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Survey on Reproductive Health Agenda

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

When it comes to the politics of women’s health, there’s read common ground than might be expected, according to a new national opinion survey sponsored by the National Women’s Law Center and the YWCA USA.

“The survey of 1,000 Republican and Independent voters conducted by Public Strategies, Inc. found that Republicans, and to an even greater degree Independents, support a range of legislative proposals to make contraception read affordable and accessible,” according to the release. Among the findings:

  • Nearly three-quarters (72%) of Republicans and Independents favor legislation … Read

And the Winners Are …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” book giveaway: Jamie and Jill.

We were so impressed by the comment participation — and by the enthusiasm for “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” — that we went with two winners instead of one. A big thanks to everyone who who left such kind words.

The names were selected by the son of My web editor, Kiki Zeldes. As you can see from the … Read

Guidelines on Herpes in Pregnancy

By Rachel Walden |

In June of last year, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOCG) published new guidelines [PDF] on the management of herpes simplex virus (HSV) in pregnancy.

There are two types of herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 tends to be the cause of oral herpes (“cold sores” or “fever blisters”) and HSV-2 tends to be the cause of genital herpes, although either virus can affect the oral or genital areas. Herpes in pregnancy is of concern because of the potential to … Read

Double Dose: Chemicals in Toyland; IVF Provides Clues on Nature vs. Nurture; Recession Affects Botox Sales; Happy Valentine’s Day …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Chemicals in Toyland: The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) took effect this week, mandating stricter enforcement of lead and phtalates in children’s products and toys.

“While the ban was hailed as a victory for children’s health, it’s no guarantee that the products are safe,” reports NPR’s “Morning Edition.” “That’s because companies currently aren’t required to publicly disclose the chemicals they use in place of phthalates — and little is known about the health effects of one of the most widely … Read

Stimulus Update: Deals Leave Uninsured Behind

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In a story scheduled to run in Sunday’s paper, the Chicago Tribune looks at how the stimulus bill Congress approved leaves out millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay for health care.

Noam M. Levey writes that during the frenzied legislative process, “sometimes arbitrary decisions were made to speed agreements and satisfy an array of political interest groups working to influence the gargantuan bill.” He continues:

During last-minute negotiating, provisions were cut that would have opened the government-run Medicaid insurance program … Read

Political Diagnosis: Congress Approves Stimulus Package; Health Care for Women Act; Paging a New HHS Secretary; Hillary Clinton and the End of the Compromise Era on AIDS

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Stimulus Bill Passes House & Senate: Congress tonight approved the $787 billion economic stimulus bill. The House voted 246-183. The Senate followed hours later, 60-38. As expected, passage rested almost entirely on Democrats, who persuaded only three Senate Republicans to cross party lines — and not one Republican in the House — despite numerous concessions. President Obama is expected to sign the bill on Monday.

The National Women’s Law Center today offered this assessment of the bill while Read

Women, Action & The Media: Register Now for WAM!

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Time is running out for early registration for the annual Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) conference in Cambridge, Mass., March 27-29.

This is not your ordinary conference. WAM! has an inspiring goal: “to bring together everyone who has a stake in achieving gender justice in media, in order to share facts and ideas, develop skills, build collaborations, bridge differences and create action plans.”

It does so by presenting read than 40 sessions and workshops and by facilitating collaboration between sessions — there are parties, … Read

FDA Requires Corrective Ads on Yaz Contraceptive

By Rachel Walden |

Bayer recently launched commercials for the contraceptive drug Yaz that feature a female spokesperson and begin with a statement that the FDA thought Bayer’s previous ads were inadequate and asked Bayer to clear up a few things. “The F.D.A. wants us to correct a few points in those ads.”

I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve noticed an explicit “the FDA made us do this” message in a drug ad.

The FDA really did make them do it, though, issuing a warning letter last October stating that … Read

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth”: Awards, Accolades & A Book Giveaway

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” has received a number of accolades from doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas and, of course, women who are pregnant or hoping to be soon. It’s a real delight to see how many bloggers refer the book to readers.

Now “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” is gaining recognition in some important book circles.

Library Journal recently identified the book as one of the Best Consumer Health titles … Read

Yoplait Yogurt Goes rBGH-Free

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Yoplait yogurt will soon be free of artificial bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a synthetic hormone that has been linked to a number of health concerns, including breast cancer.

General Mills announced Monday that it will stop using milk produced from cows injected with rBGH (also known as rBST) in all Yoplait yogurts by August 2009.

“While the safety of milk from cows treated with rBST is not at issue, our consumers were expressing a preference for milk from cows not treated with rBST, and we … Read