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ACLU Survey For Women Who Have Been Advised to Get BRCA Genetic Testing

By Rachel Walden |

The ACLU has taken an interest in gene patents, which allow human genetic sequences and gene tests to be patented,  expressing concern that “While the purpose of the patent system is to encourage innovation, the high licensing and diagnostic testing fees that some biotech companies charge for use of ‘their’ genes are inhibiting biomedical research and interfering with patient care.”

Although somewhat technical, this Human Genome Project Information page from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides an overview of the … Read

International Gynae Awareness Day: Kath Mazzella

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: Hayley Solich

Nominee: Kath Mazzella, member of Women Can International Inc.

My experience of Kath is that she is a tireless sex/gyn awareness educator, who following radical gyn surgery to remove her cancer, has given the past 15 years to helping women to be better informed.

She founded GAIN (Read

Taking on Menopause: Judy Bayliss

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: Marie Demcho-Wagor

Nominee: Judy Bayliss, Web Host

Judy Bayliss has set up and hosted a menopause website and email group for a number of years.  Through thick and thin, this group of women has shared their experience and knowledge of how to successfully navigate menopause in today’s challenging health environment. … Read

A Hero in the Ukraine: Helene Lefevre-Cholay

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: Alexander Golubov

Nominee: Helene Lefevre-Cholay, COP JSI/Maternal and Infant Health Project (Ukraine)

Helene is a real Hero of the 21st century.

“Her heart has been burning for all Ukrainian mothers and newborns and she’s given pieces of her soul to every health care provider who skeptically believed in a change for … Read

Kenya Activist: Agnes Pareiyo

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: Rebecca Thomson

Nominee: Agnes Pareiyo, Women’s rights campaigner – campaigns against genital mutilation in Kenya

Everything I know about this woman comes from a feature in The Independent (UK). She runs a shelter for girls fleeing genital mutilation in the Rift Valley, Kenya, and she also travels around … Read

Rest Ministries: Lisa Copen

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: Kara Marks Valeri

Nominee: Lisa Copen, founder and director, Rest Ministries

I would like to suggest Lisa Copen, who is the founder and director of Rest Ministries, a non-profit organization for the encouragement of people w/ chronic illness and/or pain. She has done so much to help women with their … Read

Helping Those with HIV/AIDS: Nurit Shein

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: Amy Levi

Nominee: Nurit Shein, Executive Director, Mazzoni Center

When Nurit Shein came to Philadelphia in 1993, the Mazzoni Clinic was a struggling nonprofit organization for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Fourteen years later, she presided over the ribbon-cutting of the Mazzoni Center, a family practice clinic serving not just … Read

Health Concerns Over Egg Donations Increase, Along with Donor Applications

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Time magazine has a story about growing concerns over the long-term health effects of donating eggs, especially cancer and infertility.

The issue has become read urgent as read women are showing an interest in egg donation as a way to make ends meet. Some fertility clinics say that the number of applicants has increased as much as 55 percent in the past four months compared to the same period last year.

Catherine Elton writes:

Doctors say there is no biological reason that donating eggs would cause … Read

Chronic Babe Creator: Jenni Prokopy

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: Cinnamon Cooper

Nominee: Jenni Prokopy, www.chronicbabe.com Creator

When I met Jenni 7 years ago I was in denial that I had a chronic illness. I didn’t like talking about my pain or my limits or even acknowledging that I had them because I didn’t want people to think I was … Read

A Warrior for Women: Keleigh M. Lee

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: Dyan Osborn

Nominee: Keleigh M. Lee, Researcher in Health Behavior Studies

My daughter is one remarkable woman.  She is 30 years old and the Mother of 3 very young children and pregnant with her fourth! She has a passion for helping woman. She crusades diligently in causes for health improvement.

She … Read