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Health Canada on Responsible Drinking

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Health Canada has updated their article on Responsible Drinking, with new information about Canada’s new low-risk drinking guidelines, for both women and men.

The It's Your Health article on Responsible Drinking is now available on Health Canada’s website

 

Fairly Foul: Chemicals in our cosmetics

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On March 8, 2012, YWCA Muskoka premiered Fairly Foul, a documentary about the links between chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and beauty items, and women’s health and the environment.

The film highlights some of the hidden hazards in our health and beauty products, and includes interviews with groups working to educate and empower Canadian consumers. Contributing groups include Environmental Defense, Femme Toxic, Love the Label, and Breast Cancer Action Montreal.

You can watch Fairly Foul on YouTube (24 minutes).

Helping women become more physically active

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The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS) has published Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors, a new resource designed to increase opportunities for women and girls as both participants and leaders in the Canadian sport and physical activity system. The publication is a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation document, and complements other Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resources.

Information in Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors will support national, provincial/territorial and community sport and physical activity organizations in enhancing their CS4L/LTAD implementation strategies. It will guide sport and physical activity leaders, coaches, educators and health promoters in developing and implementing quality programs and providing equitable support for women and girls as a priority. Parents and family members will find this resource helpful when making decisions about how to encourage and support the full and active participation of their daughters and female family members.

For more information or to download a copy, visit CAAWS’ website

New tool to support women living with HIV and facing stigma

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To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) (March 8, 2012), Women for Positive Action has launched a practical and educational tool to empower women living with HIV to deal with the challenges of stigma and discrimination.

Women for Positive Action is a coalition of healthcare professionals, community representatives and women living with HIV from across Europe, Canada and Latin America. This stigma and discrimination resource has been designed for use in both the community and clinical settings and is available now for download on their website

Power Study: Social determinants of health and populations at risk

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The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-based Report) has released their latest chapter, Social Determinants of Health and Populations at Risk, and it is now available for download. 

 The Social Determinants of Health and Populations at Risk chapter examines the social determinants of health among Ontario's women and men including: low income, low education, indicators of employment, lone-parent families, and food insecurity. This chapter also summarizes the POWER Study indicators across all chapters as they relate to low-income populations, providing a synthesis of health functional status, risk factors and prevention, access to health care services, clinical management, and health outcomes of lower-income adults. The final section re-examines and synthesizes the POWER Study findings in relation to immigrant and minority populations, as well as reporting three indicators of immigrant women's health that have not previously been reported in the POWER Study.

To download a copy of the chapter or the highlights document outlining the chapter's key findings and messages, visit their website

The French translation of the Social Determinants of Health and Populations at Risk Highlights document will be available on their website soon.

 

Sext up KIDS - see it online

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This new CBC documentary explores how our hypersexualized culture is affecting our kids – both girls and boys – from a very early age and in very alarming ways: 

“The powder keg that is porn culture has exploded in the lives of North American children. The often-devastating consequences are explored in the new film Sext up KIDS

From tiny tots strutting bikini-clad bodies in beauty pageants to companies marketing itty-bitty thongs and padded bras to 9-year olds, images of ever-younger sexualized girls have become commonplace.  Add to that: ever-younger boys with 24-7 access to hard-core internet porn.   It saturates their lives - from skate parks to the school bus – by the time they’re eighteen, 80 percent of boys are watching porn online. Toss social media into the mix and kids can not only consume X-rated images, but can also now produce them.  Sexting has become a Grade 7 right of passage. 

Sext up KIDS exposes how growing up in a hyper-sexualized culture hurts our kids. Teens and pre-teens show and tell what they are doing and why they are doing it.   Experts reveal startling new research, tracking how the pressure to be sexy is changing teen and sexual behavior in alarming ways, as “anal becomes the new oral.” Parents and educators struggle to help kids navigate puberty in a world where the line between pop culture and porn culture is increasingly blurred. For every parent who thinks, “that’s not my son or daughter,”Sext up KIDS is your wake up call.” 

Watch it, free, on CBC’s website.

 

New book: Mammography screening: Truth, lies and controversy

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From the press release for this new book launched January 23, 2012:

“Mammography screening has been a source of controversy ever since it was introduced, with advocates and dissenters arguing back and forth about the benefits and harms of this method of breast cancer screening. Indeed, as recently as December 2011, the BMJ published a study led by James Raftery, professor of health technology assessment at Southampton University, which found that mammography screening arguably does more harm and less good than their advocates maintain. 

Now, a new book from Peter C Gøtzsche, Professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis, Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre and Chief Physician, Rigshospitalet and the University of Copenhagen, takes an evidence-based, critical look at the scientific disputes and the information provided to women by governments and cancer charities ...with remarkable results.
 
Mammography Screening: truth lies and controversy finds:

- The position that mammography screening may well do more harm to women than good is increasingly the one held by neutral observers

- Across the past decade, the evidence for this position has been concealed, manipulated and obfuscated to a truly alarming extent”

More information can be found about the book on its webpage.

What a difference sex and gender make: A gender, sex and health research casebook

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This newly launched peer-reviewed casebook by the Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, presents a range of research-based accounts that illustrate how attending to gender and sex in health research contributes to advancing knowledge, strengthening science and improving knowledge translation. Written from a critically reflective vantage point, chapters share health researchers' experiences in how they came to understand and engage gender and sex in their work. This collection demonstrates that there is much to be gained from the routine integration of gender and sex across the health research spectrum.

Find it on CIHR’s website.

New publication from the Centres!

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The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, in partnership with the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence and the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, has just released a new publication:

Careful Measures: An Exploration of the Sex and Gender Dimensions of a Deprivation Index
M. J. Haworth-Brockman, H. Isfeld, A. Pederson, B. Clow, A. Liwander, and B. A. Kinniburgh, Editors

The report is available on BCCEWH’s website

New online resource: Expecting to Quit

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Smoking Cessation Interventions and Lessons for Pregnant Women

The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health invites you to visit a new website, recently launched in both English and French, 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

For more information about research on women’s smoking and effective intervention and support strategies, please contact the Tobacco Research Team at the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health at info@expectingtoquit.ca.

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