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Want to Help Make History? Join Us in Demanding Female Condoms!

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by Anna Forbes

Have you ever been part of an attempt to set a new record in the “Guinness Book of World Records”? Want to help break an existing world record while also helping to increase access to HIV prevention tools?

If so, your message can be featured in what we hope will become the world’s longest chain of paper dolls.

Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (UAFC) is working with CHANGE, Myhags, and dozens of other organizations around the world … Read

Upcoming Webinar on Reproductive and Sexual Health, Including HIV Initiatives

By Rachel Walden |

The following is an announcement for an upcoming webinar on reproductive and sexual health, especially as they relate to Healthy People 2020 goals for improving the nation’s health:

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar on Thursday, June 21, from 12–12:45 p.m. ET. This month, we will address issues related to reproductive and sexual health.

To commemorate National HIV Testing Day on June 27, we’ll feature The Bronx Knows, an initiative that … Read

New AHRQ Info for Consumers and Public Comment

By Rachel Walden |

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a draft report for public comment, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Developing and Prioritizing a Future Research Agenda.

Through interviews with clinicians, consumer advocates, research funders, and others, and review of the evidence gaps identified in the 2010 VBAC conference, the report team came up with a lot of ideas for future research on VBAC. They then prioritized them, to highlight what they think are the top 10 most important questions for … Read

Some Vaginal Meshes for Prolapse Coming Off the Market; FDA Expresses Safety Concerns About These Devices

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this week, Johnson & Johnson stated in federal court that it would no longer sell several of its vaginal mesh products. The company is being sued by hundreds of women who claim it caused them injuries. According to reports, earlier this year the FDA said the company had sold one of the implants, the Gynecare Prolift, for three years without proper regulatory approval.

Vaginal (or transvaginal) mesh has been one surgical approach to pelvic organ prolapse – when organs like the uterus or … Read

Hormone Therapy and Chronic Disease Prevention

By Rachel Walden |

This month, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a new report which is informing their updated recommendations on hormone therapy for chronic disease prevention in menopausal women. Bone fractures, dementia, stroke, and urinary incontinence were among the chronic conditions they examined.

In the 2005 recommendations, USPSTF recommended against routine use of combined estrogen and progestin for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women, and against estrogen alone for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women who have had a hysterectomy. The … Read

Media Coverage of Health News

By Rachel Walden |

If you’ve ever questioned the accuracy of media coverage of medical news, Health News Review is a great go-to resource. The site has excellent resources to help people critically read health news articles and learn what to look for in news reports, which often overstate or misstate the potential impact of the newest test or treatment.

You can also go to HRN to find reviews, written by the site’s medical experts, of specific medical news stories.

Medical news stories are reviewed for a number … Read

Breast Cancer Action Webinar: Inequities in Breast Cancer

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, Breast Cancer Action hosted a webinar, Inequities in Breast Cancer: Race and Place Matter, presented by Sahru Keiser of BCA and Irene Yen of UCSF. They discussed disparities in deaths and especially survival 5 years past diagnosis among Black, Latina, Asian and Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and Native American and Alaska Native women. For example, Keiser noted that Latinas are 20% read likely to die than white women, even when diagnosed at a similar age and cancer stage.

The presenters also discussed … Read

Public Comments Sought in Response to CDC’s Infertility Action Plan

By Rachel Walden |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a draft of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention, and Management of Infertility, and will be soliciting public comments until June 15, 2012.

The CDC describes the purpose of the plan as follows:

Addressing both male and female infertility, the plan outlines and summarizes actions needed to promote, preserve, and restore the ability of women in the United States to conceive, carry a pregnancy to term, and deliver a healthy infant. This … Read

Physicians Speak Out: A High Profile Call to Arms in the Abortion War

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by Carole Joffe

 [T]here is now an unprecedented and sweeping legal assault on women’s reproductive rights. New legislation is being introduced, and sometimes passed, in state after state that would roll back access to abortion and contraception, mainly by intruding on the relationship between doctor and patient. […] But where are the doctors? They have been strangely silent about this legal assault, even though it directly interferes with medical practice.

The above statement is important not just because of the insightful words being said, but because of … Read

Congrats to Our Friends at the National Women’s Health Network!

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this month, the National Women’s Health Network received the Grassroots Activism Award from the National Breast Cancer Coalition for its years of work challenging the wisdom of widespread use of menopausal hormone replacement therapy, especially estrogen/progestin therapy known to raise women’s risk of breast cancer.

NWHN Director Cindy Pearson, in response to the award, reminds us of how widespread HRT was in the recent past, and how little was really known at that time about the potential harms … Read