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Sunday News Round-Up, Catching Up Edition

September 12, 2010

I haven’t done one of these in a couple of weeks; here are some things that have caught my attention recently.

Movin’ Meat is the blog of an emergency physician – it’s hard to succinctly explain what happened as described in this recent post without giving it away, but let’s just say it involves sex and a nitroglycerin patch.

Birthing Beautiful Ideas has 30 things about pregnancy and childbirth she never wants to hear again.

Someecards, my absolute favorite place to find funny (if sometimes inappropriate) ecards, has an editor’s pick on abortion. I wish I could embed it, but it reads “I bet you one unplanned pregnancy that you are secretly pro-choice.”

The Independent has a round-up of some online communities for patients, including PatientsLikeMe and CaringBride. As online as I am, I’m still not entirely comfortable personally being as open as many people are on PatientsLikeMe. I revisit it periodically to see how I feel about it, though, kind of like how I retry olives and avocados once a year or so. ;)

So if the CDC finds that Americans still aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, and may have even reduced their fresh produce consumption slightly since 2000, I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s not because people *don’t know* they’re *supposed* to each so much produce.

Heather Corinna is one of my personal heroes. She has a great new “Misconception Mayhem” post up, this time on Separating Bisexuality and Homosexuality Myths from Facts.

Kevin MD has a guest post on the wide price range for oral contraceptives. Let me tell you, it really does pay to call around to pharmacies to check prices, and ask about generics and alternatives, especially if you don’t have insurance coverage for a needed prescription.

Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview Blog has a guest post, Getting facts straight on ovary removal/breast surgery story, which discusses how recent news coverage may have failed to accurately portray a JAMA article on risk reduction surgery in women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

Amie Newman at RHRC is talking about misinformation about abortion and health care reform.

The Color Line has a great post about transracial adoption, and the adoptee’s point of view.

NBC has a video segment with a midwife in Gaza (unfortunately I don’t see a transcript).

AlterNet has a piece on Texas women crossing the border to Mexico to obtain abortion services. (I’m not usually a big AlterNet reader, but this caught my eye via Twitter)

Ms. has a piece on a man who was arrested in North Carolina after providing information on making explosives that he thought would be used against an abortion clinic. I have been on a bit of a news blackout recently, but I’m kind of surprised I haven’t heard about this elsewhere.

s.e. smith has a couple of good posts at FWD/Forward, including one on body image and disability, and one on disaster planning and disability.

Renee at Womanist Musings has several interesting posts linked in her most recent round-up, covering topics such as sexuality, abuse, representations (or the lack thereof) of black mothers, and more. She also has a piece on the need for jails to accommodate trans prisoners.

The FDA has issued warning letters to 5 electronic cigarette distributors for violations including unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices. The agency also warned of Possible Dangers from Portable Foot-Tanning Device – I still haven’t gotten over the notion that such a thing even exists.

A Spanish-language version of the HealthCare.gov site (which provides info on health care reform and obtaining health care) has been released, CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

Via Siobhan at BHIC, I also learned that AHRQ has released Spanish-language guides for patients/consumers, covering topics including high cholesterol, gestational diabetes, and labor induction.

INCITE! has a report on Mamas of Color Rising’s first Mother’s Day Action Project, to demand midwifery through Medicaid in Texas.

Meanwhile, I’ve had several posts at Our Bodies Our Blog, on topics including a talk I attended by Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and reports on the cesarean section rate. C has a funny post on a new book playing off the OBOS name, Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk. We are still waiting for somebody associated with the book to think to send us review copies. ;)

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