Snapshots – November/December 2015

Trust but verify, indeed. A new study finds a significant drop in positive clinical trial results in the years since the launch of the Federal clinicaltrials.gov registry in 2000. The registry requires researchers to record their methods and outcome measurements before they collect data, and has been hailed as a victory for transparency and accuracy. … Continued

RX for Change: Bending the Old Saw

There’s an old saw that says: The right cares only about individuals and not about people in the aggregate, while the left cares only about people in the aggregate and not about individuals. Sadly, in my own life, the old saw has all too often been true. When my cousin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, … Continued

Flibanserin: the FDA’s Approval is Bad Science and Bad Precedent

This year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made history — for all the wrong reasons. After a five-year battle for approval, on August 18th, the agency succumbed to a relentless and clever public relations campaign and approved flibanserin, the first drug to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in women. That means that, as … Continued

NWHN Launches New Website!

For 40 years, the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) has delivered information and analysis to help women’s health activists advocate on behalf of themselves and their families. Our members and supporters know that the NWHN is a reliable source for evidence-based information. We are happy to announce that — in order to make sure women have … Continued

Alternative Approaches to Address Menopausal Symptoms

The most common complaint among women going through the menopausal transition is about hot flashes and night sweats. Given the risks of menopause hormone therapy, many women seek alternative approaches to controlling these problems. These include: Following a low-fat diet, which has been found to help with menopausal symptoms and has the added benefit of … Continued

KEEPS on Keeping On

The myth that menopausal hormone therapy prevents heart attack and dementia should have died a swift death after the definitive results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) a dozen years ago. But the concept that hormones might prevent some disease —in some women, somewhere, sometime, somehow — just keeps rising from the grave. The Kronos … Continued

Do YOU Want to Join the NWHN Board of Directors?

Who wouldn’t? It’s election time again, and the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is inviting nominations for our board of directors. We are seeking candidates who understand the NWHN’s mission, support its goals, and are committed to the organization’s activist nature. We value diversity in race, class, age, sexual identity and geographic location, and seek … Continued

The Network: Inside and Out

In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states had to allow women to serve on juries; Connecticut’s Ella Grasso became the first woman governor who did not succeed her husband into office; and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had recently suspended sales of the Dalkon Shield IUD for causing infections and deaths among … Continued