Women's Health

8:30am

Mon June 30, 2014
Supreme Court

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:54 am

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
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The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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10:19am

Fri June 13, 2014
Shots - Health News

6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:06 am

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store on March 25, in Antioch, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans.

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1:24am

Wed May 21, 2014
Health

Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:15 pm

Two cervical cancer cells divide in this image from a scanning electron microscope.
Steve Gschmeissner Getty Images/Science Photo Libra

Robin Reath was getting a routine checkup recently when her doctor brought up something new about cervical cancer screening.

"We might be doing something a little bit different than what we've been doing in the past when we've screened you," said Dr. Andrea Singer, an internist at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.

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11:40am

Wed April 2, 2014
Shots - Health News

Is It Time To Reconsider Breast Self-Exams?

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:56 am

Twitter user @AshleighEarley participates in the The Sun's Check'em Tuesday campaign.
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Perhaps your mother told you. Or your doctor. Maybe you learned it in gym class.

For me it was all three: "Once a month, do a breast self-exam," they all said. "Use your fingertips in a circular motion to feel for lumps." (My mom, a nurse, even brought home a fake breast that I could practice on.)

So I was stunned when a physician in Glasgow, Scotland, criticized a campaign aimed at getting women to do their own breast checkups.

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2:42pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Shots - Health News

Review Finds Mammography's Benefits Overplayed, Harms Dismissed

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:04 pm

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Talk to women here in the office, and it quickly becomes clear that we're confused about what to do about mammograms. And no wonder.

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