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Sunday News Round-Up, Tomato Art Edition

August 12, 2012
drummer, saxophone player, and marching tuba player from Halfbrass at the Tomato Art Festival

Halfbrass at Tomato Art

This week’s edition name in honor of yesterday’s Tomato Art Fest. I walked in the Tomato Art parade led by Halfbrass, watched Halfbrass play again later, checked out the art in the Art & Invention Gallery, stopped by the Bryant Gallery, had a bloody Mary from 3 Crow at an indecent hour of the morning and the hibiscus pop from Las Paletas, poked around the festival tents and Five Points Collaborative, and of course checked out East Side Story, the new bookstore focused in a big way on local authors. And for those following the car-free series, I was able to get there, around, and back solely by bus and foot (I also visited a bicycle shop…)

Relatedly, the CDC describes how much adults in the USA walk, and the need for social strategies to create walkable places.

Two paper submission opportunities: The American Journal of Public Health is soliciting papers for a supplement issue on improving birth outcomes (due by August 31), and a theme issue on the ethics of human subjects research with minority populations (due by October 12). The details and possible topics for consideration are detailed at the links above.

A locally-based hospital chain (HCA) is under scrutiny in national media for overdoing unneeded (and potentially harmful) cardiac procedures, possibly due to pressures to increase revenues.

Painting of a red tomato with marilyn monroe's face

Mel Davenport’s tomato Marilyn Monroe

If you have access to it, BMJ has an opinion piece, “How a charity oversells mammography.” It’s focused, not surprisingly, on Komen. The piece critiques their advertising, explains how earlier diagnosis skews 5-year survival numbers, and explores the harms of overdiagnosis, stating:

Women need much more than marketing slogans about screening: they need—and deserve—the facts. The Komen advertisement campaign failed to provide the facts. Worse, it undermined decision making by misusing statistics to generate false hope about the benefit of mammography screening. That kind of behaviour is not very charitable.

Kimberly Seals Allers writes in Lactation Consultants Need to Diversify Yesterday about the serious lack of and need for Black lactation consultants, especially in the face of disparities in breastfeeding, writing:

If we are to bridge the racial divide in breastfeeding rates, we need more experienced lactation professionals who can work directly with our population. The higher rates of preterm babies and other high-risk births among black women often result in situations that require the medical expertise and specialized care of a certified lactation consultant.

It is clear that they are an important piece of the puzzle. As we embark on innovative and more community-focused approaches to closing the breastfeeding gap, we need black and brown faces to lead outreach into our communities.

World Breastfeeding Week was recently observed – that always reminds me to point people to LactMed, a database of the effects of both prescription and over-the counter drugs on breastfed infants and lacation.

two bloody marys

The aforementioned bloody marys, had obscenely early at 3 Crow, the Tomato Fest’s bloody mary headquarters. There might have been fried chicken involved, too.

Ms. has a thumbs up and thumbs down round-up of Olympic coverage from a feminist perspective. Racialicious talks about sexism and racism at the Olympics.

The Abortioneers have advice for anyone thinking of going into providing abortions as a career.

I mentioned in a recent round-up that Planned Parenthood in Memphis, TN had been awarded some federal funds that would make up some of the political GOP-led “defunding” gap affecting preventive care – the same just happened for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.

This HHS press release outlines the recently implemented changes in access to copay-free preventive care. The PBS NewsHour also covered it, with transcript.

There’s only one drug left that works on gonorrhea. The CDC just updated its recommendation on treatment, with oral cephalosporins no longer recommended. The agency also has a webpage dedicated to antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.

So, Paul Ryan. Here’s how he’s voted on abortion issues – big surprise that he’s voted in favor of not-at-all-science-based fetal pain legislation, and against abortion access pretty much every chance he’s had. He also voted against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, against equal pay, against medical marijuana, for the PATRIOT Act and extensions, to defund Planned Parenthood (including their birth control and preventive health services), to prevent loving gay folks from adopting children, and generally in support of other social conservative red meat.

The 2012 Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice happened last week – links to the blog carnival, action items, and other resources are provided on the site.

Some recent posts at Our Bodies Our Blog cover how one man learned to love female condoms, the aforementioned Latina Week of Action, World Breastfeeding Week, a blog carnival hosted by the National Women’s Health Network on the 10th anniversary of the hormone therapy trial in the Women’s Health Initiative being stopped, and Women on Waves and their directory of international sexual/reproductive health and abortion providers. And don’t forget to check out the Our Bodies Our Votes campaign!

And, this week in utter nonsense, True Blood Sims. I don’t know why, but some of these just crack me up.


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