health topics attract a lot of media attention – whether it’s new research about menopause, a question about the safety of breast implants or a contraceptive, or a political attack on critical women’s health services. The NWHN is a trusted source for explaining women’s perspectives on these, and many other, health developments. Here are some recent articles that include comments from the NWHN:

NWHN Senior Program Coordinator, Kate Ryan, tells Inside Health Policy that the Food And Drug Administration's (FDA) plan for communicating with communities of color about the side effects and risks of medical products doesn't go far enough. Rather than focusing on how a drug or device may affect a woman differently based on her race or ethnicity or that there weren't enough women of color in a clinical trial to know if there is a difference, the FDA plan discusses translation and health literacy initiatives. While these initiatives are useful, they don't provide specific safety information for communities of color and their providers. (August 2013)

Listen to NWHN Program Director Amy Allina along side other leading women's health advocates as they discuss the health insurance exchange, what it is, how they work, and if states are ensuring that women’s comprehensive health services are provided in the state insurance plans. (March 2013)

NWHN Program Director Amy Allina tells Reuters that for some women, increased use of emergency contraception reflects ongoing economic barriers that prevent use of other contraceptive methods. (February 2013)

With national attention focused on the dangers of compounding pharmacies. NWHN Program Director Amy Allina explains in this Kaiser Health News article why we need better regulation of these businesses to protect women's health.

In this Reuters Health article, NWHN Senior Program Coordinator Kate Ryan challenges claims about the effectiveness of a new drug to treat overactive bladder because women didn't feel it worked well enough to make a difference in their lives. (October 2012)

Watch executive director Cindy Pearson explain why NWHN is taking part in the "Educate Congress" campaign to give every member of Congress a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves.  If they didn't pass basic biology the first time around, here's their chance to learn how women's bodies work! (October 2012)

The new health care law requires insurance to cover contraceptive care without copays, but this popular provision is being challenged in court by opponents of reproductive rights.  Read NWHN Program Director Amy Allina's comments on those lawsuits here. (October 2012)

On NPR's Morning Edition, NWHN Program Director Amy Allina cautions that trying to extend fertility by freezing eggs exposes women to risks and has not been proven to have a good success rate. (October 2012)  


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