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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

Obama Selects Alabama Physician Regina Benjamin for Surgeon General

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As if Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s wasn’t enough news for one day, President Obama on Monday announced the nomination of Dr. Regina Benjamin — a family doctor who runs a in Alabama where close to half of the patients are uninsured — for surgeon general.

It seems like an inspired choice. Here’s some background, from the Chicago Tribune:

Benjamin in 1995 became the first black woman and the youngest doctor elected to serve on the board of the … Read

Political Diagnosis: Global Gag Rule; Update on Conscience Clause; New Violence Against Women Advisor; The Last Word on Sarah Palin? …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Supreme Court Decisions and You: The has released an analysis of 2008-2009 Supreme Court decisions that have a direct effect on women’s lives. Read discussion at the NWLC blog, :

In Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, the Supreme Court safeguarded women’s and girls’ rights by allowing them to pursue remedies for gender discrimination in schools under both Title IX and the Constitution. In Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, the Court ruled that employees are … Read