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Judy Norsigian on a Drug Aimed at Curing Women With a Low Sex Drive and Other Health Concerns

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A recent Time magazine story looks at the decade-long search for a drug to cure women with low sexual desire — a so-called female Viagra. A German pharmaceutical company thinks it’s on the right track with flibanserin, a drug originally developed as an antidepressant (it didn’t work for its intended purpose). Filbanserin is undergoing clinical trials to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).

Our own Judy Norsigian is quoted in Time, expressing caution:

Certainly, there may be women who will do better after taking flibanserin, … Read

Special Issue on Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

By Rachel Walden |

The current issue of the journal “Clinical Risk” has of a series of articles commenting on risk and cosmetic surgery, from reputation and regulatory risks to physicians to clinical outcome risks for patients.

Because the journal is based in the UK, much of the discussion of the regulatory environment is focused there, but the articles also address the trend of cosmetic surgery tourism between nations and general perceptions of and risks to patients seeking cosmetic surgery.

In the editorial for the issue, plastic … Read

New Mammogram Guidelines Are Causing Confusion, But Here’s Why They Make Sense

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

New government guidelines recommending that women start screening for breast cancer at age 50 instead of 40 set off a round of criticism this week and caused much confusion for women who for years have been told that early detection saves lives.

But a number of women’s health organizations, including Myhags, the National Women’s Health Network and Breast Cancer Action, for years have warned that regular mammograms do not necessarily decrease a women’s risk of death. … Read

CDC Officially Reverses HPV Vaccine Requirement for Immigrant Women

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, the CDC issued revised vaccination criteria for U.S. immigration which will reverse the requirement that female immigrants seeking permanent residence or entry to the U.S. be immunized against HPV.

The new criteria require that any mandated vaccine must be age-appropriate for the immigrant applicant, and must either protect against a disease that has the potential to cause an outbreak or protect against a disease that has been eliminated or is in the process of being eliminated in the United States. As HPV … Read

Judy Norsigian Featured on “Liberadio(!)”

By Rachel Walden |

My co-founder and executive director Judy Norsigian has been in Nashville, TN, for the weekend, and this morning she was a guest on  Liberadio(!), Mary Mancini and Freddie O’Connell’s local political radio show.

Topics covered include the history of the organization and the need for its work (including the landmark book and newer initiatives), the PRIM&R conference Judy attended while in town, Senator Kennedy, health care reform, media portrayals of health reform proposals, the Stupak amendment, abortion, age discrimination, social justice … Read

Searching for Credible Health Information Online?: Ask Rachel

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In our second self-referential moment of the week, I wanted to point to several posts by My blogger Rachel Walden that are featured in this month’s MedLib’s Round, a monthly blog carnival that highlights some of the best writing on medical librarianship.

From the carnival intro:

A 2008 study by the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest found that searching for health information online can be dangerous, with search engine results pages dominated by websites that appeared legitimate but had zero … Read

If the Shoe Commercial Doesn’t Fit, Don’t Buy It: Reebok Ads High on Objectification, Low on Value

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

by Meg Young

Myhags intern

Reebok recently launched a new ad campaign for its women’s “Easy Tone” sneakers that is definitely not focused on feet. The shoe’s selling point is that the sole is supposedly constructed in such a way that it works the wearer’s hamstrings, calves and glutes as she walks, resulting in “better legs and a better butt with every step.”

From watching Reebok’s ads, however, one would think that the company is promoting lingerie, not a new fitness sneaker.

One of the … Read

Breast Cancer Survivors May Experience Ongoing Pain After Surgery

By Rachel Walden |

The current issue of JAMA has an article and editorial on the chronic pain experienced by some women following breast cancer surgery. This is not a topic I’ve personally read or heard much, so I was interested and surprised to read the editorial’s opening statement that “Chronic pain after breast cancer surgery occurs in approximately 50% of patients.”

The associated study paper in the journal provides read detail.  The research looked at 3,253 women in Denmark who had undergone unilateral (one-sided) breast … Read

Myhags Guest Stars on “Gossip Girl”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

We’ve heard from several readers who caught a glimpse of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” on a recent episode of “Gossip Girl.” (No, not that episode.)

We tried to embed the scene, but permissions just won’t let it happen. Fortunately Television Without Pity has the full (really full) re-cap, including the dialogue referencing My.  New York magazine was as surprised as we were to find My included …

Scott Roeder Confesses, Says Killing Dr. George Tiller was Justified

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Scott Roeder, the man accused of shooting abortion provider George Tiller, confessed to the killing today and said that he plans to argue at his trial that his actions were justified.

Roeder, 51, talked to an AP reporter for read than 30 minutes by telephone. He has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in Tiller’s death and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening two church ushers who tried to stop him when he shot Tiller in a church foyer in … Read