Fri, January 07, 2011
Sandy Bogar, NWHN Health Information Intern
In my last blog on Uterine Fibroids, I left you with a dismal picture of the status of fibroids and broader women’s health concerns. Having been away for the holidays for a couple of weeks, I wondered whether the ringing in of 2011 would bring a different women’s health topic to the forefront. Alas, when I returned to the office, our health question inbox was flooded...
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Wed, December 15, 2010
Katie Ashwill, NWHN Health Information Intern
The Happy Hour occasion is everywhere, but it was not until I arrived in DC that I realized just how ubiquitous that 5 o’clock drink was. Studies and news articles are constantly praising a glass of wine with dinner, berating college binge drinking norms, linking alcohol with weight gain and maintenance, exposing celebrity alcohol dependency, and reinforcing age limits. In...
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Wed, December 08, 2010
Sandy Bogar, NWHN Health Information Intern
When I agreed to go to a two day NIH conference on uterine fibroids, I knew what I was in for. I knew I would be silently pleading for a pocket-sized version of my college advisor to whisper in my ear and translate the intimidating scientific symbols, numbers and letters before me into English. I also knew that I needed to take this opportunity as fibroids and fibroids-related...
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Wed, December 08, 2010
Katie Ashwill, NWHN Health Information Intern
The FDA has finally forced propoxyphene (Darvocet, Darvon) from the U.S. market. Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe and the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has been advocating for this repeal for decades. Propoxyphene, the opioid “pain-killer” has not proven to be any more effective in relieving pain than aspirin, and it has been strongly associated with higher risk of...
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Fri, November 12, 2010
Katie Ashwill, NWHN Health Information Intern
Morning pain? As in, the pain that I feel at 6 a.m. when facing a mile trek in a thunderstorm, to board the Metro, as it creeps slowly along during inappropriate rush hour construction? As always, Bayer Aspirin has a solution. This generation has grown accustomed to the combination of reading and watching the daily news online. Unfortunately, you start to think you have escaped...
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Tue, November 02, 2010
Sandy Bogar, NWHN Health Information Intern
Health is a human right. This simple statement embodies the sum of my college education and is one of my most strongly held beliefs. Unfortunately, it is not a concept that has been readily adopted by the American public. The new Health Care Bill, which will gradually work to alleviate some of the inequalities and access barriers inherent in our current health care system, has...
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Tue, November 02, 2010
Katie Ashwill, NWHN Health Information Intern
Dr. Shere Hite published her self-financed survey results about female sexuality in 1976 in her book The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality. As she developed a framework for the study, Hite did not apply for funding, and chose an unconventional methodology. She sent open-ended questionnaires to over 3000 women of varying ages, educational backgrounds, and...
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Fri, October 29, 2010
Katie Ashwill, NWHN Health Information Intern
Back in March of this year, Kotex advertisements were banned by 3 major television networks for using the word “vagina” in there tampon ads. Kotex tried to placate the networks by modifying vagina to the euphemism “down there”, and 2 of the 3 networks still declined to air the ads. So when did vagina become so profane? According to the Federal...
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Wed, October 27, 2010
Sandy Bogar, NWHN Health Information Intern
This past week, hair managed to find its way into not only my shower drain, carpets and clothing, but into many conversations. A lovely follow-up to love your body day, I decided it was time for a blog devoted solely to this unique-to-mammals/body-covering protein. Hair has proven to be as important as actual body parts in contributing to both insecurities and identities. In terms...
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Wed, October 20, 2010
Katie Ashwill, NWHN Health Information Intern
This past spring, President Obama issued an executive order that maintains regulations under the Hyde Amendment, which ensures that federal funds are not used for abortion coverage except in the case of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is endangered. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) also extends this restriction to the new health insurance exchanges...
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