Saturday News Round-Up, 2/2/08
February has many health observances worth noting:
-It’s American Heart Month, and yesterday was “Wear Red for Women” day as part of the Heart Truth campaign focused on women’s heart health.
-February 2-11 is National Condom Week. Buy one, give one, y’all.
-February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
-February 24-March 1 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
-The CDC reports on unexplained neurologic illnesses among workers in a pig slaughterhouse in Minnesota, calling it “Progressive Inflammatory Neuropathy” and releasing a preliminary case definition.
-The FDA released a public health advisory on the smoking cessation drug Chantix after reviewing reports of “changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and actual suicidal behavior.”
-According to the Washington Post, “When the Consumer Product Safety Commission returns to work on Monday, it will not have the authority to adopt safety rules, order mandatory recalls of dangerous products, or impose civil penalties on companies that do not report product hazards immediately,” because it has a vacancy it has to fill.
-Some jerk writes, “she changes her mind and says drunkenly ‘actually…’ But being so caught up in the moment, he disregards this as momentary insanity on her part and enters her anyway. Who is really to blame in this situation? ? Yes, the guy should have stopped when she said no, but didn’t she vehemently send the message that sex was what she wanted? I mean, she even showed up to the party looking like pure sex, so who is really at fault?” And the jerk is a woman (a student at BU). And she uses this scenario as an example of “The Blurry Line between Sex and Rape.” Oh, honey.
-RH Reality Check has a piece by Susan Wood praising Sen. Clinton for her Plan B advocacy. Good discussion going on in the comments.
-Jezebel is talking female ejaculation. If you Google that, you’re going to get some unsavory results (well, depending on whether you’re at work or not). You might start with Scarleteen’s Sexual Response and Orgasm: A User’s Guide.
-Scarleteen is also talking embarrassing period moments. Margaret Cho has something to say about this as well, like, “I am the worst when it comes to period stains. That is why I never move because my mattress is so so so so stained that whenever I change the sheets it just looks like a murder scene.” I love Margaret Cho.