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HEALTH
March 18, 2011 | By Marni Jameson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2000 | JOSH GOLDSTEIN
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."
NEWS
January 31, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
June 26, 1994 | GLORIA STEINEM, Gloria Steinem, the co-founder of Ms. magazine, is the author of "Moving Beyond Words" (Simon & Schuster, 1994).
This week, the U.S. Senate will consider legislation that would take a heavy toll on the health of women in this country. By virtue of our need for contraception, care during pregnancy and other results of our reproductive character, women have been the victims of many of the worst drug and medical-device disasters. Our general health concerns have long been ignored. If enacted, this legislation would codify this indifference and exclusion.
NEWS
June 28, 1994 | SHARI ROAN, Times Health Editor
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.
NEWS
June 20, 1986 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
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.
HEALTH
May 9, 2005 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
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.
SCIENCE
June 20, 2013 | By Amina Khan
The Food and Drug Administration has approved over-the-counter use of an emergency contraceptive called Plan B One-Step for use by all women and girls who can potentially bear children, no matter how young, the agency announced Thursday. But the move does not approve similar non-prescription use for other generic emergency contraceptives. The FDA says it "has fulfilled its commitment" with a court order issued by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman, according to an agency release.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Restrictions on some types of abortions in Arizona went into effect Tuesday morning after a federal judge upheld state changes limiting a woman's access to an abortion-inducing drug.  U.S. District Judge David Bury issued an order Monday afternoon rejecting a bid to block the new abortion restrictions while the state's 2012 law is litigated. The law allowed the state to issue new rules banning the use of the most common abortion - inducing drug, RU-486, after the seventh week of pregnancy, compared with the current restriction of nine weeks.
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