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Can You Trust That Health Website?

By Rachel Walden |

A small suggests that read than 80 percent of women seek health information online.

Meanwhile, for “women’s health” returns almost 6 million results, the Department of Health and Human Services’s (intended to help parents talk to teens about sex) has been for inaccuracy both before and after revisions, and an is being created to combat a perceived lack of credibility and expertise from the online … Read

Suicide Rates Increase in Young Girls

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a among those ages 10-24 in the United States, updated with 2004 data. Alarmingly, the suicide rate appears to have increased 8% from 2003 to 2004 after a period of decline, having decreased 28.5% from 1990 to 2003. A CDC notes it as “the biggest annual increase that we’ve seen in 15 years.”

After breaking the data down by sex and age, three groups stood out … Read

News About Myhags, and Welcome to a New OBOB Blogger!

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

So after a few days of updating and renaming the blog categories and reorganizing entries — and getting that job mostly done — I’ve got read good news to report.

First, the Myhags website has undergone a back-end transformation of sorts that will make it easier to locate relevant information. The health resource center is now organized by topic, rather than by chapter. And in addition to essential book excerpts, web-exclusive content, and recommended links and resources, you’ll now also find links … Read

Honorable Mentions: My in the News

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Referencing our most recent book, “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause,” Jane E. Brody of the New York Times to a lively libido:

In fact, it is rarely age per se that accounts for declines in libido among those in the second half-century of life. Rather, it can be any of a dozen or read factors read common in older people that account for the changes. Many of these factors are subject to modification that can restore, … Read

Help My Win a MySpace Impact Award

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

I hear from women all the time who describe the positive impact Myhags has had on their lives. Here’s the chance to turn that inspiration into action.

My is in the running for a , for organizations and individuals making a “positive impact” in the world.

Please take a moment to nominate My — you do *not* have to be a MySpace member to take part. Simply click here: — and scroll down to the nomination box. … Read

The Medicalization of Midlife and Menopause

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Margaret Morganroth Gullette, a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and a contributor to “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause,” has written a compelling piece for The American Prospect Online calling out hormone replacement therapy, not menopause, as the public health issue with which the medical community should be concerned.

Ever since the National Institutes of Health a hormone therapy study called the estrogen--progestin study, which found a higher risk of breast cancer, … Read

A Plastic Surgeon Sees Trouble Ahead

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Apologies for not posting yesterday due to technical trouble. Here’s Thursday’s post with a double dose to follow shortly.

Edward Melmed, a Dallas surgeon, has written one of the most convincing essays I’ve come across about . His recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times opens with the subject line of an e-mail he and thousands of other surgeons received in November from a breast implant manufacturer: “Let’s toast this monumental occasion.”

The reason for such joy? The FDA decided … Read