The Women’s Health Activist Newsletter

Hold the Hype on HPV

By NWHN Staff | Mar 1, 2007 | Comments Off on Hold the Hype on HPV

A week before my 27th birthday, I’ve been thinking beyond my usual self-assessments and musings on the number of candles on my birthday cake. I can’t stop wondering where women my age see themselves in the context of the ongoing, frenzied debate over Gardasil, the only FDA-approved vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Health Care Reform — A Women’s Issue

By NWHN Staff | Jan 1, 2007 | Comments Off on Health Care Reform — A Women’s Issue

Dissatisfaction with the cost and quality of the health care available in the United States is increasing. With the Democratic take-over of Congress in the November elections, there is new interest in changing the health care system, but little agreement on the best alternative for improving access to health care.

“Light” Cigarettes Carry Heavy Risk

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jul 1, 2006 | Comments Off on “Light” Cigarettes Carry Heavy Risk

Smokers consider so-called light cigarettes to be safer than regular cigarettes. But choosing “lights” isn’t a healthier choice at all.

What Can the Women’s Health Initiative Tell Us About How to Age Healthfully? (Part II)

By NWHN Staff | May 1, 2006 | Comments Off on What Can the Women’s Health Initiative Tell Us About How to Age Healthfully? (Part II)

Low Fat Diet, Hormone Therapy & Calcium: Which One Works, and for What?

Getting Burned: Radiation Exposure from CT Scans

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | May 1, 2006 | Comments Off on Getting Burned: Radiation Exposure from CT Scans

Do you know that radiation exposure from one “CAT” scan can be equivalent to the dose received by some survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing? No? Chances are, neither does your doctor.

Rx for Change: Waiting Room Activism

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Dec 12, 2005 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Waiting Room Activism

“Even the scale I was weighed on had the name of a drug on it – a weight loss drug,” said my friend, after visiting her doctor. If it’s any consolation, the ad wasn’t directed at her.

Harmless Hormones? Bah, Humbug!

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Sep 1, 2004 | Comments Off on Harmless Hormones? Bah, Humbug!

Do you need your hormones ‘balanced?’ Some alternative doctors are promoting hormone cocktails to cure what ails you, and if you think nothing ails you, well, maybe that’s just your haywire hormones talking.

Wild Yam Cream, Diosgenin, and Natural Progesterone: What Can They Really Do for You?

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 1, 1999 | Comments Off on Wild Yam Cream, Diosgenin, and Natural Progesterone: What Can They Really Do for You?

Amidst the large and sometimes confusing variety of hormone replacement therapy options, “natural” hormones have been growing in both visibility and popularity. Creams containing wild yam extracts or natural progesterone, or oral natural progesterone preparations are emerging as the HRT option of choice for some women. What are these products, and what is known about their safety and efficacy?

Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias: A Warrior in the Struggle for Reproductive Rights

By Sarah Christopherson | Jan 5, 1996 | Comments Off on Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias: A Warrior in the Struggle for Reproductive Rights

An interview with long-time NWHN board member Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, M.D. on her work fighting against sterilization abuse.

Sterilization Abuse: The Policies Behind the Practice

By Sarah Christopherson | Jan 5, 1996 | Comments Off on Sterilization Abuse: The Policies Behind the Practice

Instead of providing women with access to alternative forms of safe, legal, and reversible contraception, U.S. policy promoted the use of permanent sterilization. By 1968, women of childbearing age in Puerto Rico were more than ten times more likely to be sterilized than were women from the mainland U.S.