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July 2005

WebMD: Clothing of the Future Will Keep You Healthy (7/29/2005)

WebMD reports that in the future, clothing could provide prescription drugs, monitor heart rate and blood pressure, or adjust to help regulate body temperature. We at ChronicBabe are busily coming up with a list of things we'd like our clothes to provide: chocolate, multiple-O's, the occasional foot rub...our needs are pretty simple. Read more from WebMd here.

FDA Tells Mentor Corp.: Silicone Boobs "Approvable" (7/29/2005)

The National Women's Health Network announced to news subscribers today that the Food and Drug Adminstration has told Mentor Corporation that its silicone gel breast implant is "approvable" -- meaning that they could soon be allowed back into the market. Wow. We at ChronicBabe can't believe ladies are still considering these, with all the anecdotal evidence pointing to the negative impact they can have on health.

From the NWHN announcement: "The National Women's Health Network opposed approval of Mentor's breast implants because the company did not provide enough data to show that it would be safe for a woman to use them over the many years that the breast implants will remain inside her body. In fact, the FDA's own scientists who reviewed the application concluded that the company had not adequately answered the safety questions that the agency had asked it to address."

Read the FDA announcement here.

Seven Democratic Women Senators Demand to Know More About Roberts' Positions (7/29/2005)

The San Francisco Chronicle this morning reported that seven democratic women senators are demanding that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts speak up regarding hot-button issues like privacy, abortion, gay rights and more. Click here to read the full article. The senators also announced a new web site where you can submit questions to the Judiciary Committee. Go for it! (Thanks for the newsy bits, Kaiser Foundation Daily Reproductive Health Report!)

Another Poll: Where Does Roberts Stand on Abortion? (7/25/2005)

As reported by the Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report, yet another poll (sponsored by the Washington Post and ABC News) tells us that the majority of Americans (about 64%) want to know what Supreme Court nominee John Roberts thinks of abortion and other hot-button issues. So, John, spit it out!

TheDailyHeadache.com: Excellent Blogging (7/24/2005)

New contributor Kerrie hosts an excellent blog on chronic daily headache and migraine. Today, a reader asked about dealing with sadness. Kerrie's answer includes a sentiment I have often voiced: "Some days I can even convince myself that it's good to have a day in bed. How else would I find the time to devour books?" Read more.

The Most Important News I Will Announce For A While! (7/24/2005)

The new 2006 Ikea catalog is out! The deliciously slick goodie arrived today with my copy of the Chicago Tribune, and I am stoked. Hurrah for inexpensive, cute Scandinavian design! This is how our folks must have felt about the Sears "wish books" back in the day. Check it out online.

WomensHealth.gov Gets a Frilly New Redesign (7/22/2005)

Complete with little flower icons, WomensHealth.gov has been redesigned and improved. The renovated site offers increased search functionality, including access to a collection of databases and publications. The site is a project of the National Women's Health Information Center, a service of the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Big sister is watching out for you, girls! 

FDA Warning re: Transdermal Fentanyl (Duragesic and generic) (7/22/2005)

As reported by the American Pain Foundation, the FDA has issued a a safety warning regarding prescription of fentanyl transdermic skin patches. Deaths and overdoses have occured in patiens using both the brand name Duragesic and its generic equivalent. The news came through the APF's Pain Monitor e-newsletter, available by subscription here. Click here to download a PDF from the FDA with details on product label changes.

Wow, I Can't Believe It's Not Marijuana!...Spray (7/21/2005)

USA Today recently reported that in Canada, patients with multiple sclerosis can get a prescription for Sativex, an oral spray medication that contains THC. The medication is derived from marijuana plants and is found to help alleviate nerve pain without pot's "high." Click here for more from USA Today.

Fibro and Botox: Ew (7/20/2005)

A recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Housecall newsletter addressed a reader's question about the use of Botox to treat fibromyalgia. Editrix Jenni wonders: why the hell would you inject a toxin into a bod that is already autoimmune-confused? Ew.

CNN.com: Fed Panel Recommends HIV Screening for All Pregnant Women (7/17/2005)

Screening pregnant women for HIV is an effective measure in dramatically reducing transmission to babies, so much so that a federal panel is recommending that all pregnant women be screened for the disease. This according to CNN.com, which reports that treatment of HIV-positive women during pregnancy can reduce the chances of transmission to as low as 1%; untreated moms have a 25% chance of passing HIV to their babies.

Smart? Don't Mean You're Happy. (7/16/2005)

According to WebMD, a new study shows that intelligence does not necessarily guarantee happiness. Published in today's issue of the British Medical Journal, the findings are a real bummer to those of who us who graduated with honors. Oh well.

SexualHealth.com Offers Resources for ChronicBabes (7/16/2005)

SexualHealth.com has an entire section devoted to exploring sexuality, written specifically for folks with chronic illness or disability. Diabetes, autoimmune disorders, HIV and AIDS, arthritis, multiple sclerosis--you name it, they address it. The site also offers great resources about getting it on, STDs, and--oh yea--shopping. Check it out!

Black Women 3x as Likely to Get Lupus (7/15/2005)

According to the Black Women's Health Imperative, black women are three times as likely as women of other races to develop lupus. Click here to visit the organization's extensive library of information on lupus, including symptoms, treatments, finding a doctor, and much more.

Canadian Centre Offers Excellent Resources (7/14/2005)

Jenni's current favorite health e-newsletter, Women's Health Matters, comes from Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. The monthly missive features stories on research, trends and treatments, and the Web site offers an expansive resource section of books, Web sites, magazines and more. Check it out!

Survey: Majority of Americans Are in Pain (7/13/2005)

A nationwide survey sponsored by the Stanford University Medical Center, ABC News and USA Today shows that the majority of Americans experience some type of chronic pain. Read more about the study here. So we at ChronicBabe have to ask: when the heck is the medical community going to start considering alternative/ comprehensive treatment programs? (This advocacy moment brought to you by Jenni, the Editrix.)

Health Magazine: Tips for Tests (7/13/2005)

Ever wonder what medical tests you should be taking? Can't remember when you had your last pap smear or blood test? Health magazine has a handy PDF with tips for when to take many medical tests. Click here to download the printable PDF.

Report: Nearly 4 in 10 Women Have Chronic Conditions (7/12/2005)

A new sudy by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that nearly four in 10 women (38%), have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, asthma or hypertension that requires ongoing medical attention, compared to 30% of men. Women and Health Care: A National Profile, is based on a national survey of 2,766 women age 18 and older. Read the report online.

Author Paula Kamen - West Coast Tour Dates (7/11/2005)

ChronicBabe fave Paula Kamen, author of All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache, is wrapping up her book tour with stops on the West Coast. On July 21 at 7:30pm: Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle. On July 27 at 7pm: Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA. On July 28 at 7pm: In Other Words Bookstore, Portland OR. On August 2 at 7pm: A Clean Well Lighted Place for Books, San Francisco. On August 4 at 7pm: at Book Passage Book Store, Corte Madera, CA.

Robotic Breast Exams? (7/8/2005)

Folks at Michigan State University have developed a robot that can perform breast exams, according to NewScientist.com. Seriously, a robot. Check it out. Then, say it with me. Ew.

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