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Sunday News Round-Up

August 1, 2010

Some items of interest this week:

Following up on the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, just a note to check out @Disabilitygov on Twitter, which tweets disability-related news and resources and is tied to the U.S. government site, disability.gov.

Also, a new document has been released by the government, Access To Medical Care For Individuals With Mobility Disabilities. It is intended to be an educational tool for health care providers, as it provides standards and answers to frequently asked questions about patient care, but could also be a good tool for individuals who need to raise accessibility concerns with providers. There is also a PDF version that could be downloaded and printed.

At Academic Ob/Gyn, Dr. Nicholas Fogelson describes his dislike for the term “unnecesarean,” and a lengthy and fascinating comment thread followed (377 comments at my last check). A lot of the comments are more hostile than I think is productive, but there are some interesting threads about meaning, communication, patient engagement, authority, and empathy, if you look for them.

Robin Marty at RHRC is talking about a proposed law to implement fertilized egg personhood in Colorado. It would define the term “person” to apply to “every human being from the beginning of
the biological development of that human being.”

The World Health Organization reminds us that Aug 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week (the website kind of hurts my eyes, but there seems to be some info/resources there).

The author of The Blog That Ate Manhattan was interviewed for womenshealth.gov.

eastsidekate at Shakesville points to a really disturbing account of atransphobic emergency medicine encounter.

CNN induces shudders: Meet the critters inside your mattress.

This news article talks about CPR and whether you can get by just doing the chest compressions without the breathing. Relatedly, I recently added this free CPR and Choking app to the work iPad (it’s actually an iPhone app), which provides neat videos of how to perform the relevant rescue techniques.

From PBS’s NewsHour, Doctor Stresses Intuition of Touch, Not Technology – it’s an interview with Dr. Abraham Verghese (video + transcript). I attended an enjoyed a talk from Dr. Verghese earlier this year.

The Abortioneers talk about the barriers immigrant women may face obtaining legal abortions in America, such as difficulties in accessing willing pro-choice interpreters.

The Incite! blog points out a call for submissions for Dear Sister: Letters to Survivors of Sexual Violence.

Over at Our Bodies Our Blog, C and I had posts on Reactions to the New ACOG Statement on VBAC, midwifery legislation in Massachusetts, and protests in Georgia responding to so-called “pro-life freedom rides.”

Finally, you really have to check out Inside insides, which features MRIs of food (mostly vegetables). I really love the celery one for some reason.

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