Tag Archives: Women's Health

Why young women are still relying on partners to “pull out”

TweetAs ThinkProgress reports, new research has found that a third of young women are still relying on the “withdrawal method” to prevent pregnancy. As those of us lucky enough to have benefited from a more comprehensive sex education probably know, this method is far from reliable as a form of birth control. According to the [...]
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Violence against women is a global “epidemic”

TweetThe World Health Organization has declared violence against women an epidemic global health problem. They base this on the fact that one in three woman has faced sexual or intimate partner violence. Think Progress reports: “After analyzing the mental, sexual, reproductive, and physical health consequences faced by victims of violence, the report characterized this issue [...]
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Breaking: Supreme Court rules human genes cannot be patented

Tweet The New York Times reports: Isolated human genes may not be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The case concerned patents held by Myriad Genetics, a Utah company, on genes that correlate with increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The patents were challenged by scientists and doctors who said their research and [...]
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Quick Hit: Angelina Jolie writes about her double mastectomy, preventing breast cancer

TweetAngelina Jolie published a op-ed in this morning’s New York Times detailing her double mastectomy. Because of her family history of breast and ovarian cancer, Jolie chose to investigate her own risk through genetic testing. When her doctor determined she had an “87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian [...]
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Are mainstream breast cancer awareness initiatives hurting more than they’re helping?

TweetEd. note: This is a guest post from Verónica Bayetti Flores. Verónica is the Assistant Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. She has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color, and helped to [...]
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