Weekly News Round-Up – 11/22
Assorted things of interest from the previous week.
It’s not nearly as controversial as the USPSTF’s breast cancer screening recommendations, but ACOG released a new practice bulletin on cervical cancer screening. The New York Times has coverage of the change, which is basically that women can wait until up to 21 years of age to start getting Pap tests, and then can get Paps every 2-3 years instead of every year once they’ve had a few normal tests. This is not entirely new – the USPSTF’s 2003 recommendations are very, very similar. (so, 6 years from now, we’ll be cool w/ the breast cancer recs?)
Some lots of Vick’s Sinex nasal spray are being recalled due to bacterial contamination.
The FDA has tips on holiday food safety.
Presented without comment: Highest Rates of Obesity, Diabetes in the South, Appalachia, and Some Tribal Lands [w/ the exception of a request to think about what that might mean in conjunction with the frequent framing of obesity as a moral failing of individuals]
The Kaiser Family Foundation issued a brief on how health reform might affect health disparities experienced by racial/ethnic minorities.
Nov 20 was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Learn more here, and see the any of a number of blog posts observing the day.
The Voices Against Violence Zine is “A small zine-diy style, with work from people of color, indigenous folks, trans people & queer survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual assault. Included topics can be: healing from trauma, transformative words used as a healing mechanism, enabling healing, life after trauma, self-help guides/resources, self-healing, dancing as means to healing, healing through narration, forgiveness (do we need it?), & collective trauma.” It will be accepting submissions for the next issue through Nov 30. Learn more at Hermana, Resist.
Renee at Womanist Musings talks about people making class assumptions about her based on her scooter use.
Good for them: the Ames Public Library in Iowa carries Sex, Etc. magazine, which is written by teens for teens to provide accurate sex education information. There was a petition to have it removed from the library. It’s going to stay. I have a librarian happy.