Health & Beauty
Abortion Becomes a Key Issue in US Health Care Debate
Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Abortion rights groups, outflanked and outnumbered in the health debate, are scrambling to regain lost ground after the House passed a health bill with strict abortion limits.
Women, Mothers, Families and Reform
The White House Blog
We've discussed health insurance reform from a lot of different perspectives at WhiteHouse.gov, from doctors to seniors to small business owners. In a new video, First Lady Michelle Obama discusses it as a woman, and as a mom.
How the US House Abortion Restrictions Would Work
The health care bill that the House of Representatives has passed would bar insurers from selling policies that cover abortion to anyone who gets a federal subsidy. It does allow insurers to offer optional abortion coverage that consumers could purchase with their own money.
Abortion Amendment May Sink US Health Care Bill
An amendment prohibiting both private and public health insurance plans which accept government subsidies from offering abortions as part of basic coverage risks sinking the fragile health bill passed Saturday.
US House Votes to Ban Abortion Coverage in Health Plan
A bipartisan House coalition voted Saturday to prohibit coverage of abortions in a new government-run health care plan that Democrats would establish to compete with private insurers.
Overweight Middle-Aged Women Cut Chances of Enjoying Healthy Old Age
Women who put on weight as they approach middle-age could reduce their chances of enjoying a healthy old age by up to 80%, according to research from the University of Warwick.
Lessons from Flu Seasons Past
Pregnant women who catch the flu are at serious risk for flu-related complications, including death, and that risk far outweighs the risk of possible side effects from injectable vaccines containing killed virus.
Genesis Gets the Crumb Treatment
I confess that I am one of those feminists who finds a lot to like in the work of Robert Crumb. If his early work in the underground comics movement expressed a "sexual rage" as he calls it, well those were the times to get it all out of your system.
Women Outperform Men When Identifying Emotions
Women are better than men at distinguishing between emotions, especially fear and disgust, according to a new study published in the online version of the journal Neuropsychologia.
Mexican Star Infected by Bad Buttocks Procedure
Mexican rock star Alejandra Guzman says she has been hospitalized with an infection from buttocks injections she had to make herself "more beautiful."
Survey Asks: Would You Rather Have Sex or a Cell Phone?
According to a recent online survey of Chicago residents, three out of 10 people said they'd give up sex for a year rather than sacrifice their mobile phone, officials said.
Mexico's Rural Poverty Has a Woman's Face
Some transformations occur so imperceptibly that people only become aware of them when the new reality has set in. That’s exactly what happened in Mexico’s countryside, where economic and social conditions have combined to put rural production largely in the hands of women.
Orgasms, Sexual Health and Attitudes about Female Genitals
An Indiana University study found that women who feel more positively about women's genitals find it easier to orgasm and are more likely to engage in sexual health promoting behaviors, such as having regular gynecological exams or performing vulvar self-examinations.
Women with Diabetes at Increased Risk for Irregular Heart Rhythm
Diabetes increases by 26 percent the likelihood that women will develop atrial fibrillation (AF), a potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythm that can lead to stroke, heart failure, and chronic fatigue.
More Women Choosing to Remove Healthy Breast After Cancer Diagnosis
A new study of New York State data finds that the number of women opting for surgery to remove the healthy breast after a cancer diagnosis in one breast is rising, despite a lack of evidence that the surgery can improve survival.
Pregnant Women Need Flu Shots
Pregnant women should be sure to get all their flu shots as soon as the vaccines become available this year to protect them against both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 (swine) flu, according to eight leading national maternal and infant health organizations.
A New Start in Mexico: Leaving Domestic Violence Behind
40-year-old Rebecca was a long-term victim of domestic violence, but, unlike most women abused in the home, she fled to another country because she felt there was no person or organization she could turn to in her native Nicaragua.
Postmenopausal Women Benefit from Endurance Training
In two papers based on the experiments and published in recent months, UC Berkeley researchers report that postmenopausal women can achieve the same health benefits from regular, vigorous exercise as younger women do.
Two-in-One Op Joy for Women: Unwanted Fat Can be Used as 'Natural' Breast Implants
Daily Mail UK
Women are to be offered 'natural breast enlargements' using unwanted fat from other parts of their bodies, it was announced today.
UN to Consider New Position for Women
As the U.N. reviews its internal structures for addressing women's interests around the world, surely the most significant changes expected will concern women and armed conflict. The question is - will this reform make a fundamental difference in the lives of women impacted by war?
Bikini Models Behind the Scenes at Ujena Jam
Four-inch heels may not be the most practical footwear for Vallarta's treacherous cobblestone streets, but the saying, 'beauty knows no pain' particularly holds true for the swimsuit models who are in Puerto Vallarta this week for the 2009 Ujena Jam.
New Treatment in Sight for Ovarian Cancer
In the future, women with metastatic ovarian cancer could be treated with a radioactive substance that can seek and destroy tumour cells.
Venezuela Repeats at Miss Universe Contest
Miss Venezuela was the fairest of them all once again, winning the 2009 Miss Universe crown for the second year straight and the sixth time since the pageant's creation.
Acupuncture May Bring Relief for a Common Condition in Women
Elin Lindström Claessen
Polycystic ovary syndrome, a common condition among women, can be relieved by the use of acupuncture and exercise. This has been shown by a recent study at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mexican States Tighten Already Restrictive Abortion Laws
Alejandra Gómez is facing prosecution in the southern Mexican state of Puebla for having an abortion. The 20-year-old's case is symptomatic of a wave of anti-abortion legal reforms adopted by a number of states in this country.
Female Supervisors More Susceptible to Workplace Sexual Harassment
Women who hold supervisory positions are more likely to be sexually harassed at work, according to the first-ever, large-scale longitudinal study to examine workplace power, gender and sexual harassment.
In Emergencies, Breastfeeding is a Lifeline
Citizen News Service
Emergencies can happen anywhere in the world. Infants and young children are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, illness, and death in these situations. Emergencies whether caused by conflict or natural disasters are extraordinary events that can jeopardize the health and survival of large populations.
Beauty Tips for a Cool and Stylish Summer
During the lazy days of July and August, it's a lot more fun to sit by the pool, go for a jog or enjoy a picnic than stand in front of the mirror fussing over your hair and makeup. Try these simple look-great-fast tricks that I share with clients who want a quick pick me up.
Selecting The Same Sex
Evidence suggests that using abortion as a method for sex selection is happening, not just in regions such as India and China, but also in the US.
Poor Sleep in Children may have Prenatal Origins
A study in the Aug.1 issue of the journal SLEEP found that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and small body size at birth predict poorer sleep and higher risk of sleep disturbances in 8-year-old children born at term.
Costa Rica: Women Ageing Alone, Easy Prey to Looting
Though América Herrera may not ever know it, she has become the poster child for a growing practice in Costa Rica, which experts define as financial or economic abuse of the elderly.
Extraordinary Session of National System against Violence against Women
Under-Secretary of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Interior Secretariat (Segob) Daniel Cabeza de Vaca and President of the National Institute led the Third Extraordinary Session of the National System for Preventing, Attending, Sanctioning and Eradicating Violence against Women, attended by representatives of the state women's institutes and various federal organizations.
On Being a Single Woman (of a Certain Age) in Puerto Vallarta Part Three: Kissing Frogs
We shouldn't consider an unsuccessful relationship, or even several of them, to be failures. Be patient, make your own good life, and take care of yourself while you are single. Don't despair. Some people are just destined to kiss a lot of frogs before finding their prince... or princess.
Laboring Without the Labor Bed: It's a Good Thing
A University of Toronto pilot study that re-conceptualized the hospital labour room by removing the standard, clinical bed and adding relaxation-promoting equipment had a 28 per cent drop in infusions of artificial oxcytocin, a powerful drug used to advance slow labours.