Our Bodies, Our Blog

Breast Cancer, rBGH and Yoplait: Put a Lid on It

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Our Bodies Our Blog has invited the folks at Breast Cancer Action to write monthly guest posts on breast cancer and related issues.

by Pauli Ojea

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is nearly here. You can probably tell by all of the pink ribbon products you’re starting to see as October draws near. Lipstick, blenders, candy, cars — even toilet paper is being sold in the name of breast cancer awareness.

One pinked-out product you’ve probably noticed is Yoplait yogurt. Yoplait makes a 10-cent donation to a breast cancer … Read

Google Changes Policy, Allows Anti-Abortion Religious Groups to Buy Ads

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Individuals using Google to find information on abortion will now see paid advertisements from anti-abortion religious groups.

Google last week revised its policy as part of an out-of-court settlement with the Christian Institute, a British organization that wanted to advertise on Google in March as the House of Commons was considering a bill on abortion.

Google had rejected the ad, which read in part, “UK abortion law: Key news and views on abortion law from The Christian Institute,” because it did not accept abortion ads … Read

Ten Reasons to Comment Opposing Proposed HHS Rule

By Rachel Walden |

The public comment period ends tomorrow on the HHS proposed rule on “physician conscience!” Go here to submit your comment. We’ve written a number of posts on the issue, as has RH Reality Check if you need to catch up on the proposal.

Here are 10 reasons to submit your comment opposing the regulation:

  1. Federal law already protects providers from being forced to perform abortion as it is defined by the medical community.
  2. The leaked draft made clear that an attempt … Read

The Best and Worst Moments in Women’s Health: What’s Your Take?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The publication of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” made Health magazine’s list of best and worst moments in women’s health — as one of the best moments, of course.

Here’s what Stephanie Dolgoff wrote:

Women finally get straight talk about their bodies

If you need to know something about your body, what do you do? Look it up, of course. But before 1970 there weren’t any good resources. That year a group of Boston women published a stapled-together booklet — the precursor to Our … Read

Countdown to Conscience Clause Regulation

By Rachel Walden |

[Originally posted at RH Reality Check. The comment period on the proposed rule discussed below ends this week on September 25.]

Back in July, a widely-decried proposal leaked out of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The new regulation explicitly enabled providers to define contraception as abortion and therefore refuse to provide it, and prevented clinics and other entities that receive federal funds from refusing to hire individuals who hold this belief — in contrast to the medical definitions of … Read

Double Dose: Know Any Great Leaders?; Comment on HHS “Conscience Clause”; It’s Not Just About the Rape Kits; Journal Issue Looks at Abstinence-Only Education Programs; World Wide Web of Pesticides; The Price of Beauty …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Nominate a Great Leader: Know an advocate for women who deserves worldwide attention? Women’s eNews has issued a call for 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Send your nominations to [email protected]. The deadline is midnight on Oct. 6, 2008. Learn about past award recipients here.

Countdown to Conscience Clause Regulation: You’ve heard about the proposed Health & Human Services regulations that would allow federal health officials to withdraw funding from medical providers and services receiving HHS support that do not let employees … Read

Douching is Bad, Sex Toys are Good

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, some of us received PR materials for a “therapeutic vaginal cleansing system” (or douche) complete with a “just add tap water” headline. As we note in this piece on vaginal infections, routine douching isn’t recommended because it can upset the natural balance of your vagina. 4women.gov has additional information on why douching is a bad idea. Naturally, then, I approached this product, “WaterWorks,” skeptically.

The WaterWorks website is pretty much standard as far as selling products based on an … Read

Healthy Information Takes a Holiday

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune reported on a religious fast by a 17-year-old:

For read than a month, the only thing Eva Mehta put in her body was water, and never after dark.

At times, the 17-year-old was so weak and nauseated that her parents had to use a wheelchair to bring her from their van to their Jain temple in Bartlett. When the hunger pangs hit hard, she would pinch her ears. But she kept up her fast, even when she went to … Read

BPA Risk Not Just for Kids: Study Raises Safety Concerns for Adults

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

At a public meeting Tuesday before a Food & Drug Administration subcommittee, the FDA stuck to its claim that exposure to Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is safe.

Inconveniently for the FDA, a new study published today found an association between BPA and cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities in adults.

It was the first large study of BPA in humans, and it comes on the heels of a Yale study that found monkeys exposed to low doses … Read

Studying the Candidates’ Health Care Plans (Remember Those?)

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Kevin Sack of The New York Times writes in The Caucus:

Senator John McCain’s top domestic policy adviser, former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, recently said in a conference call with reporters that Mr. McCain’s health care proposal would “put 25 to 30 million individuals out of the ranks of the uninsured, into the ranks of the insured.” In an article released Tuesday, a panel of prominent health economists concludes that Mr. Holtz-Eakin’s projection is off by, well, 25 to 30 million.