Weekly News Round-Up
The New England Journal of Medicine has a Perspectives piece from Julie D. Cantor, M.D., J.D. about the HHS conscience rule. Don’t forget – you have only until April 9 to submit your public comment regarding the potential rescinding of the rule.
At Our Bodies Our Blog, Christine points to real problems with the seemingly innocuous Real Age quiz online, including how your responses are sold off to advertisers. A colleague found this story that I see as related, How Big Pharma Listens in on Doctor Networks.
C also linked to the webcast, The Effect of the Economic Downturn on the Health of Communities of Color, which is archived online.
I haven’t seen it yet, but I recently learned of the film Not Yet Rain, and the descrip sounds promising:
Not Yet Rain, a Lisa Russell film produced in coordination with Ipas, explores abortion in Ethiopia through the voices of women who have faced the challenge of accessing safe care. Through their stories, we see the important role that safe abortion care plays in the overall health of women and their families.
While a law enacted in 2006 marked great progress toward reproductive freedom in Ethiopia, Not Yet Rain shows that much more needs to be done as women continue to die from unsafe abortions. Additional training for health workers and increased availability of care could save the lives of women in Ethiopia and around the world.
The FDA has to revisit the age restrictions placed on OTC sales of Plan B emergency contraception. If you have some time on your hands, you can review the 52-page decision from the judge who was reviewing the issue. It is chock full of some serious critique of how the FDA handled this issue.
Relatedly, it was Back Up Your Birth Control day of action last week, but it’s never too late for you to consider the issue.
I have to date called myself a “feminist” and not a “womanist,” but Renee at Womanist Musings reminds me that this is not necessarily a neutral choice.
RHReality Check on how Egg-as-Person Laws Deprive Pregnant Women of Their Personhood, including a link to an informative video from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Medical publishing drama: The editor of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, allegedly called Jonathan Leo, a professor of neuro-anatomy at tiny Lincoln Memorial University in my home state of Tennessee, a “nothing and a nobody” and otherwise (allegedly) threatened Leo because he sent a letter to another medical journal, BMJ, pointing out that the authors of a study published in JAMA had undisclosed pharmaceutical ties. JAMA set a new policy for dealing with ethics/conflict of interest complaints in the wake of the flap, and it was – laughably – that people complaining of such problems should keep it to themselves until JAMA has a chance to investigate. Orac at Respectful Insolence has more commentary.
Uh, have you all seen the new Quiznos ad? Where the oven is talking and tells a Quiznos worker to “put it in me?” I’m sure there is some clever critique to be made about this, but I just don’t have the energy for it at the moment. Relatedly, Women’s Glib has some thoughts on Monster’s new “Assault” energy drink.
RealClearPolitics has a bit on how our war on drugs and current policy are related to the violence in Mexico, and how our current approaches fail. The Drug Policy Alliance Network also has a couple of good posts on this topic.
Things I’m reading: A reminder that my reading activity is available for viewing at Goodreads. Maybe we should start an online book club!
And, finally, a little library/economy humor.