Our Bodies, Our Blog

New Resource Readily Displays Women’s Health Data

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) just released a new interactive map that allows you to access information on women’s health by state.

Screenshot from Kaiser Family Foundation website

For each of four categories — demographics, coverage and access, sexual health, and pregnancy — you can hover over any state and see quick facts. The overall national statistics are also offered, so you can do a quick side by side comparison to see how a particular state matches up to the national data. The … Read

U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Reaches Historic Low

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

The CDC recently released data gathered from death certificates in 2014, which analyzes different aspects of mortality and life expectancy. One important change in that data from 2013 was the infant mortality rate:

The infant mortality rate (IMR)—the ratio of infant deaths to live births in a given year—is generally considered a good indicator of the overall health of a population. IMR declined 2.3% to a record low 582.1 infant deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014 from 596.1 in 2013.

This decline in infant mortality follows a … Read

First Fundraising Goal Exceeded!

By My |

We did it!! In just 7 weeks, the #MyTaughtMe crowdfunding campaign raised $165,039, far surpassing our initial $100,000 goal!

We are thrilled and deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we received. THANK YOU to all who donated, shared our emails, posted our call to social media, spread the word near and far, and sent us encouraging notes. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Toward the end of the campaign, when donations were slowing down, we received a much needed boost from the … Read

AMA Calls for Ban on Consumer Ads for Prescription Drugs

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

Earlier this week the American Medical Association (AMA) took a bold step and called for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs and medical devices.

The AMA is the largest professional association for physicians, and has significant influence on medical policy and decision-making.

The AMA notes:

The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs. Advertising dollars spent by drug makers have increased by 30 percent in the last two years to $4.5 billion, … Read