• Snapshots – May/June 2017
    Many women with reproductive cancers (or a high risk of such cancers) often have both ovaries removed during hysterectomy, in order to prevent the development of ovarian cancer at a later date. Yet doing so may increase the risk of other, more common, health risks. Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of the English Hospital Episode ...
  • Primary Dysmenorrhea — Menstrual “Cramps”— Matters!
    Written by Mary Lou Ballweg It was Thanksgiving, late afternoon—I glanced out my window to see a woman on our new neighbor’s patio, bending over, clutching her abdomen, rocking back and forth. She was clearly in agony. I went out and asked if she was in pain, was she OK? She said, “I’ll be OK,” and ...
  • NWHN in Action – May/June 2017
    Thanks to our members’ generous support, the NWHN is able to work on all fronts — advocating, collaborating, and educating in order to advance women’s health. Here are some highlights of our work in the last few months.    
  • RX for Change: The Real Cost of EpiPen Shots? Peanuts!
    The EpiPen is an automatic injection device (an “autoinjector”) for administering epinephrine, which can be life-saving for someone who is going into anaphylactic shock as a result of a severe allergic reaction. EpiPens have been available since 1980, but after Mylan Pharmaceuticals acquired the EpiPen from Merck, in 2007, it increased the price of two ...
  • Young Feminist: Shame Education… I mean SEX education!
    My experience with sexual education growing up was very limited. If anything, my attitude toward sex ed was, “I know what sex is, so what else do I need to know?” My middle school inserted sex education into our required health class, and sent a letter home letting parents know they could opt their children out. ...
  • Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes
    Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end? Well, depends on who you ask: in the past, doctors often said hot flashes (officially, menopausal vasomotor symptoms), would last maybe six months to two years. Lately, updated clinical guidelines put ...
  • The First 100 Days — And What Comes Next
    The reasons that Donald Trump was able to win the U.S. presidential election may take many years to fully understand. For now, though, it is clear that Trump simultaneously took advantage of and fomented a new wave of populism, targeting the government as the cause of economic misery, and positioning himself as uniquely capable to ...
  • Snapshots – May/June 2017
    Many women with reproductive cancers (or a high risk of such cancers) often have both ovaries removed during hysterectomy, in order to prevent the development of ovarian cancer at a later date. Yet doing so may increase the risk of other, more common, health risks. Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of the English Hospital Episode ...
  • Primary Dysmenorrhea — Menstrual “Cramps”— Matters!
    Written by Mary Lou Ballweg It was Thanksgiving, late afternoon—I glanced out my window to see a woman on our new neighbor’s patio, bending over, clutching her abdomen, rocking back and forth. She was clearly in agony. I went out and asked if she was in pain, was she OK? She said, “I’ll be OK,” and ...
  • NWHN in Action – May/June 2017
    Thanks to our members’ generous support, the NWHN is able to work on all fronts — advocating, collaborating, and educating in order to advance women’s health. Here are some highlights of our work in the last few months.    
  • RX for Change: The Real Cost of EpiPen Shots? Peanuts!
    The EpiPen is an automatic injection device (an “autoinjector”) for administering epinephrine, which can be life-saving for someone who is going into anaphylactic shock as a result of a severe allergic reaction. EpiPens have been available since 1980, but after Mylan Pharmaceuticals acquired the EpiPen from Merck, in 2007, it increased the price of two ...
  • Young Feminist: Shame Education… I mean SEX education!
    My experience with sexual education growing up was very limited. If anything, my attitude toward sex ed was, “I know what sex is, so what else do I need to know?” My middle school inserted sex education into our required health class, and sent a letter home letting parents know they could opt their children out. ...
  • Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes
    Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end? Well, depends on who you ask: in the past, doctors often said hot flashes (officially, menopausal vasomotor symptoms), would last maybe six months to two years. Lately, updated clinical guidelines put ...
  • The First 100 Days — And What Comes Next
    The reasons that Donald Trump was able to win the U.S. presidential election may take many years to fully understand. For now, though, it is clear that Trump simultaneously took advantage of and fomented a new wave of populism, targeting the government as the cause of economic misery, and positioning himself as uniquely capable to ...