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Menopause home test: save your $$$  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/afi/meno-kit.html
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  
http://www.cwhn.ca/files/network-vol8no34.pdf
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  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39520
Examines the medicalization of women's reproductive functions, including treating normal health cycles as problems or illnesses. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Nurturing mothers  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1983_Healthsharing_Vol_4_No_4_Winter.pdf

This article discusses the culture of childbearing. Explores how medicalization has becomes the ritual of birth in North America. Explores how women are reclaiming their bodies in birth. 

 

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Published: 1983
Over-diagnosis epidemic  
https://theconversation.edu.au/pages/overdiagnosis-epidemic

A ten-part online series that outlines the growing problem of overdiagnosis and overuse of medical screening tests.

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Published: 2012
In praise of midwifery  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1991_Healthsharing_Vol_12_No_1_Spring.pdf

This article explores the history of choices in childbirth. Shares one woman's home birth experience. 

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Published: 1991
Myth: whole-body screening is an effective way to detect hidden cancers  
http://www.cfhi-fcass.ca/Migrated/PDF/11491_newsletter_en.pdf

Discusses how whole body screening (e.g. Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology or Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans) is promoted to healthy people as preventative health care, while the evidence shows it offers no proven health benefits and exposes people to unnecessary health risks.

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Published: 2009
Private health screening: what to think about when you’re thinking about screening tests  
http://privatehealthscreen.org/

The website of a group of doctors in Britain concerned about the safety and the ethics of private screening tests, and about companies who advertise those tests. Includes resources to help people decide whether or not to take a screening test.

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Bone density tests: when you need them and when you don’t  
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ChoosingWiselyBoneDensityAAFP.pdf

A factsheet about when it is useful to have a bone density test and when it is not appropriate – and possibly harmful – to have these tests done.

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Published: 2012