July 30, 2001
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August 21, 2000
Re "The Abortion Pill: Finally at Hand?" (Aug. 14), what a delightfully well-balanced pair of stories on the latest scheme for women to avoid the inconvenience of giving birth by easily aborting their unwanted offspring with pills. A mere two paragraphs at the end of one story were allotted to "opponents of abortion," while 73 paragraphs matter-of-factly endorsed the controversial new pills and complained that women are being denied this wonder drug to flush their unwanted embryos like so many bowel movements.
June 20, 1986 |
It appeared more clear than ever, to hear physicians at a conference on women's health this week, that the single most important thing females can do to live longer, healthier lives is to avoid smoking. Lung cancer in women is increasing so dramatically that one physician, cancer specialist Loretta Itri of the Hoffmann-La Roche drug company, predicted that the gap in life expectancy between women and men will close by the year 2000.
June 28, 1994 |
Doctors have been warning men for years that exploding with anger over trivial events--such as some jerk cutting you off on the San Bernardino--is not good for your health. This classic, Type A behavior tends to land men in the cardiac-care ward. But what about women? Is going ballistic bad for their health? Or is it healthier to be a polite lady and keep your anger to yourself? Neither, say the authors of intriguing new research on women and anger.
May 9, 2005 |
When it comes to health, women are constantly scanning their surroundings for signs of trouble, ready with the cough syrup, the thermometer, the doctor's phone number should a target come up on the radar. "Need-seeking devices," Dr. Ana E. Nunez, an internist and director of the women's health education program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, calls them. "We are socialized to find out what others need and to provide it," she says.
January 31, 2011 |
Women who don't have mammograms may have various reasons why they skip the test, according to a study, including fearing the pain they may experience and being too busy. Researchers from Kaiser Permanente looked at data on 340 women who completed a survey about breast cancer screenings. Almost a quarter of the women said that "too much pain" was an obstacle to getting a mammogram. Obese women were more likely than non-obese women to say that pain was a barrier to getting tested. Feeling embarrassed about having a mammogram was another reason women didn't go, although obese women weren't more likely to mention that as a factor than were non-obese women.
March 18, 2011 |
Birth control pills may get a pass when it comes to causing weight gain ? at least according to most research ? but not injectable birth control. Currently, more than 2 million U.S. women, including 400,000 teens, rely on a once-a-month shot ? known as Depo-Provera, or DMPA ? as their method of birth control. But the shots, which the Food and Drug Administration approved for contraceptive use in 2004 and which offer a relatively inexpensive and highly effective method of pregnancy prevention, can trigger substantial weight gain.
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June 12, 2000 |
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Ventura will host a Women's Health Symposium on June 24 to boost education about a variety of health topics. The daylong event is a chance for women to gather in a social setting, learn about women's health issues and follow through on tips for a healthy life, said Marcy Sherbok, the center's development director. "We need to learn about ourselves," she said. "The more we know, the more chances we have to live happier, more productive lives."
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March 2, 2008 |
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.