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Discussion on 50th Anniversary of the Pill

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

UPDATE: Interview got bumped for breaking news. It is scheduled to air Monday.

Myhags Executive Director Judy Norsigian will be on “The Emily Rooney Show” on WGBH-FM (89.7 in Boston) today at 12 noon, discussing the 50th anniversary of the pill. You can listen live online.

Elaine Tyler May, a professor of American studies and history at the University of Minnesota and the author of “America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril and Liberation,” will also … Read

“Less is Read” Series Highlights Overused Medical Interventions

By Rachel Walden |

The prominent medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine has launched a new feature, “Less is Read,” intended to “highlight situations in which the overuse of medical care may result in harm and in which less care is likely to result in better health.” As a freely available editorial in the current issue explains:

Across the United States, the rate of use of common medical services varies markedly, but measures of health are not better in areas where read services are provided. In fact, the … Read

National Women’s Check-Up Day: Wondering if You Should Get Tested?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Today marks the 8th annual National Women’s Check-Up Day, a nationwide effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to promote the importance of regular check-ups as “vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions.”

Planned Parenthood has put together key points concerning sexually transmitted infections along with a handy quiz (see below) to help assess individual risk.

* It is estimated that nearly 19 million new cases of … Read

Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women Launches May 19

By Rachel Walden |

We have written previously about the Overlapping Conditions Alliance, a group of nonprofit organizations “seeking to advance the scientific, medical and policy needs of individuals affected by medical conditions that frequently overlap.”

On May 19, the Alliance will launch the Campaign to End Chronic Pain In Women with a goal “to improve the quality of women’s lives by raising awareness of chronic pain conditions that disproportionately impact women, as well as the neglect, dismissal and discrimination faced by women suffering from chronic … Read

Congratulations to the Mother of the Decade!

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Happy Mother’s Day!

Who does Michelle Obama think should be “Mother of the Decade”? That’s up to you!

Click here to enter the name of a favorite family member or friend, and it will appear in a customizable video. Your mom will make headlines in a faux news story and be featured on a movie marquee. America Ferrara and Hillary Clinton are among the celebrities waiting to offer their congratulations.

*Brought to you by MomsRising, which has been working since 2006 to … Read

Giving Her Students a Gift of Independence: Jill Wood

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrants: Nikki Hatza and Farnaz Farhi

Nominee: Jill Wood, Senior Lecturer in Women’s Studies at Penn State University

As our undergraduate educations draw to a close, and we reflect back upon the classes and people who have most influenced our lives, one professor stands out in particular.

Dr. Jill Wood, a … Read

Citizen Activist: Margaret Flowers

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Carol Paris

Nominee: Margaret Flowers, Citizen Activist

Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician who for the past several years has devoted all of her energies to speaking out and organizing for a truly universal and comprehensive health care program, one that goes far beyond the law just enacted by … Read

Building Coalitions & Serving the County: Duchy Trachtenberg

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Alan Trachtenberg, MD, MPH

Nominee: Duchy Trachtenberg, MSW, LCSW-C, County Council member — Montgomery County, Md.

Council member Duchy Trachtenberg (D-At Large) was elected to the Montgomery County Council in 2006. She is chair of the Management and Fiscal Policy Committee, responsible for county economic and fiscal policy; government … Read

Campaign Asks for Creation of Office of Maternal Health

By Rachel Walden |

Amnesty International, which recently released a report on maternal health in the United States, is asking supporters to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, to ask for the creation of an Office of Maternal Health to “ensure that the country’s maternal health care crisis is addressed in a comprehensive manner.”

In the provided letter, the organization asks for such an Office to work on the following priorities:

  • gathering comprehensive data on deaths, complications and performance measures along with an effective nationwide … Read