Women's Health

1:56pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Are Democrats Reaching On Latest 'War On Women' Claim?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington last week.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The latest skirmish in the so-called war on women has to do with, of all things, interest rates on student loans. More specifically, the effort by House Republicans to offset the cost of a federal student loan bill by cutting funding from a $15 billion preventive health fund included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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3:20pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Studies Reignite Mammography Debate For Middle-Aged Women

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:37 am

Karen Lindsfor, a professor of radiology and chief of breast imaging at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, examines the mammogram of a patient with heterogeneously dense breast tissue. Lindfors is among those doctors who say there was insufficient evidence to support the idea that additional screenings would detect cancers earlier.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Should women in their 40s routinely get mammograms to detect breast cancer?

Two studies released Monday aim to help resolve that question, which is one of the most intense debates in women's health. The studies identify which women in their 40s are most likely to benefit from routine mammograms.

For years, the mantra was that regular mammograms save lives. So many people were stunned in 2009 when an influential panel of experts questioned that assumption.

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4:33am

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Plame Wilson Wages Battle Against Postpartum Depression

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:47 am

Valerie Plame Wilson attends the 2010 AFI DC Labor FilmFest screening of the movie Fair Game at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Silver Spring, Md.
Leigh Vogel Getty Images

Sure, being a covert operative for the CIA was a challenge for Valerie Plame Wilson. And having her cover blown in a newspaper column thrust her into the public spotlight in a way she never expected.

But her experience with postpartum depression after giving birth to twins in 2000 tested her in ways that espionage never did, she told NPR's Tell Me More Tuesday.

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1:03am

Wed April 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Unusual Alliances Form In Nebraska's Prenatal Care Debate

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 8:39 am

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman vetoed a bill that would spend government funds on prenatal care to illegal immigrants. He has that service for illegal immigrants should be provided by churches and private organizations, not with taxpayer money.
Nati Harnik AP

In Republican-dominated Nebraska, government leaders often line up together, but lately a political tornado has ripped through this orderly scene.

A political showdown over taxpayer funding of prenatal care for illegal immigrants has produced some unusual political splits and alliances in the statehouse of the Cornhusker State.

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2:28pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Making Babies: 21st Century Families

Carrying 'Dreams': Why Women Become Surrogates

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 6:24 pm

Ian Waldie Getty Images

Last in a four-part report

Surrogacy is an idea as old as the biblical story of Sarah and Abraham in the book of Genesis. Sarah was infertile, so Abraham fathered children with the couple's maid. Today, there are many more options for people who want to grow their families — and for the would-be surrogates who want to help.

Macy Widofsky, 40, is eager to be a surrogate.

"I have very easy pregnancies. All three times have been flawlessly healthy, and I wanted to repeat the process," she says, "and my husband and I won't be having more children of our own."

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