Shifting from health care to jobs

While we continue to fight for  access to health care (pending the US Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act) it’s rewarding to see that work continues on economic and job issues.   U.S.  Senator Tom Harkin recently  introduced the Rebuild America Act, which would improve economic security for women and their families.

Rural Women’s Health discussed on WBEZ Radio

We tend to think of rural women’s issues in the context of the developing world. But in America rural women also struggle. One of the big factors in rural poverty is the lack of access to decent health services. On March 30,2012, Worldview, a weekly talk show on WBEZ radio, a PBS affiliate, explored rural women’s health issues and needs in the U.S. with Sharon Green, the executive director of Northwestern University’s Institute for Women’s Health Research.

Lack of Chlamydia testing can threaten reproductive health

Just 38 percent of sexually active young women were screened for chlamydia in the previous year in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC recommends annual screening for all sexually active women aged 25 and under.   If recent policies related to health care reform that focus on preventive care are cut, this problem could become worse.

Autism on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study released today that looked at data from 14 communities.  Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 54 boys identified.

Locker room anxiety

More women work out at coed gyms and are comfortable sweating side by side with men. But what about the women’s locker room?   A recent study found that when it comes changing in the locker room, the acts of disrobing, dressing, showering and being naked in front of others, can be very discomfiting. It’s a complex experience as women are faced with an awareness of their bodies different than in any other space. Some women seek privacy while others are very comfortable changing in front of others.

Gender bias persists in cost of insurance

Women still pay more than men for the same health insurance coverage, according to new research and data from online brokers.  This is one reason women should be monitoring the US Supreme Court’s hearings on the recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) taking place in the nation’s Capitol.  The major point of contention under discussion is whether the mandate that all people must have insurance is constitutional. If the entire ACA is stuck down (verses only the mandate section) the prohibition of gender rating may be at risk.

Sjogren’s syndrome more common in women

If your eyes and mouth feel as dry as a desert, there are many possible causes, such as bad air quality and certain medications. But if you have long-lasting, uncomfortable dryness in your eyes and mouth, along with fatigue or pain and swelling in some of your joints, you may have a condition called Sjögren’s syndrome.

Sjögren’s (pronounced SHOW-grins) syndrome affects as many as 4 million people nationwide. Men and women of all ages can develop the condition, but it most often shows up in women in their 50s and 60s. The disorder is 9 times more common in women than in men.

International Women’s Day- time to salute a hero!

Last week Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the longest serving US Congresswoman!   She was elected to the US House of Representative in 1976 and, 10 years later, became the first woman elected to the Senate who stood on her own merit and not put in office because she was the spouse or daughter of a previous senator.

FDA warns of mercury in skin cream

Consumers should avoid skin lighteners, “anti-aging” creams, and other cosmetics that may contain toxic levels of mercury, the FDA advised in an alert issued recently.    Products that list “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury” among their ingredients — or that don’t list ingredients in English, or at all — should not be used, the FDA warned.