Archive for Womens Health News



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At Our Bodies Our Blog: Family Planning Outcomes of Health Care Reform, and More on Friday Night Lights

At Our Bodies Our Blog, I have a post on Health Care Reform and Family Planning, including information on the new option for states to provide family planning coverage to low income folks who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, and a provision to cover preventive care and screenings for women, along with […]

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Delayed Liveblogging of the Friday Night Lights Abortion Episode

As someone who grew up in the rural south very near the University of Tennessee’s cult of Big Orange football, the idea of spending time watching a tv show centered around small town football is normally about as appealing to me as beating my head against a wall. I seriously would rather take a two-hour […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, Another Three-Day Weekend Edition

I’m taking Monday off work. Because I have the terrific privilege of paid vacation days, and have enough of them that I’ve actually topped out and will not accrue more until I take some of them. First, a few of my recent posts at Our Bodies Our Blog that I’ve neglected to link up here:Quick […]

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Why Jeff Yarbro is Likely to Get My Vote – A Tennessee Democrat on Reproductive Freedom

Yesterday, I received a mailer from Tennessee State Senate candidate Jeff Yarbro, who is running against incumbent Sen. Doug Henry in the Democratic primary in District 21 – my district. The campaign piece is notable for a Democrat in a state where the TN Democratic Party praises a candidate for his “pro-life” stance in party […]

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Report from the Fourth – Mmm, Cheddar Head

One more side trip, and then we’ll return to health-y posts, I’m sure. Last weekend, I went out of town and headed back to east Tennessee to meet a new niece and attend a cousin’s wedding, and got a visit to the updated* Market Square in Knoxville and a family cook-out out of the deal. […]

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What I’m Waiting On – This Week From the Library

Trace’s post on To Kill a Mockingbird inspired to make another post on what I’m reading at the moment. To the left are the items I have lined up; I’m not exactly shocked to be first in line for the prison libraries book. I’m currently trying to get through both Paul Farmer’s Infections and Inequalities: […]

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This is So Cool – A Genealogical Side Trip

My colleague Taneya does a lot of genealogical research, and has been extremely helpful and generous with her time in tracking down a good chunk of my family tree. Some resources she showed me yesterday inspired me to do some looking myself, which resulted in my seeing photographs of the headstones for one line of […]

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Seen on the Blogs – Comments on the Danger of VBAC

I recently read a blog comment elsewhere* in a thread that was related to birth choices in its way. The comment said: “VBAC’s are not allowed by the hospital here because they are so extremely dangerous.”Now, “so extremely dangerous” is a subjective description, but here’s what the recent NIH VBAC Consensus Statement has to say: […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, New Blog Template Edition

Some things that caught my attention this week:A Providence, RI ob/gyn clinic was found to have inserted possibly 400-500 IUDs that are not approved for use in the U.S. and may not be effective. It looks like they’re saying it’s basically the version of the devices approved in Canada, but the investigation is ongoing. Physicians […]

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Our Bodies Our Blog Makes the Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women List

Like any good genXer and blogger-of-some-duration, I usually have a bit of a “yeah, whatever” approach to lists of Top N Most Awesome Blogs or Websites in Category X According to Somebody. Except when I’m kind of on them. This week, Forbes magazine came out with its Top 100 Websites For Women, listing sites with […]

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At Our Bodies Our Blog: Proposed Rule Change Would Protect LGBT Hospital Visitation Rights

At Our Bodies Our Blog, I have information on a proposed rule that would require most hospitals to allow patients to designate visitors, making no distinction between official “family” and a same-sex partner or other preferred visitor. A public comment period will go on for 60 days before the rule is finalized. Filed under: Access, […]

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Lots of IOM Presentations on the Oil Spill and Human Health Now Available

Normally this is the kind of thing I’d just share over Twitter, but it was all failwhale when I tried. The Institute of Medicine just wrapped up a meeting, Assessing the Human Health Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: An Institute of Medicine Workshop. If you go to the meeting page and look […]

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At Our Bodies Our Blog: A Medical Ethics Challenge

At Our Bodies Our Blog today I have a post building from the recent Dix Poppas controversy* to ask how we can more effectively monitor the medical literature for published reports of studies that deserve better scrutiny of their ethics and assumptions. Please see Finding What is There: A Medical Ethics Challenge, and share your […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, Inside Until September Edition

It’s going to be almost 100 degrees here tomorrow; I may melt. If I didn’t have to work, I’d only go outside long enough to make a trip to Las Paletas. In the meantime, the CDC has some tips for preventing heat-related illness. Pinched Nerves has a great guest post, Gay teen blogger/book reviewer takes […]

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At Our Bodies Our Blog: Emergency Contraception, and Revisiting VBAC Standards

At Our Bodies Our Blog from this week, I have posts on an FDA committee’s recommendation of approval of new emergency contraception drug, and ACOG on VBAC: In Their Own Words, on recent commentaries from the ob/gyn organization’s leadership and whether they might predict a shift in professional thinking about vaginal birth after cesarean. Meanwhile, […]

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Notes from a Lecture on Perimortem Cesarean

On Tuesday, I attended the larger workplace’s Tuesday morning emergency medicine conference for the first time, as the librarian currently serving them is leaving us for another library and I will be working with emed after she leaves. One of the presentations was on perimortem cesarean (another was on other ob emergencies), which I found […]

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“Stay Off His Back Even if it Breaks Yours” – Trace on Expectations and Blame

Trace at Speak to Power has a great post tying together criticism of Pat Robertson’s relationship advice, slut-shaming, young nieces, unrealistic expectations and images of women, and women’s rights. It’s good stuff. My favorite line (emphasis added):When I covered a rape trial years ago I remember distinctly the whispers in the hallways about what the […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, Things to Unsee Edition

I had to look at the Cosmo website for a reason unrelated to my own interests/reading. There are no words for the steaming pile of bullsh*t-distractions-for-women that I found there. Apparently there is an article I might be interested in, but I could not will myself to find it. [warning for implied sexual violence]Something else […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, Glad It’s Finally June Edition

Over at Our Bodies Our Blog recently, I’ve posted on the CDC’s new guide to contraceptive use safety (with relevant parts linked for easy access, as the guide itself is kind of difficult to navigate), the Defense authorization that would repeal both “don’t ask don’t tell” and prohibitions against abortions in Department of Defense medical […]

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Five Years of Women’s Health News

Well, I missed it myself, but this blog turned five years old on 5/19/10. Things have been kind of busy around here recently, hence the lack of material or real commentary – I missed my own wedding anniversary this year because I was in Washington, DC at a medical libraries conference* for work. This would […]

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This Week from the Library

I’m still waiting for my Freegal account to reset for the week so I can download 20 more songs. Meanwhile, I paid $50 in library fines to the Nashville Public Library today, and picked up the next Dexter DVD and the following books:Maus: A Survivor’s Tale – Art Spiegelman. I’m about halfway through this right […]

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Reason #101 Why I Love My Public Library – Free Music

Via this feature on the Nashville Public Library‘s homepage (see left), today I learned of Freegal, by which I input my public library credentials and am then entitled to download up to 20 songs (MP3) per week. Yay. Free music. I already use my public library to feed my ridiculous non-fiction habit, read the occasional […]

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Posts from the Medical Library Association 2010 Conference

I served as an official blogger again this year for the Medical Library Association annual conference (in Washington, DC – in addition to doing two presentations myself!). Here’s a list of the posts I’ve done, which generally include some good online resources related to the topics at hand. Various posts may be of interest to […]

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An ACOG Note from MLA

I’m at the Medical Library Association conference in D.C. this week (hey, I ‘m one of the bloggers over here in the interim), and had a chance to ask an ACOG rep a question as they have a publications exhibit at the conference. My question concerned the issue of ACOG recommendations and the fact that […]

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Dead Things, Mikey, Dead Things

Breaking my busy-induced hiatus because it wouldn’t quite fit in 140 characters…Last night, I got home and got out of the car, and there was a horrible smell. As the spouse remarked, “It smells like something died.” It really did, almost overwhelmingly so. I had two immediate thoughts:1) “Dead things, Mikey, dead things.“2) I hope […]

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