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Weight expectations: experiences and needs of overweight and obese pregnant women and their healthcare providers

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English
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Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Womens' Health (ACEWH)
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Online
Author: 
Jennifer Bernier
Yvonne Hanson
Tanya Barber
Publisher: 
Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Halifax, NS

Executive summary of a qualitative study that examined women’s experiences with maternity care, including the psychological, emotional, and social implications of overweight and obesity in pregnancy. It also sought to gain knowledge about health care providers’ experiences with maternity care for overweight and obese women to better understand what is required for providing the best care to this group of women. 

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ISBN/ISSN: 
978-0-9810459-6-2

Our favourite drug: why are women and girls drinking so much? (webinar)

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English
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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Publisher: 
Canadian Women's Health Network and British
Publication Date: 
2012

Alcohol is a favourite drug for many people, and women may be having more problems with alcohol than many of us would like to think. Journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston spent a year talking with women, and learned that there is a global rise in women's drinking-what one eminent researcher calls a "global epidemic." For Canadian women, rates of risky drinking rose significantly for in recent years. (Risky drinking is defined as four drinks or more on at least one occasion in the past week.) Women drink to ease ease anxiety, deal with trauma, and much more. Risky drinking leads to a wide variety of short and long-term health challenges. Is this a new problem, or are we just becoming aware of it? What's the role of alcohol marketing? How can we help women define the blurry line between social drinking and alcohol addiction? 

In this webinar, CWHN Executive Director Anne Rochon Ford interviewed Dowsett Johnston about her research, including questions and comments from viewers.

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Recording available for free online.

Injury and injury prevention: women in work related to mining

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English
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Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Online
Author: 
Roberta Stout
Publisher: 
Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Report of a project that involved interviews with seventeen women occupying a variety of positions in the mining sector within rural, remote and northern settings in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Includes findings related to safety training, injury prevention, occupational injuries, and other work-related stressors and concludes with a number of recommendations that surfaced throughout the discussions with the women.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
978-1-897250-40-2

Breastfeeding: understanding the motivations and supports for women in Saskatoon and Winnipeg

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English
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Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Online
Author: 
Roberta Stout
Yvonne Hanson
Publisher: 
Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

The result of a study of eighteen mothers and five service providers from Winnipeg and Saskatoon and their perceptions of the motivations, challenges and supports for breastfeeding. Uncovers some of the complexities experienced by breastfeeding mothers including their cultural knowledge and understandings, social environments, local program availability, health professional and family supports, or lack thereof. Includes suggestions from the women and service providers on how to better support mothers who are breastfeeding. 

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The food insecurity-obesity paradox as a vicious cycle for women: a qualitative study

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English
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Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Womens' Health (ACEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Andrea S. Papan
Barbara Clow
Publisher: 
Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Halifax, NS

Relates the stories of women who have experienced weight gain in the context of food insecurity and offers insights into the nuances of the food insecurity-obesity paradox. Looks at how, for these women, this paradox affected their daily lives, what challenges they faced as well as what coping strategies they used.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
978-0-9810459-7-9
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Includes bibliographical references.

Hazardous substances: plastics

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English
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
Canadian Auto Workers
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Ontario

Factsheet detailing the various plastics that workers may come in contact with in the auto industry, and how contact with these plastics may affect their health.

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Chemical exposure and plastics production: issues for women's health

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English
Translated Title: 
Exposition à des produits chimiques et production des matières plastiques : problèmes pour la santé des femmes
Owning Org: 
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
Media Type: 
Online
Author: 
Robert DeMatteo
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A literature review of chemical exposure and plastics production as it relates to women's health.

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Contains bibliographical references.

NNEWH Plastics workshop (video series)

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Windsor, ON

Fourteen videos documenting a workshop hosted by NNEWH in partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) in January 2012 in Windsor, Ontario. The workshop dealt with recent studies on the emerging health concerns for women workers in the auto sector, specifically plastics manufacturing and the possible elevated incidence of breast cancer and reproductive problems in women plastics workers. 

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Defining endocrine disruptors: are women workers in the automotive plastics industry particularly at risk?

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A clear language factsheet describing the possible health dangers from chemical expsurres experienced by women who work in the automotive plastics industry.  Exposures described are mainly by breathing the fumes and dusts, and also by absorption through the skin. Many of these chemicals interfere with hormone systems and are therefore called endocrine disruptors.

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Not a flower shop: exploring breast cancer risk and gender bias ... in the automotive plastic parts industry in Ontario

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Pas un magasin de fleurs : Une exploration des risques de cancer du sein et des préjugés liés au genre ... dans l’industrie des pièces d’automobile en plastique en Ontario
Owning Org: 
Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Mary-Louise Leidl
Edition: 
Summer 2012
Publisher: 
CWHN Network
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Discusses the work of researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith who have studied the links between cancer risk and occupation in the automovie plastics industry in Sarnia, Ontario. Much of the material used in this article is drawn from the chapter entitled “Plastics Industry Workers and Breast Cancer Risk: Are We Heeding the Warnings?” in the book Consuming Chemicals: Law, Science and Policy for Women's Health, edited by D.N. Scott and written by Brophy, Keith, and fellow researchers Robert DeMatteo, Michael Gilbertson, Andrew Watterson and Matthias Beck. 

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Includes references.
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