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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.
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.
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.
May 2, 1996
A free women's health program will offered be Saturday at the Albert E. Barnett Center for Education and Research from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Friendly Hills HealthCare Foundation, the event will feature two discussions, "The Superwoman Syndrome: Being Everything to Everybody" and "Heart Healthy Lifestyle: Control Your Destiny." Sessions on nutrition and cooking, learning disabilities, teen drug use, skin wellness, communication and premenstrual syndrome will also be offered.
October 10, 1994
During October, 350 facilities throughout Southern California are offering mammograms for $55 to $95 and Pap tests, pelvic exams and clinical breast exams for $35 or less, depending upon the woman's ability to pay. These prices are well below usual commercial rates. The program, marking the Second Annual Women's Health Month, is being sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council. For more information, call (800) 227-2345.
February 28, 1997 | LORENZA MUNOZ
More than two dozen exhibitors are expected to participate in an expanded Women's Health Forum in Oxnard next week. The forum, which will address women's health issues including cancer and diabetes prevention, fitness and skin care, is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 8 at the Radisson Suite Hotel in Oxnard. The forum will offer a variety of on-site health screenings, including blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat and skin cancer.
November 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
Most older women fear cancer, especially breast cancer, more than other diseases and may not take precautions against bigger killers such as heart attacks and Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. "If women don't get the right information about their risk for disease, they may make the wrong decisions about their health," James Firman, president of the National Council on the Aging, said Monday. The council asked more than 1,000 women ages 45 to 54 what disease they fear most.
October 8, 1986 | KAREN KENYON
Psychoanalyst Robert Nemiroff has a creative way of illustrating the female mid-life crisis. He uses the writings of women poets, including Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Diane di Prima, Maxine Kumin and Edna St. Vincent Millay. For example, Sexton's poem, "Little Girl, My Stringbean, My Lovely Woman," tells of a mother's awe and wonder at seeing her daughter change into a woman.
The first thing nurse practitioner Joan Magit gives her patients is a smile. As a child, she pretended to take care of neighborhood kids. As an adult, Magit takes care of neighborhood women in the northeast San Fernando Valley. The patients she sees at the Women's Clinic in Pacoima are the uninsured working poor--waitresses, housekeepers and child-care workers--many of whom have never had a full gynecological exam even though most are mothers.
October 2, 2000 | MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN
On Saturday, a "Well Woman Conference"--sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital, the Cancer Detection Center and the American Cancer Society--will focus on early detection of breast cancer, breast/ovarian cancer genetics, hormone replacement therapy, pelvic cancers, osteoporosis, skin care and general good health. Moseley-Salvatori Conference Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, 637 S. Lucas Ave., Los Angeles. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m.
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