Our Bodies, Our Blog

Re-Framing Empowerment: Allergan, Breast Implants and a New, Improved You

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

What’s the most empowering action you’ve taken recently? Did you ask for a raise? Stand up for a cause? Run for president?

If you answered “Got breast implants!” well, Allergan’s marketing is working.

Allergan is a global pharmaceutical company perhaps best known for producing Botox. In late 2005, Allergan merged with Inamed, maker of silicone breast implants — just before silicone breast implants received FDA approval.

Earlier this summer, Orange County Register columnist Colin Stewart, who is admittedly no fan of elective cosmetic surgery but who remains “dazzled … Read

Emergency Planning Tips for Pregnant Women and Families with Young Children

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Just in time for the hurricane season, the CDC has launched a new website aimed at pregnant women and families with young children to help them prepare for an emergency or disaster.

The site includes tips for what to have on hand during an emergency, what to bring if you’re evacuating, and resources to help with the aftermath — including a number to call if you’re concerned about the effects of disaster-related exposures if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding (that would be the Read

Occupational Health Resources for Labor Day

By Rachel Walden |

For Labor Day, a round-up of links dealing with occupational health and workplace-related issues relevant to women:

Women’s Safety and Health Issues at Work – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

MedlinePlus: Occupational Health – National Library of Medicine

Women and Occupational Health – World Health Organization

Workplace Safety and Health – CDC

Women Workers – Human Rights Watch

Working it Out: Breastfeeding at Work – La Leche League

National Center for Farmworker Health

Have read, especially on specific … Read

Double Dose: Sarah Palin’s Priorities; Are All Women “Pre-Pregnant”?; New Data on the Uninsured; Mexico City Abortion Law Upheld …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The unavoidable news today is John McCain’s VP pick — Sarah Palin, the 44-year-old first-term governor of Alaska, who couldn’t be anyread unlike Hillary Clinton in terms of her position on social issues, universal health care and advocacy for women.

Palin believes abortion is only acceptable if a woman’s life is in danger. During a debate in 2006, the candidates were asked what they would do if their own daughters became pregnant through rape. Palin’s response: “I would … Read

The Many Costs of the New HHS Rule Privileging Conscience Over Patients

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A couple of good items today worth reading on the proposed Health & Human Services regulations that would allow federal health officials to withdraw funding from all medical providers and services receiving HHS support that do not let employees opt out of providing basic health care services they find objectionable.

First up, in this post at The Hill’s Congress Blog, Judy Waxman, vice president of the National Women’s Law Center, highlights an essential point about the new rule: it doesn’t just affect … Read

Marxavi Angel Martínez Case Illustrates Tensions Between Immigration Policy, Health Care Concerns

By Rachel Walden |

Marxavi Angel Martínez is a 23-year-old library employee in North Carolina who has been arrested on charges of using a dead person’s Social Security Number. Martínez was brought to the United States legally at three years of age, but her parents overstayed their Visas. Martínez was then raised in the United States, becoming an honor student, cheerleader, library clerk, and now mother.

It’s this last item that appears to have sparked Martínez’s arrest, raising concerns about medical privacy and the potential to scare immigrants away … Read

Health Care + Politics = Good for You?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Here’s a look at some health care news coming out of the Democratic National Convention and other interesting stories on politics and health care …

From Campaign for America’s Future (these events can be streamed at OurFuture.org):

– On Tuesday at 2pm MT, Campaign for America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey will talk about the principles of the new Health Care for America Now! Coalition to the thousands of activists and bloggers attending in person and online during the “Take Back America” event at … Read

Our Bodies Our Blog Update Part 2 – Send in Your Events

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

We now have a nifty calendar on the blog that will feature Myhags and women’s health-related events around the country, including conferences, workshops and fundraisers. We’d also like to include relevant book readings and film screenings, such as for a documentary like “The Business of Being Born.”

So, if you’re with an organization looking to promote an event, or you know of something taking place that Our Bodies Our Blog readers should know about, drop me a line. Thanks!

Our Bodies Our Blog Update Part 1 – Blog Post Delivery

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Since we switched to a new blog platform (WordPress, we love you!), we’ve learned that some readers are having trouble getting an updated feed of Our Bodies Our Blog:


We’ve tested it out, and re-inputting the link seems to do the trick! If you’re still having trouble, leave a comment or me directly.

Remember, you can also sign up to receive an email each afternoon with links to the most recently posted blog entries. Just enter your email address in the subscribe … Read

ABOG Calls Out Secretary Leavitt for Misrepresenting Certification Issue in Support of Proposed Regulation

By Rachel Walden |

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has issued a third blog post on physician conscience, announcing the release of the official proposed regulation following the draft which has generated so much controversy. I’d like to get read into the regulation itself later (RHRealityCheck has some excellent coverage in the meantime), but I continue to be amazed and appalled by Leavitt’s reliance on the certification argument as justification for the measure. Leavitt continues to either misunderstand or deliberately misrepresent the certification issue as a primary argument … Read