Women's Health

12:52am

Tue November 26, 2013
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Emergency Contraceptive Pill Might Be Ineffective For Obese

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

Levonorgestrel, one of the main ingredients in emergency contraceptive pills, including Plan B, was found in a recent study to be less effective in overweight and obese women.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration says it is reviewing whether the maker of the most widely used emergency contraceptive pill needs to change its label in light of new evidence that it doesn't work to prevent pregnancy in overweight or obese women.

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1:27am

Fri October 25, 2013
Health

Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 8:52 am

In July, abortion rights advocates marched in Austin, Texas, to protest legislation that could shut down all but five abortion clinics and restrict abortion rights throughout the state.
Tamir Kalifa AP

The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.

The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. 29.

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6:00am

Sun October 6, 2013
Health

WIC Funding Only Through October

A grocery store sign notifies shoppers about acceptance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) voucher in August 1983.
National Archives and Records Administration

2:19pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

The Last Word On Hormone Therapy From the Women's Health Initiative

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:37 pm

Once hailed as a feminine fountain of youth, then vilified, hormone replacement therapy may finally be finding its place as a short-term treatment for menopause symptoms.
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Back in 2002, a research study blew apart the widely held belief that hormone replacement therapy protected women from heart disease and other chronic ills.

Instead, the Women's Health Initiative study found that taking estrogen plus progestin hormone replacement therapy — HRT — actually increased a woman's risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

The study had a huge effect: Within months the number of women using HRT dropped by almost half.

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1:07am

Thu October 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Back To Work After A Baby, But Without Health Insurance

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 7:13 pm

People get information on California's health exchange at a table at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the exchange's opening day.
Reed Saxon AP

Pardit Pri had health insurance until she decided to quit her job as a legal administrative assistant and stay home with her newborn son 20 months ago. She thought she'd have coverage by now. But it didn't work out that way.

"I knew that I wasn't going to be working for a while because I decided to stay home with my son, and I thought ... 'OK, fingers crossed. Nothing will happen during that time,' " she says, as she plays with her son in their Orange County, Calif., apartment.

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