Women's Health

The State of Things
11:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

"Honor Diaries" Explores Violence In The Name of Honor

Honor Diaries: A documentary about honor-based violence.
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Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Zainab Khan, Paula Kweskin, and Jaha Dukureh about the documentary 'Honor Diaries'

Women around the world experience honor-based violence ranging from forced child marriage to female genital mutilation. The documentary "Honor Diaries" features the stories of nine women and their fight against this violence in their own communities.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

New RTI Center Studies Gender And Imbalances Of Power Globally

RTI International has created a Global Gender Center to connect exports working to help women and lessen the impact of power-imbalances around the world.
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RTI International has recently created a Global Gender Center to study and find solutions for imbalances of power against women around the world.

Wendee Wechsberg directs the new organization and is doing field work in South Africa. She said many universities have researchers who study individual communities but the Global Gender Center will work to connect those experts. Priority issues include HIV, domestic violence and economic development.

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Health
5:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Duke Study: For African American Women, Maintaining Weight Is More Practical Than Losing It

Actress Gabourey Sidibe has spoken openly about her obesity and how people perceive her because of it.
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New research out of Duke University suggests merely maintaining weight, instead of losing it, is a more practical and successful approach for African American women. Lead author Gary Bennett is associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. He says pre-menopausal black women have the highest rates of obesity in the country. About 80 percent are overweight, which contributes to a disproportionate risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

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Health
5:13 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Closes For Good

Earlier this year, legislators passed laws tightening restrictions on abortion providers. Droves of protesters rallied against the new law at Moral Mondays gatherings.
Credit Matthew Lenard

The Department of Health and Human Services found health code violations this summer at two North Carolina clinics that provide abortions. Now, one of them has closed for good, while the other has re-opened.

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Health
7:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Study Finds OB/GYNs Tend To Over-Diagnose

Two Ob/GYN doctors review test results.
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For decades, women have been told to get annual screenings for cervical cancer. In 2009, mounting scientific evidence prompted major groups like the American Cancer Society to recommend less frequent screenings; every 3 years instead of every year.

Despite the revised guidelines, about half of the OB/GYNs surveyed reported they continue to provide yearly exams. Dr. Russell Harris from UNC's Center for Health Services Research says that practice is outdated and may do more harm than good.

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