Our Bodies, Our Blog

Double Dose: Academics’ Ethics; Blogging About Disablism; “My Beautiful Mommy” Bombs with Bloggers, Scores on Publicity; Plastic Surgery on TV; Contraceptives in Middle School; Breast Cancer Rates Drop – for White Women; and Read

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Ethics Worth Read Than Financial Payments: “With little fanfare, a small number of prominent academic scientists have made a decision that was until recently all but unheard of. They decided to stop accepting payments from food, drug and medical device companies,” reports The New York Times.

No longer will they be paid for speaking at meetings or for sitting on advisory boards. They may still work with companies. It is important, they say, for knowledgeable scientists to help companies draw up and interpret studies. … Read

Breast Cancer Fundraising: Questions to Ask Before You Walk, Run or Bike

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

It’s that time of year again … as the weather warms up, the charity walks (and runs and bike rides and climbs) kick off, hoping to raise money to “fight” or “cure” [insert popular disease here]. Advertisements for breast cancer walks seem to be among the most ubiquitous.

In addition to raising money, participation yields camaraderie and provides an opportunity to “do something” — which is understandably comforting and often necessary, particularly when you or a family member or friend have been affected by the disease.

But … Read

Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Women from all over the country engaged in health care reform are converging on Boston for a two-day conference (April 17-18) at Simmons College, “Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need.”

Check out the full program, including all panels and speakers, here (PDF). Former U.S. Surgeon Jocelyn Elders gave this morning’s keynote, “The Crisis in Our Health Care System: Why Don’t We Have Quality, Affordable Health Care for All?”

The conference is sponsored by Raising Women’s Voices, a national initiative that … Read

Read Controversy Surrounding Merck and Vioxx

By Rachel Walden |

Today’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association includes two articles and a commentary (all freely available to the public*) that renew the debate surrounding pharmaceutical company Merck’s behavior with regards to the arthritis drug Vioxx (rofecoxib). The drug was voluntarily pulled from the market after safety concerns were raised (and 20 million prescriptions had already been written). Considerable controversy has surrounded the drug with regards to whether Merck understood and downplayed the increased risk of cardiovascular effects prior to the drug’s withdrawal … Read

Genome Scans: What do You Want to Know About Your DNA?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

How much would you pay to know your genetic makeup? And once you had the information, how might it affect your behavior? Or your anxiety levels?

Anna Gosline gets to all that and read in this comprehensive story she wrote for the L.A. Times about the fall-out from her own genetic test. Gosline discovered that she has a higher-than-average lifetime risk for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease — a risk that wasn’t entirely a surprise, since her maternal grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease. Gosline writes:

But something about … Read

Postpartum Depression, Women Veterans, and Breast Cancer

By Rachel Walden |

A recent edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report presents results of a 17-state survey of women who had recently given birth who answered questions about their experience of post-partum depression. Rather than needing to know a technical definition of PPD, women were asked questions such as “Since your new baby was born, how often have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?” and 2) “Since your new baby was born, how often have you had little interest or little pleasure in … Read

Body Image by the Book

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Photographer Rosanne Olsen has just published “This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes,” a book of nude photographs of dozens of women age 19 to 95.

Each woman’s photograph — and there does seem to be a good mix — is paired with her words describing how she feels about her body.

You can preview excerpts here (PDF). And here’s a review from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

I poked through the book a bit and wanted to share … Read

Double Dose: Breast Implants and Illnesses; Lawsuit Over Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch; Abortion Has Left the Classroom; Aging and Quality of Life; Mothers Movement Online; Digital Mammograms Lead to Read Call-Backs; Razor Blades and Inner Goddeses

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Dumb Quote of the Week: “Eighteen is certainly an age where we’re putting men and women in uniform on a battlefield … I think they can decide if they want larger breasts.” — Dr. Alan Gold, a Great Neck, N.Y., plastic surgeon, as quoted in this Newsday story on breast implants.

The story notes that “according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of women 18 and younger who have had breast enlargements has risen nearly 500 percent over the last … Read

Judy Norsigian Discusses Women’s Health on SF Public Radio

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Myhags Executive Director Judy Norsigian talked about women’s health this week on “Your Call,” a popular San Francisco public radio program that airs on KALW.

“Your Call” has a blog with read info on the interview and a link to listen online. From the overview:

Women make up the largest segment of health workers, health consumers, and health decision-makers for their families and communities. So how have women’s health care issues been transformed in the past four decades? How much attention … Read

NPR Uncovers Read Info on POPLINE Controversy

By Rachel Walden |

Morning Edition has a piece today on the POPLINE controversy, indicating that the issue arose because one recent issue of A Magazine “focused on abortion as a human rights issue and profiled abortion rights advocates around the world,” and USAID did not want these articles included in the database.

In other words, federally-funded USAID didn’t like the politics of one issue of the publication, so decided that it should not be accessible through the major database on global reproductive health.

It seems strange … Read