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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Barbara Seaman, a writer and health activist whose groundbreaking 1969 book that warned against the dangers of the birth control pill is widely credited with launching the modern women's health movement, has died. She was 72. Seaman died of lung cancer Wednesday at her New York City home, said her son, Noah Seaman. In her first book, "The Doctors' Case Against the Pill," Seaman exposed the serious and little-known side effects of the high-estrogen pill prescribed at the time.
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NATIONAL
January 23, 2008 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The political wing of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday announced an unprecedented voter-mobilization effort targeting the young, often low-income women who rely on the group's clinics for gynecological exams, birth control and abortion. The nonprofit expects to raise at least $10 million over the next 10 months to recruit patients, as well as their friends and families, to lobby legislators and vote for candidates who support Planned Parenthood's agenda.
HEALTH
October 22, 2007 | Reuters
Most U.S. states have made little progress toward improving women's health and many have fallen behind as rates of obesity and diabetes continue to climb, a new 50-state report released Wednesday showed. "The nation as a whole and individual states are falling farther behind in the quest to meet the national goals for women's health," said Judy Waxman of the National Women's Law Center, which released the report along with the Oregon Health & Science University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Dr. Howard Judd, a UCLA researcher who oversaw a groundbreaking national study of the medical problems of older women, and who correctly questioned the early termination of a landmark clinical trial investigating the effects of hormone-replacement therapy for women, has died. He was 71. Judd, former vice chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA, died of congestive heart failure July 19 at his Santa Monica home, said his wife, Susan Judd.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Hologic Inc., a maker of diagnostic and medical imaging systems, has agreed to acquire medical device maker Cytyc Corp. and create a $10-billion company that focuses exclusively on advanced technology in women's health, the two companies announced Sunday. The combination is expected to drive cross-selling across units of the new company, generating more than $75 million in extra revenue within the first three years.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
Under beleaguered President Paul D. Wolfowitz, the World Bank may be scaling back its long-standing support for family planning, which many countries consider essential to women's health and the fight against AIDS. In an internal e-mail, the bank's team leader for Madagascar indicated that one of two managing directors appointed by Wolfowitz ordered the removal of all references to family planning from a document laying out strategy for the African nation.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
High-deductible health insurance plans favored by many employers often wind up being an unfair burden to women, a new study says, largely because women need many routine medical exams that quickly add up. The median expense for men under 45 in high-deductible plans was less than $500, but for women it was more than $1,200, according to a study by Harvard Medical School researchers.
NATIONAL
September 1, 2005 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The head of the Food and Drug Administration's women's health office resigned Wednesday in a widening protest over delays in deciding whether the "morning after" contraceptive could be sold without a prescription. Susan F.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Fire severely damaged a women's clinic in Olympia where abortions were performed, and investigators said the blaze was intentionally set. The fire heavily damaged the roof of the Eastside Women's Health Clinic and caused heat and smoke damage in offices, said Olympia Fire Capt. Kate McDonald. No one was hurt. Federal and local investigators said that the fire was started with incendiary materials. The clinic was closed at the time.
WORLD
September 3, 2004 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
Organizations concerned with reproductive health and sexual education sharply criticized the Bush administration Thursday, saying that its policies are contributing to the AIDS pandemic and the deaths of women during childbirth and from unsafe abortions. The criticism came on the final day of the three-day Countdown 2015 conference in London. About 700 representatives of governments and groups from 109 countries gathered to assess progress toward goals set in 1994 at a U.N.
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