7th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health

On October 27, 2014, the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) will celebrate the 7th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health with an evening reception in Washington, DC. The Awards were established in honor of Barbara Seaman, a NWHN co-founder, after her untimely death in 2008. The Awards recognize work that exemplifies Barbara’s … Continued

G-Spots and Sore Spots

G spots Seventy-two hours is a long time to wait for anything — especially vital health care! So we applaud Missouri Governor Jay Nixon for vetoing an anti-choice bill that would have increased the state’s waiting period for abortion care from 24 to a whopping 72 hours. Governor Nixon, a Democrat, has played a vital role … Continued

I’m Mad as Hell…and I’m Going to Vote

I’ll say it again: I’m mad as hell — and I’m going to vote! I’m just plain furious about recent attacks on women’s health. From the Supreme Court to the state legislature, women’s health is being undermined by decisions that limit our ability to get the services and coverage we need in order to maintain … Continued

Mammography for Black Women: Why I Won’t Be Silent Anymore

Back in February, a new study, this one published in the British Medical Journal, again questioned the value of screening mammography in the general population. This is a “gold standard” study with a large randomized sample followed over a significant time period: “Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian … Continued

Rx for Change: Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetics often experience neuropathy (nerve pain or dysfunction); some people with diabetic neuropathy (DN) may be unaware of it because symptoms can be subtle. DN symptoms range from numbness or tingling to severe pain that interferes with daily activities and keeps people up at night. Numbness increases the risk of injury, especially to toes and … Continued

Snapshots

Despite the benefits of carrying a pregnancy to term, more than three percent of U.S. babies are delivered early via by elective induced labor or cesarean deliveries performed between 37 to 39 weeks gestation — without any medical need to do so. A recent study looked retrospectively at over 7 million uncomplicated births from 1995 … Continued

Women’s Health: Unequal for Too Long

  Communities of color continue to face substantial cultural, social, and economic barriers to obtaining quality health care and achieving equitable health outcomes. Many of these racial and ethnic health disparities disproportionately impact women. For instance, African-American women, for example, are nearly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than White women –this … Continued

Young Feminist: Riding the Crimson Wave

  As a biological process, the onset of menstruation is one of the most conventional markers of adulthood for people who have a uterus. Yet, even though approximately half of the people in the world menstruate, the process remains stigmatized and unmentionable in most parts of the world — including in developed countries like the … Continued