Recently, we heard of a woman who exercised terribly poor judgment when her son sustained a gunshot wound. Instead of taking the 14-year old immediately to the hospital, his mother instead consulted WebMDâs gunshot wound entries. Over 7 hours later, she finally brought him to a medical center for treatment.
Presumably, this woman was fearful and embarrassed about the accident leading to the shooting, and not just plain evil or stupid? But whether you like or not, there are going to be some times when you should go to the doctor no matter whatâall fear, embarrassment, convenience and expense aside.
Thatâs a pretty heavy inner conflict to drop on a near-stranger, but clearly Megan is grieving and anxious and not in a good place right now. It brought me back to the way I felt two years ago after my miscarriage.
At the time, Iâd been living in Brooklyn and loving it. Life was going along with a few kinks but lots of excitement and potential, and I was fucking psyched about New York City, writing, friends, film projects and all the sorts of things Iâm usually excited about. Having children was not the farthest thing from my mind, but it was certainly not on the agenda for another few years, if at all. More
We will be giving away THREE pairs of Tieks ballet flats to three lucky winners valued at up to $1000. Youâll be able to choose the style you like the best if you win! More
While we all assumed that Kris Jennerâs kontract with Satan required her to name the spawn of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West with some kind of fancy-schmancy K-name, weâre now hearing word that that particular naming rumor may be untrue. While weâre still waiting for Satanâs rep to confirm this statement, weâll go ahead and assume that heâs given the Kardashian family permission to choose a non-K name. Why? I donât know. Iâm sure the trade-off for that deal will involve some kind of new television series that I donât even want to think about. Just know it will involve all the Kardashian grandbabies competing on some kind of game show hosted by Ryan Seacrest. More
A new study from the UK shows 1 in 14 pregnant women were found to have an eating disorder. Pretty shocking and sad, right? This is a prime example of how far our culture has to go in terms of supporting women through the complicated journey of pregnancy. More
Birth rape. Itâs the relatively new term used by some to describe awful labor and delivery care where a womanâs personal choices are disregarded. It often involves doctors or midwives shoving fingers or other medical instruments into a womanâs vagina during childbirth without any warning, and sometimes even continuing after the woman screams out in pain or loudly objects. The term has continued to morph and has lately been used to describe cases like Lisa Epsteenâs, whose doctor threatened to call the police and force her to have an emergency c-section because he was worried about the health of her child. The problem is that this new bit of progressive vocabulary hurts both birthing rights activists and sexual assault survivors.
Two researchers at the University of Nevada Las Vegas decided to study one of the most controversial practices in the highly-fraught world of modern maternity care: placenta consumption. Their findings? 96% of placenta-eaters said they had a âvery positiveâ experience.
A baby born with AIDS 2 1/2 years ago has essentially been cured of the disease, say researchers. This monumental development in the fight against AIDS could have widespread application for treatment of the HIV virus both here and abroad. More
This isnât your grandmaâs Betty Crocker. And it isnât your hippie friendâs veganism. Annie and Dan Shannonâs new cookbook, Betty Goes Vegan, contains 500 âclassic recipes for the modern familyââeach and every one an updated, veganized version of a Betty Crocker creation. More
Dear Journal of Womenâs Health,
A study in your current issue asks âIs Military Deployment a Risk Factor for Maternal Depression?â Scientific journals are constantly publishing studies that basically just quantify obvious social and physical observations; you canât be blamed for doing the same (though Iâm still mystified by where they get the funding, or why you bother allowing them to publish). But I disappointed that you, of all places, are publishing a blatantly sexist study undermining the ability of women to serve in the military, and women in combat. Who is this helping?
Australian TV and radio personality Chrissie Swan is pregnant with her third childâand she was recently photographed smoking. Since then, thereâs been a bidding war for the pictures, with Swan herself desperate to keep them from being seen, and several Australian magazine editors rabidly eager to publish them.
Some children diagnosed as autistic seem to âgrow out of itâ as they get older, according to a new National Institutes of Health study â adding to evidence that autism may not be a mental health issue at all.
Ronald McDonald has been scrutinized for his contribution to childhood obesity; now, heâs taking an even more controversial tack in their bid to get families hooked on McDonalds Happy Meals: books. The fast food giant started distributing childrenâs books with their happy meals in the UK today, launching a five-week campaign and plan to distribute 15 million books by 2015. On the bright side, this means a lot of kids are getting free books, which are far more beneficial than happy meal toys. But on the not-so-bright side, free books at McDonaldâs means more parents who are willing to stuff their kids with unhealthy fast food and soft drinksâironically, in the name of doing something good for their kids.
As details about the Sandy Hook school shooting came out on Friday, a lot of people argued that it wasnât the time to discuss politics and gun laws. But Victoria Jackson was busy making the argument that killing 20 first-graders is just like abortion. Because (insert sarcastic tone here) thatâs almost as helpful and appropriate as Mike Huckabee blaming the massacre on separation of church and state. More