Health news round-up

It’s been an amazing week. I wrote an article for Bitch Magazine’s website. I gave at talk about breast cancer advocacy at my local library. I tweeted with Breast Cancer Action during the presidential debates.

There’s been a lot of interesting stories in health news this week, like most weeks. Here’s my round up!

  • Looks like free birth control leads to fewer abortions and fewer teen births.
  • Bayer is reducing the cost of their contraceptive implants to distribute to women in poor countries. What do you think?  Is this a good thing?
  • California makes it illegal for psychiatrists to offer young people a cure for homosexuality. Definitely a good thing.
  • The NYT Motherlode published an interesting first-person perspective on  post-partum depression.
  • Mitt Romney told a lot of lies about his healthcare plan during the debate.
  • I like this research because it blames racial discrimination for causing health disparities instead of reporting that health disparities exist between white folks and racial minorities. The study is particularly close to my heart since it is about low-birth weight babies (my son was just under 3 pounds when he was born).
  •  Hobby Lobby doesn’t want it’s employees to be able to get emergency contraception, so they’re fighting tooth and nail to be allowed to ban coverage of Plan B from their health plan. I wonder if they cover Viagara?

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

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