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New Website for Women’s Health Information

By Rachel Walden |

The National Library of Medicine and Office of Research on Women’s Health have teamed up to provide a new website to help you find research and resources on women’s health topics, especially those featured in the 2008 National Institutes of Health Priorities for Women’s Health [PDF].

Although this announcement lists two websites, one from NLM and one from ORWH, they seem to have overlapping content that is organized slightly differently. The NLM site is probably easiest to use, as it … Read

Double Dose: Sex Trade Foes Stung by Spitzer’s Fall; Managing Online Health Records; The New Face of AIDS is a Black Woman; Pre-Schoolers and Body Image

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

E-Mail Discussed Unapproved Use of Drug: “John C. Lechleiter, an Eli Lilly official who is about to become the company’s top executive, wrote an e-mail message in 2003 that appears to have encouraged Lilly to promote its schizophrenia medicine Zyprexa for a use not approved by federal drug regulators,” reports today’s New York Times. Why is this an issue?

The e-mail message was discussed this week in an Anchorage courtroom in a lawsuit against Lilly by the State of Alaska. The suit seeks reimbursement … Read

Marketing Female Sexual Dysfunction: The Search for the Pink Viagra

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As we approach the 10th anniversary of FDA approval of Viagra — a moment of silence, please, in memory of Viagra-free email, commercials and Bob Dole — the search for a woman’s version of Viagra continues.

Even the most optimistic researchers believe that a “pink Viagra” is still about five years away, according to the Washington Post. But the race is on.

As David Segal writes, “Though it’s unclear exactly how many women would ask for a prescription, no one doubts that the first company … Read

Call to Participate in Study of Women’s Attitudes, and How to Find Clinical Trials for Your Condition

By Rachel Walden |

The Ethnic Specific Midlife Women’s Attitudes Toward Physical Activity, or “eMAPA” study, is currently recruiting women to participate in an online survey to explore midlife women’s attitudes toward and participation in physical activity, and whether there are ethnic differences among women with regard to physical activity. The researchers’ long-term goals include developing a web-based physical activity promotion education program and providing culturally competent care for menopausal women.

You may participate if you are ages 40 to 60 years, do not have any mobility problems, … Read

Documentary Examines Breast Implant Safety

By Christine Cupaiuolo |


Boston University will screen “Absolutely Safe,” a documentary examining breast implant safety and the role of beauty, on Friday, March 28.

A Q&A with the director, Carol Ciancutti-Leyva, will follow.

From the film’s synopsis:

At a time when read women than ever are getting breast implants, fewer voices than ever seem to be asking “Why?” And fewer still are asking “Are they safe?” ABSOLUTELY SAFE takes an open-minded, personal approach to the controversy over breast implant safety. Ultimately, ABSOLUTELY SAFE is … Read

Pharmaceuticals in Your Drinking Water

By Rachel Walden |

The AP has released a report on pharmaceuticals making it into the water supply, and found from a compilation of data that the drugs are detectable in drinking water supplies almost everywhere that tests have been conducted. How do these antibiotics, psychiatric drugs, hormones, and other chemicals end up in the water? Pretty simply, as the report notes:

“People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is … Read

Double Dose: International Women’s Day; Annual State of Black America Report; Legislation on Drive-By Mastectomies Stuck in Neutral; Maternal Instinct Wired?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Celebrate International Women’s Day: Happy IWD to everyone! Here’s the 100-year history and hundreds of events taking place in read than 50 countries.

Lucinda Marshall has reflections on the importance of IWD — and plenty read at Feminist Peace Network. Women’s eNews’ weekly Cheers & Jeers focuses on equality gains and disappointments around the world. Carolyn Byerly writes about the lack of U.S. media coverage.

State of Black America: The State of Black … Read

Coping with Menopause in Rural Areas

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A report published in The Journal of Advanced Nursing found that women living in rural areas may have extra pressures in coping with menopause, including “geographical isolation, lack of confidentiality and anonymity, stress from multiple roles (including caring for aging relatives), poverty and limited health care and support services”

The study was only of 25 women, but the findings make sense. Limited access to doctors, support groups and factual information can make any condition or disease read stressful. Sheri L. Price, a nurse researcher … Read

Census Bureau Releases 40-Year Profile of Work and Pregnancy

By Rachel Walden |

The Census Bureau has released a new report on women’s working patterns, choices, and benefits during and after a first pregnancy, Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers: 1961–2003 [PDF]. The report reveals trends over the recent decades, and concludes, “Overall, these findings indicate that women are staying longer at work, returning read rapidly after having their first child, and, in general, choosing to incorporate work life with childbearing and childrearing read than did women in the 1960s.”

I do have a small … Read