The development of a male birth control pill is a myth like the existence of the Sasquatch or buying anything decent on Gilt Groupe before it sells out. Yet another team of researchers has claimed women of the world may see our dream come true within the next decade. The one about the male pill, I mean. Not Gilt Groupe sales. Keep reading »
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What would you do if your employer told you that you had to go back to school for more training in your profession — even after years, maybe decades, working in a field you’ve already excelled in? Ask a nurse.
New recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit group that advises the government and industry on health issues, are pushing for 80 percent of all nurses to obtain Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing by 2020 in an effort to improve patient care. Their belief is that patients receive better care in hospitals where nurses have higher-level academic degrees.
But while exhausted RNs are neck deep in their Nutrition textbooks after working 12-hour shifts, I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I think this is complete bullshit. Keep reading »
- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Catholic bishops for denying medical care to women by refusing to provide the morning-after pill and perform abortions in their hospitals. In some counties, a Catholic hospital is the only place for a pregnant woman to receive medical care. Such was the situation for Tameska Means, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, who was exposed to dangerous infections after her water broke after only 18 weeks of pregnancy but Mercy Health Partners in Michigan did not even offer to induce labor or remove the fetus. Instead, Means suffered in pain until she miscarried, going to the hospital seeking help a total of three times. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops makes directives for medical care at Mercy Health Partners. [New York Times] Keep reading »
- The case filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by Christians who don’t believe in birth control and refuses to cover it under the Affordable Care Act, is headed to the Supreme Court. In March 2014, the highest court in the land will take up the question of whether a company can refuse to cover contraception for its employees due to the religious objections of its owners. Presently, only churches and other religious non-profits can refuse to cover BC. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
- A European company making a morning-after pill similar to Plan B says it has found its product, Norvelo, to be less effective for women over 165 lbs. and to not work at all for women over 176 lbs. Obviously, this has implications for American-made emergency contraception and whether it, too, is ineffective for some women. All the more reason to use another primary form of contraception, ladies and gents.[TIME]
- Russia has banned advertisements for abortion. [Reuters]
- Here’s Courtney Andrews, a teenage rape survivor who saw rapist (a neighbor) get off with a slap on the wrist, on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show this weekend. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
Not many kids dream of growing up and spending their days studying the nuances of the most apathetic feeling known to the human race, yet, Thomas Goetz, a professor of empirical educational research at the University of Konstanz in Germany, found the subject of boredom at least marginally interesting enough to delve deeper into it.
“Given the high frequency of boredom in various situations encountered in daily life and the variety of detrimental experiences to which boredom is related, it is rather surprising that to date there has been little research conducted on this specific emotion,” Goetz wrote in the study published this week in the Journal Motivation and Emotion.
He makes a good point I suppose. People feel bored a lot. So, Goetz and his colleagues recruited a group of high school students (who better?) and group college students for their boredom study. The results were staggering. Well, not really, but they discovered that there are five distinct categories of boredom. Find out which one you might be experiencing right this moment. Keep reading »
- Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will decide via special election today whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If the measure passes, Albuquerque will become the first city in the country to adopt such abortion restrictions. [Albuquerque Journal]
- Comediennes Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead and a whole host of pro-choice celebs helped raise $50,000 last night in an abortion access telethon for four Texas abortion funds. [Village Voice]
- Oklahoma would rather drop National Guard benefits for all couples than give those benefits to gay couples. :::SMH::: [Think Progress]
- Where is the Million Hoodie March for Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old Black teen/woman who was shot in the head after she sought help from a Detroit home after a car accident? [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »
We can thank the good people of the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care program for enforcing the most bizarre lunch regulation you’ve ever heard of. In order to ensure that kids’ lunches are “balanced”, each one is checked against Canada’s Food Guide and “supplemented” by the school if any of the customary requirements are missing. If a child’s lunch box has to be “supplemented” on any given day, the parent gets fined. Strange. Yes. Canadians!
But it makes sense for parents who forgo the basics like fruits,veggies and proteins in favor of Doritos and Oreos. But that’s not so much how it works. Keep reading »
Most of the “scientific studies” in the Daily Mail make me chuckle (new survey from a contact lens manufacturer says that 90% of people feel self-conscious about wearing glasses!) but this one — about low self-esteem, existential angst and stuffed animals — is worth serious consideration. Keep reading »