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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HEALTH
February 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
It's an annual rite most women would prefer to skip: a trip to the doctor for a checkup that includes shedding every stitch of clothing, donning a paper gown, placing feet in metal stirrups and enduring a pelvic exam. For a healthy adult woman, the exam typically doesn't hurt. However it can be uncomfortable, cold, embarrassing, time-consuming and, perhaps, unnecessary. Some doctors are beginning to question the need for every woman to have the exam every year. One of them is Dr. Carolyn L. Westhoff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University.
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 30, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A federal judge on Monday stopped Texas from removing Planned Parenthood clinics from a state women's health program because the organization provides abortions. In his ruling , U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin cited evidence that the state rule banning Planned Parenthood from the program was unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing the law until he can hear arguments in the case. The state immediately appealed.  The rule at issue was part of a law passed last year by Texas's Republican-controlled legislature and implemented by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
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