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Sunday News Round-Up – 11/15

November 15, 2009

Lots of good stuff at Our Bodies Our Blog as usual, including a new post from OBOS intern Meg Young on Reebok’s ridiculous new sneaker ad.

The FDA is looking into caffeinated alcoholic beverages and considering whether they are safe and/or legal (via NPR).

On Stupak, NPR has a good explanation of the red tape barriers to abortion that would be created by the amendment.

RaceWire launched a LGBT Racial Equity Toolkit with the note “Though this website was developed especially to inform philanthropic efforts and mobilize support for LBGTQ communities of color, there’s a lot here that could benefit the wider community involved in all kinds of social justice efforts.” The “Perspectives” section can be browsed by topic – some of them touch on aging, HIV/AIDS, and health generally.

I only just saw this blog this week, I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? Libraryland folks may be interested in the most recent post, on some folks boycotting Scholastic book fairs because they have a book which includes lesbian parents. Ugh.

RH Reality Check has a piece on some of the potential absurd outcomes of fetal personhood laws.

Scarleteen – the excellent sex-ed resource – needs support.

CBS Evening News covered the rape kit backlog. The New York Times has an editorial on the problem.

The NY Times also has a piece on contraception in Afghanistan and the barriers women may experience in trying to use contraception.

Maame-Mensima Horne at On the Issues takes on the “black genocide” anti-abortion argument.

A bunch of photos have been posted to the Vessel (film project on Women on Waves) Facebook page.

The National Cancer Institute offers cancer information via their free cancer hotline in both English and Spanish. Here’s the info for Spanish-speaking callers:

Information in Spanish / información en español
El Servicio de Información sobre el Cáncer del NCI ofrece servicio telefónico en español. En Estados Unidos y sus territorios, llame al 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER), de lunes a viernes, de las nueve de la mañana a las cuatro treinta de la tarde hora local.
O, usted puede enviar un mensaje electrónico a nciespanol@mail.nih.gov. Si su mensaje requiere una respuesta, puede esperar recibirla en 7 días laborables.

The CDC has updated their Information for Pregnant Women Working in Education, Child Care, and Health Care Settings Concerning 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus.

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health is sharing stories of the reproductive health consequences of being uninsured.

CNN’s website ran a Health.com piece, What doctors don’t tell you about C-section. It addresses some potential reasons c-sections have increased, but totally fails to address the evidence behind those “reasons.” For example, it cites continuous fetal monitoring in the following passage:

“If there’s a hint of trouble, they’re more likely to play it safe and do a Caesarean, Macones says. “Continuous recording of the fetal heart rate came into being in the 1970s and is likely a big contributor to the increase in C-sections,” he says. “Doctors today are more inclined to do a C-section if there is anything of concern.”

but fails to address the serious lack of evidence to support continuous fetal monitoring for most of its assumed benefits in the first place. So…nice start, not thorough or nuanced. Big surprise.

The American Journal of Public Health has a supplement issue on environmental justice. Unfortunately you need a subscription (or check with your library) to get access.

I needed to remind myself to revisit the FWD/Forward discussions on the words “idiot” and “cretin” this week. This post on reading rights and disabilities also caught my attention.

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  1. November 16, 2009 3:50 pm

    Hi, Rachel! Since you write about women’s health, I wanted to bring your attention to my Needless Deaths project on cancer in Tennessee for you and your readers’ consumption. Too many women die due to smoking and just not understanding where and when to get routine screenings. Thanks! http://www.tennessean.com/section/SPECIAL0116

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