health

Judge Keeps Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Open For Now

Jessica Wakeman | July 16, 2012 - 1:40 pm

A federal judge has blocked parts of a law that would effectively force Missisippi’s one remaining abortion clinic to shut down. However, the judge allowed certain restrictions of the MS legislature’s new abortion-restricitng law to remain. MS had passed a law, which went into effect July 1, that required doctors who perform abortions have admitting… More »


Texas Wants To Ban Doctors From Even Talking About Abortion

Jessica Wakeman | July 11, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Yes, seriously: Texas wants to ban doctors from even talking about — or as Texas puts it, “promoting” — abortion as an option.  Some people really believe ignorance is a good thing, huh? [Dallas Observer]
Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will be kept open longer that originally thought after a judge has extended a… More »


“Queen Of Clown Porn,” Hollie Stevens, Dies Of Breast Cancer At Age 30

Jessica Wakeman | July 10, 2012 - 1:40 pm

I thought a post about the passing of an adult film actress who was known as the “Queen Of Clown Porn” could be interesting. But the illness and death of Hollie Stevens, age 30, of breast cancer is nothing short of absolutely tragic. Friends say that Stevens had no health insurance and couldn’t access decent health… More »



Dr. Drew Bribed To Prescribe Wellbutrin, Government Claims

Daley Quinn | July 3, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Dr. Drew Pinsky is facing allegations that he was bribed and had accepted $275,000 to talk up the antidepressant drug Wellbutrin SR during his radio and television show “Loveline.”  While hosting the shows “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Sober House,” Pinksy made sure to discuss the benefits of taking Wellbutrin SR, including its ability… More »


Judge Blocks Law That Would Have Closed Mississippi’s One Remaining Abortion Clinic

Jessica Wakeman | July 2, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Women in in Mississippi can breathe easy, at least temporarily: at the eleventh hour on Sunday night, a federal judge blocked a law that would have effectively closed the state’s only abortion clinic. A law was set to go into effect on Monday that would have required doctors at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have… More »


Obese People Should Get Counseling, Panel Advises

Julie Gerstein | June 26, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Earlier this week, a federal health advisory panel recommended that obese adults receive intensive counseling in order to address the mounting obesity epidemic in America. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force encouraged doctors to identify and aid obese patients by providing counseling, or referring them to a weight loss-oriented program.

Specially targeted: patients… More »



Sandra Fluke Talks Sluts, Rush Limbaugh

Jessica Wakeman | June 25, 2012 - 3:40 pm

[W]hat I’ve learned [after being called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh on his show] has less to do with Mr. Limbaugh specifically and more to do with a part of our population that has this view. Because frankly, you don’t go on national radio and talk for several days about something that no one wants… More »


Girl Talk: I Was Born With A Cleft Palate

Daley Quinn | June 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm

I was born with a giant, gaping hole in the roof of my mouth. Also known as a cleft palate, the cave within my lips has been through a 20-year nightmare from which I recently awoke. A rather rare occurrence, I was born with a cleft palate, but not a cleft lip.

My cleft… More »


New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Anti-Abortion Bill

Jessica Wakeman | June 21, 2012 - 5:40 pm

New Hampshire’s governor vetoed an anti-abortion bill today that would have classified the death of a fetus as a homicide, which is a sneaky tactic by pro-life activists to restrict abortion rights by granting  fetuses the rights of full human beings. [Feminist.org]
Vice President Joe Biden has released a powerful new anti-violence against… More »



Can We Talk About The Horrors Of Thigh Chafing?

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | June 21, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Whenever summer rolls around I look forward to hot days, gorgeous nights, skimpy sundresses, and sangria. But there’s one thing about this amazing season that fills me with dread, that makes me sigh dramatically as I unpack my summer wardrobe, that makes me cringe at the thought of an afternoon stroll through the park. Two… More »


Giant Birth Control Pill Package Trailing Romney’s Campaign

Daley Quinn | June 21, 2012 - 2:40 pm

A giant pack of birth control called Pillamina can now be found flowing, er, following behind Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and recently showed up at events in Ohio and New Hampshire. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, creator of the costume, hopes the massive pills will draw attention to Romney’s opposition towards President Obama’s birth control coverage… More »


Help! How Do You Deal With Nightmares?

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | June 20, 2012 - 10:40 am

A few nights ago, I watched a giant spider slowly creep across my bedroom wall, leering at me with eight beady eyes. I held my breath as its hairy legs traversed framed pictures, approaching me with increasing speed until it finally leapt off the wall and landed in my hair. I screamed and madly raked… More »



Anti-Abortion Law Pennsylvania Goes Into Effect

Jessica Wakeman | June 19, 2012 - 5:20 pm

A law restricting abortion rights in Pennsylvania by posing medically unnecessary requirements on clinics has gone into effect. Fourteen of the state’s previous 22 abortion clinics have been licensed to provide surgical abortions going forward. The other clinics will provide various other levels of care, although one abortion clinic has actually closed. [Philly.com]
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“Safe Tan” May Just Be An Oxymoron: Spray Tanning Joins The Club

Rachel Krause | June 13, 2012 - 3:40 pm

It’s universally acknowledged, if not necessarily heeded, that both tanning by sunlight and by booth can cause skin cancer, and now we’re being warned that something so seemingly innocuous as a spray tan could very well be our next death wish. Is there any safe way to get a tan anymore? Not so, if a… More »


OK Doctor Refuses To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victim In ER

Jessica Wakeman | June 6, 2012 - 5:50 pm

An Oklahoma doctor working in an emergency room refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old rape victim because EC is against her personal beliefs. (Yes, the doctor was a woman.) According to the rape victim’s mother Rhonda, the doctor said, “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs.” More »



Banning Big Sodas: Nanny State Or Smart Move?

Newser | June 4, 2012 - 11:50 am

Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban sodas bigger than 16 ounces from being sold in New York City (with afew exceptions), and as the AP points out, he’s likely to get his way considering he appoints everyone on the city’s Board of Health. Read more…More »


New Study Measures The Objectification Of Women

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | May 30, 2012 - 9:20 am

A new study published in the journal Psychological Science found that women are objectified at much higher rates than men. That sound you just heard was every woman in the world yelling, “Well, duh!” but still, this is a pretty interesting development, because as much as we can see and feel the effects of sexual… More »


9-Year-Old Blogs Her School Lunches, World Is Horrified

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | May 29, 2012 - 5:00 pm

If you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about the tuna sandwich waiting for you in the office fridge, you might want to take a look at NeverSeconds, a food blog curated by nine-year-old Martha Payne. For the past month, Martha has borrowed her father’s camera and diligently documented the lunch offerings at her Scottish primary school,… More »



Carl’s Jr.’s Ice Cream Brrrger & 11 Other Freaky Fast Foods

The Frisky | May 26, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Carl’s Jr is currently testing a new product called the “Ice Cream Brrrger,” which is, well, exactly what it sounds like: a burger made of ice cream. We’re a little creeped out by the beefy texture of the ice cream and the dripping frosting condiments, but in the grand scheme of freaky fast foods, this… More »


Why Are Less People Identifying As “Pro-Choice”?

Jessica Wakeman | May 24, 2012 - 3:20 pm

If you were to ask most people if an 13-year-old girl should be forced to give birth to a baby after being impregnated by her own father, I think they would say no.

If you were to ask most people if a woman should have to risk her own life while going through… More »


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