Our Bodies, Our Blog

Common Ground Reached in Ryan/DeLauro Bill; Want Reproductive Health Care Coverage? Bring It.

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In what’s being touted as a legitimate display of common ground, two Democratic representatives, pro-life Tim Ryan of Ohio and pro-choice Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, are introducing legislation today aimed at reducing the number of abortions by expanding pregnancy prevention programs while also increasing government support for mothers.

Steven Waldman has a good .

The bill, “Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act,” was first introduced in 2007, but as , Ryan … Read

Political Diagnosis: Read on Abortion and Health Care Reform and “Third Way” Pregnancy Prevention Legislation

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

With President Obama less than an hour away from addressing the nation to  and build public support for health care reform, we’ve been reading some troubling accounts of whether coverage for abortion services will be included in the proposed public insurance option, which is prefered by Obama and many who say it’s necessary for reform.

In a Tuesday night with Katie Couric, Obama discussed abortion coverage:

Katie Couric: Do you favor a government option that … Read

New CDC Report Reveals Disparities, Declines in Young People’s Sexual & Reproductive Health

By Rachel Walden |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released of people ages 10-24 in the United States. The agency compiled data from its various surveillance and survey systems for the period of 2002-2007 in an attempt to answer questions about how many young people engage in “sexual risk behaviors” and the related health outcomes, and to compare the findings with historical data.

While the report includes a number of details on rates of sexual intercourse, … Read

Quick Hit: The Colbert Report and Single Payer Health Reform

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Watch Dr. Aaron Carroll, a board member of , talk about single payer health care tonight on .

The program airs at 11:30 p.m. (EST) and will be rebroadcast on the Comedy Central network on Wednesday, July 22, at 2 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

Carroll, an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the , wrote a

New Study Adds to Evidence of Link Between Hormone Therapy, Ovarian Cancer Risk

By Rachel Walden |

A study in the current issue of JAMA attempts to assess the risk of ovarian cancer in women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT, or “HT” in this study). The study () adds to a growing body of literature suggesting that HRT may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

Data for the current study comes from Danish Sex Hormone Register Study, which “follows a national cohort of Danish women aged 15 through 79 years to explore the influence of sex hormones on the risk of … Read

Political Diagnosis, Part II: Road to the Supreme Court is Paved with Public Humiliation; Surgeon General Nominee and Abortion; Asylum for Battered Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Road to the Supreme Court: It may not have been great theater, but the confirmation hearing of Judge Sonia Sotomayor did offer ; a ; the theory of ; and .

Through it all, Sotomayor displayed nothing but “.” Melissa Harris-Lacewell describes the public humiliation Sotomayor endured as an Elizabeth Eckford moment.

It appears that  Sotomayor will be confirmed — with at least  — … Read

Political Diagnosis: Obama Goes on Offensive for Health Reform; Abortion Debate Heats Up; Desperate for “Friends with Benefits” …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

No super fun healthcare graphic this week. Instead, we present a tongue-in-cheek video that gives new meaning to “friends with benefits.”

Full Court Press: “With skepticism about the president’s health-care reform effort mounting on Capitol Hill — even within his own party — the White House has launched a new phase of its strategy designed to dramatically increase public pressure on Congress: all Obama, all the time,” reports the .

That includes a primetime news conference on Wednesday, internet video and direct appeals to … Read

New Anthology on Mothering & Hip-Hop Culture: Call for Papers

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Demeter Press, the publishing division of the Association for Research on Mothering, is seeking submissions for an edited collection on mothering and hip hop to be published in 2011. The editors are Maki Motapanyane and Shana Calixte.

Previously published anthologies by Demeter Press include “Mothering and Blogging: The Radical Act of the MommyBlog,” and “Mother Knows Best: Talking Back to the “Experts.”

Additional upcoming titles focus on intersections of mothering and disability, adoption and identifying as Latina/Chicana. One collection due out in 2010 that I definitely won’t miss: … Read

Resources for Evaluating Health News

By Rachel Walden |

As a medical librarian by day, I spend lots of time evaluating health information. Through my work,  I’ve learned that the media does not always cover medical “breakthroughs” and study findings accurately or clearly.  Luckily, there are several resources available that can help correct this problem.

One example is , which provides ratings and critiques of medical reporting. Media reports are evaluated by a number of criteria, such as whether they review the evidence, discuss potential harms, quantify potential benefits, compare with … Read

FDA Approves Generic and One-Step Plan B, OTC Access for 17-Year-Olds

By Rachel Walden |

If you’re somewhat confused about who can get what forms of emergency contraception and how, you’re not alone. Recent decisions and approvals related to age, dose, and a generic version make the availability details somewhat baffling, but I hope the following will shed some light on the matter.

, a judge ordered that Plan B be made available over-the-counter (OTC) to women 17 and older, rather than the previously set age limit of 18. At that time, the FDA explained that they would … Read