#Feminist #health handbook — Our Bodies, OurSelves — struggles

This book was a revelation in the '70s.  The Boston Women's Health Book Collective has been a feminist health resource since then. Now, they are running out of cash.  More from The Globe More from the OBO S website: Our landmark publication, “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” first published in 1971, has sold millions of copies and … Continue reading #Feminist #health handbook — Our Bodies, OurSelves — struggles

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DCIS, female “viagra” and other disturbing women’s health news

Big news in women's health this week. Good news? Depends on how you see it. The NYTimes reports that surgery for early stage not-quite breast cancer is pretty much useless. Not shocking since NCI decided that DCIS shouldn't even be called "cancer." They say, for instance, that some premalignant conditions, like one that affects the … Continue reading DCIS, female “viagra” and other disturbing women’s health news

Is female Viagra a scam? Boston women’s health group questions drug, supporters

The non-profits pressuring the FDA to approve a drug billed as female Viagra do not quite make up a top ten list or women's health advocacy organizations. This health writer has never heard of most of the groups cited in Sunday's New York Times story. But familiar women's health groups, like Boston's Our Bodies, Ourselves, … Continue reading Is female Viagra a scam? Boston women’s health group questions drug, supporters

Where to put health stories in the paper and why it matters

The Boston Globe has taken to playing stories on medical research findings -- like today's digital mammography report --  on Page 2. For the writer, good play, but not great. To the reader, this suggest important, but not front page important.  This is commendable – often stories about complicated or incremental developments make  the front … Continue reading Where to put health stories in the paper and why it matters

Are potentially toxic chemicals in CapeCod drinking water a health risk? A public meeting

The scientists at Silent Spring Institute in Newton took on a very difficult job -- Look at the links between the environment and the Cape Cod breast cancer cluster. Scientists have challenged the relevance of cancer clusters. And, critics of environmentalists like to dismiss this kind of research as the work of  so-called "chemophobes." So, … Continue reading Are potentially toxic chemicals in CapeCod drinking water a health risk? A public meeting

BPA linked to infertility? Until we know more, how to reduce exposure

From Boston.com A growing body of evidence suggests that women who have high urine levels of bisphenol-A—a chemical used in some hard plastics and to coat metal cans—are more likely to suffer from infertility, and now researchers have found a possible reason why. BPA may disrupt eggs from maturing properly, according to a study from … Continue reading BPA linked to infertility? Until we know more, how to reduce exposure

Did news reports miss the message on IOM breast cancer/environment study?

Earlier this week, we cast this IOM study as offering little new news.  But, as Julia Brody of  The Silent Spring Institute points out, that's not quite true.  From the environmental Health News website: ...(M)ost of the news media missed the significance of the assessment on environmental chemicals. The real news is that the report is an … Continue reading Did news reports miss the message on IOM breast cancer/environment study?