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Read Research on Risks of Birth Impairments with Assisted Reproduction

By Rachel Walden |

The November issue of the journal Fertility & Sterility includes an article that attempts to determine whether assisted reproductive technology (ART, or AHR for “assisted human reproduction”) may be associated with a higher risk of birth impairments.

The authors reviewed data from records in an Ontario birth database for which information about reproductive assistance was reported, and compared outcomes for the 790 infants conceived via assisted means (including ovulation induction, intra-uterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection) to the outcomes of 43,462 … Read

What Might Health Reform Mean for Women of Color?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

That’s the topic of this live, interactive webcast, scheduled for today — Wednesday, Dec. 16 — at 1 p.m. ET.

Sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the webcast will examine aspects of the current Senate and House health reform bills that particularly affect women of color, who face additional health and access challenges.

You can join the live webcast here. An archived version, as well as a podcast and transcript, will be available later today.

Today’s panel will also address provisions in the bills that would affect access … Read

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia on Home Birth

By Rachel Walden |

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (Canada) is the licensing and regulatory body for all physicians and surgeons in the province. As such, its mission involves establishing and enforcing standards for medical practice in the region, and the College publishes resource manuals with policies and guidelines to inform and direct providers.

The College recently approved a new resource manual on planned home birth in British Columbia. It begins:

The College supports a woman’s right to personal autonomy and decision making in obstetrical care. … Read

Drug Companies Pay for Delay of Cheaper Generic Products

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, TPMMuckraker ran a story by Zachary Roth, “Drug-Makers Paying Off Competitors To Keep Cheap Generics Off Market,” about the deals (sometimes called “reverse payment settlements” or “reverse settlements”) made between drug companies in order to keep generic drugs off the shelves after the original patents protecting the brand name drugs have expired.

As Roth explains:

When a generic drug is approved to come to market, the maker of the read expensive name-brand drug sues the generic for patent infringement. But instead of a conventional … Read

WAM! Auction Ends Tonight: Once-in-A-Lifetime Chance to Meet Your Heroes, Give Great Gifts

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Ever wish you could meet Cyndi Lauper — or Tegan and Sara or Margaret Cho? Or ask Katha Pollitt or Kate Harding or Rebecca Traister to edit your manuscript? Or wear the iconic blazer Princeton Professor Melissa Harris Lacewell appears in on “The Rachel Maddow Show”?

You’ll have your chance today — but only today — to make these and other dreams come true.

Head on over to the Read

Rachel Maddow vs. Richard Cohen: Watch It Now

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Make yourself comfortable. You’re not going to want to move for the next 15 minutes.

Rachel Maddow invited Richard Cohen, who claims he can “cure” homosexuals, on her show Tuesday night. Passages of his book “Coming Out Straight” — unscientific, debunked, ridiculously accusatory passages — are being used to justify proposed legislation in Uganda  that calls for executing gay men and women either living with HIV or who are “serial offenders” (whatever that means).

Anyone convicted of a homosexual act faces life in prison under … Read

Public Commenting Open on Healthy People 2020 Objectives

By Rachel Walden |

Healthy People is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that sets health objectives for the nation for a ten-year period. The current set of objectives is referred to as Healthy People 2010, but as 2010 is fast approaching, the department is considering a new set of health priorities to target through 2020.

The objectives typically cover preventable disease, increasing quality and length of life, and the elimination of health disparities across a range of focus areas. For example, Healthy People 2010 … Read

Day of Action to Stop Stupak

By Rachel Walden |

Today pro-choice folks are converging on D.C. for a National Day of Action to support health care reform that includes a full range of reproductive health services for women and to oppose the Stupak Amendment, which prohibits abortion coverage in any public option and creates bureaucratic hurdles that could make it difficult for women to pay for abortion coverage with their own money.

Christine has written about the amendment several times on this blog, … Read

Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Updated

By Rachel Walden |

Somewhat lost in the recent debate over mammography recommendations were the updated cervical cancer screening guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Although the Practice Bulletin itself is limited to subscription access, ACOG issued a press release that outlines two important changes:

  • Cervical cancer screening should begin at age 21 years (regardless of sexual history). Screening before age 21 should be avoided because women less than 21 years old are at very low risk of cancer. Screening these women may lead to unnecessary and … Read

Courts Find in Favor of Women Claiming Prempro Caused Breast Cancer

By Rachel Walden |

Courts in Philadephia recently ruled in favor of two plaintiffs who sued Pfizer because they believed their breast cancer was caused by taking Prempro, an estrogen progestin combined hormone replacement therapy (formerly sold by Wyeth).

Read than $100 million was awarded by juries between those two cases, although news reports indicate that Pfizer will appeal and damages awarded are likely to be reduced; a Pfizer spokesperson said the company does not believe the verdicts “were supported by the evidence or the law.” About 10,000 … Read