National Women’s Health Network Urges Women to Resist “Cheap” Gimmicks for Losing Weight in the New Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christina Cherel at ccherel@nwhn.org or 202.682.2640, ext 224 With the New Year often comes resolutions to lead happier – and healthier – lives. The National Women’s Health Network (“NWHN”) encourages women who have made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight to resist misleading claims about “diet drugs” and cheap gimmicks from … Continued

“Free” Diet Drugs that Cost You in the Long Run

With the New Year often comes resolutions to lead happier – and healthier – lives. Many women use the beginning of the year as an opportunity to assess their health and find areas for improvement. One area in particular is losing weight and getting in better shape. Women are smart consumers though and have realized … Continued

Weight Loss

Quick-fix weight loss remedies have always been popular, but they’ve gained even more momentum in recent years due to increased attention to the rising rates of obesity in the United States. Anti-obesity drugs are often touted as “miracle products” that yield results with minimal effort. Misleading ads for these products — which appear everywhere from … Continued

Snapshots – May/June 2015

Girls who consume a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) may menstruate earlier. Researchers conducted a prospective study of 5,583 girls aged 9-14, from 1996 to 2001. None of the girls had started their period when the study began; follow-up questionnaires were collected in 2003 and 2005. On average, girls reported having their first period (menarche) … Continued

Is a Lower Number Worth a Higher Risk?

Imagine taking a pill, stepping on your scale, and seeing a lower number — just like that, and just in time for Spring’s warmer weather. Now, imagine that lower number coming at a heavy price — and not just the money you’ll spend on your weight loss drug’s prescription. Would you be willing to take … Continued

G-Spots and Sore Spots

G Spots In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that human DNA can’t be patented in a ruling against Myriad Genetics, a bio-technology company with patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and tests for the genes. (Mutations to these genes increase the risk of cancer, particularly breast cancer.) Because Myrid claimed ownership of the … Continued

RX for Change: Forget Fat!

We constantly hear that obesity is a killer and that the obesity epidemic will surely sink our health care system — but are a few extra pounds really bad for your health? A recent study suggests that being a little overweight may actually reduce your chance of dying.  Hear us out, though, before scarfing some … Continued

FDA Meeting – Lorcaserin

Statement of Kate Ryan Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Meeting on Lorcaserin The National Women’s Health Network is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the health of all women. We bring the voices of women consumers to policy and regulatory decision-making bodies. We are supported by our members and do … Continued

FDA Meeting – Qnexa Safety and Efficacy

Statement of Kate Ryan Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting The National Women’s Health Network is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the health of all women. We bring the voices of women consumers to policy and regulatory decision-making bodies. We are supported by our members and do not take … Continued

FDA Meeting – Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave)

Statement of Kate Ryan, Program Coordinator Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Gastroenterology Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee The National Women’s Health Network is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the health of all women. We bring the voices of women consumers to the policy and regulatory decisionmaking bodies. We are supported by our … Continued