- The Scientific Integrity Act and Its Potential to Serve as Legislative Protection for the Queer Community
July 18, 2019
By Julia Kagan
Just under 37 million people worldwide are HIV positive, and the toll on the LGBTQ+ community is disproportionate to that of the general public. The odds of living with a positive diagnosis for transgender women can be up to 49 times that of someone in the general population, and gay/bisexual men make up ...
- Unregulated Cosmetics, Eurocentric Beauty Standards, and the Effect on Black Women’s Health
June 26, 2019
With few exceptions, current federal law does not require cosmetics manufacturers to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before their products go on the market. In fact, manufacturers aren’t required to list all of their ingredients, test their products, use good manufacturing practices to prevent contamination, or even recall products they know are ...
- What to Expect When You Stop Expecting: Demystifying Miscarriage and Medication Abortion
June 4, 2019
In response to the confirmation of two hard-right Supreme Court justices and an increasingly hostile judiciary that threatens women’s access to clinic-based abortion, the NWHN has been working hard to demystify medication abortion for the public and push back against medically unnecessary restrictions imposed by states and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
We want ...
- FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel meeting on Breast Implant Safety
April 15, 2019
By Tessa Ruff
On March 26 and 27, the FDA convened a meeting of the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel to investigate the safety of breast implants following a reported link between textured implants and lymphoma, as well as a range of reported systemic autoimmune symptoms following implantation, collectively known as breast implant illness (BII). ...
- Conflating anti-science agendas: anti-abortion is not an argument for anti-vaccination
April 11, 2019
By Tessa Ruff
In Kentucky this spring, unvaccinated eighteen-year-old Jerome Kunkel sued the Northern Kentucky Health Department when he was blocked from participating in his school’s basketball team following a chickenpox outbreak at his private Catholic school. The health department had implemented a three-week ban for unvaccinated students to attend classes or participate in extracurricular activities ...
- Protecting and Expanding Medicaid Means Confronting Racism Baked into the Program
April 3, 2019
I received innumerable calls in the last few months encouraging me to sign up for Medicare. The callers know one important fact about me: I’m turning 65 soon. With a few exceptions, age is all that counts with Medicare. Turn 65 and you’re eligible.
The story was different when my 27-year-old daughter enrolled in Medicaid during ...
- Contraception Self-Advocacy
March 7, 2019
By Tessa Ruff
Human sexuality, pregnancy prevention, and pregnancy intention are all complicated issues. And, people must balance a range of trade-offs when selecting the contraceptive option that works best for their unique situation. Many methods are available, which work differently and have diverse side effects, as well as other important considerations. Complicating matters, what one ...
- The NWHN Testifies for the Use of Better Evidence at the FDA
February 27, 2019
By Tessa Ruff
In 2016, the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) as a Class III device—the highest risk category—in response to over 20,000 adverse event reports during a three-year period alone. The NWHN actively fought for the change, which also should have required manufacturers to submit thorough, randomized safety and ...
- Taking on Gender Bias in Clinical Trials
February 26, 2019
By: Caitlin Hoff, Consumer Advocate at ConsumerSafety and NWHN Staff
The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) has long advocated for the greater participation of women and other key groups in clinical trials for all drugs and devices, and particularly for products that are principally marketed and used by women. For decades, health research was done on men ...
- My “Baby Friendly” Hospital Harmed My Baby: How Hospitals Can Do Better
February 6, 2019
The decision to breast- or formula-feed is a highly personal one, with the right answer varying parent to parent. But this is not an article about the benefits of breastfeeding or about concerns that previous studies may have exaggerated those benefits. This isn’t an overview of the long coercive history of formula companies or the ...