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Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls 2007

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Plan International

This 98-page publication summarizes issues of inequality and poverty faced by many girls and includes relevant tables and statistics. This is the first of several reports on the topic to come from Plan International, and it offers an eight-point plan listing steps through which individuals, organizations, and governments can contribute to improve girls' lives.

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A Change of Plans: Women's Stories of Hemorrhagic Stroke

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Sumach Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of this groundbreaking study of the effects of hemorrhagic stroke on the lives of women. Author Sharon Dale Stone is herself a survivor of a hemorrhagic stroke which she suffered at the age of eleven. Her own experience in the years following the misdiagnosis of her stroke, and the silence and isolation surrounding her condition, led her to seek out other women with similar experiences.

Stone journeyed through Canada, the United States, England and Scotland to research this unique collection of eleven narratives by women who experienced hemorrhagic strokes before the age of fifty. In A Change of Plans, the women's stories are told honestly and movingly, and touch upon the themes of recovery and rehabilitation; being a medical patient; self-image; being or not being recognized as disabled; relations with family, friends and co-workers; and how the stroke so suddenly changed their lives. Stone also provides background information on hemorrhagic stroke and its disabling consequences.

A Change of Plans is a valuable contribution to the scarce literature on how women experience this disability. It will be greatly welcomed by professionals and those working with stroke survivors, and by survivors who are looking for others with similar experiences.

About the Author: Sharon Dale Stone is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Lakehead University. As an activist and academic, she has been committed to giving voices to groups of people whose experiences are marginalized in mainstream society, and has published widely on the many issues facing women with disabilities.

248 pages   $26.95 paper   6" x 9"     ISBN 1-894549-65-1    Release: May 2007

http://www.sumachpress.com/change.htm

Love Your Heart: New NHLBI Resource Helps Women Reduce Heart Disease Risk

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From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

This updated edition of the popular The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women includes the most recent information on women's heart disease and practical suggestions for how to reduce the risk of developing it.

The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women (PDF 2511.83 KB/ 127 p.)

Pinn Point on Women's Health: Breast Cancer Advances in Detection, Treatment and Cure

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From the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Research on Women's Health is broadcasting the second in a series of podcasts, "Pinn Point on Women's Health," hosted by Dr. Vivian Pinn, Associate Director for Research on Women's Health and the Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health. The monthly podcast will discuss the latest news in women's health research and will include conversations with guests on a variety of subjects. In this episode, Dr. Pinn discusses new developments in the detection, treatment and cure of breast cancer, a major health concern for women and their families, with Dr. Larissa Korde, National Cancer Institute Staff Clinician and Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens, Program Director, Cancer Prevention Branch, Medical Oncologist, National Cancer Institute.

"While we don't have all the answers yet," emphasized Dr. Pinn, we are making great strides in understanding breast cancer, the most common malignancy in women." Drs. Korde and McCaskill-Stevens both agreed that the wave of the future is to explore the concept of individualized treatment in order to develop targeted therapies for breast cancer.

To listen to Dr. Pinn's podcast, log on to the ORWH homepage at: http://orwh.od.nih.gov/ . Under the section ORRWH Presents: Pinn Point on Women's Health, click on Listen. If you need further assistance on how to use podcasts, go to: http://www.nih.gov/news/radio/nihpodcast.htm .

For questions, contact Marsha Love at the Office of Research on Women's Health; (301) 496-9472 or lovem@od.nih.gov

Healthy pregnancy

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From Government of Canada

Having a baby can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be a time of uncertainty. Many women have questions and concerns as they face all the changes that pregnancy brings. But with advice coming in from everyone it's tough to know who to listen to. That's why having the accurate information is so important! It will help you to make good decisions about the best way to take care of yourself before and during your pregnancy.

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Abilities magazine

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ABILITIES is Canada's foremost cross-disability lifestyle magazine. It is widely read by people with disabilities, their families, friends and professionals.

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Spring issue of CONNECTIONS

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The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

The CCGHR is pleased to announce the Spring issue of CONNECTIONS.

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Spousal Abuse Counseling Program: Manual for Counselors: Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

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Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre, 2006

This manual is used as a guide for group counselling under the Rankin Inlet Spousal Abuse Counseling Program. The goals of the program are:

•  Reducing incidence of domestic violence and spousal abuse in the community.

•  Paramount consideration of the safety of the victims and families as well as the needs of the persons who abuse through the operation of a different counseling program for each.

•  Operating the program with input and support from the community, particularly from respected Elders, so that it suits the needs of the community and incorporates traditional Inuit knowledge.

•    Delivering a therapeutically sound and culturally appropriate program, which focuses on changing controlling behaviour and extreme emotional dependence.

Read the manual: Spousal Abuse Counseling Program: Manual for Counselors (PDF1845/290p.)

From Ciudad Juarez to Fort Qu'Appelle: Families of missing women unite across borders to seek answers

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By Brett Bradshaw
Briarpatch Magazine
March/April 2007

CLUTCHING A MUG OF COFFEE, Gwenda Yuzicappi retreats from the cold outside. There's a spark in her eyes. Her long brown hair is pulled back, and the pink sweater she wears complements the flush in her cheeks from the biting winter wind. Her younger sister sits beside her in the coffee shop and they speak animatedly. If you watched long enough you could find the grief that Yuzicappi carries, but in this moment she looks hopeful.

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With child: Substance use during pregnancy: A woman-centred approach

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Susan C. Boyd (Victoria, British Columbia) and Lenora Marcellus, (Alberta), eds.

Although drug use occurs throughout the social spectrum, problematic use is associated with poverty and social deprivation. In spite of this link, women are blamed for the outcomes of their pregnancies, and it is argued that drug-using women should not be allowed to have custody of their children. The contributors of this volume propose that those who provide services for pregnant drug-using women must recognize that women with social problems that affect pregnancy outcomes should be approached in the same way as are women with medical problems that have obstetric consequences. Drugs are one factor amongst many that shape pregnancy, and, although drug use is a risk, it is a manageable one.

This book is unique and timely. It provides practitioners and researchers with valuable information about maternal drug use, harm reduction, best practices and policy.



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