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Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First

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Written by: Marsden Wagner, M.D, M.S. 2006. University of California Press.

In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to deliver safe, effective care for both mothers and babies.  Born in the USA examines issues including midwifery and the safety of out-of-hospital birth, how the process of becoming a doctor can adversely affect both practitioners and their patients, and why there has been a rise in the use of risky but doctor-friendly interventions, including the use of Cytotec, a drug that has not been approved by the FDA for pregnant women. Most importantly, this gripping investigation, supported by many troubling personal stories, explores how women can reclaim the childbirth experience for the betterment of themselves and their children.

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Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic

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New book highlights the science behind cancer prevention strategies

In their new book, Liz Armstrong, Guy Dauncey and Anne Wordsworth examine the complex relationship between the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we use, and the health and well-being of our bodies, and of our planet. 

For more information or t o purchase a copy of "Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic."

Women's Health in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice

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Edited by Marina Morrow, Olena Hanikivsky and Collen Varcoe (University of Toronto Press)

Women’s health has come into its own in the last two decades. In Canada, however, there has been little available in the way of a general text on women’s health. This volume works toward filling that gap by providing a resource for teaching and understanding women’s health in this country.  It will be launched Thursday, October 25, 2007

More info on the book can be found online.

MYTH: Direct-to-consumer advertising is educational for patients

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In this series of essays, by the Canadian Health Service Research Foundation, that explores the research evidence behind Canadian health care debates, this article looks at whether advertising drug ads are educational.

By law, Canadian advertisers are able to mention only the drug name, price and quantity. In recent years, though, manufacturers have become increasingly creative with these rules, running so-called “reminder ads.” These ads promote only the drug’s name to consumers.   The combined effect of these more creative ads in Canada and spillover advertising from American media is that some may believe that anything goes in drug advertising in this country.

The Stepping Stone Association

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The Stepping Stone Association is a user directed non-profit organization that supports people in the sex trade by contributing to their health, safety and wellbeing. The Stepping Stone Association holds the philosophy that individuals have the right to self determination; that those who work as sex workers have the basic right to safety and access to services, regardless of their occupation and that individuals are entitled to social and economic alternatives to the sex trade.

People with disabilities – Removing the barriers to health and wellbeing

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An article describing how many Canadians with disability face barriers that prevent them from achieving personal goals and fully participating in their communities—and their health suffers for it.

Osteoporosis – Update

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Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density among aging adults that can cause painful fractures, disability and deformity. While heredity and bone size affect the development of osteoporosis, it is often possible to prevent, delay or reduce bone loss through healthy living.  Read this fact sheet.

Health Promotion in Canada: Critical Perspectives, 2nd Edition

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Editors: Michel O'Neill, Ann Pederson, Sophie Dupéré, Irving Rootman
ISBN: 9781551303253
Published: May, 2007

The field of health promotion has significantly influenced the evolution of health systems worldwide since the release of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986. Health Promotion in Canada:  Critical Perspectives analyzes the field of health promotion in that country as well as Canada's influence all over the world since 1994.  Over 90 authors -including some of the best-known international, national, and provincial writers in the field as well as many younger voices from the upcoming generations- update and expand upon the analysis of the first edition. This totally revised second edition of a book which has become a classic will help professional and community practitioners, decision makers, students, teachers, researchers, activists and the general public to understand health promotion in Canada and abroad.

A detailed table of contents and the possibility to order it electronically can be found online.





Highs & Lows Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use

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Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves, Editors
Developed through a partnership between the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario

Women's and girls’ substance use is now recognized as an important health, economic and social issue in Canada. However, most books about alcohol and other drug use do not address the unique needs and circumstances of this population. Highs & Lows draws on the latest theory and research to offer strategies for improving practice and developing policy to support women with substance use problems. This unique book includes contributions from nearly 100 experts on women's substance use, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, clinical therapists, health promoters, academics, alternative health care providers, women's health advocates - and women who have been affected by substance use.

For more information about Highs & Lows.

05/10/2007

Obstructed labour : Race and  Gender in the Re-Emergence of Midwifery

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by Sheryl Nestel.

This book which started as a PhD dissertation looks at racism and how  that has affected the practice of Midwifery in Ontario, from before legislation(Dec 93) to the present.

Obstructed Labour should be read by those who want to understand how racism works in both policy and everyday practice as well as by those interested in pursuing equity in the struggle for women’s reproductive rights.  Published by the University of British of Columbia Press.

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