Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

This Brave Bus Driver Saved A Woman From Jumping Off A Bridge

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This One's A Tearjerker

Darnell Barton, a Buffalo bus driver, saw a woman who’d climbed over a guardrail and was leaning over traffic on the expressway below her. He knew he had to do something. Because nobody else was stopping their car, Barton wasn’t sure at first whether the woman was in distress. But he’s a former volunteer firefighter and member of the Buffalo Special Police,  He stopped the bus and approached the distressed woman, giving her a hug and asking if she wanted to come back to the other side of the guard rail. After he’d gotten her to safety and returned to his bus, he was met with applause from his 20 high school-aged passengers. What a nice reminder that sometimes people really are everyday heroes and fate puts us on one another’s paths for a reason.  I know it’s cliche, but it really does take a lot of courage to do the right thing sometimes — and this man is about as humble as people come. BRB, I’m getting seriously emotional over here. [USA Today]

Appeals Court Allows Texas Anti-Abortion Law To Go Into Effect

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Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas were unconstitutional and could not go into effect on Tuesday.  That part of the HB2 law, which would have been enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. The presiding judge granted an injunction, ruling it was “without a rational basis,” as patients are admitted to hospitals regardless of who their doctor is.

The Texas Attorney General (who also happens to be a Republican gubernatorial candidate) appealed almost immediately. Late yesterday, an appeals court blocked the injunction, thus ruling the provision can go into effect. According to The New York Times, the court cited a past abortion case when ruling that “the incidental effect of [a regulation on doctors] making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate it.” Keep reading »

Women With Big Butts Are Brainier

Another reason to love your big butt! Not that you needed one. According to a study done at the University of Oxford, the bigger the bum, the brainier the woman — and also, the healthier. The research team analyzed the behinds of  more than 16,000 women and found that fat bottomed girls really do make the rocking world go round.  Keep reading »

Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

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  • Like clockwork, a Texas Attorney General has asked an appeals court to reinstate the part of a new anti-abortion law which was ruled unconstitutional just yesterday. I’m shocked, shocked! [Reuters]
  • A 13-year-old girl in Pakistan was raped and buried alive by the perpetrators, but luckily she was able to escape. She then sought assistance, although the police have been less than helpful. Everything about this story is extremely disturbing. [TIME]
  • On why it’s more important to worry about a feminist marriage than a feminist wedding. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »

Significant Part Of Texas Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

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  • Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular provision was “without a rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.”  The law, which State Senator Wendy Davis spoke out against this summer, would have severely restricted abortion access in TX by closing nearly one-third of its clinics. [Talking Points Memo, New York Times] Keep reading »

How A Happy Marriage Can Save Your Life

Healthy people aren’t just the happy ones — they’re now the married ones. And if you thought that a significant other was more woe than it was worth, turns out you were painfully mistaken because a mate won’t just keep you happy; they’ll keep you living longer, too. Read more at Your Tango…

Most Women Have Never Been Asked About Domestic Violence By Their Doctors

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  • A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation.  My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing]
  • Here’s Jaclyn Friedman, Yes Means Yes co-editor, on how the “men’s rights” movement is hurting women — and men, too. [American Prospect]
  • More TV shows are now portraying Black women as complex, emotional human beings rather than the tired stereotype of the “strong Black woman.” [BuzzFeed]
  • Saudi Arabia is warning women who plan to break the law and drive cars on Saturday that they will be “disturbing the public peace.” Remember, ladies, driving is also bad for your ovaries. [USA Today] Keep reading »

The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness
Sexual Harassment For A Good Cause!

Let’s get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to squeeze their breasts together, stick his face between them, and, well, motorboat ‘em.

Unlike the rest of the Simple Pickup “pranks,” which range from videos of them harassing strangers at gay-pride parades to tips and advice for “guys like you” to “get laid” (ew), this one is seemingly not only harmless, but well-intentioned: they’ll donate $20 for every woman who lets them get on in there. They made $2,080, but this clip is little more than yet another installment in the growing case of taking Breast Cancer Awareness Month and turning it into a sexualized sham that’s more about letting weird dudes grab your tits than cancer prevention, and there’s no glory in that. In fact, some of Simple Pickup’s tougher online critics call for the group to be called out by law enforcement for sexual (and otherwise) harassment. No way, man, they’re just trying to help “guys like you” to “get laid,” right?! It’s totally honorable! [The Daily Dot]

Colorado Anti-Choicers Get Enough Signatures For Fetal Personhood Ballot Initiative

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Anti-abortion activists have been successful in collecting enough signatures to get a fetal personhood ballot initiative for the 2014 election.The initiative will ask voters if they would like to change the definition of a person to include fetuses, or in anti-abortion parlance, the “unborn,” in the state’s criminal code. Keep reading »

Flesh-Eating Drug, Krokodil, Making Its Way Across The United States

Use of flesh-eating drug "krokodil" spreads in US

We are not discussing crocodiles here, but given that even the most cursory, SafeSearch-on Googling of krokodil yields some of the most vile images you will ever see (DON’T DO IT!!!!), this stock photo of a crocodile will more than suffice. The flesh-eating intravenous drug does, in fact, get its name from the animal, as it causes a scalelike gangrene similar to the hide of the aquatic beast before progressing into abscesses and gangrene.

However, while crocodiles are kind of cute in photos, krokodil is decidedly NOT. It first rose to popularity in Russia (“krokodil” is Russian for “crocodile”) at least a decade ago due to heroin shortage, and while its main ingredient is a painkiller called desomorphine, it isn’t this component that causes the “rotting from the inside-out” effect of the drug that produces a high “three times stronger than heroin” — rather, the deadly side effects arise as a result of street chemists using codeine tablets mixed with substances like gasoline, paint thinner, or lighter fluid. Keep reading »

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