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The HER Foundation: Kimber Wakefield McGibbon

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: Penny Richards

Nominee: Kimber Wakefield McGibbon, founder of the HER Foundation

Registered nurse Kimber Wakefield McGibbon started the HER Foundation in 2000, after her own first experience with severe hyperemesis gravidarum, the extreme and hazardous “morning sickness” that some women (including me) experience in pregnancy. HER Foundation and the website … Read

A Doula Story: Loretha Weisinger

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: Joni Elihous

Nominee: Loretha Weisinger, Doula

You can see this courageous woman  for yourself.  She has done a documentary:

I was so impressed, I knew I needed to nominate her.

The Inspiration of a Professor: Dr. Carol Boyd

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: Kate Weatherly

Nominee: , professor at the University of Michigan

I am writing to nominate Dr. Carol Boyd for a Women’s Health Hero Award. I was lucky to be a student in Dr. Boyd’s Women’s Health course at the University of Michigan in 1994, and my … Read

Non-Profits Join Forces on Chronic Conditions

By Rachel Walden |

This week, we learned of 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.”

The conditions – chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), and vulvodynia – disproportionately or solely affect women.  All are poorly understood, and many who suffer from these conditions are misdiagnosed and receive inappropriate treatment.

While the OCA website does not yet have a lot of detail, the partnered … Read

Opinion Piece on Conscientious Objection in Medicine

By Rachel Walden |

We’ve covered the topic of provider conscience previously. The New England Journal of Medicine has just published a perspective piece on the issue, , by Julie D. Cantor, which offers a clear and concise explanation of concerns about the Bush Administration’s last minute “conscience” rule – including the broad definitions of who is included, effects on employment law, … Read

Raise the Roof: National Women’s Speak Out for Action on Health Reform

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Raising Women’s Voices is hosting a National Women’s Speak Out for Action on Health Reform this week at the in New York City.

Below is a summary of the events:

April 1: A National Women’s Speakout for Action on Health Reform, moderated by NBC News Medical Editor Nancy Synderman, M.D. Grassroots women will share their personal stories about how America’s health system is failing them and their families. Health policy experts will engage with participants to link these stories to needed policy … Read

Political Diagnosis: Health Care Reform Tips – What to Read, Who to Watch; Groups Find Common Ground; A Lesson From Massachusetts; Time to Split the FDA? …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Health Care Primers: The L.A. Times earlier this month published a as the health care debate unfolds. And over at The New York Times, Uwe E. Reinhardt, an economics professor at Princeton, the economic sector’s definition of “health care reform.”

Groups Find Some Common Ground on Health Care: “Groups often at odds over health care reform — consumers, insurers, doctors, employers — reached a broad agreement Friday that could serve as a starting point for … Read

Update From WAM! Conference

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

I’m thrilled to be at the annual this weekend — so many great activists, writers, journalists, artists and teachers in one () space brainstorming, debating and learning from each other.

Yesterday I taught a day-long workshop on blogging (note to participants: hope you alert us all to your new blogs soon!). At this moment, I’m in the back row of the session “New Administration, New World Order: The Top Five Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights Stories You’ll Want … Read

Double Dose: New Books on Reproduction, Christian Patriarchy; Michelle Obama’s Garden; The Economy’s Impact on Women; “Friday Night Lights” Scores With Sex Talk …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Reading List: Anna Clark , author of “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World,” at Bitch magazine (and happy birthday to Anna’s blog, !).

Kathryn Joyce, author of “Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement,”  talks with . An excerpt of her book can be read .

Planting a Future: Melissa Harris Lacewell of Michelle Obama planting the new White House vegetable garden. Read historians, authors … Read

Real Problems with RealAge

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

I’ve been assuring myself lately that I’m not really as old as my driver’s license insists. My true age — a number determined by health and lifestyle habits — must be lower. All these years without red meat has to count for something.

To confirm my wishful thinking, I planned on taking an online quiz called that promises to help you find … your real age. Despite an intimidating 150 or so questions, I was courting the payoff: Every time I look in … Read