women's health

Nobody wants to think about cancer check ups, so in trying to encourage us to do the preventive care necessary to postpone death, cancer PSAs are getting funnier and funnier. This video probably lasts longer than a pap smear, but at least you will be smiling for the whole three minutes.

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will finally hear the landmark case determining women's rights to birth control pills and other reproductive health services without a co-pay under the Affordable Care Act. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood are the two major companies fighting against the mandate, claiming the contraceptive coverage mandate violates their religious liberty.

A new series of charts from Mother Jones illustrates the gender divide in newspaper obituary sections. "Big papers' lists of significant deaths in 2012 overwhelmingly feature men," MoJo reports. "So is the issue that notable women aren't dying—or that newspapers aren't reporting it?" The charts (two after the jump, the rest here) show that there are a lot of factors going on, and most of them point to longstanding sexism.

Preventive care is coming to town. The Affordable Care Act requires new insurance plans to cover women’s preventive care without additional charges or co-pays. And just this month the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology released recommendations for annual visit which should include screening, evaluation and counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors.
Two weeks after state officials announced plans to effectively ban Planned Parenthood from a health program for low-income women, the secretary of Health and Human Services confirmed Friday in Houston that federal funding for the program in Texas will end," the Houston Chronicle reports. "The federal government, which covers 90 percent of the cost of the Medicaid Women's Health Program, will wind down the program over several months, [Secretary Kathleen Sebelius] said."
The Nurses' Health Study 3, a long-running study women's health is recruiting participants. Here's what the study is all about: "Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has led to many new insights on health and disease. While the prevention of cancer is still a primary focus, the study has also produced landmark data on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many other conditions. Most important, these studies have shown that diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can promote better health."
Low-income women with children who moved from high-poverty to lower-poverty neighborhoods experienced notable long-term improvements in aspects of their health; namely, reductions in diabetes and extreme obesity, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago and partner institutions.
Both urban and suburban women are more likely to walk where they feel safe and have access to sidewalks, stores, rec facilities and other community resources, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Fear of crime lowered participation, as did the absence of sidewalks for women in the South or Midwest. Just 24 percent of the nearly 70,000 women met the recommended activity level each week.