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Health Care Reform and Family Planning

By Rachel Walden |

Two aspects of recent health reform legislation may help expand access to affordable contraception and family planning services. The first of these is a provision that allows states – through their Medicaid programs – to receive federal funding to cover family planning and related services and supplies for individuals not otherwise eligible for Medicaid.

This coverage would be available to individuals (women and men) who are not currently pregnant and whose income does not exceed an income eligibility level established by the state (similar to special … Read

All Things Not Being Equal

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Gretchen Reynolds, writing for the Well blog at The New York Times, reports that gender still matters a great deal in health research. It’s just difficult for some scientists to remember that.

Reynolds focuses on a pair of studies by David Rowlands, MD, a senior lecturer with the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University in New Zealand, in which he attempted to determine the importance of protein in the recovery from hard exercise. The first study, completed in 2008, Read

Quick Hit: Public Comment Open on Hospital Visitation Rule Change

By Rachel Walden |

We recently wrote about a proposed rule change that would protect patients’ rights to choose and designate their own visitors during a hospital stay. The change would make hospital visitation much easier for LGBTQ patients and their partners. At the time, we indicated that while public comment would be open for 60 days before the rule could be made official, the proposal hadn’t been posted yet for comment.

The proposed rule is now posted for public comment at Regulations.gov. Comments are … Read

HealthCare.gov Provides Tools for Understanding Health Care Options

By Rachel Walden |

Last month, Christine posted some resources for shopping for health insurance in light of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which institutes a number of changes in health insurance availability and coverage.

This month, one of the provisions of that Act was enacted to further aid in insurance shopping. The government is now offering a website where residents of any state can identify affordable health insurance coverage options in their state.

The website, HealthCare.gov, provides an online tool individuals and families … Read

Media Gone Wild: The Continuing Sexualization of Girls and Multiple Strategies to Stop It

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Back in 2007, we reported on the release of a devastating report from the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Its findings about the impact of sexualized images on young women weren’t necessarily revelatory for long-time activists, but the thoroughness and precision with which it outlined the cultural crisis provided a renewed foundation of evidence and authority.

Inspired by the report, a coalition of organizations — Hardy Girls Healthy Women, TrueChild, Women’s … Read

Kagan Confirmation Hearings Available on C-SPAN Site

By Rachel Walden |

The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee and Solicitor General Elena Kagan is ongoing today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and those of you interested in watching or catching up on the proceedings can check out the C-SPAN website and the C-SPAN video library.

It’s a little confusing, because each day’s hearings are split into multiple videos, and I haven’t found good access to complete transcripts. I did find that on the page for each video segment, there is a “search transcript” option to … Read

New Moms Invited to Participate in Study on Postpartum Sexual Health

By Rachel Walden |

The Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University Bloomington is conducting an online survey on postpartum sexual health. The study is designed to gather information on women’s sexual experiences and body image in the months after giving birth.

The researchers are looking for women who are at least 18 years of age,  gave birth to their first child in the past year, and are willing to respond to questions about their attitudes and behaviors related to sexuality and information about their sexual health.

For … Read

The Rising Rate of C-Sections Exemplifies What’s Wrong With U.S. Healthcare

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Judy Norsigian, executive director of Myhags, and Timothy R. B. Johnson, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan and an My advisory board member, have penned an op-ed in today’s Boston Globe on the high cost of medically unnecessary caesarean sections, both in terms of a mother’s health and rising medical costs:

Even though caesareans are associated with higher rates of complications than vaginal births, they are becomingly increasingly common. Problems range from infections, including … Read

On Making Forbes Magazine’s Top 100 Websites for Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Our Bodies, Our Blog is delighted to be included on Forbes magazine’s top 100 websites for women — a list of “the most dynamic, inspiring and helpful websites for women.” We were cited for educating readers on women’s health issues through “topical, newsy content.”

Meghan Casserly and Jenna Goudreau write in the intro: “To determine which sites and blogs made the cut we looked for compelling and decidedly female-oriented content, outstanding design, an active community and frequent updates. In short, sheer clickyness.”

What’s really cool is … Read

Proposed Rule Change Would Improve Hospital Visitation Rights

By Rachel Walden |

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week announced a proposed rule change intended to make hospital visitation much easier for LGBTQ patients and their partners. The rule “would protect patients’ rights to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including visitors who are same-sex domestic partners.”

The proposed rule change follows up on an April 15 presidential memorandum requesting, in part, that critical access hospitals and hospitals participating in Medicaid or Medicare allow patients to designate visitors who would receive the same … Read