Archive for Womens Health News



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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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Vote This Week for Your Women’s Health Hero!

Our Bodies Ourselves is currently running it’s second annual Women’s Health Heroes contest – the nominations are in, and we need your votes to help pick the winners! Voting concludes this Friday, May 14, so head on over and pick your favorites. While you’re there, you can also check out mine and Christine’s recent posts […]

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How to Help – Tennessee Flooding

A few of you may have noticed by now that Nashville (and other parts of Tennessee) had a major flood disaster over the last weekend. First, I want to point folks to Nashvillest’s great post on how to help, in time, in money, and in other ways. I’m hoping to sign up through Hands on […]

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Tennessee’s Governor Elects Not To Veto Abortion Coverage Ban

As the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports today, Governor Phil Bredesen decided not to veto a Tennessee bill that “bar(s) coverage of abortion in any health plan offered through a state-run health insurance exchange to be created under health reform.” In a letter issued yesterday, the Governor wrote:“While I am concerned about potential unintended consequences […]

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Sunday News Round-Up, Early Morning Tornado Siren Edition

Yikes – here in Nashville we’ve had some intense weather this weekend. I mean, it’s not every day that a portable classroom floats down the interstate. First, check out all of the great posts that were part of Blogging Against Disablism Day. Or maybe do that last, because you will be there for a while. […]

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Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010

Blogging Against Disablism Day is an online effort that has been going on for the past few years, in which “disabled and non-disabled people will blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination. In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we’ve made.”It’s also an […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, Weather Radio Edition

I spent most of yesterday* listening to the weather radio repeatedly sound its alarm (we had tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings most of the day), watching the driveway fill up with water, and wondering what the lightning just hit to make that sound. It seems only right to start the round-up, then, with tornado […]

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Musings on an Oklahoma Abortion Law Veto

This week, Governor Henry of Oklahoma vetoed a piece of abortion legislation; HB 2780, as the Governor’s office’s press release stated, “would have forced women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of it before they could obtain an abortion.”I think this bill deserved to be vetoed, and had a high likelihood […]

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Against Their Will: Special Series on the History of Forced Sterilization in North Carolina

Via FWD/Forward, I learned about this series from the Winston-Salem Journal on forced sterilization in North Carolina. A snippet:The Winston-Salem Journal obtained and examined thousands of these documents. It found that:More than 2,000 people ages 18 and younger were sterilized in many questionable cases, including a 10-year-old who was castrated. Children were sterilized over the […]

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Go Read This

Aunt B on The True Meaning of HB 2681/SB 2686[which is a bill in the Tennessee legislature which states "No health care plan required to be established in this state through an exchange pursuant to federal health care reform legislation enacted by the 111th Congress shall offer coverage for abortion services."]Filed under: Abortion, Access, Rights, […]

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Notes from a Lecture on Transgender Medicine

I recently had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. Nick Gorton, an openly transgender physician, on the topic of transgender medicine. Long story short, it was amazing. Anybody walks into a lecture hall and starts their talk by explaining the differences between sex and gender, between gender identity and gender expression, and defines […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, 4/18

At RHRC, Robin Marty has a rundown of states working to ban abortion coverage in health exchanges related to health reform legislation. This includes Tennessee, where HB 2681 has passed the state House and would “prohibit[s] coverage for abortion services under any health care plan through an exchange required to be established in this state […]

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Off Topic: Bird Transcriptions: Combining Undergrad Nerdiness w/ Librarian Nerdiness

Via a colleague’s Facebook post, I was alerted to this post from the National Archives on Cultivating Citizen Archivists. It talks about distributed, participatory methods of working with data, such as a project to let people mark craters on Mars images. The post also mentioned the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) North American Bird Phenology Program, […]

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At Our Bodies Our Blog: Upcoming Conferences, and Reproductive Justice vs. Climate Change

At Our Bodies Our Blog this week, I have a post on upcoming conferences on hysterectomy, midwifery (including a forum for those considering the profession), maternal and reproductive health. In another post, I highlight a new publication from the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women on climate change and reproductive justice, particularly the ways […]

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Sunday News Round-Up, Back Online Edition

I’m finally back online at home! While I’ve been away, I’ve learned adult/child CPR/AED use and infant CPR, registered to be an organ donor, listened to a lot of classical music on the radio courtesy of the local public radio station, played a lot of Rummy and lost at Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit […]

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