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

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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

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?

NOW Boston meeting focuses on health

The National Organization for Women brings its annual meeting to town tomorrow with a focus on health. Unlike many conferences, this-- 3 days at the Park Plaza in Park Square and Arlington St. -- one has a daily rate: $65 Boston will play host to this year's 2010 National Organization for Women Conference taking place July … Continue reading NOW Boston meeting focuses on health

Goodman on mammography: Policyspeak v. pink ribbons

Globe-based national columnist Ellen Goodman writes today about how badly the USPSTF delivered the message on the limits of mammography in women under 50. She agrees with their recommendations. She just thinks the panel was blindsided by extremely angry women who are not willing to reconsider the notion that early detection is key to cancer survival.  Then there was the anti-health … Continue reading Goodman on mammography: Policyspeak v. pink ribbons

Norsigian of Our Bodies, Ourselves on single payer

First -- lots going on in DC this week, including the Obama speech to the AMA, here via MSNBC. Click here for BHN's favorite links.  Also note today's WSJ interview with HIT man David Blumenthal. So, Judy Norsigian of OB/OS and Jennifer Potter of BIDMC and Fenway Health opine in the Globe on why they think single payer approach … Continue reading Norsigian of Our Bodies, Ourselves on single payer

Health care heroines, med school murder suspects and the grateful alive

If you can spare another click, you'll find my Week in Review at MassDevice.com. There, I comment on med school murder suspects, Phil Lesh and his liver and two very different points of view on the most important women in health care.