Farewell to #OurBodiesOurselves, the feminist health handbook. Won’t be publishing books, but will be a volunteer-run on-line site

Not sure I like the MTM metaphor, but this from the Globe. OBOS was created by a group called The Boston Women's Health Book Collective. “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” the 1970s-era bible of women’s health that has been updated over five decades to introduce generations of girls to their own anatomy, is going the way of … Continue reading Farewell to #OurBodiesOurselves, the feminist health handbook. Won’t be publishing books, but will be a volunteer-run on-line site

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Live Monday morning, 2/2: The Importance of #ReproductiveHealth to Ending #HIV”

Monday morning: Watch it on You Tube.  Local Speakers:  Lynn Matthews, MGH / Seth Bloom, MGH / Rebecca Zash, BIDMC / Kunjal Patel, HSPH Invited Speakers: Lynne Mofenson, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation See "Risk of HIV Acquisition during Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Call for Action" Pregnancy hormone-associated changes in the female genital tract, including … Continue reading Live Monday morning, 2/2: The Importance of #ReproductiveHealth to Ending #HIV”

Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

In Somerville tonight  The Scientists of The Fenway Institute On Diversity and Doctors: The Science of Inclusive Healthcare Monday, January 29th, 6:30-8:00pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville MA 02144) (directions) People are diverse; healthcare should reflect that diversity. Founded in 1971 on the belief that “healthcare is a right, not a privilege”, Fenway … Continue reading Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

#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

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