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Response to Wall Street Journal Commentary on Health Reform and the “Public Option”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The health care reform debate is zeroing in on the possible “public option” — a public insurance plan similar to Medicare that would compete with private insurers.

In a lengthy editorial on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal took a strong stand against the public option, calling it the end of private health insurance: “Not only will the new program become the default coverage for the uninsured, but Democrats intend to game the system to precipitate — or if need be, … Read

The Sex Talk – With a Focus on Respect

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Do boys and girls need to be taught different lessons, particularly about sex? Pediatrician Perri Klass talks to other doctors about the lessons they share with their patients about sex and respect for their partners.

Her conclusion:

As a pediatrician with two sons and a daughter, I acknowledge the need to emphasize manners and respect as boys maneuver into adolescence and adulthood, and to help them understand the implications and obligations of their increasing size and strength. And I acknowledge that for their own protection, … Read

Enchanted Makeovers: Terry Grahl

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Self

Nominee: Terry Grahl, President/Founder of Enchanted Makeovers

I am an award-winning interior decorator and mother to four children whose mission is to give hope to “at risk” women and children. Transforming the shelters that save people’s lives into beautiful sanctuaries that heal their spirit.

For my mother, making a home … Read

AmazonFAIL: Update on Feminist, LGBT Books Removed from Sale Rankings

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

You may have heard this weekend that books on Amazon.com had been labeled “adult” and de-ranked — and, not coincidentally, the books affected happened to deal with LGBTQ themes and feminist health and sexuality topics. Twitter hasn’t stopped buzzing.

Books without rankings as of Sunday night included Gore  Vidal’s “The City and the Pillar” and Jeanette Winterson’s “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,” as well as titles by our colleagues and friends: Jessica Valenti’s “Full Frontal Feminism”; “Yes Means Yes,” which Valenti co-edited with Jaclyn Friedman; … Read

HHS Call to Action on Breastfeeding – Submit Your Comments

By Rachel Walden |

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health, Office of the Surgeon General, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced a Call to Action on Breastfeeding, and are soliciting comments from individuals and organizations about breastfeeding in the United States.

The website for the initiative explains:

“Breastfeeding is unquestionably healthier for mothers and babies compared to feeding with infant formula. The scientific literature is clear. Numerous reviews of the medical literature have confirmed these benefits. But life in … Read

Founder of FORWARD: Efua Dorkenoo

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Tobe Levin

Nominee: Efua Dorkenoo, Founder of FORWARD (UK), Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.)

From Ghana but now a resident in London, Efua Dorkenoo is a pioneering activist against female genital mutilation(FGM) who began going public against this horror in the early 1980s. She founded The Foundation … Read

My Sistah-Friend: Lula Christopher

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Zakiya Alake

Nominee: Lula Christopher, President & CEO, Boston Black Women’s Health Initiative

I first remember Lula Christopher sitting a silent vigil during my first mammogram after a clinical breast exam revealed some troubling lumps. I was impressed that she was there on a Saturday, at this special program for … Read

My Sister the Health Activist: Stephanie Herold

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Lauren Herold

Nominee: Stephanie Herold, Women’s Health Activist

This is an interview with my older sister, Steph Herold, a college senior who already has helped countless women with her passion for variety of different kinds of activism.

Double Dose: New Book on Drugs Used to Control Height; America Rejoins Global Reproductive Policy Discussion; Film Critics Write off Rape; The Peeps Factor …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A “Too-Tall” Medical Tale: Christine Cosgrove, co-author with Susan Cohen of the new book “Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry’s Quest to Manipulate Height,” wrote a great piece in the L.A. Times about the history of doctors prescribing DES, a synthetic drug that acts like estrogen, to girls to stunt their growth.

Why? Because decades ago, “if a girl were heading toward 5 feet 8 inches, or, horrors, 5 feet 10 inches, not only … Read

Political Diagnosis: Budget Showdown on Health Care Looming; Doors to Office on Health Reform Now Officially Open; Gearing Up for Public Option Fight; Advisory Council and “Junk Religion” …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Sure, health care reform is our top priority, but don’t you also want to know about the first pup? Of course you do. Read all about Bo in the Washington Post.

The First Showdown on Health Care Reform: The New York Times, in an editorial, states that the Democrats might be right to use the budget reconciliation process (read) to pass health care reform. The process would enable the Senate to pass a health care bill with just 51 votes … Read