Sunday News Round-Up, Conference Then Vacation Edition
First up, some recent posts from Our Bodies Our Blog:
- How Can We Help Teen Mothers Avoid and Cope With Postpartum Depression? – discussion of a study that tried to answer that question
- Study: IUDs Offer Safe Contraception Option for Teens But Rarely Prescribed – analysis of a study looking at IUD use in adolescents, with data on complications
- Supreme Court Hears Case Against Myriad Genetics: Why Patents Hurt Women’s Health – OBOS is a co-plaintiff in the case against BRCA1 an BRCA2 gene patents. I look at the oral arguments.
- “Can We See the Baby Bump, Please?”: Film on Commercial Surrogacy in India Screens in Boston – a film you might want to track down
Statement on State Legislation Requiring Hospital Admitting Privileges for Physicians Providing Abortion Services – The major U.S. ob/gyn professional association issued a statement specifically opposing laws and regulations requiring hospital admitting privileges for abortion providers, and generally opposing TRAP laws intended to restrict access. I’ve written here about why I think it’s obvious that admitting privileges rules are much more about controlling women than protecting women’s safety.
National DNA Day was celebrated last week, marking the 60th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s landmark paper describing the structure of DNA. In observance, let’s actually remember the role of Rosalind Franklin: The Rosalind Franklin Papers – Profiles in Science from the National Library of Medicine. Also: Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA – describes a book that may be of interest on Franklin.
Today in “no duh:” More Birth Control Knowledge Equals Less Repeat Pregnancies For Teens
Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open, For Now
But: Mississippi law will regulate abortion-inducing drugs
You know, when I think about where I’d be willing to live to take the next step in my medical librarianship career, I actually automatically crossed Mississippi off the list because I think I’d get too distracted by wanting to do activist work around this. Or just, like, yelling at politicians all day every day.
Fat-Shaming All Around Us – at The Nation
NYTimes interactive graphic on overlapping disease in the elderly.
This is an extremely contentious issue, on American Christian push to adopt from other countries: Is There Really An Orphan Crisis?
Good job, Philadelphia! City of Brotherly Love, indeed! Philadelphia Passes Historic LGBT Health Equality Bill! – “The transgender health provision would make Philly the largest city to remove trans health care coverage exclusions for city employees.”
At Dartmouth, students are protesting the college’s handling of sexual assault. This apparently resulted in their being threatened, both with disciplinary action and by classmates. Classes were canceled. Follow the struggle and background at Real Talk Dartmouth.
Later this week I’m headed to Boston, MA for the annual Medical Library Association conference, where I’m presenting, official conference blogging (covering posters), attending a committee (Government Relations) and a special interest group (Relevant Issues, chair-elect for 2013) meeting. I’ll also get to see a former colleague and lots of other amazing medlibs from around the country, which is always refreshing. So blog posts will be light here, as they have been lately. Then I’m actually taking about a week off work. Woohoo!
Also professionally speaking, I’ve struggled with how to represent the variety of my interests and experiences in a way that integrates both the medlib stuff and the repro health writing/advocacy stuff. Here’s one attempt. If you have feedback or suggestions, I’d love to hear it. It’s a work in progress: http://rachelrwalden.wordpress.com/