Find out what National Women’s Health Week events are going on near you! Some events are online as well so you don’t have to worry about time to drive to where you need to be. In addition, this website has tons of resources and other information regarding women’s health issues, topics, and concerns. Check it out or at least bookmark it for later!
On Sunday, the NY Times Magazine ran a fascinating yet disturbing story about a growing trend—young girls going through puberty, way before their time. In the story, the Times explores how early puberty is effecting girls and their families across the country, and what parents, doctors and scientists are doing to address this troubling issue.
“It’s economic fraud,” the scientist explains, adding that you’ll find pink slime in 70% of ground beef you buy at the supermarket. “It’s not fresh ground beef. … It’s a cheap substitute being added in.”
“A Budget Cut Only the Produce Industry Could Love”
What’s Going On: The Microbiological Data Program (MDP) is a small (and only!) program of the USDA that regularly tests fresh produce for deadly bugs such as E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. However, the produce industry is widely lobbying against this, saying that it costs them too much when their tainted food is recalled. Instead, they want more private sector testing. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has placed the MDP on the chopping block for Fiscal Year 2013. The USDA itself says that screening produce should be the job of the FDA. Putting the MDP under the FDA is a possibility, but a very, very scarce one. This is because the 17% fund increase for the FDA proposed by the Obama administration is mostly from industry fees, which they’re (of course) against.
Some 55,000 “smart condoms” were distributed by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest to students at colleges in western Washington. Each condom has a QR code on the package that can be scanned with a smartphone to identify the user’s location.
A website, WhereDidYouWearIt.com, was set up to let people anonymous notify others where they did the horizontal mambo, and leave a short message about their experience.
“We hope the site promotes discussions within relationships about condoms and helps to remove perceived stigmas that some people may have about condom use,” said the Planned Parenthood branch’s new media coordinator Nathan Engebretson.
If you’re planning on engaging in one these, ahem, condom discussions, a good place to start would be how to wear one.
An interesting condom-promoting idea set forth by Planned Parenthood to reach out to young adults in Washington. It allows people to anonymously share what’s usually considered taboo, and the more commonplace something is, the more people are willing to use it!