Our Bodies, Our Blog

2011 Women’s Health Hero: Women’s Health Initiative in Bulgaria Focuses on Health Disparities

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrationMyhags is honoring its global partners who have adapted the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” book for their own communities. Learn read.

by Irina Tordorova

My Project Coordinator, Bulgaria

The Women’s Health Initiative in Bulgaria (WHIBG) published a Bulgarian adaptation of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in 2001, with support from the Open Society Institute and Global Fund for Women.

In the years following its publication, we have used the book as a base for discussions … Read

Responding to Abortion Restrictions

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this year, Guttmacher that states had enacted a record number of abortion restrictions in the first half of 2011. Indeed, it seems like every week there has been news of yet another restriction , such as the enactment of previously passed laws in Arizona, and a new ban on certain types of later term abortions (so-called “partial birth” abortions) in .

Yesterday, the New York Times carried an editorial, “.” It states that “a … Read

La FDA Reevalúa los Riesgos de los Medicamentos para la Osteoporosis

By My |

Escrito por Rachel; traducido Sept. 20, 2011.

My has received funding to make blog entries available in Spanish. We hope to expand outreach efforts in the coming year.

 

Los bisfosfonatos (p.e. Fosamax, Boniva, etc.) son medicamentos para el tratamiento y la prevención de la osteoporosis en mujeres postmenopáusicas, pero hay preocupación por los posibles efectos secundarios causados por el uso de estos medicamentos por periodos largos.  Entre los posibles efectos secundarios se incluyen: fracturas atípicas de fémur (muslo), osteonecrosis (muerte de la … Read

La Ley para Cosméticos Seguros Atiende un Vacío en las Regulaciones de Seguridad

By My |

Escrito por Rachel; traducido Sept. 1, 2011.

My has received funding to make blog entries available in Spanish. We hope to expand outreach efforts in the coming year.

 

Muchas personas que usan cosméticos en los Estados Unidos no se dan cuenta que no se requieren pruebas o aprobación de la FDA para la comercialización de cosméticos.  A su vez, la Agencia Federal no tiene autoridad para requerir que el fabricante retire del mercado productos que no son seguros.  Como los cosméticos no … Read

FDA Takes Another Look at Osteoporosis Drug Risks

By Rachel Walden |

Bisphosphonates (e.g. Fosamax, Boniva, and the like) are drugs prescribed for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, but concerns have been raised about possible adverse effects of using the drugs for long periods of time, such as , osteonecrosis (death of the jaw bone), and .

Last fall, the FDA to bisphosphonate labels to warn of the fracture risk, explain that the optimal amount of time to take the drug is not … Read

2011 Women’s Health Hero: Shokado Women’s Bookstore Shows Language is Power

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrationMyhags is honoring its global partners who have adapted the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” book for their own communities. Learn read.

by Kathy Davis

My first face-to-face with the women from Shokado bookstore responsible for the Japanese adaptation of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” was at a Crossing Borders with My conference in the Netherlands in 2001.

Three women entered the room, and I vividly remember the one in the middle who was wearing a hat … Read

2011 Women’s Health Hero: “For Family and Health” Pan Armenian Association Provides Lifeline for Women

By Guest Contributor |

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrationMyhags is honoring its global partners who have adapted the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” book for their own communities. Learn read.

by Sophia Moradian

In the spring of 2009 of my freshman year at Boston College, I received an advanced study grant to travel to Armenia. As an 18-year-old of Armenian descent who had never been to the country, I had few expectations of the one month I would spend investigating small business entrepreneurship in rural Armenia.

I soon saw the … Read

Fertility Preservation and Egg Freezing for Healthy Women

By Rachel Walden |

Freezing eggs for future use (“oocyte cryopreservation”) is an experimental procedure created to help preserve fertility for women undergoing toxic cancer therapies. Research regarding fertility preservation is growing, sparked largely by the increase in survival rates for people with cancer.

Unfortunately the medications used to stimulate egg production carry some health risks, and the high water content of eggs means that egg  freezing is far read difficult and unpredictable than freezing sperm or embryos. The full risks and effectiveness of egg freezing are not clear.

While women … Read

7 Billion People: Time to Unleash the Power of Women and Girls

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As everyone from authors to Nike has been saying, when girls and women are valued in society, society as a whole is healthier, better educated, and better off economically.

Today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), along with National Geographic, the U.S. State Department, the International Women’s Health Coalition, Global Leaders for Reproductive Health, and other organizations, are highlighting the need to support women and girls to accelerate progress for everyone. And they’re … Read

¡Si, El HHS Aprueba las Recomendaciones del IOM para los Cuidados Preventivos de las Mujeres!

By My |

Escrito por Rachel. Traducido Aug. 1, 2011.

My has received funding to make blog entries available in Spanish. We hope to expand outreach efforts in the coming year.

Hoy, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos anunció que va a adoptar las recomendaciones del Instituto de Medicina para los servicios de cuidado preventivo para las mujeres.  Esto garantizará que las mujeres tengan acceso a los siguientes servicios bajo los planes de seguro médico, sin tener un copago, aseguro, … Read