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New gender, sex and health research videos

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The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and Knowledge Translation Branch have launched three new videos on gender, sex and health research. Tune in to learn more about why gender and sex matter in mental health, men’s health, and intimate partner violence, and what CIHR-IGH funded researchers are doing to understand and address these issues, on their website.

These videos were produced on-site and in celebration of the first Canadian national conference in gender, sex and health research – Innovations in Gender, Sex and Health Research – hosted by CIHR-IGH in Toronto, Ontario, November 22 & 23, 2010.

Two new reviews in the IGH Cochrane Corner

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The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and the Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group have posted two new reviews in the IGH Cochrane Corner. This instalment features a critical appraisal of the sex and gender considerations in Cochrane reviews on the topics of screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and pharmacotherapy for treating hypertension in women of different races.

Click here to check out the latest additions to the Corner.

 

Overview of "Theoretical approaches to the study of reproductive mental health: A focus on intersectionality"

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The Reproductive and Sexual Mental Health research team of the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health has completed their first project. The team conducted a literature review to describe the current state of research and resources addressing reproductive mental health among marginalized women, and in particular, examined theoretical perspectives behind the research.

This review encompassed a total of 415 sources from both academic literature and reseach reports (grey literature). Taken together, these sources indicate a number of critical gaps in the literature addressing reproductive mental health, specifically with regards to marginalized groups of women. Read more...

Surgery for Breast Biopsies Used Too Extensively

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Read the recent story in the New York Times, on new research showing that too many women with abnormal mammograms or other breast problems are undergoing surgical biopsies when they should be having needle biopsies, which are safer, less invasive and cheaper.

Aboriginal Two-Spirit and LGBTQ Migration – Report

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The final report of the Two-Spirit migration, mobility and health research project - Aboriginal Two-Spirit and LGBTQ Migration (PDF) - is now available.

This qualitative, community-based research project explored the trajectories of migration of Aboriginal people who identify as Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) and the impact of mobility on health and wellness.

Banned, Contemporary Chemicals Found in Virtually All U.S. Pregnant Women

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Read about a new study showing that virtually all prgrnant women in the U.S., and possibly their unborn children, carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products. 

Environmental Health News - Environmental chemicals in pregnant women in the US

 

Women In Canada: A Gender Based Statistical Report 2010-2011

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Statistics Canada has released the first two chapters of the Women in Canada statistical report. The first two chapters have been released on paid work and economic well being. This sixth edition of Women in Canada – is the 25th anniversary of this publication.

Read the first two chapters on Statistics Canada’s website.

The next chapter to be released in “Women in the Criminal Justice System” and is set to be released February 26th, 2011.

What’s In Your Bottled Water – Besides Water?

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A new Environmental Working Group survey of 173 unique bottled water products finds a few improvements over its 2009 Bottled Water Scorecard – and also found that there are still “too many secrets and too much advertising hype.” In this survey, they found that 18 percent of bottled waters failed to list the source, and 32 percent disclosed nothing about the treatment or purity of the water.

Read more about their findings on their website.

Gender Perspective Missing in Climate Change and Global Health Research

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Researchers who have conducted a broad literature search have found gender to be a missing or underrepresented variable both in research and studied policy documents in the field of climate change and health.

Find the full text of this article in Global Health Action 2010, 3: 5720 - DOI: 10.3402/gha.v3i0.5720

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Discrepancies in Numbers of Caesarean Sections and Hysterectomies in Canada

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A new report from Canadian Institute of Health Information, Health Care in Canada 2010, finds vast discrepancies in the number of caesarean sections and hysterectomies performed in Canada, suggesting some of those procedures are not needed.

Read Health Care in Canada 2010.

Read the article about the report in The Toronto Star.

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