• Whose Right to Free Speech? How Pharma is Co-opting the First Amendment for Profit
    June 14, 2017
    Whose Right to Free Speech? How Pharma is Co-opting the First Amendment for Profit
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow The First Amendment’s protection of free speech is a cornerstone of individual freedom in the United States. However, not all speech is equally protected under the Constitution. Speech that threatens the safety and wellbeing of others can be limited under longstanding legal precedent. Similarly, for most of our nation’s history, ...
  • What You Should Know about Tymlos (Abaloparatide) for Osteoporosis
    May 20, 2017
    What You Should Know about Tymlos (Abaloparatide) for Osteoporosis
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow There’s a new kid in town when it comes to osteoporosis drugs. Meet abaloparatide, brand name Tymlos, which was approved by the FDA on April 28, 2017. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you likely will soon, as manufacturer Radius Health is intent on marketing it until it’s also ...
  • Trumpcare and the Return of Rape and Domestic Violence as Pre-existing Conditions
    May 16, 2017
    Trumpcare and the Return of Rape and Domestic Violence as Pre-existing Conditions
    Recent history demonstrates that even strong state protections may be insufficient in practice to help survivors of rape, sexual assault, or domestic violence. On May 6, the Washington Post published a disconcerting piece denying that the House-passed Trumpcare bill would ultimately lead to discrimination against victims of rape, sexual assault, or domestic violence. Even the headline ...
  • Primary Dysmenorrhea — Menstrual “Cramps” — Matters!
    May 9, 2017
    By Mary Lou Ballweg It was Thanksgiving, late afternoon—I glanced out my window to see a woman on our new neighbor’s patio, bending over, clutching her abdomen, rocking back and forth. She was clearly in agony. I went out and asked if she was in pain, was she OK? She said, “I’ll be OK,” and went ...
  • Young Feminist: Shame Education… I mean SEX education!
    May 9, 2017
    By Whitney Gray My experience with sexual education growing up was very limited. If anything, my attitude toward sex ed was, “I know what sex is, so what else do I need to know?” My middle school inserted sex education into our required health class, and sent a letter home letting parents know they could opt their children ...
  • Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes
    May 9, 2017
    Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end? Well, depends on who you ask: in the past, doctors often said hot flashes (officially, menopausal vasomotor symptoms), would last maybe six months to two years. Lately, updated clinical guidelines put ...
  • The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration — And What Comes Next
    May 9, 2017
    The reasons that Donald Trump was able to win the U.S. presidential election may take many years to fully understand. For now, though, it is clear that Trump simultaneously took advantage of and fomented a new wave of populism, targeting the government as the cause of economic misery, and positioning himself as uniquely capable to ...
  • The Trumpcare #zombiebill is back!
    April 27, 2017
    The Trumpcare #zombiebill is back!
      Like the zombie in a bad horror movie that keeps rising, again and again, the Trumpcare bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is once again threatening our health care. With Donald Trump’s 100th day in office just two days away, the media-obsessed White House has been in a panic to notch a win—even ...
  • NWHN Shines a Spotlight on Scott Gottlieb – Why He is Wrong for Women!
    April 4, 2017
    NWHN Shines a Spotlight on Scott Gottlieb - Why He is Wrong for Women!
    This Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will consider the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a floor vote possible at the end of April. Gottlieb has made millions of dollars consulting for and investing in the pharmaceutical industry and continues to be ...
  • Weighing Your Options: Depo-Provera and HIV Risk!
    March 31, 2017
    Weighing Your Options: Depo-Provera and HIV Risk!
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow Researchers studying the link between contraceptive use and HIV have uncovered a connection between using the Depo-Provera and contracting HIV. In light of these findings, the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its safety classification for injectable contraception. Depo-Provera is the most widely used injectable contraception around the world, and ...