The Women’s Health Activist Newsletter

Rx for Change: Alternatives for Chronic Pain

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Alternatives for Chronic Pain

We’ve previously discussed the risks of opioids, and how pharmaceutical companies have encouraged over-prescription of these drugs that has created an opioid addiction epidemic. But what’s a person in pain to do?

Women & the Opioid Epidemic

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Women & the Opioid Epidemic

The number of Americans who die from drug overdoses has doubled since 1999, and drug overdoses are now thought to be the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.1

Rx for Change — Help Your Doctor Break the Sample Habit

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Dec 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Rx for Change — Help Your Doctor Break the Sample Habit

Does your doctor give you drug samples? It’s always nice to get something for free. But, medication samples aren’t like the free samples you get at the supermarket. If you accept a cube of cheese offered to you at a grocery store, you can decide to purchase more if you like it, and walk away if you don’t.

NWHN in Action – September/October 2017

By Sarah Christopherson | Oct 12, 2017 | Comments Off on NWHN in Action – September/October 2017

What is the NWHN doing to fight for women’s rights? Read on to find out.

Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell

By Cindy Pearson | Oct 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell

I originally intended to title this column: “Trump officials can’t disguise their anti-birth control lies by claiming to care about women’s right to know the truth about their health.” But, that’s way too long, and Al Franken’s book title is the perfect description of leading anti-family planning policymakers. Trust me, they’ve really been telling some whoppers!

Rx For Change: Obfuscating Opioid Risks

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Sep 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Rx For Change: Obfuscating Opioid Risks

Back when we were in training, more than 30 years ago, opioids were considered dangerous drugs that could cause addiction and life-threatening respiratory depression. Medical students were taught that opioids were very useful for end-of-life pain (especially for cancer, which can cause excruciating pain) and that they were important for a few days after surgery or a severe injury.

Young Feminist — Dating Apps: Finger Swipes as a Silent Act of Feminism

By Ali Tweedt | Jul 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Young Feminist — Dating Apps: Finger Swipes as a Silent Act of Feminism

By Caila Brander At face value, dating apps can look a bit silly. Swipe, swipe, click, swipe — in a few minutes, you can make hundreds of snap judgments about other single people based on a few photos and brief…

Who Cares? How Doulas Engage in Radical Acts of Kindness

By NWHN Staff | Jul 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Who Cares? How Doulas Engage in Radical Acts of Kindness

Kindness is not simply a soft skill; it is a powerful tool for changing lives for the better. Now more than ever, we find ourselves fielding questions about the necessity of doulas in the bigger picture of reproductive health services.

What Is the Gun Gag Rule, and Why Should It Matter to You?

By NWHN Staff | Jul 7, 2017 | Comments Off on What Is the Gun Gag Rule, and Why Should It Matter to You?

Pediatricians ask lots of questions relevant to children’s health and well-being. Do you have a smoker in the house; is there a swimming pool; do you insist on the use of an infant/toddler car seat or a seat belt? Do you wear a seat belt? Does your child wear a bike helmet; brush his or her teeth; drink sugary beverages?

Trump’s FDA and PenceWorld: The Battles Ahead

By Sarah Christopherson | Jul 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Trump’s FDA and PenceWorld: The Battles Ahead

“The president has left his stamp on government in ways that could outlast him, but the NWHN will be there to shine a spotlight.”