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Weekly News Round-Up

March 15, 2009

Your Sunday digestables. I’m sure there are plenty of great things I’ve missed, so feel free to leave your links in the comments (as long as they’re not spammy, which is at my discretion).

A campaign to get people to stop saying “retarded” as an insult. There are a bunch of video PSAs on YouTube related to this project.
Relatedly, if you missed it before, Wanda Sykes in a PSA asking people to stop using “gay” as an insult.

Bird food also contaminated by salmonella-tainted peanut butter?

Two open access, freely available online journals may be of interest to readers: Conflict and Health, and BMC International Health and Human Rights.

The Observer on the problem of sexual assault in Haiti.

Domestic violence knowledge path from the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown. Lots of resources for both individuals and professionals.

From The Pursuit of Harpyness, Pet Peeve: Dads Who “Babysit” Their Kids.

A guide to the legal rights of those with service animals, in a guest post at Womanist Musings.

Don’t forget, your comments on rescinding the “conscience” rule are due by April 9.

Sarah Haskins has a funny bit on Barbie’s 50th birthday.

A post at Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look on the drug Abilify and issues of ghost-writing, data, and ethics. I’m particularly interested in how the Abilify thing is going to play out over time, because I don’t think the direct-to-consumer ads for this drug are very representative of what the drug actually is or does.

Heather Corinna of Scarleteen has a great piece on oral herpes at RH Reality Check. I particularly appreciate this as a cold sore sufferer myself.

Joe at Amplify on what happens when people keep trying to lobby for abstinence-only sex ed in the face of the evidence.

Alanna Shaikh at Global Health reminds us that women’s health is “more than breasts and babies.”

myMADRE on the U.S. finally funding the UNFPA.

The American Red Cross has this Safe and Well tool that is intended for people to let others know they’re “safe and well” – i.e., that you’re alive, where you’ve ended up – in a disaster. Well, they’re now on Twitter so you can submit that information via a DM to @safeandwell as well.

Found these awesome food justice posters at via bfp at flip flopping joy.

Relatedly, I found out recently that an org I work with is doing cooking workshops in low resource areas and giving away bags of food used to make the meals from the class to participants – will have to find out and post more.

The Tennessee Files:
Legislation will protect restrained women and Call it the Juana Villegas bill – You may remember the story of the immigrant woman, Juana Villegas de la Paz, who was treated so appallingly by police in the name of immigration enforcement. Sen. Jamie Woodson and Rep. Beth Harwell have sponsored a bill to restrict the restraint of pregnant women in custody. When this passes, women across Tennessee will owe a debt to Juana and her attorney for speaking up.

I went to a panel discussion on birth, and learned that it was a struggle for one midwife-led hospital-based practice to get birth tubs approved. I also heard that the local public hospital at one time didn’t have anesthesia available for birth but did have midwives. I need to find out more about this, because this guy is not old enough to have been working there before anesthesia was available for birth at all. Anybody up on this local history?

Related to our problems here in Tennessee – coal ash spill in the Potomac.

This is not at all related to health OR Tennessee, but Carl Malamud has this Yes We Scan! website advocating for himself to be in charge of the GPO and pledging to increase access to government documents. He has 7 points for what he thinks should happen, and I’m enamored of point #2: 2. Librarians. Librarians are the bedrock of the public domain and the defenders of our fundamental right to access knowledge. Apparently I’m a sucker for librarian-related flattery.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 15, 2009 5:51 pm

    The hospital at your workplace doesn’t have birthing tubs. They told us that the floor couldn’t hold them. I think that’s a pretty weak excuse.

    At one time I had a friend working as a nurse midwife at the local public hospital. Don’t know about anesthetic, but that sounds like someone’s pulling your leg.

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