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Birth rights: new approaches to safe motherhood

Outlines the causes of high maternal mortality rates in areas of the world and suggests political and socioeconomic causes.

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Published: 2001
The latest mania: selling bipolar disorder
Examines the growth of awareness of mood stabilization and of bipolar disorders, as well as the sensationalistic attitudes towards both. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Giving legs to restless legs: a case study of how the media helps make people sick
Demonstrates that news coverage of restless legs syndrome exaggerates the prevalence of disease and the need for treatment, and fails to consider the problems of overdiagnosis. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Perimenopause: an invented "disease"
Examines the medicalization of regularly occuring symptoms during the years prior to menopause, the so-called "perimenopause." (See Details)
Published: 2003
Another look at menstrual suppression
Argues against eliminating monthly menstruation artificially by ingesting synthetic hormones. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Menopause home test: save your $$$
Criticizes the usefulness of the Menopause Home Test, a newly marketed product aimed at midlife women to monitor their hormonal status. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Network/Le Réseau Spring 2006
Published: 2006
No life without pills?: the medicalisation of daily life
Examines problems of pharmaceuticals and their overuse in Germany, defined as the problem of medicalisation. Compares and contrasts effects in some Third World southern countries. Encourages consumer awareness and skepticism.
Published: 2002
Women's cycles up for sale: neo-medicalization and women's reproductive health
Examines the medicalization of women's reproductive functions, including treating normal health cycles as problems or illnesses. (See Details)
Published: 2004
A new view of women's sexual problems: a teaching manual
Challenges the medicalization of women's sexual problems. Provides a manual of activities for workshops and classes to facilitate a broader understanding of sexuality and of how medicalization is changing both our sexual experiences and our ideas about sex.
Published: 2003