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The Drama of Medicine: How Shows Like “ER” Influence and Are Influenced by Public Health

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The 15-year run of  “ER” ended last week, sparking a number of reflections and retrospectives.

Since I cover health, I especially appreciated this analysis of the NBC series’ influence on the representation of health care in television programming.

It was back in 1996 when The New England Journal of Medicine first took “ER” and other medical shows to task for performing CPR much read frequently — and with much greater success — than … Read

Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Method: Elisabeth Bing

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: Harriet R. Barry

Nominee: Elisabeth Bing, Lamaze International Co-Founder

Elisabeth Bing, co-founder of the Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Method in the USA almost 50 years ago, made a major contribution in achieving Family Centered Maternity and changed birth in America for the better  for all time.

Birth in the 19th and 20th … Read

Rocket Woman: Robin Rothrock

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: Deborah Serbanic

Nominee: Robin Rothrock, Clinic owner and manager

I saw the announcement about nominating someone for a “Women’s Health Hero” on the website for Myhags. My first thought was for Robin Rothrock. She is the owner and manager of the abortion clinic (Hope Medical Group … Read

At-Home Fertility Test Doesn’t Answer All Questions

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Read than 50 years ago, network censors prevented Lucille Ball from using the word “pregnant” to describe her, um, pregnancy on “I Love Lucy.” She instead had to say she was “expecting.”

Fast forward to 2009, where the leading home pregnancy test, First Response, appears on TV shows like “Gossip Girls” and in the movie “Juno.”

Andrew Adam Newman reports in The New York Times that in addition to nifty product placement, First Response has rolled out a new advertising campaign built around three pregnancy-related … Read

1960s Abortion Counselor: Michele Gregg

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: Ashley E. Bowen

Nominee: Michele Gregg, Former Abortion Counselor (1960s)

Pictured below is entrant Ashley E. Bowen

Always Care for Yourself: Jo Ell East

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: Brittney

Nominee: Jo Ell East

My Mommy will always be my health hero. In read ways than one, she showed me, my sister and all my girl friends what it is like to be a healthy, sexually active and health conscious woman. I will never be ashamed of my body, … Read

If You Own a Uterus: Caroline Baker-Drake

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: Christine Nerney-Zapetis

Nominee: Caroline Baker-Drake, Adjunct Professor – Human Sexuality

Caroline Baker-Drake is an adjunct professor of human sexuality at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York, a small college in a semi-rural and very conservative area of upstate New York.

Ms. Baker-Drake is one of the most engaging and … Read

My Mother: Nanette Therese Rawlins

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: Augusta Rawlins-Rader

Nominee: Nanette Therese Rawlins, My Mother

It might seem odd to many of you that I choose to nominate my mother, Nanette Therese Rawlins, for a Women’s Health Heroes Award, but that is exactly what she is to me. While most parents dodge the issue of sex in … Read

Melanie Blocker Stoke MOTHERS Act on Postpartum Depression Passed House, Moves to Senate

By Rachel Walden |

Recently, the Melanie Blocker Stoke MOTHERS Act, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, passed in the House and has now been referred to the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. It is intended to “provide for research on, and services for individuals with, postpartum depression and psychosis.”

The legislation provides for research on the causes, frequency, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, as well as “Information and education programs for health care professionals and the public, which may include … Read

Last Chance to Comment on HHS “Provider Conscience Rule”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Thursday, April 9, is the last day the Department of Health & Human Services is accepting comments on the proposed rule to rescind the Bush administration’s “provider conscience rule” — which was designed to undermine women’s access to reproductive health care.

We’ve written quite a lot about how harmful this rule is to all patients seeking accurate medical information.

Please take a moment to add your comments today. You can do so at Regulations.gov … Read