Top 10 Issues for Women’s Health

"In 2015, in too many countries, “women’s empowerment” remains a pipedream - little more than a rhetorical flourish added to a politician’s speech..." Dr Flavia Bustreo, ADG We've come a long way since 1995--and it is time to celebrate women and their achievements. But it is also time to take stock of how women’s rights are fulfilled in the world --especially the right to health. Twenty years after countries signed pledges in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, women still … [Read more...]

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, MAY 23

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2015 On 23 May 2015, the United Nations, Member States, partners of the Campaign to End Fistula and others around the globe will mark the annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. The Latin word fistula (UK /ˈfɪstjʊlə/ or US /ˈfɪstʃələ/ or /ˈfɪʃtʃələ/, plural fistulas /-ləz/ or fistulae /-li/ or /-laɪ/) literally means tube or pipe. In medicine, a fistula is an abnormal connection between two hollow spaces (technically, two … [Read more...]

Celebrating World Health Day 2015, April 7

In 1948, there was a call for the creation of a "World Health Day" to mark the founding of the World Health Organization. And since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated annually on 7 April. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO World Health Day gives all of us a worldwide opportunity to focus on key public health issues that affect the international community. It is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the … [Read more...]

Women dying in Sterilization Camps, ‘herded like cattle’

India mass sterilization: women were ‘forced’ into camps .. Brother-in-law of one victim says women were ‘herded like cattle’ after 12 die and scores injured following botched operations Relatives of the 12 women who died after a state-run mass sterilization campaign in India went horribly wrong have told local media they were forced by health workers to attend the camp. More than 80 women underwent surgery for laparoscopic tubectomies at a free government-run camp in the central … [Read more...]

Women’s Medicine, Kay Cordell Whitaker

In the Hetakas’ tradition they describe many things in their lives as a circle. When looking at themselves as individuals, their lives, family, their village, even their whole culture they symbolize them as a circle with the feminine at the center. When Kay went through a long apprenticeship with Chea about Women’s Medicine, Chea guided her to see that the main reason our society, is so far out of balance is because in our modern world men have not only thrown the women out of the center of … [Read more...]

2014 Partners’ Forum – Johannesburg, (June 30/July1)

Violence against Women Intimate partner and sexual violence against women Introduction The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." Intimate partner violence refers to behavior by an intimate partner or ex-partner that … [Read more...]

Soothe Body and Brain, Sweet Dose of Yoga

You don't always have to try and fight with the chaos of daily life. Instead, surrender to a sweet dose of yoga. Yoga’s combination of languid movements, controlled breathing and meditation can make a marvelous recipe for soothing stress, according to the Mayo Clinic. This age-old practice can be an ideal way to give your body and brain the break they both need. Improve Fitness Yoga’s precise poses can contribute toward improving your overall fitness level, thanks to their ability to target … [Read more...]

Stand Strong With NORD in 2014!‏

Thank You for Helping NORD Drive Progress for All Who Live With Rare Diseases! 2013 marked our 30th Anniversary and brought many exciting milestones. With the help of our members, supporters and advocacy partners, NORD accomplished many objectives this year, including: Launched a web-based state insurance resource to provide state-specific information for patients and their families Connected hundreds of patients and caregivers with medical experts, researchers and advocates at … [Read more...]

Obese women’s stem cells make cancer grow faster

HERE is yet another reason to stay at a healthy weight. Stem cells from the fat of women with obesity boost the growth of breast tumors more than cells from slim women. Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells, that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide (through mitosis) to produce more stem cells. They are found in multicellular organisms. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, which are isolated from the inner cell mass of … [Read more...]

“Pre-Birth Milestones to Track”

The nine months leading up to birth are the first interactions you have with your new baby, and whether it’s your first pregnancy or your fifth, each pregnancy you experience will have unique facets to it. Utilizing an online baby journal is a great way to document your pregnancy experience, and allows you to look back over each pregnancy and see how much your body, mind and life changed throughout it. As you document your pregnancy, keep an eye out for these different pre-birth milestones … [Read more...]

‘Not Just Another’ Health & Wellness EXPO – JAN 29

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AMS Transvaginal Mesh, Ongoing Pain & Deformity

AMS Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Alleges Ongoing Pain & Deformity A plaintiff has filed an AMS transvaginal mesh lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Texas, alleging the vaginal mesh devices she was implanted with led to ongoing physical pain and deformity. The federal case is currently pending in the Western District of Texas, but may be slated for transfer to multidistrict litigation(MDL) in the Southern District of West Virginia. Multidistrict litigation was established for cases involving … [Read more...]

Spina Bifida Awareness Month 2013 is celebrated in October!

Spina Bifida Awareness Month 2013 is October. Spina bifida occurs when there is a fault in the development of a person’s spine spine (and spinal cord). This fault leaves a gap in their spine. Of course this means that there is a problem with the brain communicating with the rest of the body because the brain uses the spinal cord as the connection. Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord which leaves a gap in the spine. The spinal cord connects all parts … [Read more...]

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT NEWS ROUND-UP

The Health Insurance Marketplace is set to open for enrollment next Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Here’s a round-up of the latest news from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the lead-up to this important milestone: Significant choice and lower than expected premiums available in the new Health Insurance Marketplace: A new report released by HHS finds that in state after state, consumers will see increased competition in … [Read more...]

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