Rachel Walden

The Real Danger of NuvaRing

By Rachel Walden | Mar 1, 2014 | Comments Off on The Real Danger of NuvaRing

If you’ve read recent media coverage about NuvaRing, you could be excused for thinking that that the contraceptive ring is deadly and should be yanked off the market immediately. But hold on.

Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?

By Rachel Walden | Nov 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?

You may have noticed last time you got a mammogram that your facility uses digital imaging rather than traditional X-ray film. Why is that? And, is there any benefit to the newer techniques?

What You Need to Know About the HPV Vaccine

By Rachel Walden | Jul 1, 2013 | Comments Off on What You Need to Know About the HPV Vaccine

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States and is so prevalent that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.”i

Direct-to-Consumer: Fertility Clinic Advertising on the Web

By Rachel Walden | Mar 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Direct-to-Consumer: Fertility Clinic Advertising on the Web

The National Women’s Health Network has long argued for stricter regulation and elimination of direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising due to its tendency to overstate drugs’ benefits and understate risks in order to increase pharmaceutical companies’ profits.

Breast Cancer Risks and the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know

By Rachel Walden | May 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Breast Cancer Risks and the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know

A new IOM report reviews evidence on breast cancer and the environment, explains the difficulties of studying environmental factors for breast cancer risk, and recommends future research along with ways to reduce breast cancer risk.