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How Can We Help Teen Mothers Avoid and Cope With Postpartum Depression?

By Rachel Walden |

Although there is a fair amount of information and research available on postpartum depression in general, very little of it seems to focus specifically on the needs or care of teen mothers.

A published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March attempts to fill in this gap — and it shows some promising results.

First, the authors explain why the risks of PPD in teens are important:

PPD … Read

Supreme Court Hears Case Against Myriad Genetics: Why Patents Hurt Women’s Health

By Rachel Walden |


On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the , challenging the company’s right to hold patents on  two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer: BRCA1 an BRCA2.

The primary concern — which Myhags, a  in the case, shares — is that human genes shouldn’t be patentable because they occur in nature. Allowing the patents restricts access to testing and research on these genes, and … Read

“Can We See the Baby Bump, Please?”: Film on Commercial Surrogacy in India Screens in Boston

By Rachel Walden |

Update: A second public event has been added, also co-sponsored by Myhags: “Systemic Violence or Informed Consent? The Politics of New Reproductive Technologies and Medical Experimentation in India” is the theme of the program at MIT on Tuesday, April 23, which will include the film screening and remarks by Sama’s co-founder, Sarojini N. The event will take place in MIT Bldg. 5, Room 217, at 7 p.m.

The rise of commercial surrogacy has led to numerous concerns and conversations involving women’s health and medical … Read

The Long Political History of Increasing Access to Emergency Contraception

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, a judge to make emergency contraception pills available over the counter, with no age restrictions, capping a long and frustrating legal battle to increase access.

Versions of levonorgestrel-based emergency contraceptive pills (such as Plan B and Next Choice) are expected to be made available without restriction within 30 days, but it’s not clear whether there will be some administrative interference. The FDA might decide on new labeling or to limit the forms … Read

Eating Disorders in Adolescence Can Have a Long Term Effect on Women’s Health

By Rachel Walden |

Despite the prevalence of  in adolescent girls, it’s difficult to find information about longer term health consequences in adults, as little follow-up has been done. A new  on the long-term health consequences of the female athlete triad, a syndrome that may include eating disorders, is an important contribution to the research.

First defined in the early 1990s, female athlete triad used to … Read

The Saga of Michael Klein: A Poem in Praise of a Pristine Perineum

By Guest Contributor |

by Allison Saran

Some of the world’s greatest medical discoveries never receive the attention they deserve. For Canadian physician , the attention came late, but it’s been growing ever since.

And thanks to one very humorous and talented fan, Klein’s work is immortalized in rhyme.

Dr. Jerry Kruse, the  executive associate dean of the School of Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he had been chair of the department of Family and Community … Read

Study: Expand Abortion Access by Expanding the Types of Professionals Who Can Provide Care

By Rachel Walden |

In the United States, of counties have no abortion provider, forcing some women to travel potentially long distances for reproductive health services, while others delay making a decision until later in the pregnancy, when an abortion is read costly and restrictions are read severe.

One way to increase access is to increase the range of providers who are permitted to do abortions, such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician assistants.

Currently, non-physician clinicians … Read

What’s Wrong With Fertility Clinics and Online Advertising

By Rachel Walden |

Did you know the United States and New Zealand are the only nations that permit direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical ads?

A decade ago,  found that every $1 the pharmaceutical industry spends on direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising yields $4.20 in drug sales, and that DTC ads were responsible for 12 percent ($2.6 billion) of the total growth in drug spending in 2000.

Groups such as Myhags and the  have long argued for … Read

Lessons in Denial: A Student Perspective on High School Health Class

By Guest Contributor |

by Hanna Pennington 

No one ever really wants to take health class; it’s a required course, something people try to get out of the way so they aren’t that about-to-graduate senior who still has to take health. And that’s because at most high schools, health class doesn’t offer much — and everyone knows it.

I spent 80 minutes every other morning in health class during the second semester of my sophoread year, and when faced with an end-of-the-year survey about the class, I realized that the time … Read