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CNDH: Mexico is in Debt to Women
The News

Mexico is in debt to women because there is still behavior and attitudes by sexists that exclude, discriminate and stop women from enjoying their rights, declared the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) on Sunday.

A Pat on Women's Back on International Women's Day
Shobha Shukla

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. It is a day to look back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, to look ahead at the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women

Lessons at Indian Hospital About Births
Denise Grady

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Hospital, run by the Navajo Nation and financed partly by the Indian Health Service, prides itself on having a higher than average rate of vaginal births among women with a prior Caesarean, and a lower Caesarean rate over all.

International Women’s Day Conference

International Women’s Day is a day of global celebration for the achievement of women! Here in Puerto Vallarta, the CasaMagna Marriott Resort and Spa will be hosting Joy Phoenix who will present 'Instant Empowerment,' a free motivational conference for women on March 8th at 5 pm.

Obesity is Unfair to Women
Arya M. Sharma

In the recent Scientific Statement of the American Heart Association on Population-Based Prevention, a section on gender disparities caught my attention. The basic tenor here was that although women appear far more concerned and conscious about healthy eating and weight issues, obesity prevention may actually be more difficult for women than men.

Woman Gives Birth to 2 Healthy Babies After Ovarian Transplant
Emma Mason

For the first time, a woman has given birth to two children after her fertility was restored using transplants of ovarian tissue that had been removed and frozen during her cancer treatment and then restored once she was cured.

Prepregnancy, Obesity and Gestational Weight Gain Influence Risk of Preterm Birth
Gina DiGravio

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine's (BUSM) Slone Epidemiology Center and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have found that pre-pregnancy obesity and gestational weight gain are associated with an increased risk of preterm birth in African American participants from the Black Women's Health Study.

Women and Heart Health
Pamela Thompson

According to the American Heart Association, coronary artery disease is the single leading cause of death for women in the U.S. On February 16 at 10 am, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta and Dra. Leslie Swindle will present 'Women and Heart Health' at the new Hospital CMQ Premiere.

'Reality' Show Lets You Decide If Women Get Abortions?
Sarah Seltzer

A new show lets viewers weigh in on whether the characters have abortions. Is it a smart way to spark discussion about abortion, or tone deaf and callous?

Women Casualties in Mexico's Counternarcotics War
Emilio Godoy

Human rights organisations in Mexico and the United States sounded the alarm about abuses against women by the Mexican armed forces in the context of the government's all-out offensive against drug trafficking in the border state of Chihuahua.

Doctors Miss Major Cause of Infertility and Obesity
Marla Paul

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a serious metabolic disorder and one of the major causes of hormonally related infertility, yet the disorder remains largely undiagnosed and unknown. About 5 million women in the U.S. are affected by it.

1/3rd of Women in US Military Raped
Ole Ole Olson

How the US military is dealing with this appears to demonstrate a pattern of sweeping it under the rug. In 2008, 62% of those that were convicted of sexual assault or rape received very lenient punishments such as demotion, suspension, or a written reprimand.

Recipes of Hope: Breast Friends Cookbooks
Tara A. Spears

Breast Friends, Inc., a small group of rural Saskatchewan, Canada, women who are making a big impact in the fight against breast cancer, are helping the women of Nayarit with a $5,000 USD donation and a huge supply of bras to be used for prosthesis at the upcoming Cancer de Mama clinic February 6-8.

Roe v. Wade 37 Years Later: The Science on "Fetal Personhood" Hasn't Changed
Lynn Paltrow

According to PersonhoodUSA, one of the reasons Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided is that the Court did not have available to it the "well-known facts of fetal development." Today, on the thirty-seventh anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we thought it would be valuable to fact check that claim.

Fertility Drugs Contribute Heavily to Multiple Births
Elizabeth Lynch

The widespread use of so-called fertility drugs, not just high-tech laboratory procedures, likely plays a larger role than previously realized in the growing problem of premature births in the United States, because these drugs cause a high percentage of multiple births, the March of Dimes said today.

Her Crime? Sex Work in New Orleans
Jordan Flaherty

Tabitha has been working as a prostitute in New Orleans since she was 13. Now 30 years old, she can often be found working on a corner just outside of the French Quarter. A small and slight white woman, she has battled both drug addiction and illness and struggles every day to find a meal or a place to stay for the night.

A Sonata a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Tel Aviv University

The music they listen to doesn't have any lyrics that tell them to grow, but new research from Tel Aviv University finds that premature babies who are exposed to music by 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gain weight faster — and therefore become stronger — than those who don't.

Finally, an Excuse for Pregnant Women to Eat Bacon and Eggs
Cody Mooneyhan

If you're pregnant and looking for an excuse to eat bacon and eggs, now you've got one: a new research study published in the January 2010 print issue of the FASEB Journal shows that choline plays a critical role in helping fetal brains develop regions associated with memory.

In Mexico, Ladies Ring in the New Year in Brand-New Underwear
William Booth

A visitor here might be confused when suddenly, at the end of December, there appears in street stalls and market bins a mountain of underwear for sale. At subway stops, in grocery aisles, in department stores, it's all about ladies' undergarments, and always in the colors red or yellow.

Salon Diva's Celebrates 13 Years in PV
Laura Gelezunas

The champagne was flowing and everyone received five star treatment at a five star salon, as Salon Diva's celebrated their thirteenth year of providing Puerto Vallarta locals and visitors with full-service salon and spa services on December 6th, 2009.

Inner Beauty: It's All About Attitude
Eddie Ortiz

For those who think that infamous 'inner glow' isn't real, or that it's an invented expression, I can tell you with confidence that it IS real, and that something can trigger that glow in all of us. It might be losing 5 pounds, getting a new hairdo or making a decision that has been difficult.

Mexico Antiabortion Forces Swaying State Legislatures
Ken Ellingwood

A year after the Supreme Court upheld a Mexico City law allowing abortion in the first trimester, 17 states have amended their constitutions to protect the unborn.

Disordered Eating May Affect 10 to 15 Percent of Women
Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins

Several maladaptive eating behaviors, beyond anorexia, can affect women. Indeed, some 10 to 15 percent of women have maladaptive eating behaviours and attitudes according to new study from the Université de Montréal and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Those Who Masturbate Shall Be Cursed?

If someone told me years ago that one day I would start reading articles describing the various ways to love my own body and then discuss them with my girlfriends, I would kick their butts.

Abortion Remains Divisive Issue on US Health Care Reform
Charles Babington

Buoyed by a presidential pep talk and intense rounds of negotiations, Senate Democrats hope to move closer to embracing a major health care bill this week by tackling the nettlesome issue of abortion.

The Secret to Legal Marijuana? Women
Daniela Perdomo

Why women have signed onto marijuana reform - and why they could be the movement's game-changers.

Going Green: 15 Women Take it Off for the Environment
Cammy Clark

When California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the green movement needed to get sexier, this may not have been what he had in mind: Fifteen mature environmental activists - age 44 to 78 - took off their clothes for a fund-raising 2010 calendar called Women Sustaining the Earth.

Nothing Secret About Victoria’s Secret

There certainly is nothing secret about Victoria’s Secret any more. One glance tells you that. The 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was hosted by Heidi Klum and featured models such as Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr, Emanuela de Paula and Lindsay Ellingson.

March Against Domestic Violence Draws Women in Large Numbers
Roberta Rand

In a show of solidarity against domestic violence on November 25th, women (and men) from all over Mexico converged on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta to march against violence that, according to one expert, is perpetrated daily against women and children in four out of ten Mexican households.

Essential to Transform Society's Culture to Eliminate Violence Against Women: President Calderón
Suzanne Stephens Waller

During the Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, President Felipe Calderón repeated Federal Government's commitment to building a fairer, more just Mexico than ever and one that is free of gender violence.

UN: Climate Change Pushes Poor Women to Prostitution, Dangerous Work
Joseph Holandes Ubalde

The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Philippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade, a United Nations official said.

Mexico Anti-Abortion Fight Moves to Federal Level
Mark Stevenson

Lawmakers in Veracruz made it Mexico's 17th state to pass legislation declaring life begins at conception, then adopted a proposal that requires Congress to consider amending the constitution to outlaw abortion.

Panel Urges Mammograms at 50, Not 40
Gina Kolata

Most women should start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40, according to new guidelines released Monday by an influential group that provides guidance to doctors, insurance companies and policy makers.

Viagra for Women? Drug Developed as Antidepressant Effective in Treating Low Libido
John M. Thorp Jr.

Pooled results from three separate clinical trials of flibanserin, a drug originally created as an antidepressant, show it is effective in treating women with acquired hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

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