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New: Video on abortion worldwide

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The Guttmacher Institute has just released a new video on abortion worldwide. It focuses on the developing world, where abortion laws are highly restrictive, but may also be relevant to Canada where Motion 312 was recently debated.

The video is a stark reminder of that restrictive abortion laws take a terrible toll on women’s health. With the upcoming Pan-Canadian Day of Action for Reproductive Justice on October 20th, the Abortion Worldwide video seeks to ensure that the debate over abortion in Canada is informed by facts, not misinformation.

Spanish and French versions of this video and the accompanying summary of key points are also available.

Full video transcripts are available in EnglishSpanish and French.

Breast Stories: Cancer Survivors Speak Out

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This new book by Phil Carpenter features the portraits and personal essays of more than 50 women from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. Each of the women included is a breast cancer survivor who chose to undergo mastectomy.

See more about Breast Stories: Cancer Survivors Speak Out on the publisher’s website.

 

Environmental issues and pregnancy, on The Source

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The Source has added a new entry on environmental issues relating to pregnancy. This is another in a series of resources for students and researchers of women's health

Read it here

Online resource: Expecting to Quit

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A Best Practices Review of Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Girls and Women

The BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health invites you to visit their bilingual website about smoking, pregnancy, change and support.  Here is what you can find at www.expectingtoquit.ca

1. A systematic review of research on tobacco interventions with pregnant women
2. "5 Ways to Change Your Practice" - Practice recommendations for physicians and other health care providers
3. "Meet Liz, Cristabel, and Noa" - Lessons from women who find their own path to becoming smoke-free

Download a copy of Expecting to Quit or order your free copy

More information: info@expectingtoquit.ca

Liberation! Helping women quit smoking: A brief tobacco-intervention guide

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Liberation! Helping Women Quit Smoking: A Brief Tobacco Intervention Guide can now be downloaded for free from the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. This Practice Guide supports providers in diverse contexts to start a converstaion with women about their smoking and the possibility of quitting. Drawing largely from Motivational Interviewing – an evidence-based communication style to support change – women-centred principles are translated into practice.

To download the report visit BCCEWH’s website.

For more information about women-centred tobacco treatment, visit Coalescing on Women and Substance Abuse.

Seeing Red: Sanitary Protection and the Environment

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The Women’s Environmental Network in the UK has launched an updated fact-sheet on sanitary protection and the environment.

“Seeing Red” is a four-page briefing exploring the links between sanitary products and health, waste, advertising, and chemicals.

Read more.

Pink Ribbons, Inc. now available to download

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“ powerful and subversive” – Time Out, New York

Everyone needs to see Pink Ribbons, Inc.” – The Washington Post

“A searing, passionate and deeply human examination of the warping of a cause.” – SALON.com 

This feature-length documentary looks at how the breast cancer movement has moved from activism to consumerism and challenges viewers to rethink their assumptions about the meaning of breast cancer in our society. Director Léa Pool talks to women with breast cancer, scientists, authors, activists, medical professionals and leading players in breast cancer fundraising and marketing.

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Directed by Léa Pool Produced by Ravida Din
Written by Patricia Kearns & Nancy Guerin and Léa Pool
Based on the book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy by Samantha King View the trailer at www.nfb.ca/pink
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

You can also read more about the pink ribbon campaigns, and the need to deal with the causes of breast cancer, not just the cure, in CWHN’s new postcard campaign GET THE WORD OUT!

Rising to the Challenge chapters now available in Spanish

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The first two chapters of Rising to the Challenge, published by the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, are now available to download in Spanish for free as Afrontando el reto: Análisis Basado en Sexo y Género para la Planificación, las Políticas y la Investigación en Salud en Canadá.

This book describes the process of sex- and gender-based analysis and offers a collection of case studies and commentaries that illustrate SGBA in action. The book is aimed at people working on policy, planning and research and to people at various levels of government. It will help readers understand sex- and gender-based analysis and learn how to apply it in their work for and with women and men, girls and boys. 

How sodium affects your health

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The latest update to It’s your health on Health Canada is on sodium, a nutrient found in table salt and many other foods. Your body needs some sodium to function, but too much may lead to high blood pressure (a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease). Most Canadians take in more than twice the amount of sodium they need in a day.

Read the updated article on sodium on Health Canada’s website

A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy

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In this new book, Dr. Ryan Meili draws on his experiences as a family physician in inner-city Saskatoon, Mozambique, and rural Saskatchewan, to argue that health delivery too often focuses on treatment of immediate causes and ignores more fundamental conditions that lead to poor health. Income, education, employment, housing, the wider environment, and social supports: far more than the actions of physicians, nurses, and other health care providers, it is these conditions that make the greatest difference in our health.

Brought to life by patient stories, A Healthy Society explores a number of specific health determinants, and ends in a discussion of democratic reforms that could help reshape the way we organize ourselves to create a truly healthy society.

 

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