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Women, peace and security

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English
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Author: 
Sheri Gibbings
Publisher: 
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines women's perspectives on security, including military security, peacekeeping, and domestic and state violence. Looks at the impact of these issues on Canadian women.

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VIOL.G53 2004
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Review, Network Winter/Spring 2005: Since September 11, 2001, national security has been defined in terms of the threat posed by terrorism. But who and what are genuine threats to our security? The Canadian government has responded to these perceived threats by spending more on defence, diverting money away from important social programs, making life more difficult for the poor. The authors of this fact sheet make the case that women are at particular risk. They are more likely to experience poverty, and the chauvinistic and violent culture that is often allowed to flourish in the military, leading to increased attacks on women as well as on visible minorities or racialized groups.

The new truth about menopause: straight talk about treatments and choices from two leading women doctors

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Carol Landau
Michele G. Cyr
Publisher: 
St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Describes current evidence for treatments for menopausal symptoms, heart disease and osteoporosis since the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study.

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ISBN 0312317980
MENO.L36 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, June 2004: "It's time to dispense with the negativism. Almost every book or popular article on menopause has an undercurrent of pessimism and dread." Yes, it is high time. With all the dismal hype about menopause, women approaching mid-life can hardly help feeling dread. This book is a refreshing and engrossing read, a welcome gift for those of us who want to hear that menopause is the beginning, not the end, of the rest of our lives. Published in November 2003, The New Truth About Menopause is also timely, and that is no easy feat given that new research on menopause surfaces just about every week. The authors write from their experience as clinicians and educators who work with women in menopause. They first review the myths of menopause as portrayed through questionable science and the mass media over the past 50 years, and look at the rise of hormone therapy use, as well as the implication of pharmaceutical companies in promoting it. They note that drug companies backed the author of the highly influential book Feminine Forever (published in the '60's) who painted a devastating picture of menopause as a time of "withering reproductive organs", "ovarian failure", and "shrivelling breasts", a time when women become crazy and depressed and sexless. The solution to all this decay was, of course, hormone therapy. They describe current evidence for treatments for menopausal symptoms, heart disease and osteoporosis since the Women's Health Initiative study in June 2002 overturned prevailing wisdom on taking hormone therapy for menopause. They discuss the pros and cons of treatments and use case studies of several women to take us through their decision-making processes. The reader is left to make her own decision, armed with clearly-stated information and an extensive list of resources and organizations for reference.

Social determinants of health: Canadian perspectives

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English
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Dennis Raphael (ed.)
Publisher: 
Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Examine eleven critical socio-economic factors and analyzes how they affect our health. Also examines how gender impacts upon and interacts with each social determinant of health.

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HEAD.S63 2004
ISBN 1551302373
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, September 2004: Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions that influence the health of individuals and communities as a whole. Using a narrow definition of health, social determinants of health determine whether we stay healthy or become ill. With a broader lens, these determinants also determine the extent to which we possess the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. This perspective is the key to understanding patterns of health and illness in Canada today. The book's 32 contributors examine eleven critical socio-economic factors (Aboriginal status, early life, education, employment and working conditions, food security, health care services, housing, income and its distribution, social safety net, social exclusion, and unemployment and employment security) and analyze how they affect our health. Most importantly, they also examine how gender impacts upon and interacts with each social determinant of health.

Caring for lesbian and gay people: a clinical guide

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English
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Allan Peterkin
Cathy Risdon
Publisher: 
University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Offers health practitioners a comprehensive reference work in order to better treat and serve lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
GLBT.P48 2003
ISBN 080208379X
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: The health of a nation can only be as good as the health of its most vulnerable and stigmatized citizens. While culture, class, ability and religion are known to affect how illness may appear and be understood, sexual orientation has been less well researched or understood as a mediator of health and illness. The authors of this textbook offer health practitioners a comprehensive reference work in order to better treat and serve lesbian, gay and bisexual patients. A chapter has been set aside to deal with special populations within this community, including people from ethno-racial and cultural minorities, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, people living in rural communities, and transsexual and transgendered individuals.

Female genital mutilation and obstetric care

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English
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Beverley Chalmers
Kowser Omer-Hashi
Publisher: 
Trafford Publishing
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Victoria, B.C.

Provides detailed instruction and recommendations to ensure quality, sensitive and culturally appropriate prenatal care, and birth and post-partum care, for women who have experienced FGM.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
FGM.C43 2003
ISBN 1412005884
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs, whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons. Long-term consequences of FGM include cysts and abscesses, keloid scar formation, damage to the urethra resulting in urinary incontinence, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) and sexual dysfunction, and difficulties with childbirth. While not practiced legally in Canada, health care providers have patients who have been subjected to FGM, and who seek health care for pregnancy and childbirth. Chalmers and Omer-Hasi provide detailed instruction and recommendations to ensure quality, sensitive and culturally appropriate prenatal care, and birth and post-partum care, for women who have experienced FGM.

A woman's guide to living with HIV infection

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English
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Rebecca A. Clark
Robert T. Maupin, Jr.
Jill Hayes Hammer
Publisher: 
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Baltimore, MD

Provides a guide designed to prepare HIV-positive women for clinic visits and to help make these visits more productive for both the patients and their health care provider.

ISBN/ISSN: 
AIDS.C53 2004
ISBN 0801879140
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Includes bibliographical references and glossary. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: When HIV/AIDS first appeared in North America in the early 1980s, it was predominantly within the gay community. As a result, most of the initial research on HIV/AIDS focused on men having sex with men; women were left out of HIV/AIDS research until very recently. Women with immune disorders or other illnesses that we now know are AIDS-related were also often misdiagnosed. In fact, women had little or no access to information, treatment, counselling or support about HIV/AIDS. Yet women with HIV have unique concerns regarding gynaecologic disorders, reproductive choices, contraception and pregnancy. Clark, Maupin and Hammer provide answers to many of these concerns with this guide, designed to prepare HIV-positive women for clinic visits, and to help make these visits more productive for both the patients and their health care provider. Some of the topics addressed in this work include: testing for HIV and coping with the diagnosis; preparing for the first physician visit; recognizing symptoms and preventing complications; understanding the latest treatment options; coping with gynaecological infections and STIs; considering pregnancy and birth control; assuring breast, bone and heart health; and many more.

Let them eat Prozac

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English
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David Healy
Publisher: 
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Halifax, NS

Examines the practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

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ISBN 0550287834
PHAR.H43 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft -- we all recognize these names, and probably know at least one or two people who have been prescribed these medications. With sales in the billions of dollars, we have to ask ourselves: is North America experiencing a depression epidemic, or are the pharmaceutical companies getting better at marketing drugs than making them? David Healy explores these difficult questions, taking us on a scary journey through the practices of the pharmaceutical industry. We soon learn that drug companies and researchers still do not know exactly how these drugs work, or what their potential side-effects are. Healy also reveals – and subsequent health warnings from both Britain and Canada have confirmed his findings -- that some patients taking new anti-depressants may become suicidal, and may be committing suicide at a much higher rate than if they had been left untreated. Let Them Eat Prozac is also a history of Healy's career, both working for the big pharmaceutical companies, and criticizing them.

Invention of hysteria: Charcot and the photographic iconography of the Salpetriere

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Georges Didi-Huberman
Publisher: 
MIT Press
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Cambridge, MA

Demonstrates the way in which the concept of hysteria was created out of the visual representations created by Charcot.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
HIST.D53 2003
ISBN 0262042150
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, October 2004: Considered a foundational text in cultural studies since 1981, this book has recently been translated from French into English much to the delight of those eagerly awaiting its arrival. Through the analysis of infamous photographs taken by Charcot at the Salpetriere hospital for insane and incurable women during the late nineteenth century, Didi-Huberman draws parallels between the then newly emerging fields of psychology and psychoanalysis and the "hysterical" women in Charcot's photographs. Through historical exploration and the analysis of photographs, Didi-Huberman illustrates how the concept of hysteria was created out of the visual representations created by Charcot. He discovers that these photos are not objective representations, but were achieved through patient coercion. Patients were forced to perform their hysteria on command and these performances have come to represent what psychology thinks of as hysterical. This work has significant resonances in the field of women's health today, both in the construction of mental illness in women and in women's over representation in mental illness. This complex and compelling read points to the impact that historical ideas of medicine and illness still have on contemporary medicine.

Origins of phobias and anxiety disorders: why more women than men?

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English
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Michelle G. Craske
Publisher: 
Elsevier
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Provides a review of factors that contribute to excessive fear and anxiety. Presents a model for understanding the gender differences in anxiety disorders.

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ISBN 0080440320
MENH.C73 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: Everyone feels anxious at times. Challenges such as workplace pressures, public speaking, highly demanding schedules or writing an exam can lead to a sense of worry, even fear. These sensations are different from the ones associated with an anxiety disorder. People suffering from an anxiety disorder are subject to intense, prolonged feelings of fright and distress for no obvious reason. Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health problems. It is estimated that they affect approximately 1 in 10 people, and they are more prevalent among women than among men. The author of this work not only provides us with a comprehensive review of factors that contribute to excessive fear and anxiety, more importantly, she develops a model for understanding the gender differences in anxiety disorders.

Voices: women, poverty and homelessness in Canada

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Rusty Neal
Publisher: 
National Anti-Poverty Organization
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Traces the lives and personal stories of homeless women in Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver.

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Includes bibliographical references. --- Network Winter/Spring 2005 review: The number of homeless women in Canada has increased dramatically since the 1990s. Political realities such as changes in transfer payments to the provinces and the failure to deliver a national housing strategy have played a part. In this report the author traces the personal stories of homeless women in Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver. Funded in part by the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, it is the result of a multi-year project analyzing the causes and conditions of homelessness. The report includes a list of recommendations to both the federal and provincial/territorial governments.
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